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JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships: Voluntary Countryside Management Training Placements
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Based at Caterham, Surrey (Downlands Partnership) or Epsom, Surrey (Lower Mole Partnership), but required to work/travel across the partnerships' area (principally North/NE Surrey and into Croydon, Sutton & Kingston areas)
PAY: Formal training courses can be funded/offered as required (e.g. brushcutter use). Support with travel expenses can be discussed.
FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships, hosted by Surrey County Council

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain & restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular chalk grassland & woodlands. You would be joining in on scheduled volunteer task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices, helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry and opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership conservation grazing service (stock moves, animal welfare). We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups, so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team. Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first voluntary training placement during/post countryside management studies. Principally weekdays; we can be flexible on placement duration and number of working days per week. Please email your interest and outline CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more about our work: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreycountrysidepartnerships.

JOB: Friends Volunteer Roles (various)
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park
PAY: Parking
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Do you care about the future of your local Country Park? We are a local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park. Our projects seek to educate the public about the park’s history, its flora & fauna and to support the park’s positive development. The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for new members to help with its various projects, including fundraising appeals, social media promotion and website maintaining. Time commitment flexible, ongoing. Email chairmanfoscp18@gmail.com to find out more.

JOB: Park Maintenance Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Looking to volunteer outdoors and support your local Country Park? This group role works alongside volunteers and ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Dependent on the season this could include clearing overgrowing vegetation, scrub management, installing and maintaining gates, fences, and benches, as well as keeping the park tidy and litter free. No specific skills are needed but a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is appreciated! A basic level of fitness will be needed as tasks are physical and on uneven terrain. Flexible time commitment. Email scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Meeting and Greeting Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

We are looking for warm and friendly volunteers to welcome visitors to our Visitor Centre (in our newly renovated Victorian Coach House). This role will welcome and introduce visitors to the park, as well as supporting the visitor services staff behind the desk at reception, covering lunch times and meetings. As you will be the “face of Staunton”, you will need to have a willingness to learn about our park, including its landscape, history, and facilities and be patient, friendly and polite to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Time commitment one 3 hour shift weekly or two-weekly, ongoing. Email scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Guided Walk Leader
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Do you like walking and the outdoors? Do you have an interest in either history/heritage or flora and fauna? We are looking for enthusiastic walkers keen to bring Staunton Country Park to life in a fun and interactive way. We run a combination of guided heritage and wildlife tours and we would love new Guided Walk Leaders to join the team! It is desirable to have some experience or a specific interest in the subjects related to this role, however, relevant experience could be gained by supporting other tour guides, as part of initial training. Email scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Gardening Group Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Would you like to spend some time outside, carry out some gardening tasks and help us take care of beds around the park? Typical tasks will include weeding, mulching, watering, and preparing beds and planting. Some basic gardening skills would be useful, but are not essential, as direction can be given by staff and other volunteers in the group. Flexible time commitment. Email scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Nature Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Dover / Folkestone / Romney Marsh
PAY: 0
FOR: White Cliffs Countryside Psrtnership

Join our weekly volunteer tasks helping the nature, coast and countryside around the Dover and Folkestone Heritage coasts, chalk downland, river Dour, Greatstone Dunes, Dungeness National Nature Reserve and many more! You will join a friendly group of local volunteers and at the same time gain experience in all aspects of countryside management, including wildlife surveys and livestock checking. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm. Please email us on wccp@dover.gov.uk or call us on 01304 241806 for more information.

JOB: Green Gym Casual Volunteer
BE4: 24-12-2022. No Interview necessary.
IV: --
LOC: Bristol
PAY: Practical conservation skills experience
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Help improve greenspaces for wildlife by joining the Green Gym at Lockleaze, Bristol. Sessions run every week on Thursdays and occasional other days, 10:30am-1:30pm. We are looking for casual volunteers to attend sessions and help improve the environment, with no minimum commitment. Sessions take place at a variety of greenspaces and community areas in and around Lockleaze, and include activities such as coppicing, removing invasive species, creating wildflower meadows, footpath building and raised bed construction. What is a Green Gym? Imagine an outdoor exercise class where you're not just working on your own health, you're also creating greenspaces and transforming local parks and woodlands. Green Gym sessions last for 3 hours and are open for anyone to attend for free. You do not need any experience, and all tools and training are provided. To sign up to our mailing list and see what is running each week, contact gg-lockleaze@tcv.org.uk or contact 07739447968

JOB: Wildlife and Public Information Officer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: River Lee Country Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex
PAY: Training and travel expenses provided
FOR: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Do you have an interest in nature and enjoy talking to the public? Would you like to spend your free time with like-minded people? Then volunteering at the Wildlife Discovery Centre might be for you! Lee Valley Regional Park Authority are looking for volunteers to help introduce people to the delights of their new flagship Visitor Centre at Fishers Green within the River Lee Country Park. The Wildlife Discovery Centre team are looking for more volunteers to help welcome the public into this fantastic facility 7 days a week. There are three sections to the building: Discovery Room, Bittern Hide and the Tower. The Centre is open from 10:00 to 16:00 with two volunteer shifts available each day, 10:00 to 13:00 and 13:00 to 16:00. Volunteers have the option of signing up for either shift or a whole day, whichever they prefer. If you are interested in lending a hand please register via this link: https://c-js.co.uk/3AzdrQa or email: volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk or call 01992 709 867 to find out more.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Hertfordshire, Essex or London
PAY: Training and travel expenses provided
FOR: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Our rangers run weekly conservation volunteering tasks (mostly on Wednesdays) and we are looking for more people to join our team. Tasks are varied and include scrub removal, pond clearance and meadow maintenance. Our rangers will meet volunteers on site, give an introduction to the project and show you how to use the tools safely. Booking is essential. If you are interested in lending a hand please register via this link: https://c-js.co.uk/3AzdrQa or email: volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk or call 01992 709 867 to find out more.

JOB: Trainee Partnership Officer
BE4: 04-10-2022
IV: --
LOC: Kent
PAY: Training and expenses budget available
FOR: North West Kent and Medway Valley Countryside Partnerships

We are looking for a trainee with enthusiasm to learn new skills in the countryside industry with a focus on assisting Partnership Officers to develop, coordinate and deliver a range of countryside management projects across North and West Kent. The successful candidate will work alongside partnership officers at both Medway Valley and North West Kent Countryside Partnership Offices. This is an unpaid part-time position to help people gain experience and full time employment. It does come with a training budget and paid travel expenses. Hours are negotiable, we would anticipate the duration to be for 6 months on a three day a week basis starting in December 2022. For further details discuss please contact Mary Tate, Partnership Manager at the NWKCP Office on 03000 414 833 mary.tate@kent.gov.uk or Andrea Griffiths, Partnership Manager at the Medway Valley office on 03000 414 795 andrea.griffiths@kent.gov.uk

JOB: Tree Nursery Volunteer
BE4: 01-10-2022
IV: --
LOC: Petersfield
PAY: Equipment, guidance and materials
FOR: The Whitelands Project CIC

We are looking for a volunteer to help manage the tree nursery on the edge of our family owned, CIC woodland. Please see our website for more information on the project: www.thewhitelandsproject.co.uk Duties include weeding, watering and sapling care. A reasonable level of fitness is required, and you must be comfortable lone working. Benefits include access to woodland resources and opportunities to help with seed collection, woodland maintenance, and ecological monitoring according to interest. Time: 2 to 3 hours per week. Please email us at whitelandswood@btinternet.com for more details.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger Cliveden Estate
BE4: 04-11-2022
IV: --
LOC: Cliveden Estate
PAY: In-house training & Accommodation
FOR: National Trust

We are recruiting an Immersive Volunteer Ranger to work with us at the Cliveden Portfolio, offering a broad experience of Ranger work at a pay-for-entry property and open access countryside. The 384-acre Cliveden estate has a rich history and includes woods, riverbank and grassland which are managed by our Ranger team. With over 525,000 visitors last year, it provides the perfect opportunity to work at a buzzing property enabling you to develop a wide range of countryside skills. The Maidenhead and Cookham Commons also forms part of our portfolio with 843 acres of open access common which include a variety of woodlands, village greens, archaeological features, a lovely stretch along the Thames and a SSSI designated chalk grassland offering a wide range of habitats to learn about. The role is inclusive of rent free accommodation and in-house training, Time: 30 hours per week. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to josh.turner@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Assistant Leader Sandy Wildlife Explorer Group
BE4: 01-03-2023
IV: --
LOC: RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire
PAY: All training and expenses provided
FOR: RSPB

If you are passionate about nature and enjoy working with children, Sandy Wildlife Explorer group need assistant leaders to help run the monthly meetings for 8 to 12 year olds. Please see the link for further information about the role and how to apply. Assistant Leader Sandy Wildlife Explorer Group

JOB: Volunteer Gardener and Landscaper
BE4: Flexible
IV: --
LOC: Goodwood, West Sussex
PAY: Travel expenses covered
FOR: Amy Stoddard Ajayi

We have a large country house in the middle of the Goodwood estate West Sussex, which has 3 acres of land to take care of. There are ongoing projects including landscaping, garden design, keeping a vegetable patch, and general maintenance including some building. We would be very happy to provide a placement for an apprenticeship or Volunteer position. We are around most of the time and also do some of the work in the garden, so there is a collective of friendly, helpful people to call upon. Time: 2 days a week. Apply to amy@amystoddardajayi.com

JOB: Chair - CPRE Hertfordshire
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Hertfordshire
PAY: Expenses, training
FOR: CPRE Hertfordshire

We’re seeking an experienced leader to become Chair of CPRE Hertfordshire, the countryside charity (#1162419). We work to protect and promote the countryside for everyone’s benefit. Our current Chair wishes to retire, and the successful candidate will become Vice Chair for a transition period before being appointed Chair. You will help advocate for our campaign priorities and oversee the future direction and development of our charity, including fundraising and membership initiatives and representing the charity to key stakeholders. The role requires circa 6-8 hours per week, working flexibly from home and at our office in Welwyn, with occasional travel. You need to live in Hertfordshire, and you should have significant previous experience in leadership, management and organisational development, good interpersonal skills, and ideally some public-speaking and media experience. Find out more on our website at https://c-js.co.uk/3SonOwl

JOB: Practical Conservation & Creative Arts Volunteering
BE4:
IV: --
LOC: London
PAY: Travel in zones 1-6 will be covered
FOR: London Wildlife Trust

Nature Nurtures is a new cross-sector project led by London Wildlife Trust with partners Spread the Word, Black Girls Hike CIC and London Youth. We’re running a practical conservation volunteering + creative arts club hosted at nature reserves exclusively for young people (16-25). Whether you’re a nature novice, seasoned writer, or have never even flexed a creative muscle - Nature Nurtures invites you to join us for our next workshop! Why join? We’re creating an inclusive space to explore and develop practical conservation and creative skills which we want to be led by young people. By becoming a regular member of our community; we’ll tailor future workshops to your interests, and you’ll have access to OCN accredited Youth Leadership/Volunteer Management training. Excitingly you’ll also have the chance for your creative work to be professionally published in a nature anthology. More information https://c-js.co.uk/3Sq2J4Z. Any questions? Pop me a message at cnwanodi@wildlondon.org.uk

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