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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: 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: 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: Maintenance - Vehicle and Machinery

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Martin Mere, Burscough, Ormskirk, L40 0TA

PAY: Uniform and training*

FOR: WWT

We create & conserve wetlands & save species; here at Martin Mere wetland centre we have a wild nature reserve as well as a captive collection of birds & mammals which are managed by our wardens & a small, dedicated team of volunteers. To help us to maintain this special area we need a variety of vehicles & pieces of equipment to help us in our work. This all needs constant maintenance & repair in order that it can be used to its maximum potential. This is an excellent opportunity to hone skills in machinery maintenance & repair while keeping a ‘hands on’ approach, & spending time in a beautiful wetland environment. We are looking for volunteers to help out 1 day per week. Hours to be mutually agreed. *Free entry to all WWT centres, & a discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: To read more & apply visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2DqWHNx

JOB: Practical Volunteer Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Manchester

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Why We Need You: You will help us deliver our Midweek Group volunteering days, and guide volunteers on practical projects to help them make the most of their experience. Being a VO can give you management skills and help your career. You will also help the Project Officer with promotion, site visits, completing quotes.  Benefits to You: This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of conservation, working to improve the green spaces of Greater Manchester. What You Need: Enthusiasm Communication skills  Interest in the environment and nature  No experience is necessary, but any background in conservation is desirable   How Much Time:A minimum of two days is required. One office day (Monday or Friday), and one practical day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday). It is possible to do more days.  For further details and information on how to apply, contact Abby at Abigail.mcbrien@tcv.org.uk or call  07764655689  2 days minimum ASK: For further details and information on how to apply, please contact Abby abigail.mcbrien@tcv.org.uk or telephone 07764655689.

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.

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: 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 the https://www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

PAY: Travel expenses*

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

We are looking for Visitor Engagement Volunteers for Friday am and Sunday am and pm. 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 and shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. ASK: Go the https://www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Outdoor Activities Volunteer

BE4: 26/1/19

IV: 26/01/2019

LOC: Winsford or Chester

PAY: Training and travel expenses

FOR: Age UK Cheshire

2 hrs / week or fortnight. Do you love the outdoors? If the answer is yes, Age UK Cheshire would love to hear from you. We are seeking volunteers to help to deliver outdoor based activities in Winsford and Chester. As a volunteer you will support or lead outdoor activities for people who are living with dementia and their carers.  Activities may include: nature walks, bush crafts, conservation work and gardening. Age UK Cheshire’s Outdoor Activities is a Bright Memories project funded by Brightlife Cheshire and working in partnership with Warrington and Cheshire Carer’s Trust, and Alzheimer’s Society. ASK: Contact: Kate Bibby, Outdoor Activities Coordinator, 07747 011548, kate.bibby@ageukcheshire.org.uk

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Weaverham, Cheshire

PAY:

FOR: Mere Brow Farm Ltd

12.5 acre permaculture led organic farm in Cheshire.  We are always looking for volunteers (with or without experience) to come and join us and help us for as much or as little as a volunteer can commit to. ASK: Contact Sadie Platt, 07808774173, sadie.platt@merebrowfarm.co.uk or find out more on https://www.facebook.com/merebrowfarm

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 & around the Manchester area to help with dusk emergence & dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April / May to September / October inclusive. 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 & wildlife conservation. It can be done around your other commitments, perhaps once or twice a week, possibly incl weekends. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With 30 years' exp of working with bats, I offer a learning opportunity for anyone interested in working with bats. Existing exp of watching bats in flight & / or using a heterodyne detector is useful. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills & 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 & summer address for an application pack. There may be an opportunity for you to gain exp of other aspects of bat & bird survey work. ASK: bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171

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: 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: Family Activities Assistant - Arts and Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1/2 - 1 day a week. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. You will be assisting the learning team (staff & volunteers) to engage our visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation & delivery of arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Provide centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events i.e. half-terms, Easter, summer holidays, Halloween, Christmas, weekends etc. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420

JOB: Canoe Safari Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & benefits*

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

We need friendly, outgoing people to help with the canoe safari operation, ensuring that our visitors feel part of something amazing. What will you be doing? Assisting the staff to give health and safety briefings, covering all of the aspects of canoe safety applicable to Martin Mere canoe safari. Assisting with providing instruction and advice to visitors on using the canoe safely and to ensure buoyancy aids are fitted correctly paying particular attention to the sensitivities of older people and children. To ensure health and safety instructions and standards are strictly adhered to. Assisting the staff with handling money taken for canoe trips. Illustrating the use of canoes and paddles, including demonstrating. 1 or 2 days per week. *Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Training opportunities will be provided. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge. ASK: To find out more please contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Welcome Team - Visitor Services

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & benefits*

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

By providing an excellent visitor experience as a member of the Visitor Services Team, you will be encouraging our visitors to make the most of their visit to Martin Mere centre, and to understand and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. What will you be doing? Acting as the first point of contact for all visitors to Martin Mere, providing them with a warm welcome along with appropriate information to aid their visit. Conducting specific talks to the public, scripts and training are provided. Conducting guided walks of the grounds and the reserve when required again, training is provided. Recruiting new members to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Benefits: *This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge. Time commitment 1 – 2 days a week. ASK: Contact: Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Gems in the Dunes Regular Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ainsdale, Merseyside

PAY: Training

FOR: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

1-2 days per week. We are looking for volunteers to assist with habitat management for our rarest species including sand lizards, natterjack toads, northern dune tiger beetles and petalwort. The habitat management work is varied and will involve removing invasive scrub, creating areas of bare sand and digging new breeding pools. You will also assist with the monitoring of these species and will receive training in identification and survey techniques. You need to be hard working, willing to work outdoors in all weathers and work well in a team. We also run volunteer weekends every third weekend of the month. ASK: To find out more, please contact us at gems-in-the-dunes@arc-trust.org or call 01704 571575.

JOB: Roaming Engager

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

PAY: Suitable uniform provided*

FOR: WWT

What will you be doing? Moving or positioning yourself around the site (outdoors) in order to talk to visitors about what is of interest there at that time; Greeting visitors, understanding their needs, empathising with them, showing them what you have to show them, and then telling them ‘what else is on’; Engaging with visitors by using a range of appropriate techniques. Who are we looking for? No previous experience is required as training will be provided.  However this role will suit you if you have a love of wildlife and the outdoors; Experience either in an educational setting or in an environment involving children would be an advantage; A friendly and approachable manner, confident in talking to members of the public of all ages. *Discount available at cafe and shop on volunteering days. One or two days a week during school holidays and/or weekends. ASK: For further details and to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2uCalbx If you have any questions please send them to: sam.hodgkinson@wwt.org.uk



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