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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: Wardening Team Volunteers

BE4: 28/2/18 9am

IV: 28/02/2018

LOC: Fair Isle

PAY: 0

FOR: Fair Isle Bird Observatory

All volunteering roles have food and accommodation (usually in a shared, single-sex room) provided at the Obs. Transport arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the volunteer. Wardening Team volunteers pay £14 a night to cover costs. A minimum stay of two weeks is expected, there is no maximum length of stay that can be applied for. We usually take a maximum of two Wardening Team volunteers at any given time. Volunteers are encouraged whether your aim is to build upon experience and knowledge you already have, or to pick up new skills, but it is advised that you choose the time of year to fit in with your expectations. It is important that volunteers fill in the application form in order that we can prepare work plans in advance to suit the skills of the team available. A range of tasks (including domestic tasks, helping with guests, practical jobs around the Obs and data inputting) are common to all the volunteering roles. ASK: www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/opportunities.html

JOB: PARTRIDGE volunteer

BE4: 25/03/18

LOC: South-east Scotland

PAY: Training provided

FOR: Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would like to gain exp of ecological surveying to take part in the EU Partridge Project. We will be focusing on partridge playback surveys and lamping. The surveys take place at dusk and surveyors will be required to walk 1km transects. Hare lamping surveys involve using a vehicle to drive around site at night and record mammals seen.  The sites in the project are in Fife and Mid/East Lothian so participants can opt for all or specific areas and volunteers will gain valuable exp in ecological survey techniques and ID skills. You do not need to have any previous exp of environmental surveys as training provided. Surveyors should be able to walk 1km on uneven ground at a brisk pace and be able to travel to site independently. Up to 3 hours per survey. ASK: To sign up or if you have any questions, contact Fiona Torrance, Scottish Grey Partridge Recovery Project Research Assistant, at ftorrance@gwct.org.uk or 07979 894173.

JOB: Osprey Watch Volunteers


LOC: Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Help us maintain a 24/7 watch on our 2018 nesting ospreys.  We are looking for a  number of volunteers to offer to fill gaps in our 24 hour rota in order to provide surveillance, record behaviour and speak to visitors.  Rota is in 4 hour slots throughout the day and some night working could be available if you wish.  Car owner and proximity to Lowes would be advantageous.  All necessary training provided. ASK: See volunteer page on our website http://c-js.co.uk/2mm6oDA

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Mid-Nithsdale Red Squirrel Network to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Nith Valley. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, and volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group and the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff and partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month and enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels. ASK: For further information and to download application form visit http://c-js.co.uk/2FOy7F5. Please send completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: All over Scotland!

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

NTS is always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Conservation Volunteer Groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen & Inverness. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills & work in beautiful gardens & stunning countryside throughout Scotland. Over 18 & reasonably fit. ASK: Julie Bond, 0131 4580315 jbond@nts.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & interested in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Mortonall, Edinburgh

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

You will be assisting & learning from the current volunteer & senior project officer. You could spend your time trying a variety of practical conservation skills travelling to community gardens, parks & reserves around Edinburgh, or engage with communities & schools. As confidence & skills develop, you will take a leading role on the practical volunteering days helping load & maintain tools & supervise other volunteers. When appropriate you will do extra days supporting us with advertising & administrative tasks. You will gain excellent work exp valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skills, & best of all join a friendly & supportive team in a camping park in the South of Edinburgh. Willing to lead a group; work well in a team; passionate about the environment & conservation; time management skills; willing to drive the mini-van of volunteers; full driving licence held for a year. Knowledge & exp in practical conservation; conservation & ecology; community & public engagement; exp leading a group or team. ASK: Please contact Diane Obst diane.obst@tcv.org.uk 07824 522314

JOB: Woodland Management Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders (Central Area)

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Nature Unlimited

A minimum commitment of half a day per week over a 12 week period is desirable. We require volunteers for our employability skills programme. We will support disadvantaged young people & vulnerable adults to develop skills in working as a team, basic woodland management, growing & cooking healthy food & green woodworking techniques. You will be part of a friendly team & receive regular training & support. Sessions take place in a woodland in all weather & will be based mainly in the Galashiels area. No exp required as you will receive necessary training but you should enjoy working with people in the outdoors in all weathers. ASK: Jan 07711 837485 info@natureunlimited.scot

JOB: Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Eglinton Country Park

PAY: Training opportunities available

FOR: North Ayrshire Ranger Service

1 day per week. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park & the surrounding District area. Whether you are a beginner or an expert surveyor, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Report what you see whilst out walking or take part in a regular survey. Lots of support & training available. No experience required. ASK: Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service 01294 551776 eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer - North East

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dundee - to cover North East Scotland

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.