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CJS Focus now published

35 pages in total, the lead article is from the National Trust; good volunteer management leads to a positive volunteer experience. It’s vital therefore that investment is made in the development of volunteer managers. Keep Wales Tidy highlight the benefits to company, staff and the local environment by utilising the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility. Find out how the Biodiverse Society project run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust has succeeded in updating Local Wildlife Site systems and training enthusiastic naturalists. National Parks UK run an annual awards ceremony for the volunteers who work across the 15 members of the UK National Park family. The importance of recognising the effort of volunteers is highlighted. A happy volunteer is a productive volunteer, the Canal & River Trust detail the lengths they go to find out what their volunteers want and need and how to provide for these requirements. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus

JOB: Assistant Warden Volunteer Internship

BE4: 25/2/18

LOC: Ribble Reserves, Lancashire

PAY: Expeenses / training


We are looking for 2 volunteer interns to support our team in managing and monitoring new areas of the amazing Ribble Estuary for wintering and breeding birds, as well as expanding our events programme and connecting with visitors.  We will train you to give you the skills needed to start a career in conservation.  You will get valuable work experience and help to develop new skills in all aspects of working on a nature reserve such as practical habitat management, maintaining infrastructure, surveys and monitoring, leading volunteers, leading public events and much more.  You’ll need to have a keen interest and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, and be able to work well in a team.  You’ll also need to be able to communicate well with people, and to use your own initiative.  3 full days per week for between 6-9 months. ASK: For more information about the reserve visit www.rspb.org.uk/marshside. To find out more information about the role and for an application pack, contact Gareth Tate, Reserve Warden for the Ribble reserves. gareth.tate@rspb.org.uk or 01704 211 690.

JOB: Lake District Ambassador

BE4: 19/2/18

LOC: Various locations across the Lake District

PAY: training

FOR: Lake District National Park Authority

The Lake District NPA looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. We have a statutory duty to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by the public. One of the ways we do this is through our new Lake District Ambassadors programme. More than 17 million people visit the Lake District every year, many for the first time. People come for a huge variety of reasons but the top five include walking, exploring the country side, getting on the water and visiting attractions. A rural and often remote environment, the Lake District can feel overwhelming to some who arrive and are unsure where to start. That’s where our fantastic volunteers come in. Based at key locations across the National Park, Lake District Ambassadors are passionate people, easily identifiable in their vibrant kit, on hand to help visitors make the most of their trip. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as a Lake District Ambassador and help visitors make the most of their time in our incredible National Park. To start 24 March with 1 day training in advance (flexible). ASK: Apply: http://bit.ly/2lMFQMw beth.kennedy@lakedistrict.gov.uk

JOB: Family Activities Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetlands, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

School holidays & / or weekends (11am - 4pm). You will deliver wildlife activity sessions to families e.g. pond dipping, bug hunts. Help with seasonal children's activities such as pumpkin carving, Christmas crafts or even being an elf! Assist with uniformed groups, engage with visitors in a friendly & confident way & interact with children in a sensitive & responsive manner. Incorporating WWT conservation messages in the right place & in the right way. No prev exp required as training provided. Exp either in an educational setting or in an environment involving children would be an advantage. Reliable, commitment to volunteering & confident in talking to the public. Able to work in a team of staff & volunteers & keen to give our visitors a first class experiences. Able to communicate well to a diverse range of people, young & old. A love of wildlife & the outdoors. Own transport. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

JOB: Schools Outreach Session Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Greater Manchester, Tyne & Wear, West Yorkshire or Merseyside

PAY: Full induction & training, travel & subsistence expenses


Minimum commitment is the equivalent of 2 full days a month up to 3 months in advance for a minimum of 6 months. Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? As part of the RSPB’s aim to connect as many children as possible to nature, Giving Nature a Home in Schools is our new school outreach project to provide opportunities for half a million children to connect with nature. We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver this ambitious project. You will be leading sessions with a class of children & their teacher, inspiring them to get up close to what creeps, crawls & flies in their school grounds. Abundant enthusiasm, with ability to communicate your passion for the natural world to help connect children with nature; some experience of working with young people; a keen interest in wildlife, conservation & the natural environment; resourceful & flexible approach & able to cope with primary & / or early years-aged children of all abilities; willing to learn new skills; well-organised, with effective communication skills to liaise with other volunteers & schools; willing to work alone; able to use email, internet, word processing. ASK: For Greater Manchester, Sally Mizon, sally.mizon@rspb.org.uk or 07808 717337; Tyne & Wear, Jill Stone, jill.stone@rspb.org.uk or 07718 972299; West Yorkshire, Catherine Walker, catherine.walker@rspb.org.uk or 07718 972298; Merseyside, liverpoolschoolsoutreach@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Experience - Guide in a Hide - WWT Martin Mere

BE4: N/A

LOC: Martin Mere, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: 0

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

In this role you will be encouraging our visitors to make the most of their visit to Martin Mere Wetland Centre, and to understand and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. The role will involve engaging with visitors in the hides at the centre to provide information regarding what wildlife can be seen and events, activities and developments taking place at the centre. You will also be recording birds and wildlife seen, and number of visitors with whom you have engaged. The following would be an advantage to the role: Excellent bird ID and verbal communication skills; good listening skills, with the ability to adapt your approach to suit your audience; confidence and/or exp of successful face-to-face contact with the public; commitment to excellent customer service; an interest in the work of WWT; the ability to work under your own initiative. One or two days per week (Tues, Weds, Fri and Sun) from 10 - 4. ASK: See website to apply: http://c-js.co.uk/2qDK75r

JOB: Family Activities Assistant – Arts & Crafts

BE4: N/A

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, West Lancashire

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

An excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important conservation organisation, discount is available in the café & shop & free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK. Training opportunities provided. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during the key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. The position will require work during weekdays & public holidays, exact hours to be discussed. Working knowledge of artistic mediums & experience of arts & crafts with small & large groups & families; experience of working with a variety of age groups including children & adults; attention to detail & creativity; confident & friendly attitude & / or experience of successful face-to-face contact with the public; interest in & enthusiasm for the WWT & the natural world; good listening skills, with ability to adapt your approach to suit your audience; ability to work on your own initiative under the direction of the Learning Manager. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer, amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891 224

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: Richard Holmes, Environmental Volunteer Co-ordinator, richard.holmes@blackpool.gov.uk

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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.