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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 Internships

BE4: 14/1/19

IV: 14/01/2019

LOC: Various

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

6 month placements. Volunteer internships from March - September 2019 on various UK reserves; Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex, Leighton Moss in Lancashire, Conwy in North Wales, Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire & Loch Leven in Central Scotland. We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages & abilities throughout our summer season. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain exp working with families & adults. You could be a recent graduate or just changing careers & need to gain practical exp in this competitive arena. Good communication skills & enthusiasm are essential & some exp of working with children would be helpful. You will be working outside & on the go all day. Willing to learn new skills with a resourceful & flexible approach. You’ll get training in delivery, local species ID, the safe use of all equipment & first aid, mentoring, lots of first-hand exp, a uniform as required & expenses. ASK: Contact: Suzanne Welch, RSPB Education & Families Manager; RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. SG19 2DL 01767 693271 suzanne.welch@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: TCV

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: Social Media Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne

PAY:

FOR: Natural History Society of Northumbria

We are looking for someone to join us as part of our ‘Towards 2029’ project and work alongside NHSN staff to plan and deliver exciting natural history content across our existing social media channels. The ideal candidate will have: a sound knowledge of the natural world; good organisational and planning skills; great written skills; a flare for creativity; familiarity with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; strong IT skills; self-motivation; a firm grasp of the type of content that appeals to different audiences. ASK: Should this role interest you, please email a CV and short introductory email (no need for a cover letter) to james.common@newcastle.ac.uk. A drop-in session will be on Wednesday 9 January to allow candidates to meet the staff.

JOB: Wildlife Ambassador

BE4: 14/1/19

LOC: Yorkshire Wide

PAY: Training and help towards travel expenses

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

All across Yorkshire we’re reaching out into communities to connect people with nature. Through events at our nature reserves as well as community events, our fantastic team of volunteers and staff are inspiring Yorkshire folk to explore the wildlife on their doorstep.  We’re looking for new Wildlife Ambassadors who will help us to reach even more people. You’ll be teamed up with staff at our nature reserves or at events to talk to the people we meet there. You will be sharing your passion for wildlife with the people you meet by talking to them and telling our stories and also involving families is simple craft activities. If you have a passion for wildlife and if you’re a great communicator who would like to use your skills to inspire others about wildlife, we’d love to hear from you! Various times available and flexible to suit the volunteer. ASK: Get in touch to find out more volunteering@ywt.org.uk or call 01904 659570.

JOB: Soak It Up Project Voluntary Trainee x 2

BE4: 7/1/19

IV: 17/1/19

LOC: York or Doncaster

PAY: Travel expenses and Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

2-3 days a week for 6 months. We’re on a mission to teach people all about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) with our fantastic new project- Soak It Up! We’re proud to be delivering this engaging new project in partnership with Yorkshire Water, through the project we will deliver a programme of events and practical works with schools across north and south Yorkshire that will life the profile of SuDs. As a Soak It Up Voluntary Trainee you will be involved in project delivery, that will help young people to understand the reality of the urban water cycle and how small interventions can help improve drainage and take pressure out of our existing drainage systems. There are two roles available, one based in York and the second in Doncaster. ASK: Please see our website for more information and application form. https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee x 2

BE4: 7/1/19

IV: 17/1/19

LOC: York and reserves across North Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days per week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for two new voluntary trainees to gain valuable experience within this team & develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. Both roles will be split between office-based tasks & practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire, with most time spent at our nature reserves. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites & part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. There are the following roles available: role one - Harrogate & Ripon Reserves with York head office as a base & role two - Hambleton, Ryedale & Scarborough Reserves with York head office as a base. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Grounds - Gardening

BE4: N / A

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre

PAY: 0

FOR: WWT

At WWT, we shape unforgettable experiences. You will assist with the maintenance of all aspects of gardening within the grounds at Washington in order to exhibit our waterfowl & mammals from around the world to the highest standards. This will help to provide our visitors with a great day out & encourage them to engage with & support our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. We are looking for volunteers to help on Fridays, 10am - 6pm. This role includes: assisting with development & maintenance of visitor centre grounds, planting, weeding & pruning; helping us maintain our visitor infrastructure to a high standard incl path clearance, & furnishings; engaging visitors at our Washington centre. ASK: Visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2Qq8geY

JOB: Farm and Grazing Voluntary Trainee x 2

BE4: 18/12/18

LOC: Appleton-le-Moors, Pickering, North Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months, 3 days per week. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is developing its Living Landscapes vision at two farms in North Yorkshire and would like to recruit 2 Farm and Grazing Voluntary Trainees to help with the varied tasks. Appleton Mill Farm is an established 230 acre beef and arable farm with 100 acres of woodland that holds many ancient woodland indicator flora such as bluebells, wild primrose and wood sorrel. Low Carr Farm is a 100 acre grassland farm where most of lambing takes place for our Hebridean sheep. Part of the role will assist the grazing team to ensure the successful conservation grazing of over 30 nature reserves with cattle and sheep throughout the year. As a Farm and Grazing Voluntary Trainee you will assist in all aspects of farm conservation and management at both sites and play a key role in the conservation grazing plan. ASK: For further information please contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger - Farne Islands

BE4: 17/2/19

IV: 17/02/2019

LOC: Farne Islands

PAY: Expenses / training

FOR: National Trust

Visitor work & seabird monitoring. Experience of customer service & wildlife conservation preferred. ASK: Apply online on National Trust website - search 'Farne' & email cv & covering letter to gwen.potter@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Ranger Volunteer

BE4: 1/2/19

IV: 01/02/2019

LOC: Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

By getting involved, you could: help look after important landscapes for future generations; use your passion for the outdoors and share your knowledge with visitors; work alongside passionate countryside management professionals and learn new skills along the way; join a friendly and varied team and make some new friends. What's involved? Help the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition, 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 and maintaining a clean and tidy workshop, container and yard. Make each visitor feel welcome and help people understand why we need to take care of special places and thinking about the needs of all visitors. Let staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths etc and maintain good relationships with people who share the land. ASK: Contact: Emily Taylor, 01535 607075, emily.taylor@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Fundraiser RSPB

BE4:

LOC: Homebased – North East

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: RSPB

Part time long term placement, required for 1 hour / month. The RSPB is looking for Volunteer Fundraisers in the North East to help manage our Pin Badge boxes in their local communities. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We are the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members, and our work largely depends on money donated by the public. The Volunteer Fundraisers will be in charge of placing and servicing the boxes by collecting and banking donations every 4 weeks as well as restocking the badges. The only requirements are enthusiasm, basic computer knowledge and access to the internet. All necessary training is provided. The role is very flexible and works with anyone's schedule. All donations go towards protecting wildlife in the North East. Last year, the team raised an incredible £210,000 in donations from our pin badge boxes. Could you help us raise even more? ASK: For more information contact Polina Utkina, 01912334312, polina.utkina@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / Uniform / 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, waterway-related and environmental workshops in schools and guided walks. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N / A

IV: 01/02/2019

LOC: Rainton Meadows or Low Barns Nature Reserve

PAY: Expenses on discussion / training / uniform

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

One weekend day a week. You will be supporting the income generation team and visitor centre assistants with their events; being an ambassador for Durham Wildlife Trust; promoting and impassioning the wildlife and wider benefits of the nature reserve; attending events on the day, helping with car parking, sign-in, entrance fees and general tasks; talking to members of the public about membership, signposting them and being a welcoming face for the site; helping to keep entrance areas and bathrooms clean and tidy and keep the visitor centre looking welcoming; focus on weekends and schools holidays, when the site is busiest. What will you get out of it? Learn about different wildlife and the work of Durham Wildlife Trust; gain confidence in speaking to people; helping to raise income for wildlife conservation from Tees to Tyne; be part of a wonderful team of staff and volunteers; gain friendship and socialization. ASK: Contact Zoe Hull zhull@durhamwt.co.uk

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 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: Education Team Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY

PAY: Free membership of the Arboretum + discounts

FOR: The Yorkshire Arboretum

Usually around 5 hours a day when a school is visiting. The Yorkshire Arboretum offers a lively and very popular programme of activities for Schools linked to the National Curriculum.  Additional volunteers are needed to join the Education Team to help with an increasing number of school visits. Experience with children, in either a school or an informal setting is useful and a willingness to work outdoors in all weathers is needed. ASK: For more information please visit https://www.yorkshirearboretum.org/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: 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: Event Volunteer - Mass Engagement

BE4: N / A

LOC: Birmingham, Hereford, Oxford, York

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Events Programming Team work nationally across the Woodland Trust to deliver mass audience events which raise brand awareness of the Woodland Trust. The aim is to engage and inspire those audiences about the aims and work of the Woodland Trust and to encourage them to get involved and support our cause. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at events in 2019 in the following locations: Birmingham; Hay-on-Wye, Hereford; Oxford; Castle Howard, York. You will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills, to volunteer alongside the staff at the event, to engage with large audiences and support our delivery of events. As part of our events team you will: be part of the staff rota for an event; attend pre-event briefing calls over the telephone / video conferencing; engage with the public and deal with questions and queries at the event; give post-event feedback so each event can be evaluated going forward; collect names and addresses of members of the public, adhering to data protection / GDPR; help with tidying up after the event. Please only apply if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the above locations. ASK: For further details and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2CqpRw7

JOB: Reserves Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 - 2 days per week. A very rewarding experience and ideal for those considering work within the conservation sector. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. By working as part of the reserves volunteer team you will assist with the management of all aspects of the nature reserve. This will help to provide our wildlife with the most beneficial of habitats and provide visitors with a great day out and encourage them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. You will be: removing invasive plant species; assisting with maintenance of hedges and trees; assisting with maintenance of meadows; creating and maintaining infrastructure such as pathways and hides; creating and maintaining wildlife habitat including ponds, woodland and meadows; assisting with wildlife and wildflower surveys. ASK: To find out more please contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Grounds Gardening

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 - 2 days per week. 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 & mammals from around the world to the highest standards. You will be: assisting with development & maintenance of visitor centre grounds; assisting with planting, weeding & pruning; helping us maintain our visitor infrastructure to a high standard incl path clearance, & furnishings; welcoming & engaging visitors; ensuring the safety, welfare & enjoyment of the visiting public; promoting the work of WWT to all visitors. No formal quals are required, however, this role would suit you if you have exp or understanding of gardening & conservation. You will need to be practical & physically able. You will be able to work in a team of staff & volunteers, proactive & able to work with min supervision. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Nidd Gorge - Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Hackfall to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory & boasts original features such as grottos & glades, rustic temples & waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebells in spring & an impressive number of woodland birds. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional exp during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2MjTCAC

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Hackfall - Grewelthorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ripon, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Nidd Gorge to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This woodland, near Knaresborough clings to a dramatic steep-sided valley. Its patchwork of habitats supports a wealth of wildlife & flora, with relics of an intriguing history dating back to the Iron Age. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional experience during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2KvT7BC

JOB: Wade's Ranger Volunteers

BE4: 20/12/18

LOC: Armley and Gotts Parks, Leeds

PAY: Training / reasonable travelling expenses

FOR: Leeds City Council

Do you want to make a difference to Armley and Gotts Park? Do you enjoy the outdoors, being active and learning new skills, then why not join us to carry out vital work in both parks? We meet every second Sunday of the month (10 am - 12 noon) or every fourth Thursday of the month (10 am - 3 pm). All are very welcome, no experience required. ASK: Please contact Claire Rogers at claire.rogers@leeds.gov.uk for more information or telephone: 07891 277006

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.



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