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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: Ranger Placement

BE4: 10/7/18

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill, Hadrian's Wall

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

You will be given training and development opportunities by working with current National Park staff and develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, and engaging and dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team you will become actively involved in the care and management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands and nature reserves. The purpose of the placement is to help young people understand value and contribute to conserving, enhancing and enjoying the National Park’s distinctive natural and cultural qualities. 10 days over a 3 month period (September to November). ASK: For further details contact jane.riddell@nnpa.org.uk

JOB: Event Volunteers

BE4: 2/7/18

LOC: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for local active people to join us at the Great Yorkshire Show on 10th to 12th July 2018. In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers engaging with the public and supporting event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm, practical and people skills and your passion for nature to help us engage with the public to encourage them to become engaged with the Woodland Trust’s work. ASK: Please see our website for further details: https://c-js.co.uk/2JGTJVA

JOB: Green Gym Volunteer Officer

BE4: 25/6/18 (9am)

IV: 2/7/18

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training package & travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Do you care about the world around you, and want to make a difference? A Volunteer Officer traineeship at Skelton Grange could be just the thing! Join a friendly and supportive team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds where you can spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them. Gain excellent work exp and enjoy a training package worth over £500 - invaluable for employment in this sector.  You don't need exp, just enthusiasm and the desire to work with adult volunteers on gardening and practical conservation activities. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to 2-4 days per week (Mon-Fri), for six months or more, in order for you to get the most out of the exp and training on offer. ASK: Download application form from http://c-js.co.uk/2pT8DlN. Contact 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk for more information.

JOB: Environmental Education Volunteer Officer

BE4: 25/6/18 (9am)

IV: 2/7/18

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training package and travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Do you care about the world around you, and want to make a difference? A Volunteer Officer traineeship at Skelton Grange could be just the thing! Join a friendly and supportive team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds where you can spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them. You will gain excellent work experience and enjoy a training package worth over £500 - invaluable for employment in this sector.  You don't need experience, just enthusiasm and the desire to work with children and build dens! Ideally we are looking for volunteers who can commit to 2-4 days per week (Mon-Fri), for six months or more, in order for you to get the most out of the experience and training on offer. ASK: Please download application form at http://c-js.co.uk/2pT8DlN or contact 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk for more information.

JOB: Spurn Ranger Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Spurn, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire

PAY: Training & help towards travel expenses

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

There’s lots of see and do at Spurn and as there are so many interesting features on this site that is 3 miles in length, we’d like volunteers to help us engage with visitors at specific features of the site and also to help keep people safe at high tides. You’ll be part of a team of volunteers who help to make Spurn a fantastic place to visit, you’ll like spending time talking to people and helping them to have an inspiring day. Full training and induction to the role will be given, you’ll just need to bring lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to make each visitors trip to Spurn a memorable one! Various times available and flexible to suit the volunteer. ASK: Contact 01904 659570 or email voluntering@ywt.org.uk for an application form or more information.

JOB: Animal Care - Living Collections Placement

BE4: 8/7/18

LOC: Washington Wetlands Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training, accommodation & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Accommodation including utility bills will be provided near Washington Wetlands Centre. Gain invaluable animal husbandry knowledge and hands on exp. You will become part of the small but friendly grounds team, training in use of tools, maintenance vehicles, animal care / handling and safe working practices on site. You will be involved in the workings of this centre and will therefore be able to take up any opportunities that become available. We are looking to recruit volunteers for a 6 to 12 month period for 4 / 5 days a week. This can be done as part of a course between years. Some practical exp in animal care would be desirable. Able to follow instructions and safely complete activities alone or as part of a team. Good people skills and ideally studied or is studying a rel subject. Public speaking skills desirable. Physical fitness, ability to lift heavy loads and able to work outdoors in all weather. Driving licence essential and over 18 years old. ASK: Contact Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Family Activities - Weekend Crafts Assistant

BE4: 8/7/18

LOC: Washington Wetlands Centre, Tyne & Wear,NE38

PAY: Training / uniform / discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Two Saturdays or Sundays per month 1pm - 4pm for 6 months. Why do we need you?   We believe that the best way for people to understand & connect with wetlands is to exp them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. You will be directly involved in shaping children's unforgettable exp through the warm welcome you give them, your interactions with them. You will be participating in craft activities with families; handling payments money & cashing up at the end of the session; being friendly & approachable to visitors, especially children; interacting with children in a sensitive & responsive manner; aware of procedures regarding child protection; attending training sessions & meetings. This role would suit you if: you have exp with children, maybe as a parent or grandparent; have exp of craft activities; able to work in a team of staff & volunteers; able to communicate well with families; able to think creatively. ASK: Contact: Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Animal Care - Volunteer Aviculture & Animal Husbandry Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Working in the fresh air with friendly, like-minded people; exercise & all-round fitness, you will be able to become part of the small but friendly grounds team. Training in use of tools, animal handling & safe working practices on site. You will be involved in the workings of this centre & will therefore be able to take up any opportunities that become available. The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon animal care exp, 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 over 60 breeding Chilean Flamingos & a pair of Asian Short-clawed Otters. Prev volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world. 1 or more days per week 9/10am to 4/5pm (Seasonal), for a min of 6 months in order to get the most benefit from volunteering. ASK: Contact: Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Gardener

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Valley Gardens, Harrogate

PAY: 0

FOR: Friends of Valley Gardens Harrogate

Weekly or fortnightly mornings. Volunteer gardener to help our professional gardeners to maintain the award-winning park. Volunteers also required to show visitors the restored Old Magnesia Well Pump Room once or twice a month. ASK: Further information email Jane Blayney, Chair, Friends of Valley Gardens jane.blayney23@gmail.com

JOB: Lead Volunteer Standedge Visitor Centre

BE4: N/A

LOC: Marsden, West Yorkshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We are looking for a Leader for our volunteers at Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre, undertaking tasks like outside garden and maintenance work, and indoor DIY/maintenance. You'll work alongside staff and volunteers to plan, deliver, and celebrate volunteering at this fascinating and inspiring site at Marsden, West Yorkshire. This is a responsible role with a lot to offer the right person, so if it sounds just what you've been looking for, we'd love to talk to you about it. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2E45McU

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 27/6/18

IV: 27/06/2018

LOC: Hardcastle Crags

PAY: Travel & equipment

FOR: National Trust

Rangers love the countryside and being out in the fresh air, so they know what our outdoor visitors need. They’re great at taking care of the wildlife and stunning landscapes of Hardcastle Crags, for ever, for everyone. By getting involved you could be: helping the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition including learning many skills, dry stone walling, scything hay meadows, improving our ancient woodland, footpath maintenance, construction tasks, invasive species removal, timber extraction and general estate repairs; act as information assistants for the National Trust, communicating with the public whilst onsite, maintaining exceptional standards of customer service as part of delivering the visitor experience; maintenance of vehicle and cleaning tools; maintaining a clean and tidy workshop, container and yard; adhering to the National Trusts health and safety procedures; making each visitor feel welcome, helping people understand why we need to take care of special places and thinking about the needs of all visitors; letting staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths etc.; maintaining good relationships with people who share the land. We provide equipment to help you do this role well and safely. We’ll also cover agreed costs of your travel between home and Hardcastle Crags. ASK: Contact: Emily Taylor 01535 607075 emily.taylor@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Champion Ryhope to Seaham

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North East

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover National Cycle Network Route 1 from Ryhope to Seaham.  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: Contact volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160 for details.

JOB: Wildlife Champion York

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Yorkshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Sustrans

We are looking for Wildlife Champions to cover sections of our National Cycle Network in York - NCN 62 at Foss Islands and NCN 65 Solar System Way (Skelton to Riccall).  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: Contact volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160 for details.

JOB: Butterfly Habitat Improvement Officer

BE4: N/A

IV: 27/07/2018

LOC: Tees Valley

PAY: Reduced cost accommodation

FOR: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

3 months minimum. As part of the Wings of the Tees Project, there is an interesting butterfly project that would be suitable for a current second year student to start considering to undertake for their final year dissertation. We would like to look at improving habitat for the Grayling and Dark Green Fritilliary. Both these species are struggling within the Tees Valley area. The idea of the project would be to do a feasibility study into the best areas within the River Tees Rediscovered Project area (areas immediately adjacent to the River Tees from the South and North Gares up to Croft on Tees). The Wings of the Tees project has funds to be able to pay for plug plants of the caterpillar food species. Groups of volunteers would be available to help with preparing the ground for habitat management and improvement and to assist with planting of the plug plants. The project would involve collating and looking at data of past surveys (which are very limited) and undertaking further surveys for evidence of these species currently. Vegetation surveys would be required to establish if the area is suitable to be managed for the butterfly species in question. Advice from a highly experienced botanist can be provided to assist with the project. ASK: sbarry@teeswildlife.org 01287 636382.

JOB: Wildlife Ambassador

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Yorkshire wide

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

As a Wildlife Ambassador you would be assisting our Wildlife Supporter Officers by talking to visitors at our sites and going to events with them, or you could fly solo and attend events local to you. You will be helping to spread the word in your ambassadorial role by raising awareness of the Trust and telling our stories that will inspire people to take action for wildlife. We’d like to hear from you if; you enjoy being part of a team of passionate individuals, enjoy talking to people about the importance of nature conservation, would like telling our stories and be able to actively encourage people to join up should the moment arise. The role will be based from York for training and your staff contact, however we want volunteers based across Yorkshire. ASK: All enquiries to volunteering@ywt.org.uk or 01904 659570

JOB: Butterfly Surveyors

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North Yorkshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Spending time outdoors is good for our wellbeing and getting some exercise is good for our health. Luckily we have the perfect opportunity for you if you enjoy being outside and walking around beautiful nature reserves. So what’s catch, well we’d like you to count butterflies while you’re there. We have some fantastic species on our sites from delicate Marbled Whites, to diminutive Duke of Burgundy and not leaving out the spectacular Peacock butterfly. We need Butterfly Surveyors at many of our nature reserves in North Yorkshire, you’d be part of a team of surveyors, on a rota to survey the site over a 6 month period. You will survey the same section of site each time, making a note of what species you encounter on the visit. As the survey period stretches from spring to autumn you will be able to see the delightful seasonal changes on your reserve. ASK: For enquires and application form email volunteering@ywt.org or call 01904 659570

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 2/8/18

IV: 02/08/2018

LOC: Hollybush Conservation Centre, Kirkstall, Leeds

PAY: Expenses up to £4 per day

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

1-3 days per week. Gain well-rounded experience in many practical skills. Our team of project staff & fully trained volunteers – Hollyvols – work locally to enhance the natural environment. People from all backgrounds regularly participate & the work ranges from footpath construction, planting trees & dry stone walling in local green spaces & the countryside to building wildlife gardens, growing areas & outdoor classrooms in schools. Volunteers can expect training in the use of many different hand tools & conservation techniques, a lively, sociable team to be part of & some amazing outdoor places to visit & enhance. Hollyvols runs Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday each week, 9.15am to 4pm. Boots, waterproofs, tea / coffee & biscuits are provided. ASK: Contact Col Powell or Michael Bird, The Conservation Volunteers, Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3BP 0113 274 2335 c.powell@tcv.org.uk or m.bird@tcv.org.uk

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: . Find out more from 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: 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: Contact volunteers-north@sustrans.org.uk 0191 2616160 for details.

JOB: Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North Yorkshire

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: North Yorkshire County Council

The role involves promoting the North Yorkshire Rotters project and offering information and practical advice about the ‘three R’s’: reduce, reuse and recycle - by promoting campaigns such as love food hate waste and home composting. You will have chance to talk to the public at events and help them to find out about ways that they can reduce waste sent to landfill and protect the environment. Opportunities are also available to help deliver waste prevention workshops to schools and deliver talks to community groups in your area. You should have an interest in helping your community, good communication skills, enthusiastic and enjoy volunteering as part of a friendly and helpful team. ASK: For further information and to apply email nyrotters@northyorks.gov.uk or 01609 797212. http://c-js.co.uk/2DT6NZd

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 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: Conservation Assistants and Walking Guides

BE4: Ongoing and no formal interview

LOC: Wakefield, from Thornes Park

PAY: Full training will be provided

FOR: Open Country

At least one day a month. Open Country is a disability charity based in Harrogate, working to enable any adult with any disability to access the countryside. We achieve this through delivering a suite of outdoor activities and by providing information, training and advice. Open Country have recently set up a new outreach project - Wild about Wakefield - based from Thornes park and we are now running weekday walks, conservation work parties, evening tandem cycling and weekend outings. We need volunteers to support us on the full days with guiding visually impaired adults, pushing wheelchairs and helping with the conservation activities. If you have an empathy for people with disabilities, a passion for the outdoors and want to make a real difference locally, we'd love to hear from you! You do not need any specific quals but a friendly nature and patience is very important. ASK: Ella Dixon, 'Wild about Wakefield' Project Officer, Open Country, Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LT Tel: 01423 507227 Mob: 07426 716677 www.opencountry.org.uk



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