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Voluntary opportunities with an occasional commitment requirement e.g. a few hours a week, one or two days a month. Work covers a wide range of areas: countryside, conservation and ecology voluntary opportunities including wildlife work and environmental education. Weekly updates.

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North East vacancies: Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside).

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JOB: Animal Husbandry Assistant

BE4: 6/9/19

LOC: WWT Washington

PAY: Uniform & training provided where necessary*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 or more days per week (10:00 - 16:00 Saturday / Sunday). At WWT we shape unforgettable experiences. We believe the best way for people to understand & connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking. The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon animal care experience, or willing to get stuck in to outdoors work with animals. We have one of the largest animal collections in the North East, with 48 species, 15 of which are of conservation concern, incl the current flock of 60 breeding Chilean flamingos & a pair of Asian short-clawed otters. Previous volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world. *Free entry to all WWT centres, & a discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/33b3OnQ

JOB: Volunteer Animal Presenter

BE4: 6/9/19

LOC: WWT Washington

PAY: Uniform & training provided where necessary*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

You will be involved in maintaining and developing exhibits within the site at Washington in order to enhance the visitor experience.  This involves explaining to the public about our large collection of rare and endangered species of animals from around the world and the vital conservation work in which WWT is involved. The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon presentation experience with animals and conservation. We have one of the largest animal collections in the North East, with 48 species, 15 of which are of conservation concern, including the current flock of 60 breeding Chilean flamingos and a family of Asian short-clawed otters. Previous volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world. *Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. Time commitment Fridays 10am - 4pm. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2YA0X9l

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- River Projects

BE4: 29/8/19

IV: 10/9/19

LOC: York

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days a week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, we manage 30 nature reserves & have a number of exciting conservation projects including two river restoration projects on the R. Foss & the R. Wiske.  The team carries out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team assisting with the river restoration projects. You’ll develop skills in many aspects of river restoration, surveying & partnership working through liaison with landowners, contactors & partner organisations. There will be the opportunity to assist with the wider reserve team. Office-based work will incl researching, writing & developing management plans, preparing & supervising contract works, GIS & mapping, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration. ASK: For more information & to apply visit www.ywt.org.uk.

JOB: Community Ambassador

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gosforth NE33XT

PAY: Travel costs covered

FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

An excellent opportunity to spread the word about Northumberland Wildlife Trust in your local community! If you are willing to speak up, comfortable talking to people about wildlife, raising the profile of the Trust and promoting our events and visitor centres, then this is the role for you. Talking to people in your community about us (residents’ association, local groups, your local magazine). Visiting places (doctors, dentists, shops, libraries) and leave magazines or leaflets, put up posters. Representing NWT at local events and gatherings (fetes, allotment shows, sports events). Organising local fundraisers (coffee mornings, challenges and sports events). Leading volunteer teams, e.g. putting leaflets through doors. Visiting local businesses, giving information about corporate membership. Organising visits to schools to do assemblies on climate change and wildlife. Raising our profile on social media by sharing stories. 0.5 / 1 day per week. ASK: Contact john.gibbon@northwt.org.uk for my more details or check our website www.nwt.org.uk

JOB: Social Media Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Garden House St Nicholas Park

PAY: Travel costs covered

FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Are you really comfortable with social media? Do you have a passion for nature? We need help with the day to day running of our social media channels. Can you help us make a difference through ‘storytelling’ so that we can create a greater awareness of the beauty & value of the natural world? What’s involved? Writing & posting new content (planned & ad hoc); testing & monitoring new techniques to build profile & engagement; acting as a first-line responder to social media posts using the Trust’s FAQ guide; researching competitors & trends. Knowledge & experience of social media - especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Linked-In, Hoot suite. Creativity - we want to test & try new ways of doing things. Excellent command of English & a good eye for detail (especially for proof-reading). Organised & systematic as we will be scheduling content & monitoring impact. 0.5 / 1 day per week. ASK: Contact john.gibbon@northwt.org.uk or our website www.northwt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer - People & Wildlife (Events)

BE4: 30/8/19

LOC: Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

PAY: Travel expenses & training

FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Our aim is to raise awareness of the state of nature, generate support for the Trust and to protect the natural world. We are looking for a Volunteer Officer to work with staff and volunteers alongside third party providers, visitors and members of the public, to respond to emails and to support delivery at family events based at Northumberlandia. 2 days per week until end of Feb 2020. Experience of event coordination and delivery along with good communication skills are required - with a confident and friendly approach and be able to write replies to emails. You will also be comfortable with Microsoft Office, have a full, clean driving licence with a general knowledge of wildlife and nature. We will give you full training and help you to develop your skills and experience in the understanding of conservation and environmental issues and the ability to engage and enthuse other people. ASK: Please visit to apply https://www.nwt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Gardening Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, NE38 8LE

PAY: Training & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

By working as part of the Grounds Volunteer team you will assist with the maintenance of all aspects of gardening within the grounds at Washington in order to exhibit our waterfowl and mammals from around the world to the highest standards. This will help to provide our visitors with a great day out and encourage them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. What will you be doing? Assisting with development and maintenance of visitor centre grounds; assisting with planting, weeding and pruning; helping us maintain our visitor infrastructure to a high standard including path clearance, and furnishings. Time commitment, Fridays 10am – 4pm. *Uniform and training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2xl5E6P

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training & travel


Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in First Aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs. Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings. Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: N/A

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses

FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Land of Oak & Iron Events Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Derwent Valley, NE England

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Land of Oak & Iron (through Groundwork NE & Cumbria)

Approx. 1 day / month. Provide support to the Land of Oak & Iron staff team & partner orgs in organising & helping on the day at a range of events to promote Land of Oak & Iron & opportunities for local people to take part. Tasks may incl event planning & publicity, setting up on the day, running activities & talking to members of the public. Individuals need no prior exp, just enthusiasm & passion for the area. ASK: Find out more from Kath Marshall-Ivens kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883 / 07966 330028

JOB: Environmental Education Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Local travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

2 to 4 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more. Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with the next generation? You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them, & try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skils, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all jpin a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Groundwork, Sustrans, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

PAY: All training provided

FOR: Forestry England

Help our visitors get the most out of Dalby & present a knowledgeable & enthusiastic welcome to the public. You could be giving general information about the facilities, advising on the best cycle trail or explaining where to spot the Gruffalo! Dalby is a special place to many people & we always want to provide a top quality experience for our hundreds of thousands of visitors. Your knowledge of Dalby, combined with warm enthusiasm, will be the icing on the cake to make a good day a great one. Volunteering with us is a great way to get outside, meet people, learn something new & develop new skills, all in the beautiful setting of Dalby Forest. We’re looking for volunteers during our busiest times, weekends & school holidays. ASK: volunteering.yorkshire@forestryengland.uk

JOB: Tree Health Surveyors

BE4: N/A

LOC: Various locations*

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are recruiting volunteer Tree Health Surveyors for our Observatree project (in the areas below) to carry out surveys of woods and trees for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species. In fact, recording negative sightings of disease (healthy host trees) is just as important. Surveyors are sometimes asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks and also have the option to set up their own sentinel tree plots to monitor the health of individual trees. *Locations: North and South Wales; North Cornwall and Devon; Hampshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Kent; Cambridgeshire; Norfolk; Scotland; The North East and the North West. ASK: For further details about this role: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sgo9FN

JOB: Task Force Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Rainton Meadows or Low Barn

PAY: Training

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

1 day a week. Practical habitat management incl scrub clearance, tree felling, burning, coppicing, tree planting/maintenance, hedge laying, meadow raking, balsam control, bracken control, path mowing and reed cutting as part of a group of volunteers. Assist with fencing work and infrastructure repairs or new installation of bridges, steps and surfaced footpaths. Help move livestock. Assist with survey work & habitat management, learn to use hand tools and gain carpentry and fencing skills with opportunities to learn practical management skills. On the job training relevant to tasks undertaken. Improve communication skills & have the opportunity to learn/enhance/share local knowledge of wildlife and conservation. ASK: To find out more and apply contact Zoe Hull on 0191 5843112 zhull@durhamwt.co.uk

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wakefield District

PAY: Training / DBS check

FOR: Open Country

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to come at least one Tuesday a month. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Harrogate-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the district. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision. No experience is necessary, all training, tools and PPE are provided. ASK: Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.