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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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JOB: Student Placement in 2018/2019 Uplands Research Unit

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Barnard Castle

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

We seek two students each year, based at our uplands research centre in Northern England. Our Upper Teesdale outstation is a base for research work on many aspects of upland ecology, with the primary focus being the conservation & management of grouse populations; their habitats & associated moorland species. We also conduct projects in the Scottish Highlands where you may be able to work periodically to assist with the monitoring of capercaillie, black grouse & mountain hares within forest, moorland & mountain ecosystems. The students will primarily be involved in assisting with data collection for long-term monitoring & research projects on grouse & other ground nesting birds; including grouse parasite interactions, the ecology of breeding waders & black grouse restoration. An appetite for ecological fieldwork & full driving licence. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Julia Hopkins Office Manager (Uplands), Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Coach House,

JOB: Reserve Volunteer – WWT Washington

BE4: N/A

IV: 08/12/2017

LOC: Washington, Tyne & Wear

PAY: 0

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our reserves team from 9.30am to 3.30pm every Thursday. By working as part of the reserves volunteer team you will assist with the management of all aspects of the nature reserve including: removal of invasive plant species; assisting with maintenance of hedges & trees; assisting with maintenance of meadows; creating & maintaining infrastructure such as pathways & hides, & wildlife habitat including ponds, woodland & meadows; assist with wildlife & wildflower surveys. This is a fantastic opportunity & could be a stepping stone for anyone wanting to gain further experience to help gain a career in conservation. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2iMadiO

JOB: Environmental Project Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Stocksbridge, North Sheffield

PAY: Training / workwear / travel expenses

FOR: Steel Valley Project

1 day per week - 8.30am - 4.30pm. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. To assist in the practical management of local public greenspace sites by the Steel Valley Project. Tasks include: practical habitat management of sites such as, woodland, heathland & grassland habitats; the installation & repair of countryside access & boundary infrastructure; the development & planning of practical work; undertake training where necessary. Recent projects include vegetation cutback along local public rights of way, wildlife pond installation, dry stone walling, various habitat management tasks to favour the woodland 'willow tit' bird, woodland step & path installation & tree planting. New projects include more of the same plus numerous small woodland management projects aimed at improving woodland conditions throughout the area to benefit wildlife & public access. No formal quals or exp required. However, volunteers should have a desire to work outdoors in all weathers & be willing to learn new skills. Volunteers should be able to communicate well, work as part of a group & have a reasonable level of physical fitness. ASK: info@steelvalleyproject.org kate.hughes@steelvalleyproject.org 0114 2830880 http://www.steelvalleyproject.org

JOB: Land Management Assistant Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

The work takes place on our reserves, in & around Sheffield & Rotherham from Blacka Moor & Wyming Brook on the edge of the Peak District to Centenary Riverside, a flood alleviation scheme & nature reserve on an ex steel works site, on the edge of the River Don near Rotherham town centre. Our current living landscapes project, Rotherham Rivers, funded through Waste Recycling Environmental, sees us visiting & improving sites, managed by other organisations for the benefit of wildlife, such as water voles, kingfishers & otters, in & around Rotherham, including Rother Valley Country Park, Don Island, Kilnhurst Ings & Whiston Meadows. This role would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, including site maintenance such as fencing, & habitat management such as woodland & heathland. Volunteering with the Land Management Team helps people develop practical conservation skills, build knowledge about local wildlife habitats, keep physically active & is a great place to start developing a career in the sector. In return we can cover expenses, on the job training & funding for relevant external courses such as brush-cutter & first aid at work. ASK: http://www.wildsheffield.com/volunteer 0114 2634335

JOB: Land of Oak & Iron Events Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Derwent Valley, NE England

PAY: Training

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 experience, just enthusiasm & passion for the area. ASK: Kath Marshall-Ivens kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk 01207 524883 / 07966 330028

JOB: Volunteer Ecological Records Assistant

BE4: ?

LOC: Morley, LS27 7JQ

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: West Yorkshire Ecology Service

Min 1 day per week for several months. WYES is the Local Ecological Records Centre for West Yorkshire. The objective of this post is to research protected/notable species & habitat data & input this data from a variety of sources into the WYES databases. Records are input into Excel & then imported into Recorder 6, an ecological recording package. These are then exported to a Mapinfo GIS system so that they can be viewed spatially. This will provide exposure to professional ecological survey reports, use of Recorder 6 & GIS packages & rel work exp. Records need to be entered accurately at the highest spatial resolution possible following WYES data structures. Keen interest in a career in ecology or similar discipline & be computer literate in the use of Microsoft Excel. The position would be ideal for under graduates or recent graduates looking for rel work exp. ASK: If you would like to be considered please email a CV to Robert Masheder robert.masheder@wyjs.org.uk.

JOB: Natural England Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

PAY: Mileage expenses & personal protective equipment

FOR: Natural England

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available from practical habitat & estate management work to assisting with public events & school visits. No experience necessary but must be willing to work as part of a team. Due to the physical nature of some tasks & the terrain, a good level of fitness is required. ASK: emma.king@naturalengland.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Champion Washington to Consett

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North East

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover the Coast to Coast track from Washington to Consett. You will be responsible, along with others, for monitoring the biodiversity along this route. This involves collecting data that enables us to record, improve & promote the diversity of wildlife on walking & cycling routes. You will be expected to monitor your allocated section every month to allow us to gain an accurate picture of the area's biodiversity. This should take no more than a few hours. In addition you will need to dedicate a day or two a year to supporting or organising an engagement event in your area. You will be supported by a local Group Coordinator & receive an induction pack with full instructions, guidance notes & resources & staff will be on hand to provide support & dedicated training. You don't need to be a wildlife or biodiversity expert to take part! All we need is your enthusiasm & dedication. ASK: volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160

JOB: Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 23/11/2017

IV: 05/12/2017

LOC: Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield

PAY: Some travel expenses & competitive training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months, 2 - 3 days per week. Stirley Community Farm is all about connecting local people with nature & food! Through our growing education & events calendar the farm’s Inspiring People team delivers a wide range of activities throughout the year, incl school visits, family activities & evening talks for the public. Whether it’s getting stuck in with muddy crafts or exploring how vegetables go from seed to soup we want to engage our local community with the amazing things growing & living on their doorstep in West Yorkshire. If you’d like to gain experience in outdoor learning & environmental education while combining farming & conservation themes this is the role for you! You will gain experience in all aspects of the events programme from designing activities & schools sessions, marketing events to local communities & onto delivering events & leading volunteers. Whether it’s enthusing children to grow their own food or showing visitors newly born calves this role offers a stunning place to volunteer in West Yorkshire as well as brilliant development opportunities. We are looking for someone with a passion for nature they can use to inspire others. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/1TpZtlK

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, BCEP, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Honorary Treasurer

BE4: N / A

LOC: York

PAY: 0

FOR: St Nicks Environment Centre

Exciting opportunity to help shape the sustainable future of York. Provide effective financial oversight of the charity in line with good practice & in accordance with the governing document & legal requirements, & report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation. As a Trustee, the Treasurer acts with the other Trustees to ensure that the charity fulfils its objects & is run prudently & effectively. Prev experience in a similar role or working experience in a financial management role. Ability to interpret & present, sometimes complex financial information, effectively to a non-financial audience. Ability to analyse proposals & comment on their financial consequences. Strong empathy with our mission & an understanding of our work. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2yPZ9sD Tom Waring, 01904 411821 tom@stnicks.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Support Intern

BE4: N / A

LOC: St Nicks Nature Reserve, York

PAY: Local expenses covered

FOR: St Nicks Environment Centre

4 months min commitment, 2 days per week (Tues & Thurs). Perfect opportunity to work with a wide variety of people of various backgrounds & abilities whilst benefiting the environment & gaining practical, hands-on exp. St Nicks is looking for a friendly, enthusiastic individual to support our volunteers in the practical conservation work that they carry out. You will gain experience of working with a variety of people art various ability levels & in the conservation sector. This diverse role offers the chance to gain or build on experience in volunteer management, practical skills & public engagement. Day-to-day tasks include: helping & supporting groups of varied ages & abilities in carrying out practical conservation volunteering; listening to volunteers if they are having issues & answering questions about the tasks; possibly leading small groups of volunteers if this is necessary; engaging with members of the public when required. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2yPZ9sD Send completed applications & any queries to Maria Gill, Volunteer Co-ordinator, volunteer@stnicks.org.uk or 01904 411 821.

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

6 - 12 month placement. Are you enthusiastic about conservation, improving the environment, gaining new practical skills & working with people? Learn to deliver practical sessions to groups of volunteers with diverse needs & gain exp in administration incl event management, publicity & budgets. Excellent communication skills, enthusiasm & passion for the environment & conservation. A willingness to work with a wide variety of people. ASK: Col Powell 0113 2742335 c.powell@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

PAY: All training provided

FOR: Forestry Commission

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@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

JOB: Seal Watch Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ravenscar, Yorkshire Coast

PAY: In house training

FOR: National Trust

4 hours a day, once a week. At Ravenscar there is a grey seal colony which is visited by members of the public & has up to 300 seals. You will engage with visitors informing them about the seals & how to behave around them. Training will be given. You will also be required to monitor the seals by counting numbers on a regular basis.  Outdoorsy, whatever the weather's doing; reasonably fit & healthy - you don’t need to be Bear Grylls but you will need to be fit to walk up the cliff; keen to work with people & animals; passionate about Ravenscar & seals. ASK: yorkshirecoast@nationaltrust.org.uk 01723 870423.

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.