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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: Residential Volunteer Visitor Experience Intern, RSPB Leighton Moss

BE4: 8/3/19 12 noon

LOC: RSPB Leighton Moss

PAY: Training / expenses


Full time - 9am-5.15pm five days per week incl weekends, 6 month duration. Live on an RSPB Reserve!  We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with proven experience of delivering high standards of visitor-facing customer care, to work with our Visitor Experience Manager. You will need excellent people skills and an infectious ability to enthuse and inspire our visitors.  This is a great chance to work with other people who care about conservation.  You will gain experience in management of a popular RSPB visitor centre and working with a team of staff and volunteers. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife and an interest in conservation is.  You must be able to work as part of a small team, be adaptable, self-motivated and willing to turn your hand to many different tasks.  Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but you must be happy working outdoors in all weathers and confident talking to visitors. ASK: Contact jon.carter@rspb.org.uk, tel 01524 703017

JOB: Cumbria Conservation Undergraduate Student Placement

BE4: 26/2/19 10am

IV: 26/02/2019

LOC: South Walney Nature Reserve

PAY: Training & accommodation*

FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

We are offering an exciting opportunity to an undergraduate student reading an ecology, wildlife or conservation related degree, to spend a sandwich placement with us which will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills & knowledge across many of the Trust’s reserves. Full training will be given to carry out a range of reserve tasks including ecological surveys, monitoring, practical site management and facilities maintenance. *A training bursary of £2500 is available as well as shared on site accommodation. It is expected the placement will start late April/early May 2019, 4 days per week for at least 9 months. Regular evening & weekend work is expected. Due to the nature of the site an independent & self-reliant style of working is required. ASK: Please see www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk for the full role description. For further information contact Sarah Dalrymple, Reserves Officer & South Walney Nature Reserve Warden, sarahd@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or 01229 471066. Apply with a brief CV & covering letter admin@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8LX

JOB: Natural Wellbeing Trainee

BE4: 3/3/19

IV: 18/3/19

LOC: Holly Bank House, Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire CH2 4HU

PAY: Training & travel expenses*

FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Gain experience & skills in the area of natural wellbeing. Through volunteering for 1 year, 3 days a week, you will engage with vulnerable adults, support the delivery of practical volunteering sessions & help to monitor the project’s success. Whilst also completing practical habitat management tasks, which will increase your awareness of local wildlife & conservation. *Free access to CWT internal training courses. Training budget available for external training courses. Help with CV / job applications at the end of the placement & a reference. We are looking for someone with the following qualities: passion for being outdoors & an understanding of natures impact on wellbeing; experience of engaging with disadvantaged or vulnerable adults; reliable, proactive, able to use initiative; friendly, fun, creative & approachable. A good level of fitness & mobility is required as we will be spending a significant amount of time outside, often on difficult terrain. ASK: If you are interested in this volunteer role then please complete a trainee application form, found on https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/traineeship & email this to Becky Stallard, bstallard@cheshirewt.org.uk along with your CV.

JOB: Anderton Boat Lift Event Steward

BE4: 31/3/19

LOC: Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, Cheshire

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Canal & River Trust

2 - 3 days / month We are looking for volunteers to help out at events that take place in or around Anderton Boat Lift, activities range from help setting up and clear down, craft days, fun days, safety rangering. We are looking for volunteers to either lead or support others on some of our event days, these will be spread throughout the year and will vary in nature. Your participation can be arranged around personal commitments, if you are available on any of the event days then fantastic, if not you may be available for a future event. We are looking for volunteers that are outgoing in nature and are willing to work with varying age groups depending on the nature of each event. ASK: Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2QUjQLv

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.

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: 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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.