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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: Martin Mere - Reserve volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, L40 0TA

PAY: 0

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We create and conserve wetlands and save species. Here at Martin Mere we have 214 hectares of wild nature reserve which are managed by our wardens and are a haven for wildlife. We are looking for a keen volunteer to help out with practical reserve management work! We are currently recruiting for a Tuesday / Wednesday volunteer. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2WGPIHy

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats

BE4: N / A

LOC: Manchester area

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

To help with dusk emergence and dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April / May to September / October inclusive. This casual work can be a useful addition to your CV. It can be done around other commitments, perhaps one to three times a week, possibly incl weekends. You have the option of switching to being paid on a freelance basis when suitably experienced. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With over 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 a professional approach are vital. Otherwise most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary.  There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat and bird survey work. ASK: Applications are accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. Please supply your name, e-mail address, phone number and summer address for an application pack to bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171.

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: People Enjoying Nature Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire

PAY: Benefit from being outdoors + training & expenses

FOR: Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The PEN sessions take place in three 6 week blocks between March and October and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Most on the same day and time each week for the 6 week blocks (e.g. every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4pm). People Enjoying Nature (PEN) is an outreach project offering supported activity sessions to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. Activity may incl practical conservation tasks, creative tasks in the landscape, archaeology, sessions with artists etc., which will link in with other PHLP projects or seasonal activity. This role involves: Supporting staff with preparation and delivery of landscape and heritage based activity sessions; Supporting participants and fellow volunteers throughout sessions; Assisting with resource creation, social media promotion and activity planning. ASK: Details: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved Before starting this role you will require a full induction. Please call 01200 420420 or email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Outdoor Learning Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire

PAY: Training & out-of-pocket travel costs

FOR: Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Either 1 day per week/biweekly/monthly or ad hoc to suit school groups. Support the Outdoor Learning Officer with educational trips, teacher training and in school and learning orgs grounds. Advocate learning from the land to local schools and educational groups. This role involves: Assisting in the delivery of env ed programmes, activities and youth engagement; Supporting the Outdoor Learning Officer in outdoor lesson planning in line with the National Curriculum and exam specifications; Assist in the promotion and delivery of events, projects and activities across the PHLP area whenever possible, linking to school. ASK: For more information please see: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved Before starting this role you will be required to undertake an informal interview and full induction, and a DBS check will be carried out (free of charge). If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to find out more please call 01200 420420 or email pendlehill@ernestcooktrust.co.uk

JOB: Promoted Route Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pendle Hill area, East Lancashire

PAY: Training & out-of-pocket travel costs

FOR: Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Each route needs to receive a full walk through and check at least once every 6 months. Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project aims to improve and manage key visitor 'gateway' sites and access routes within the PHLP area. This project will also include the additions of promoted routes, existing routes in the area which the PHLP will promote. You will be responsible for a specific walking route within the Partnership area. These routes will be promoted through the PHLP team, and will vary in length, terrain and location. This role involves: walking 'adopted' promoted route fully at least once every 6 months to inspect the condition of the route and report back to the Countryside Access Officer; being responsible for carrying out small, maintenance tasks; using hand tools to carry out this work. ASK: For more information please see: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved If you are interested in this role please call 01200 420420 or email sarah.dornan@lancashire.gov.uk

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses & benefits*

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

4 hours per week as part of a rota, morning or afternoon slots available. We are looking for Visitor Engagement Volunteers for Monday or Tuesday and also for our general cover list, covering gaps in our rota. Our Visitor Engagement Volunteer Team are based in the Welcome Centre on our floating Visitor Village and have an essential role to play in providing a warm welcome to all our visitors. This role involves helping our visitors to plan their day and get the most out of their visit. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer. * Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme, social events. ASK: Go to www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Events & Activities Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses*

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

Brockholes has a packed & varied programme of events & activities running throughout the year for visitors of all ages from tots to grown ups! We run lots of children’s activities, walks, talks, theatre performances & even Santa comes to Brockholes in December. Events & Activities Volunteers assist us with event set up, meeting & greeting, delivering the sessions & packing away at the end & helping to ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience! The majority of our events & activities are held at weekends & school holiday periods, so you will need to be available to volunteer then. *Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. ASK: Go the https://www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses*

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

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve. The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and 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 and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. * Free parking, restaurant and shop discounts, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. We are looking for Volunteer Rangers for all 7 days of the week. Time: 2 hour slot on a weekly basis. ASK: Go to https://www.brockholes.org to find out more.

JOB: Family Learning Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ribble Valley & Pendle, East Lancashire

PAY: Training & out-of-pocket travel costs

FOR: Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Opportunities for periodic/regular volunteering or either 1 day per week/biweekly/monthly. Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project aims to improve and develop local families' relationship with their local landscape and wild spaces. The Outdoor Learning Officer will provide a key role in broadening learning aspects of the PHLP, providing additional family activities and formal education methods to engage with the PHLP community. This role involves: assisting the delivery of nature and heritage events and activities within the PHLP area for adults, children and families; supporting the Outdoor Learning Officer in admin, resource creation and session promotion; joining in with activities and providing a positive role model for the children, young people and families; encouraging families to try other PHLP community events, training and activities. ASK: For more information please see: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved If you are interested in this opportunity or to find out more please call 01200 420420 or email pendlehill@ernestcooktrust.co.uk

JOB: Myplace Ecotherapy Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / Expenses

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Up to 4 hours per week. Myplace works with people who have physical or mental health issues and / or are experiencing long-term unemployment. We aim to empower people, encouraging them to take action, participating in environmental activity that has positive benefits for their own health and mental wellbeing, as well as for their local community. We do this through the delivery of 5 themes of Ecotherapy: Conservation, Growing, Nature Walks, Mindful Environments and Bushcraft. Volunteers are needed to help support our weekly sessions which are delivered across East, West and Central Lancashire for all ages (13+). This role will suit people who are empathetic with good interpersonal skills and are able to work with people from all walks of life. ASK: If you would like to make a difference in a person’s life whilst developing new skills and knowledge then get in touch: myplace@lancswt.org.uk 01772 872007

JOB: RSPB Volunteer Learning Assistant Ribble Discovery Centre

BE4: 5/6/19

LOC: Ribble Discovery Centre, Fairhaven Lake, Inner Promenade, Lythan St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1BD

PAY: Reasonable home to reserve travel expenses (25 miles max)

FOR: RSPB

We are looking for volunteers to deliver some of our educational sessions to visiting schools and on family events where typical activities include hands on investigations of the mud estuary, sand dunes and woodland. You will need: the ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme both in the field and the classroom with a group of young people and their staff; a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; and enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills. Desirable skills / experience: out of classroom teaching experience; and some ecological knowledge of habitat types. Time commitment: approx. 1 day per week March to October. ASK: Further details are available from emmeline.smith@rspb.org.uk, or tel 01253 796292.

JOB: Rochdale Green Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Rochdale Borough - Greater Manchester

PAY: Training

FOR: Rochdale Borough Council

It’s the skills, time and passion of our volunteers that make our borough special. Whether you want to try your hand at hedge-laying, sowing meadows or creating a sensory garden, we have something exciting for you to get involved in close to home. With no previous experience necessary, we offer guided practical activities for a wide variety of fun environmental tasks. You can even access accredited training and qualifications to expand your employment opportunities. We make sure that you’re kitted out with everything you need from uniform and protective equipment to travel expenses. To be a Green Volunteer you need to be over 16. ASK: Get in touch and register your interest on 01706 373421 or email adam.clayton@rochdale.gov.uk. www.rochdale.gov.uk/volunteering

JOB: Volunteer Biological Records Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Court Hey Park, Huyton-with-Roby, Knowsley. L16 3NA

PAY: Experience / training

FOR: Merseyside BioBank

We need office based volunteers to help capture wildlife information which is shaping conservation and decision taking across North Merseyside, including St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley and Liverpool. This role is essential for keeping information current and our service users up-to-date with the latest available information. Better data leading to better decisions for our local environment. The role is open to anyone, no previous experience of qualifications necessary and may be of particular interest to people looking to develop basic skills in IT, demonstrate their data handling and accuracy or gain work experience in an office environment. Ideally working at least 1 day a week (Tues-Fri). ASK: More on us: https://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk. Contact Ben at ben.deed@merseysidebiobank.org.uk for more information and to express an interest.

Volunteer Shadow Ranger

Forestry England are providing a voluntary placement known as Shadow Rangers. These placements are targeted at individuals seeking to gain experience in the countryside sector.

A number of 6 - 12 month placements are available across Central England Forest District. Volunteering 1-3 days per week, each placement allows volunteers to develop on the job skills in their chosen work area.


  • Closing Date: 02/05/2019
  • Sector: Arboriculture Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands North East North West
  • Posted: 16/04/2019


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.