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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: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Grey Squirrel Control Officer, Annandale

BE4: N / A

LOC: Annandale Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Annandale Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale.  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 group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk 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: 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 Officer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

4 days per month. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. 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 funding via the Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. Tasks include liaising with local trap hosts, trap placement, setting & maintenance, the humane dispatch of grey squirrels & record keeping.   This post would be ideal for someone looking to develop a career in conservation. Rel firearm licence & training preferred but not essential. Must have a full clean driving licence.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk 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

JOB: Biodiversity Survey Volunteer

BE4: 31/7/18

LOC: Kilmarnock

PAY: Training

FOR: Dean Castle Country Park

Get involved in our natural heritage research project at Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock & get trained in a range of survey techniques & ID skills. We're surveying for butterflies, moths, amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, bumblebees as well as haymeadows and hedgerow surveys throughout the country park in order to better manage our park for wildlife. We tap into national initiatives to ensure our data is contributing to national and local trends and so the skills and techniques you'll learn will be transferable to other locations. This is a flexible volunteering opportunity. We run ID and survey technique training sessions usually on Wednesday afternoons then you can go and complete surveys at times that suit you once you feel confident to branch out on your own. It's a great way to gain independent survey experience for a range of wildlife and habitats. ASK: Please contact jessica.wharf@eastayrshireleisure.com

JOB: Marine Biology Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: St Abbs

PAY: Travel expenses from reasonable distance, training

FOR: St Abbs Marine Station

We are looking for medium term volunteers available for 1-3 months, minimum 3 days a week, hours between 9am - 5pm. St Abbs Marine Station is currently accepting applications for volunteers to work in our research aquarium & laboratory for our busy spring & summer periods. We are seeking individuals who are interested in gaining or adding to existing practical experience of working in a marine research facility. Primary duties will be animal husbandry & general aquarium maintenance & upkeep. There will also be opportunities to aid & develop research projects, work in invertebrate larval rearing, carry out fieldwork, sample collection & analysis, & help with public outreach activities. Training will be provided as necessary. ASK: Please send your CV (2 page maximum) & a short covering letter describing why you are interested in this position, & how it will help you meet your long-term goals to hello@marinestation.co.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: 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: Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Community Gardening & Maintenance

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Craigmillar

PAY: Training* & expenses

FOR: Carr Gomm, Craigmillar Community Grows

Options of different roles. One off clearing space at a dementia friendly garden, being part of a community garden, other gardens in need of volunteers, Mentoring in the outdoors with others in community gardens. *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: Volunteer Citizen Scientist

BE4: N/A

LOC: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

PAY: Training on data collection & sailing experience

FOR: Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Time: 7-14 days depending on survey selected. Volunteers join our team on board to work alongside the HWDT crew as marine mammal field biologists. Full training in visual and acoustic data collection is provided by the excellent crew on board during these live-aboard monitoring expeditions. ASK: Find our full survey list here: https://hwdt.org/silurian-timetable

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, then we want to hear from you. ASK: To find out more please email Alex MacFie, Centre Manager, alex.sco@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accomodation provided. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities and learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience a

FOR: Scottish Natural Heratige

To assist us with managing the reserve. Your role will be related to practical work as well as some survey work including: tree nursery work, woodland management, deer culling, path maintenance, removal of non-native plant species, visitor management, habitat & species monitoring. You'll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, good communicator with fluent level of spoken English, strong interest in conservation & a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage, a good team-worker, respecting others. Physically fit & have a responsible attitude to H&S, complying with procedures designed to keep you & others safe. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. At least 18 years old. There will be a small number of volunteer placements available throughout the year, each for a min of 1 month, the more time you stay with us the more jobs you will be likely to experience & the more you will learn. ASK: Further information please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K

JOB: Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve Volunteers

BE4: 21/8/18

LOC: Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Make new friends, improve your CV and have a great time volunteering at Creag Meagaidh NNR. Come for just a day a month or come to stay for up to six months, you should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills and a moderate level of fitness would be an advantage You will help with a variety of estate work including: working with our farm stock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, tree removal; species and habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to and helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. Check out the youtube link to see what a previous volunteer says http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. ASK: For further information please contact Julia Colpus 01397 715320, julia.colpus@snh.gov.uk http://c-js.co.uk/1CYKGYs

Seasonal Countryside Ranger (Volunteer)

Location: Kelburn Country Centre, Fairlie, near Largs, North Ayrshire

Fulltime and Seasonal (ASAP – Oct) for a five day week 9am-6pm

An enthusiastic and highly motivated countryside volunteer ranger is required to join the established team to help with all aspects of practical countryside management and directly support the Head Ranger. This seasonal position will serve as part of our Countryside Ranger Service, which plays a fundamental role in enhancing and protecting Kelburn’s countryside, whilst encouraging greater public understanding and enjoyment of it.  


  • Closing Date: 14/06/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 14/05/2018


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.