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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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JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Survey Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fife (various)

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

An opportunity to help us actively find out more about the species and habitats of Fife. Gain experience & develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team & access training opportunities. This role is very flexible and involvement would depend on your interest.  For example, it could be undertaking a range of surveys at a site local to you, helping gather information on under-recorded sites; carrying out a particular kind of survey in different places; looking for specific species… Your contribution could be ongoing or would also be suitable for someone who might be interested in helping on particular projects, so we would also be interested in gathering details of a number of interested individuals who could be contacted as and when opportunities arose. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests and availability, please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Volunteer Internships

BE4: 14/1/19

IV: 14/01/2019

LOC: Various

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

6 month placements. Volunteer internships from March - September 2019 on various UK reserves; Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex, Leighton Moss in Lancashire, Conwy in North Wales, Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire & Loch Leven in Central Scotland. We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages & abilities throughout our summer season. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain exp working with families & adults. You could be a recent graduate or just changing careers & need to gain practical exp in this competitive arena. Good communication skills & enthusiasm are essential & some exp of working with children would be helpful. You will be working outside & on the go all day. Willing to learn new skills with a resourceful & flexible approach. You’ll get training in delivery, local species ID, the safe use of all equipment & first aid, mentoring, lots of first-hand exp, a uniform as required & expenses. ASK: Contact: Suzanne Welch, RSPB Education & Families Manager; RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. SG19 2DL 01767 693271 suzanne.welch@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training, mentoring & travel expenses of 35p/mile

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ideally one day per fortnight. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. Help us raise awareness of the project by arranging & attending public events in the area. Tasks will include helping to increase the number of active volunteers by engaging with the public, mobilising the project’s network of volunteers in the area to attend public events, booking event stalls, arranging volunteer rotas, stall set-up, & volunteer engagement & support.   Passionate about red squirrels & want to spread the word about our exciting project. Good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well-organised with a good eye for detail, adaptable & flexible.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Scottish Borders red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Berwickshire, Teviot & Rule, Upper Tweed Valley & the surrounding areas. 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, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the networks & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Volunteer Admin Support

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway (Home-Based)

PAY:

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Half a day per week. You will help with the administrative tasks involved in running a successful volunteer organisation. Tasks incl data recording, basic computer tasks, contacting volunteers, emailing & phone calls, & other office based tasks as & when they arise.   Enjoy getting involved with exciting local conservation projects & encouraging people. People person, with good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well organised with a good eye for detail & able to follow data management protocol, familiar with MS Office. ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Data Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Glenrothes, Fife

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

1 day per week (flexible). Gain insight into the day to day running of a Local Environmental Records Centre & an excellent grounding in wildlife data entry techniques & quality assurance procedures. Ongoing work would include digitising species records into Microsoft Excel & preparing data into a suitable format for import to the Fife Nature Records Centre database. Gain exp & develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team & access training opportunities. Depending on skills & interests, involvement could also include helping with event preparation & assisting in the development of content for the website & leaflets. Computer literacy & an eye for detail is important; exp of Excel & an interest in wildlife are beneficial.  This role may suit volunteers based in the Glenrothes area as the role would be within our office in the town. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests & availability, please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Event Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fife (various)

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

Help us engage the public in biological recording & the wildlife of Fife in person. Gain exp & develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team & access training opportunities. We hold a small number of events & training courses every year & attend a number of events with a small stand & display.  Depending on the event, the role may involve helping set up a display & / or training space, assisting with administration on the day & talking to the public. Depending on skills & interests, involvement could also include helping with event planning, preparation & production of materials. Events are anywhere in Fife, different days of the week & different times - we would like to gather details of interested individuals who we could contact when an opportunity arose. A friendly demeanour & interest in wildlife & biological recording are important. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests & availability, see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Data Processors

BE4: N / A

LOC: Vogrie Country Park, near Gorebridge, Midlothian

PAY: Full training, reasonable mileage expenses paid

FOR: The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC)

Due to our expansion into central Scotland, additional office volunteers are needed to support the processing of biological records for the TWIC area. Volunteers will be responsible for processing datasets from a variety of sources, incl computerising Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Local Wildlife Sites data for Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working for an environmental charity. We are looking for volunteers to commit a minimum of 1 day per week. Applicants must be competent in using Excel, have an eye for detail and be able to work well as part of a small team. An ecology-related degree and good knowledge of the UK flora or other species group would be an advantage. ASK: CVs should be sent to Natalie Harmsworth, Records Ecologist, natalie@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or phone 01875 825968 for a chat. You can download the job description and person specification on our website: https://www.wildlifeinformation.co.uk/about_volunteering.php

JOB: Events Residential Volunteer & Guide

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Spey Bay, Moray, NE Scotland

PAY: Full training given

FOR: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

3 March - 31 October. Supporting the implementation of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre ‘events’ programme which runs from April to October and involves a variety of responsibilities including: creating, organising and delivering conservation events and activities - aimed at children from 3-11 years, young people and adults; organising and delivering conservation themed guided wildlife and nature walks; developing topical conservation talks and workshops; digital marketing; creating and managing social media posts; citizen science; working with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the local Spey Fishery Board, assisting with the monitoring of mink and habitat management; attending a variety of local coastal community events; assisting with school visits and activities at the Centre and the also offsite events and Shorewatch site visits; delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people through land-based dolphin watching, tours, talks and guided wildlife walks; visitor engagement; managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor centre. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QIre0m

JOB: Shorewatch Residential Volunteer & Guide

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Sey Bay, Moray, NE Scotland

PAY: Full training given

FOR: Whale and Dolphin Conservation

3 March - 31 October. Role includes:  delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people through land-based dolphin watching, tours, talks and guided wildlife walks; managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor centre including; welcoming visitors, customer service in the Centre’s eco-friendly gift shop (3-4 days per week); assisting the Policy Officer with the development of the WDC Shorewatch Programme; carrying out shore-based dolphin, whale and porpoise observations from various locations around Scotland, visiting partner organisations and cultivating relationships at these sites (1-2 days per week); citizen science - research in the form of hourly 10 min land-based cetacean watches; supporting recruitment and training of Shorewatch volunteers; digital marketing - managing social media as a tool to engage Shorewatch volunteers, creating physical and digital marketing resources; managing data collection and input from shore-based sites; support the organisation development and delivery of community events & talks; administration duties. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QIre0m

JOB: Education Residential Volunteer & Guide

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Spey Bay, Moray, NE Scotland

PAY: Full training given

FOR: WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

3 March - 31 October. Role Includes:  assisting the Education Officer with the WDC schools programme including delivering talks, running workshops and assisting with group visits to the Scottish Dolphin Centre for groups of all ages from Primary School through to University (approx. 1-2 days per week); developing interpretative and educational resources; delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people to take an interest and care for the environment through land-based dolphin watching, tours, talks and guided wildlife walks; visitor engagement - raising the profile of WDC - amaze & inspire our visitors (over 95,000 every year) about the world of whales and dolphins and the work that we do to protect them, keep visitors informed of the latest WDC campaigns; managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor Centre (3-4 days per week); digital marketing - creating physical and digital marketing resources; research in the form of hourly 10 minute land-based cetacean watches. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QIre0m

JOB: Residential Volunteer Internship - Central Highland Reserves & Loch of Strathbeg

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Inverness (Central Highland Reserves or Crimond, Aberdeenshire (Loch of Strathbeg)

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: RSPB Scotland

We are looking for 4 people that want the opportunity to develop their skills & exp with the goal of achieving employment in the conservation sector. 5 days per week for 12 months. *2 people will be based at Central Highland Reserves (Inverness) & 2 at Loch of Strathbeg (Aberdeenshire). You will be involved with the running of the reserves, surveys, habitat management, working with volunteers & office based tasks.  We will provide you with training, incl certified courses, each internship will provide opportunities for you to take advantage of to gain skills, knowledge & exp. Free accommodation (incl utility bills), training rel to the role (specific training will vary on the location of the internship) & opportunities to further develop your skills & exp. You must be 18 or over, have a full manual driving licence & a demonstrable interest in conservation. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2TU9vSC or contact isabel.morgan@rspb.org.uk. Your application will be sent to both reserves for shortlisting.

JOB: Practial & Events Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: K-Woodlands, 1 Burley Place, East Kilbride, G74 5LZ

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: East Kilbride Community Trust

3-8 hpw. Gain new skills, meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors! We are looking for enthusiastic, keen volunteers to assist on our woodland events and also help in maintaining the woodland. Practical duties include painting signs, pruning trees and bushes, fixing fencing, tree surveying as well as litter picking. As this is a new project we are looking to further develop our community woodlands, so are always looking for a fresh pair of eyes to help with ideas.  Event duties include assisting before and after the event. Our events vary from movie nights in the woods to making bow and arrows and den building with kids. ASK: If you are looking for experience working with the local community or maintenance conservation work then please get in touch! email stephen@ekct.co.uk or phone 07590633376 for further details.

JOB: Community Gardening and Maintenance

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Craigmillar

PAY: Training* & Expenses

FOR: Carr Gomm, Craigmillar Community Grows

Options of different roles all in Craigmillar. Being part of a walking group on Tuesdays till September and then Thursdays with an elderly group 1-3, being part of one of many community gardens, helping to cook soup or make seats out of wood or working alongside others as a mentor. Also joining their management committees. Volunteering with a group gardening at the local community centre on a Monday 12.30 - 2. Volunteering at a community garden Wauchope community garden on a Wednesday 12 - 3. Volunteering at the library garden Wednesdays 10 - 12. *Training in pruning, growing vegetables with others in the community, working in groups, expenses for bus fares paid. ASK: Contact Karin on 07824 838364 or at karinchipulina@carrgomm.org

JOB: Conservation Volunteering

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Edinburgh

PAY:

FOR: Lothians Conservation Volunteers

We carry out practical nature conservation work every weekend in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians for the benefit of wildlife, people and the environment. This can range from woodland management, removing non-native invasive plant species, pond work, meadow creation or even path maintenance. No previous experience is required and we only ask you commit to a single day task, so it’s a perfect opportunity for someone who is curious about the conservation sector and wants to find out more. ASK: For further information about our current tasks and how to get involved please visit www.lcv.org.uk

JOB: Volunteering Roles

BE4: N / A

LOC: Millport Field Centre, Isle Of Cumbrae, Scotland

PAY: 0

FOR: Field Studies Council

FSC is an environmental education charity providing informative & enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages & abilities to discover, explore & understand the environment. FSC is an independent charity receiving no core revenue funding from statutory sources & we therefore rely on fees paid by our visitors & on the generosity of donors, trust funds & grant bodies to finance our activities. Ideally we are looking for someone to welcome people to the aquarium & museum at weekends 10am – 4pm, who would be willing to do stock takes, keep shop clean, take small payments, greet anyone coming in. If willing or keen we are looking for someone to do guided tours of the museum & aquarium too. If you feel that you meet the skills we are looking for, we want to hear from you. ASK: Find out more: email Alex MacFie, Head of Centre, alex.sco@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Independent Events Team Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Norfolk

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

On average one day per month. We are building a team of enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills to represent the Trust at a variety of events throughout Norfolk. You will be supporting NWT and raising awareness of our work by providing friendly face to face contact and distributing information and events leaflets.  ASK: For more information about this opportunity please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or on 01603 598360.

JOB: Beinn Eighe NNR Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Stay for a month or come for up to six months. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities & learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience. Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland, make new friends, improve your CV & exp Highland life at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. We need help with a variety of estate work incl woodland management, path maintenance, deer management, species monitoring & help with visitor management incl working in our Visitor Centre (open Easter to late October). ASK: More information about Beinn Eighe & Loch Maree Islands NNR can be found at: https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K. For more information or to apply email alison.rowe@nature.scot or phone 01463 7001660.

JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh Nnr, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring  enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email julia.colpus@nature.scot or volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Habitat Restoration Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

IV: 28/12/2018

LOC: Forres

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild things!

4 - 8 hours a month. We need enthusiastic volunteers to help with our Habitat Restoration Programme removing Giant Hogweed and other invasive non-native species from the River Findhorn. ASK: Find out more from Elspeth Nawrocki on enquiries@wild-things.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 & in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team.   ASK: Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.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: Contact Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk for details

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

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway’s red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale, Gatehouse, Glenkens, Kirkcudbright, Lower-Nithsdale, Mid-Nithsdale, & the Solway Forests. 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, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the network & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for is someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month & enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels.  ASK: For further information & to download application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. 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. Must be over 18 & reasonably fit. ASK: Contact Julie Bond, 0131 4580315, jbond@nts.org.uk



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