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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 West vacancies: Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.


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JOB: Brockholes Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes & ears out on the reserve. The role involves patrolling the nature reserve & carrying out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife & our conservation work with our visitors & promote the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust & all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. We are looking for volunteers 7 days a week. 2 hour patrol slots on a regular or ad hoc basis. ASK: Contact Sarah Leach, 01772 872003 sarah.leach@brockholes.org

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

We have been working in the region for over 50 years & manage 45 nature reserves with habitats ranging from grasslands & wet meadows to reedbeds, coastal dunes & wetlands. Our reserves provide a refuge for rare species incl natterjack toads, great crested newts, the bittern & a wide range of dragonflies & butterflies. We carry out practical habitat management on our reserves & require assistance from volunteers in doing so. No specific quals required, we just ask for a good level of fitness, a love for the outdoors with an ability to work in all weathers & have your own transport. ASK: Download a volunteer registration form at www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering & email to volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk

JOB: Canal & River Explorers Lune Aqueduct

BE4: N/A

LOC: Lancaster

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our team of education volunteers in Lancaster. Help children discover the magic of the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups in their classrooms, meeting places and out and about on our canals & rivers. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2Ep9rpa

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Weaverham, Cheshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Mere Brow Farm Ltd

A new organic permaculture project seeking year round volunteers to assist on an ad-hoc basis. Mainly outdoor-based tasks available. Volunteering available Monday – Friday, as much or as little time as you can commit to. Previous experience of volunteering is preferred but not essential & we are interested in working with people who have an interest in permaculture & organic growing. ASK: Find out more on www.facebook.com/merebrowfarm or contact Sadie on volunteering@merebrowfarm.co.uk

JOB: Waste Reduction Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

No min length of commitment, this is a fully flexible role. Events & talks take place during the week, weekends & evenings & you can attend as little or as many of these whenever you are available. Help us to reduce waste across Cheshire West & Chester by doing any of the following: attending events, local shows, fetes & fairs, giving individual advice; delivering workshops in schools; working with community groups; writing articles for press or websites; delivering talks & presentations to local groups & organisations; working with waste management departments at larger events; or anything that suits their skills! Benefit from developing communication skills in a variety of settings with a wide range of people, whilst helping local people save money & help the environment.Age 18+. Driving licence & vehicle may be necessary to attend events. ASK: See: http://c-js.co.uk/2DjlJj4 Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Lead Volunteer Costumed Interpretation

BE4: N/A

LOC: Ellesmere Port

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to coordinate existing and new volunteers in our costumed interpretation team for weekends and events at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. You will take a part in helping to engage more volunteers with costumed interpretation and to work with staff in developing this opportunity and activity across the site and at events. 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/2BYP4tx

JOB: Volunteer Environmental Assistant - Northwich

BE4: N/A

LOC: Northwich

PAY: 0

FOR: Canal & River Trust

We’re looking for a Volunteer Environmental Assistant as a voluntary sandwich year placement within our Environment Team. Based at Northwich, you can expect to travel regularly to our offices, canals and rivers across the North West and North & mid Wales on both field and office based work. You'll need a good understanding of environmental issues, and have good research, data management, communication and time management skills.   The placement will be available for a minimum period of 36 weeks and is being offered for a minimum of 3 days per week. ASK: Find out more at http://c-js.co.uk/2Em4pti

JOB: Education - Formal Learning Session Assistant

BE4: N/A

LOC: WWT Martin Mere

PAY: WWT Benefits & Discounts

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 to 2 days per week (Monday to Friday) 9.30am - 2pm during term times. At WWT we believe that the best way for people to understand & ‘connect’ with wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. You will be directly involved in shaping children’s unforgettable experiences through the warm welcome you give them, your interactions with them & the information you provide. We need enthusiastic people to help deliver our education programmes to school groups & in doing so ensuring that the feel part of something amazing. You will be assisting with school groups, leading selected guided learning sessions (session plans provided). Experience in an educational setting would be an advantage but not essential. You will need good communication skills & the ability to work well in a team of staff & other volunteers. ASK: For further information & to apply: http://c-js.co.uk/2sawpLD Should you have any questions: volunteer.martinmere@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats

BE4: N/A

LOC: Manchester area

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

I'm looking for voluntary assistants in and around the Manchester area to help with dusk emergence and dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April/May to September/October inclusive. Reasonable travelling expenses are paid. Applications accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. This casual work can be a useful addition to the cv of anyone interested in ecology and wildlife conservation. It can be done around your other commitments, perhaps once or twice a week, possibly including weekends. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With 30 years' experience of working with bats, I offer a learning opportunity for anyone interested in working with bats. Existing experience of watching bats in flight and/or using a heterodyne detector is useful. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills and professional approach are vital. The closer to BL9 you live the more opportunities you are likely to have. Most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary. Please supply your name, e-mail address, 'phone number and summer address for an application pack. There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat and bird survey work. ASK: bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171

JOB: Gardening Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nr Bridge Trafford, Chester

PAY: Travel expenses / meals

FOR: Trafford Hall

Trafford Hall is home of the National Communities Resources Centre. Are you green-fingered, enjoy working outdoors, would like to meet new people, learn new skills, & help the gardens team make a visit to Trafford Hall one to remember? Time commitment flexible. ASK: Crispin Spencer, Head Gardener, Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Wimbolds, Trafford, Chester CH2 4JP c.spencer@traffordhall.com Reception: 01244 300246 http://www.traffordhall.com

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses, onsite shop and restaurant discount, discount at Cotswold Outdoors, LWT training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Join our weekly practical conservation teams, carrying out habitat management and estate tasks in accordance with the reserve’s Conservation Management Plan. Our conservation teams assist in maintaining and creating habitats for wildlife, and in repairing and modifying reserve infrastructure. Our conservation teams meet one day a week on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 10.00am - 3.30pm. The teams continue to meet all year round, during the school holidays, whatever the weather! You will need to have a good level of fitness and be willing to work outside in all weathers and have a degree of exp in outdoor practical work and in using common hand tools safely. A genuine interest in wildlife conservation, good interpersonal skills and a good sense of humour along with good team working skills are also needed. ASK: www.brockholes.org



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