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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: Schools on Reserves Learning Assistant - Loch Leven

BE4: 31/3/19

LOC: RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Kinross, KY13 9LX

PAY: Training / travel expenses up to 25 miles

FOR: RSPB

1 day a week during term time. Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to deliver our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. Our Schools on Reserves programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! You will need a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; an enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children; the confidence and ability to lead a fun and active day's education programme in the field with a group of students and their teacher; abundant enthusiasm and excellent communication skills.  ASK: Applicants should contact lochleven@rspb.org.uk or phone 01577 862355. Full role description https://c-js.co.uk/2SwmZXE

JOB: Visitor Experience Assistant

BE4: Starting March

LOC: Loch Garten Osprey Centre

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB

An outgoing and friendly personality. Passion and enthusiasm for the natural world and conservation. A basic level of understanding of local flora and fauna and of the RSPB’s work. Confidence to engage with visitors from all over the world and from different cultures. Can-do attitude towards membership resulting in more conversations regarding support and, ultimately, more new members. Time commitment 37.5 hrs / week. ASK: If you think you would be interested in this opportunity please follow the link https://c-js.co.uk/2GEyuVC

JOB: Volunteer Learning Assistant, RSPB Leighton Moss

BE4: 13/5/19

LOC: RSPB Leighton Moss, CARNFORTH, Lancashire, LA5 0SW

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: RSPB

One day per week - Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (Feb - Oct). With over 100,000 visitors a year, Leighton Moss is a very busy site which hosts many school / college / university and youth group visits during term time and family events at other times. Our professional Learning Team deliver exciting programmes of outdoor learning activities and Volunteer Learning Assistants play an important role - leading the standardised sessions with groups, inspiring and engaging children, students and families. You will need: some experience of working with groups of young people; a friendly demeanour and ability to engage and inspire people about wildlife; the ability to lead outdoor activities with groups of varying sizes, with people of varying ages and abilities; excellent communication skills; the ability to be outdoors and 'on the go' all day; and an interest in wildlife, but no expertise required! Appropriate training, tools and equipment will be provided. ASK: For more information, contact Carol Bamber on 01524 703015, email carol.bamber@rspb.org.uk or visit our website https://www.rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 1/3/19

LOC: North East Ranger Service / Crathes Castle

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: The National Trust for Scotland

Full time with weekend & occasional evening work. Min 4 months. Based at Crathes Castle & covering other NTS properties in the region, you will be involved in practical conservation work, biological recording, environmental education & visitor management. You will assist with guided walks & events, regular patrols, camera trapping for wildlife monitoring (including pine marten & wildcats) & promotion of the Ranger Service on social media, invasive species control & trail maintenance. Volunteering with us is ideal for individuals with a keen interest in the environment & excellent interpersonal skills who wish to gain valuable experience & offers the opportunity to work as part of a team & learn new skills. Along with on the job training there will be opportunities to participate in training days through the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) which the Ranger Service helps to run. Full clean driving licence desirable but not essential. ASK: Apply online https://www.nts.org.uk/volunteering/opportunities/. More information: Judy Baxter (Head Ranger), jbaxter@nts.org.uk, 01330 844810

JOB: Volunteer Marine Programme Assistant

BE4: 17/3/19

IV: Skype interviews expected to be held w/b 1st April

LOC: Lamlash, Isle of Arran

PAY: Expenses*

FOR: Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

WWe are seeking two individuals with the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST at their new Marine Activities and Learning Centre - The Octopus Centre -  on the shores of Arran's community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area. They will be assisting in Centre management and visitor experience, communications and outreach. We are looking for two volunteers to work closely with staff, local volunteers and research students to support the development of our new hub. We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join our friendly team this summer. These roles will involve being the first point of contact for our visitors and volunteers so it is essential the volunteers project a positive and knowledgeable image of COAST and ensure everyone who visits or calls feels welcome and is well attended. *Subsistance package negotiable. ASK: For full details of the post, please see our application pack: https://c-js.co.uk/2BCuYrx

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: 1/3/19

IV: 01/03/2019

LOC: Isle Of May NNR off Fife, Scotland

PAY: Training, accomm (not food) & some travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Start mid-April to August 2019 but length & starting date can be discussed (short term opportunities are available). To assist with three areas of work on the island: visitor management, meeting & providing information to daily visitors, help run events & manage visitor facilities; species monitoring – ringing, monitoring & population counts; practical maintenance of the reserve including habitat management & basic maintenance tasks. We provide training, ongoing support & field equipment. You need to be at least 18 years old. You’ll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, a good communicator with excellent spoken English. Able to fit into a small island community, working in a team or alone. Strong interest in conservation, a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage; physically fit with a responsible attitude to H&S. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2tdxgcl Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2RDYJgJ Return completed form with CV to david.steel@snh.gov.uk or David Steel, SNH, 46 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife KY15 5HS

JOB: Sustrans Schools Cycling Volunteers - I Bike Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Various locations across Scotland

PAY: Training*

FOR: Sustrans Scotland

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to help inspire young people to be more active? We're currently looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer with our fantastic I Bike schools projects in Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Dumfries; Falkirk; Glasgow; Inverness; Midlothian; Perth & West Lothian. You would be supporting activities for children aimed at encouraging more cycling, walking and scooting. What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time! You don't need to be an expert cyclist - we're looking for people who are enthusiastic, committed, reliable, patient and good communicators. We offer an induction and training package for volunteers to develop your confidence in working alongside our I Bike officers in schools. We also provide regular support and opportunities to socialise with other I Bike volunteers, and you will be part of the wider Sustrans volunteering network. *All training provided, including Cycle Ride Leader, bike maintenance and safeguarding. Time commitment: at least once a month. ASK: Please contact annie.cousins@sustrans.org.uk for more information or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2Uy0WfQ

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: 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 – 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: 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: 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: 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



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