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Scotland voluntary vacancies: all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland.

   

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JOB: Education Officer
BE4: June 2020
IV: --
LOC: Falkirk & Stirling
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Under The Trees Ltd

An exciting opportunity to join Under the Trees team. Working in the beautiful outdoors whilst gaining experience working with and supporting children and young people. Under the Trees run fun educational outdoor sessions for children and young people. We operate within the Falkirk and Stirling areas and our sessions are outdoors. A Volunteer Education Officer will assist in planning and implementing outdoor sessions including school sessions, family events and nature clubs. Volunteers will be responsible for assisting in maintaining a safe and tidy environment and assisting the staff member. Volunteers are required to have good communication skills, be able to work on their own initiative and have an active and enthusiastic approach. Approx 5 hpw for 1 year. Benefits include training opportunities including child protection, 1 to 1 support and travel expenses. A Disclosure check will be required. Email interest to lesley@underthetrees.co.uk www.underthetrees.co.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

JOB: Sustrans Schools Cycling Volunteers – I Bike Scotland
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Various 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; Edinburgh; Inverness; 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 NSPCC Child Protection. Time commitment: at least once a month. Please contact annie.cousins@sustrans.org.uk for more information or visit https://c-js.co.uk/36AOtOH.

JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Opportunities across Scotland
PAY: Training, garden visits
FOR: Scotland's Gardens Scheme

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714 julie@scotlandsgardens.org.

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. 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 Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. 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: Wellbeing Volunteer
BE4: 21-07-2020
IV: --
LOC: Scottish Borders
PAY: Training and travel expenses
FOR: Nature Unlimited CiC

Nature Unlimited run sessions in woodlands across the Scottish Borders, ranging from employability programmes, community projects, mental health sessions to events such as team building & birthday parties. Join our volunteer team and make a difference. Help us to support wellbeing, resilience and community, working with disadvantaged groups in woodlands around the Scottish Borders. “The difference volunteering has made to my own wellbeing, as well as to those we support, has been incredible. This experience, along with the training I have received, has literally been life changing”. Time commitment of 5 dpw for a 12 week period. Contact volunteering@natureunlimited.scot or call Tara on 07579 217794 http://www.natureunlimited.scot.

JOB: Outdoor Education Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Falkirk / Stirling
PAY: Ongoing training and travel expenses
FOR: Under The Trees Ltd

Under The Trees is looking for Education Assistants to help lead outdoor learning sessions for children and young people. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team as we expand our outdoor education activities, nature clubs and events across the Stirling and Falkirk areas. In return for your volunteer commitment we can provide training and travel expenses, as well as valuable experience working with youth groups in the great outdoors. 5 hours per week. Please contact: Lesley Gardiner lesley@underthetrees.co.uk.

JOB: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR; Beinn Eighe NNR and Rum NNR
PAY: Accommodation and training
FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery & nature. Residential volunteering opportunities are available now for our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months (restricted to max 3 months for EU citizens). Previous experience isn’t necessary but the longer you stay the more you’ll learn & you’ll gain a better understanding of what we do. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, & improve your CV. See our volunteering leaflet: https://c-js.co.uk/2Cl6NhB. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for nature & eagerness to learn new skills as to keep our NNRs in good condition, we need help with a variety of estate work & tasks including working with livestock (Highland cattle & ponies); deer management; fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring including butterfly, moth or rare bird counts; welcoming & helping visitors to our reserves, & connect people with nature. Send your initial enquiry to volunteer@nature.scot citing Alison Rowe (Beinn Eighe NNR) Linda Simpson (Creag Meagaidh NNR) Lesley Watt (Rum NNR) for further information on the reserve you are interested in.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)
PAY:
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. Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Ranger Service Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
PAY: In-house training
FOR: Hopetoun House Preservation Trust

One day a week. Hopetoun House is a 5-star visitor attraction open to the public from Easter to September. Supported by the Seasonal and Permanent Rangers full training and guidance is ongoing. You could gain experience of: working with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; planning, managing and evaluating events of all sizes; producing interpretation; delivering formal and informal education; developing practical skills; conducting biological surveys and data input; developing observational and problem solving skills; improving natural history ID skills; working in a small team; managing your own time. There are no public transport links so own transport is essential. Benefits include: discount in our gift shop and “The Stables Kitchen”; complimentary admission to Hopetoun House for you and your family; social club with planned events and outings; meet new people and make new friends. If you’re interested in this role please email ranger@hopetoun.co.uk.