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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: Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire

BE4: 11/3/19

IV: 22/3/19

LOC: Warburg Nature Reserve near Henley, Oxfordshire

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. As one of our 20-30 Wildlife Trainees, you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn through hands-on experience as well as more formal training, all designed to give you the skills and qualifications you need to gain paid employment in conservation. Your role will involve practical conservation on the reserve; restoring and improving habitats for wildlife. You will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, operate power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys and work with volunteers. We would like you to be able to chat to visitors and deliver guided walks after some training and there is also an opportunity to assist other Oxfordshire teams with environmental education and events. Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of training. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2S2vDb5

JOB: Chair of Board of Trustees

BE4: 25/3/19 9am

IV: 25/03/2019

LOC: London


FOR: The Bat Conservation Trust

BCT is seeking a new Chair of its Board of Trustees (BoT) from September 2019. This is an exciting and challenging leadership role, and is a voluntary, unpaid position. As Chair of BCT you would be expected to provide leadership to the BoT, working with the Chief Executive to ensure it remains focussed on the delivery of BCT’s charitable objectives and its long-term strategy. You will need proven leadership skills, an understanding of charity governance, and a passion for and knowledge of nature conservation. You will need an interest in bats, or a desire to learn about them. ASK: Please refer to the role description where you will find further details of the qualities we are looking for: https://c-js.co.uk/2N9492P. To express your interest in this opportunity, please email your CV and a covering letter limited to two or three pages, explaining why you are interested and outlining what skills and experience you would bring to the role to: Janet Baumkotter at jbaumkotter@bats.org.uk

JOB: Horticultural Therapy Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

IV: 30/06/2019

LOC: Ryton Gardens, Coventry

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Ryton Organic Gardens

We have provided ‘Growth’, an overarching social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) programme, for more than 20 years at Ryton Organic Gardens. Our specialist, trained and experienced staff and volunteers work with individuals to establish what their interests are and the skills and outcomes they hope to achieve by working with us. We design and provide organic, therapeutic and social activities in our specifically designed gardens. We also develop broader life skills including; team work, communications, building positive relationships and managing boundaries. We currently work with adults with disabilities / autism, disadvantaged young people and more recently those living with dementia and those with a caring role. Our volunteers support the Education Officer / Horticultural Therapist in delivering a meaningful experience to young people or adults with a range of Special Educational Needs and / or challenging behavioural needs. ASK: Chat: 024 7630 8208. For further details and an application form email hr@gardenorganic.org.uk. Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2Bpx5Py

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Education) Berkshire x3

BE4: *See below


PAY: Limited travel expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As one of our 20-30 BBOWT Wildlife Trainees, you will spend 2-3 days per week over a period of 6-12 months, developing your skills in environmental education, building experience in working with children in an outdoor setting & inspiring the next generation at our beautiful nature reserves. You will be based at one of our three education centres, all located within exceptional wildlife sites. There will be ample opportunity to be involved with our varied & exciting range of educational programmes. This includes assisting with & leading school group activities, both at the centre & offsite, planning & delivering events for families & developing resources. *Nature Discovery Centre & Woolley Firs BE4 22/2/19 (9am) IV 6/3/19; Windsor Great Park Environment Centre BE4 8/3/19 (9am) IV 18/3/19. ASK: For more information & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2M6Igko

JOB: Publicity Officer

BE4: 28/2/19

LOC: Cuxton, nr. Rochester, Kent

PAY: Reasonable expenses

FOR: West Kent Downs Countryside Trust

We are a small registered charity which partly owns & manages the Cuxton & Cobham Woodland for the local community. This is 100 acres of mixed woodland near Strood, Kent. We need someone to take on the task of raising awareness of the project, encouraging attendance at our monthly workdays & to encourage membership of the charity, using local resources & social media. Occasional hours to suit you. You will have a good knowledge of the natural world & a flare for creating interesting content which will appeal to a variety of audiences. Familiarity with Twitter, Facebook & Instagram will also be an advantage. ASK: Please email the Secretary, Mike Adams at mike@mikeadams12.plus.com with details of how you could help us.

JOB: Wildlife Trainee (Community) Nature Discovery Centre

BE4: 22/2/19 9am

IV: 6/3/19

LOC: Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, Berkshire

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

You will gain experience of interacting with children and families, running events, sessions for groups and schools and practical conservation. There will be opportunities to get involved in our numerous wildlife clubs for children aged 2 to 16 as well as activities for local community groups such a Brownies and Cubs. We also run health and wellbeing projects, including a café for people living with dementia. There will be an opportunity to be involved in these projects as well. 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. ASK: For more information about the role please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2UHsYW6

JOB: Conservation HQ: Conservation Science Placement

BE4: 1/3/19

IV: 13/3/19

LOC: WWT Slimbridge HQ

PAY: Accommodation provided while volunteering


At WWT, we create & conserve wetlands & save species. As one of the UK’s leading wetland conservation organisations we have a long history of managing wetland sites & species as well as conducting research into wetland wildlife. We are looking to recruit a full-time volunteer for 12 months, staring August / September 2019, who will be based at our Headquarters in Slimbridge, & will help provide support in the work undertaken by our conservation science department. This will include desk & field based research, laboratory work & data analysis supporting us in our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in conservation. Accommodation for this role is provided locally ASK: Please go to http://c-js.co.uk/2fhjBb2 to see details of this role & then complete & submit the application form.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire x2

BE4: 22/2/19

IV: 1/3/19

LOC: Meadow Farm, near Bicester, Oxfordshire

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As a Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (including outdoor first aid certification, and for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC Chainsaw). You will have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Based at Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Buckinghamshire reserves, which include magnificent woodland reserves at Finemere and Whitecross Green Woods and the Upper River Ray Living Landscape. Time commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2DLJz5C

JOB: Trustee


IV: 01/03/2019

LOC: Eastnor, Herefordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Vincent Wildlife Trust

Due to the retirement of one of our long-standing trustees, there is a vacancy on the Vincent Wildlife Trust Board. We are looking for someone to complement the skills of the existing 6 trustees & help move VWT through a new period of growth based on the 10-year strategy being developed. We are looking for a person with skills in business management & one or more of the following: investment management; fundraising / major donor networking; financial systems / accountancy; digital marketing. Whilst an interest in the conservation of wildlife is important, there is no requirement for experience or specialist knowledge of wildlife or conservation. Preference will be given to those with good connections in their field & who can bring a new perspective to help navigate the Trust through the challenges ahead. ASK: For a recruitment briefing pack & further information please contact: Chief Executive, Lucy Rogers, lucyrogers@vwt.org.uk 01531 636441.

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Warden Darland Banks

BE4: 25/2/19 12pm

IV: 25/02/2019

LOC: Tyland Barn, Maidstone

PAY: Travel expenses & tailored training programme

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help our Reserves team in the practical management of Darland Banks, a nature reserve in the Medway Valley area by assisting with the following: practical management; working with/leading volunteers; working with stock graziers and Trust livestock; surveys and monitoring; publicity and promotion of the Trust and its work; health and safety. Training and certification will be given in specific skills where this is required. If you feel you have the enthusiasm and capacities to meet the challenge of this role, we would be very interested to hear from you. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Robert Pennington on 01622 357824. ASK: To apply, please visit our website to download an application pack. www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs Applicants should read the guidance notes carefully before completing the applicant information form supported by cover note and CV.

JOB: Explorers Education Volunteer - East London

BE4: 31/3/19

LOC: Enfield and Ponders End


FOR: Canal & River Trust

If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our team of Explorer Education Volunteers based in the Lee Valley in East London! We host school and group visits to the waterside, broadening learning through hands-on activities, workshops and events. We also deliver within schools, providing resource-rich learning opportunities. You will need some previous experience of hands-on learning with children, or a strong desire to gain experience in this area, and be able to volunteer flexibly to respond to group requests, committing to at least 3 or 4 days a month (usually between 9am - 3.30pm with at least two weeks' notice). Benefits: The opportunity to learn more about waterway heritage and wildlife; use your skills and learn new ones; be in an attractive environment; meet new people and of course, inspire children! ASK: Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2MmjE7i

JOB: Conservation Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant

PAY: Parking, refreshments, training

FOR: Hampshire County Council

This role will work alongside other volunteers and Staunton Country Park Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation tasks. This is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park which has recently been awarded a £2.75 million Heritage Lottery Funded grant to enhance its physical environment and upgrade community facilities for visitors. Dependent on the seasons, typical conservation tasks include:  coppicing, woodland management and dead hedge laying and scrub management; installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches; keeping footpaths accessible by clearing overgrowing vegetation and maintaining the surface; wildlife surveying and monitoring. No specific skills are needed, although most of the work is based outdoors so an interest in the countryside and a willingness to work in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Flexible time commitment. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Woodland working group member - Swan and Cygnet Woods - Stock - Essex

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active enthusiastic people to join our Woodland Working Group at Swan and Cygnet Woods in Essex.  The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Swan and Cygnet Woods. Old blends nicely with new at Swan Wood and its appropriately named smaller recently planted neighbour, Cygnet Wood. Swan Wood is an ancient site with both a distinctive and delightful character. As a Woodland Working Group Member you will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form: https://c-js.co.uk/2Kmc9hY

JOB: Trustee

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England Buckinghamshire

4-6 meetings per year. Do you care about protecting the Buckinghamshire countryside? Are you a champion for affordable, sustainable housing - but in the right places? Please consider joining CPRE Buckinghamshire as a trustee. This is an ideal opportunity for people who live in and love Buckinghamshire and who want to support environmental and conservation campaigns. You will be part of the local branch of a highly regarded, national charity and feel part of a friendly and highly-engaged group. Experience in planning, media or fundraising would be especially appreciated. ASK: Contact: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

JOB: Park Explorers Leaders

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park, South London

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Mondays during school term times. You will help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents / carers. Bring Morden Hall Park to life for families as they learn through outdoor activities, storytelling, crafts & songs.   Friendly & enjoy working with families; enthusiastic about being outdoors, developing & leading activities that get young children hands on to explore & learn about the natural world. Enjoys storytelling, leading songs, creating & leading craft activities. Strong communicator with good customer service skills, enjoys being part of a team & comfortable leading & giving directions to others. Suitable for somebody looking to improve their CV & gain hands-on early years exp. ASK: For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: Event Volunteer - Mass Engagement

BE4: N / A

LOC: Birmingham, Hereford, Oxford, York

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Events Programming Team work nationally across the Woodland Trust to deliver mass audience events which raise brand awareness of the Woodland Trust. The aim is to engage and inspire those audiences about the aims and work of the Woodland Trust and to encourage them to get involved and support our cause. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at events in 2019 in the following locations: Birmingham; Hay-on-Wye, Hereford; Oxford; Castle Howard, York. You will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills, to volunteer alongside the staff at the event, to engage with large audiences and support our delivery of events. As part of our events team you will: be part of the staff rota for an event; attend pre-event briefing calls over the telephone / video conferencing; engage with the public and deal with questions and queries at the event; give post-event feedback so each event can be evaluated going forward; collect names and addresses of members of the public, adhering to data protection / GDPR; help with tidying up after the event. Please only apply if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the above locations. ASK: For further details and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2CqpRw7

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.