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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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18 pages in total, the lead article is from the Ancient Tree Forum on the importance and management of veteran trees. Having discovered the difference between veteran & ancient trees we also find out from the Woodland Trust how managing an ancient woodland is different from any other woodland. Forest Research provide an update on tree health describing some of the new threats. The Tree Council discuss their work with Ash Dieback and the threat it poses to non-woodland trees. The Orchard habitat and how to manage orchards is provided by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). Building your career in forestry from Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the importance of education and learning. Dr James Walmsley at Bangor University talks about the differences between commercial forestry work and a career in arboriculture. Rounding off nicely with a ‘day in the life’ of Amelia Williams, a Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus

 




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: http://c-js.co.uk/2ivAWDs Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Marton Mere Nature Reserve, Blackpool

PAY: Training

FOR: Blackpool Council

Marton Mere Nature Reserve is calling all enthusiastic people with an interest in wildlife & green spaces to join our friendly Volunteer Ranger Service. Be part of our amazing 3 year, HLF project to transform the reserve & preserve Blackpool's most important ecological haven for future generations. You will work alongside an enthusiastic team of volunteers, assisting experienced staff & getting involved with a wide variety of projects including habitat conservation, estate maintenance, surveys, environmental activities as well as the promotion of our new visitor centre. No experience or quals needed, as training is given. Only essential requirement is an interest in the env & a willingness to get stuck in! ASK: Iollan Banks, Environmental Volunteer Co-ordinator, 07768 557271 martonmere@blackpool.gov.uk

JOB: Education - Formal Learning Session Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetlands, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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 experience through the warm welcome you give them, your interactions with them & the information that you provide. We need enthusiastic people to help deliver our education programmes to school groups & in doing so ensuring that they feel part of something amazing. You will help out with school groups, lead selected guided learning sessions & interact with children in a sensitive & responsive manner. Attend training sessions & meetings & be aware of procedures regarding child protection. Friendly & approachable to visitors, especially children. Exp in an education setting, confident / exp in delivering enquiry based learning to school groups. Ability to communicate well to a diverse range of audiences & work well in a team of staff & volunteers. Familiar with Martin Mere Centre. Own transport. ASK: Amy Hannan amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

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 http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering & email to volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk

JOB: Gardening Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nr Bridge Trafford, Chester

PAY: Travel expenses

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: 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: http://www.facebook.com/merebrowfarm or contact Sadie on volunteering@merebrowfarm.co.uk

JOB: Roaming Engager - Martin Mere

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Centre

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

One or two days a week during school holidays & / or weekends. You will be moving or positioning yourself around the site in order to talk to visitors about what is of interest there at that time; greet visitors, understand their need, empathise with them, show them what you have to show them & then tell them 'what else is on'. Engage with visitors using a range of appropriate techniques, i.e. talking about flamingos with a telescope set up & focussed on the nest site, as an interactive prop; involving children & their families by using a series of simple wetland busks to ‘draw a crowd’. No previous experience required as training will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site which is also a major visitor attraction. Ideal for those considering a career in environmental education or the leisure & tourism sector. Own transport; experience in either an educational setting or an environment involving children an advantage. Friendly & approachable manner, confident talking to members of the public of all ages; ability to work in a team of staff & volunteers under the direction of a team manager. ASK: http://www.wwt.org.uk Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer, 01704 891224 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Welcome Team -Visitor Services

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Centre

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

e day per week, 10 - 4. Act as first point of contact for all visitors, providing them with a warm welcome along with appropriate information to aid their visit; conduct specific talks to the public – scripts & training provide; conduct guided walks of the grounds & the reserve, training provided; recruit new members through conservation & specific messages & stories; act as a roving communicator within the waterfowl collection, providing guidance & information to visitors. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site; suitable uniform provided & discount in the shop & café on the day of volunteering.   Own transport; confident or experienced in delivering talks; able to work in a team of staff & volunteers; experience in a customer related role advantageous; familiar with Martin Mere centre. ASK: http://www.wwt.org.uk Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer, 01704 891224 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk



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