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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: Volunteer Gardener - Development Role

BE4: 8/11/19

LOC: Dunham Massey, Cheshire

PAY: Travel expenses, & training. Accomm may be available

FOR: National Trust

Up to 30 hpw. Assist with the upkeep & maintenance of Dunham Massey’s gardens, achieving high standards of conservation & presentation. Help look after the walled garden nursery area, incl, watering, feeding, potting up & propagation. Help us look after our borders, lawns & hedges, with training offered on machinery work & maintenance. Training provided in many aspects of horticulture. This role will suit you if you are: practical & enjoy all aspects of horticulture & being outdoors; keen to pursue employment in gardening or you’re considering retraining or changing your career; looking for a detailed & immersive exp of the National Trust or the sector. Whatever your motivation for getting involved, you will be looking to increase your horticultural skills & knowledge. The role can be physically demanding & working with machinery can be dangerous, so Volunteer Gardeners are required to be aware, sensible & active team members.  ASK: Apply online at https://c-js.co.uk/2J0HmoS

JOB: Membership Development Volunteer

BE4: 30/11/19

LOC: RSPB Dove Stone Reservoir

PAY:

FOR: RSPB

RSPB Dove Stone needs an enthusiastic and passionate individual with excellent people skills to join the RSPB’s dynamic membership team and help Give Nature Home. You will be based at our lovely reserve surrounded by hills and rewarded by fabulous views. You will enthuse and inspire the public to join the RSPB by using sales techniques, storytelling, and utilising wildlife spectacles. Thanks to your vital presence and work, you will be ensuring that nationally agreed membership recruitment targets and key performance indicators are achieved. If you have the ability to engage with a wide range of people face to face, and have experience in delivering wildlife and conservation messages, then this is the volunteering role you were looking for. Commitment: 1 day, 6 hours a week. ASK: To apply and find more information about the role, please contact our Visitor Experience Officer at angel.sanchezdevera@rspb.org.uk or call us 01457 819880.

JOB: Schools Outreach Session Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Greater Manchester

PAY: Training / expenses provided

FOR: RSPB

You will be working with primary school children in their school playgrounds. Giving children the chance to explore & learn about the nature around them. Helping them find mini-beasts. Encouraging them to use their senses to discover the sights, sounds, smells & textures of the plants & animals nearby. Supporting them to discover nature’s treasures & find the words to talk about them. Your Schools Outreach Officer, Rachel Robinson, will support & train you at all stages, & you will get all the resources you need. Training will be done around Manchester & in schools. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering a career in environmental education or would like to work with children. Requirements: an interest in wildlife & a love for nature; exp or desire to work with children; enthusiasm & willingness to communicate with adults & children; well organised; able to commit to 2 days a month. ASK: Email rachel.robinson@rspb.org.uk & complete an application form.

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: 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: 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. 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: Wigan Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / expenses

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

Our Conservation Volunteers get stuck in with a variety of practical conservation tasks such as path work, fencing, coppicing and wetland work on sites in the Wigan area. Volunteers need to be enthusiastic with a reasonable level of physical fitness.  Full training and supervision by LWT staff. ASK: To find out more please email volunteer@lancswt.org.uk 01772 318374.

JOB: WWOOFing opportunity

BE4: 01/03/2020

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: Mere Brow Farm

Mere Brow are delighted to announce that we are now signed up as WWOOF Hosts. WWOOF stands for WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A worldwide movement linking visitors with organic farmers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange thereby helping to build a sustainable community. We have a new purpose built bunkhouse that sleeps 6 dormitory style, with separate bathroom and kitchen/diner/lounge area. Most importantly it is toasty warm in the winter months! Availability: 8/9/19 – 27/10/19 (sharing with a WWOOFer) & from 9/2/20 onwards. 5 days per week. We will consider families. Previous experience of WWOOFing or volunteering is preferable. We are an organic farm and undertake all our work to permaculture principles. ASK: You will need to request a placement through wwoof.org.uk our membership ID is #1004105 so you can find us on the Find a Host page. For any other questions you can contact us on volunteering@merebrowfarm.co.uk



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