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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: Volunteer Placement - Ranger Team

BE4: 3/7/19

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

Successful applicants will 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 placements will become actively involved in the care and management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands and nature reserves. Personal specification: essential: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; approachable, open, polite and helpful to others; self-motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills; able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas and to work outdoors in all weathers; able to get to chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start each day. Time commitment, 3 months (one day per week).   ASK: For further details please contact: Jane Riddell on 07795834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk

JOB: Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 8/7/19 9am

LOC: Spurn NNR

PAY: Accommodation, travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Do you enjoy learning in a past paced setting and enjoy being part of multi-faceted team? If you'd like to learn the various aspects of managing a National Nature Reserve that includes habitat management, visitor engagement, surveying and much more, then this could be the perfect training and development opportunity for you to get stuck into. We’d like a new Voluntary Trainee to join the team at Spurn that is enthusiastic, dynamic and a real people person that can help us with our work, while learning plenty of new skills for yourself. You will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge centred on reserve management, visitor engagement and running a programme of events at a large visitor centre. A driving license is essential for this role. 6-12 months at 3 days a week. ASK: For more information or to apply for this role email volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Nature Reserves Trainee- North Cave Wetlands

BE4: 8/7/19 9am

LOC: North Cave, Hull

PAY: Travel expenses & training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Would you like to learn about wetland habitats at one of the fastest growing wetlands sites in Yorkshire? You really can watch nature progress before your eyes in this role! As the North Cave Wetlands Voluntary Trainee you will help with site management and practical habitat management, plus have the opportunity to lead community and educational events. Much of this will take place at North Cave Wetlands, however there will also be opportunities to get involved with tasks happening across our other reserves in the area. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities including invasive species removal, meadow management, surveying and monitoring, and a variety of other jobs. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites and part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. 12 months for 2-3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website https://www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Grounds Maintenance (Handyperson)

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Washington

PAY: Training & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Washington’s amazing inner grounds & outer reserve have a lot of infrastructure which requires regular maintenance. By volunteering your time with this small group you will be helping to ensure that Washington’s grounds are maintained to the highest standards for our visitors. We use resources creatively to maximum effect which is why we need enthusiastic & hardworking people to help with these projects. *Uniform & training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, & a discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. The group will be run on a Wednesday, starting at 10am & finishing at 4pm through the summer & 3pm during winter.  ASK: For more information & to apply, visit https://c-js.co.uk/2Yyturm.

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: RSPB Fairburn Ings - Reedbed Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: RSPB Fairburn Ings, The Visitor Centre, Newton Lane, Ledston, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 2BH

PAY: Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.


Once per week - March to August. We need knowledgeable people to help us to monitor the breeding activity of some of the reserve's most iconic species, whilst helping the visitors to the reserve enjoy the wildlife spectacle, & minimising disturbance. An opportunity to develop field skills & make a great contribution to conservation. Gain valuable experience in specific species monitoring as well as public engagement skills. You will hone your existing skills with the support of the warden & visitor experience team & inspire visitors with your passion for wildlife. You need a genuine interest in birds, wildlife & conservation. Some basic bird identification skill is essential, but no previous survey experience is necessary.  You also need to have good people skills & be happy to approach & talk to a wide range of visitors to the reserve. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2D7ANhA

JOB: Butterfly Survey Co-ordinator

BE4: 11/7/19

IV: 11/07/2019

LOC: Home Based or from a Regional Office

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Each year, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust carries out transect surveys of butterflies on many of its nature reserves. The information is gathered by a team of volunteer surveyors & the results are used to inform our reserve management plans & passed to the UK Butterfly Conservation Trust as part of their nationwide monitoring effort. We’re looking for an individual that is an organised coordinator, great at communicating & has an eye for detail that can coordinate the team of surveyors, deal with associated admin of the project & liaise with the Butterfly Conservation Trust to deliver an event once a year. This opportunity would be perfect some someone who loves nature, people & being organised. You can be homebased & flexible to fit around your other commitments. ASK: Apply: download an application form from our website www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

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: 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: 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: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

IV: 02/08/2019

LOC: Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB

PAY: Training at a value of approx. £1,000 + expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Two to three days per week (Monday - Friday), for six months or more. Volunteer Officers assist and lead on a variety of sessions from green gyms, community events to educational activities. This role involves aspects such as planning and organising tasks, equipment maintenance, volunteer recruitment, and helping to deliver tasks with a view of leading tasks in the future. There are 3 Volunteer Officer positions available. Based in Doncaster with the view of practical work across our sites in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. Some knowledge of practical skills is desirable but not essential. No experience required as training will be provided, however, good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors is essential. A driver’s licence would be beneficial but not essential and this role is subject to the completion of an enhanced DBS. ASK: To register your interest please call 01302 388832 or email southyorkshire@tcv.org.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

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: Events and Activities Volunteer

BE4: 1/8/19

LOC: Gibside

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: National Trust

1 day a week. Love talking to people and getting stuck in? Events and activities volunteers help deliver the fantastic events, activities and sport that help bring Gibside to life for over 300,000 visitors every year. You'll be running our brand new activity station on green close field which is stocked with loads of kit plus delivering family activities at weekends and during the school holidays. Our school holiday programme is really varied so be open to learning new things. There’ll be everything from making epic mud pies, helping children get creative making wild art and becoming a pro at building a den to simply enjoying a game of rounders or football on the field. This role will suit someone who loves meeting new people and enjoys working with people of all ages. Cheerful, positive and willing to get stuck in with anything on a busy day. Able to commit to volunteering at weekends and during the school holidays. ASK: Apply here: https://c-js.co.uk/2u857Ua

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

The estate team manage our 14 acre conservation site comprising of a commercial plant & tree nursery, 5 acre woodland & soon to be wildflower meadow open to the public, working with adults with learning difficulties. We also maintain an unadopted access road to the nursery which runs alongside the beck the nursery was named after. As part of the charity's aim to bring life skills & improve social abilities, the trainees work with staff & volunteers who make up the team & we are always open to welcome new people to our nursery. ASK: If you are interested in joining the estate team please contact lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Membership Recruiter

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire



With over 100,000 visitors a year, Bempton Cliffs is a very busy reserve. We aim to deliver first class customer care at all times, as well as giving an outstanding home to nature. We are looking for someone to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors, providing them with the information they need to make the most of their visit. We need you to be able to enthuse people about wildlife & the RSPB, & actively encourage non-members to join. Other duties include promoting pin badge sales & promoting events / activities. ASK: Contact: Scott Smith, Visitor Operations Manager scott.smith@rspb.org.uk 01262 422210.

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

Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Location: Based at Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 OAG

Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month

Benefits: A bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel.

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.

  • Closing Date: 27/06/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 06/06/2019

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.