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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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37 pages in total, the lead article is from TCV and details the changing face of volunteering through the seasons, although you think it’s cold and miserable outside in winter there are still plenty of tasks to be completed. The importance of Trustees is highlighted by Froglife CEO Kathy Wormald. Lancashire Wildlife Trust uses cattle, sheep, goats and ponies for conservation grazing; find out what it’s like to be a livestock checker and how this can help in a career with animals. Beth Aucott is a Warden with RSPB; find out how volunteering helped her get a paid position in the sector. Jane Shah from RSPB was kind enough to answer some questions about residential volunteering and a former volunteer introduces himself as the RSPB Regional Director for Eastern England. OPAL runs lots of citizen science projects you can easily get involved in; find out how a little bit of your time can improve your career prospects. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus


JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden Thameside Thurrock

BE4: 27/9/18

LOC: Thameside Thurrock Nature Park SS17 0RN

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

Do you want to make a difference for wildlife in Essex? A Volunteer Assistant Warden is required to help at our Thurrock Thameside Nature Park and support the Warden. Volunteers need a willingness to be outside and to learn about the environment. You will need excellent communication skills to liaise with the reserves team and visitors to the site; a willingness to be outside in all weathers and a good level of fitness to carry out practical tasks all day (this can be built up over time); an understanding of nature reserves and conservation would be beneficial. All necessary training and assistance to perform these tasks will be provided. Working closely with the Warden on site this opportunity will be a great chance to develop skills needed to get in to the conservation ASK: Apply: email volunteering@essexwt.org.uk or telephone 01621 862940.

JOB: North Downs Way Ambassador

BE4: N / A

IV: 21/09/2018

LOC: Surrey / Kent

PAY: Training

FOR: Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Do you like walking, storytelling and have good local knowledge of the history and countryside in Surrey / Kent? We are looking to recruit and train a small group of Ambassadors to lead guided walks on the North Downs Way. You will be provided with maps & resources to help you plan your events to encourage people with little or no experience of countryside walking. If you think you would make a good ambassador and have the capacity to lead periodic walks (4-6 per year) please visit our web site to book and send an email to peter.morris@kentdowns.org.uk briefly describing why you think you’d be a good ambassador and what kind of walks or events you would deliver to engage more people with the North Downs Way. The first training session will take part during our Pilgrims Festival in Wye on Thursday 27th September 2018 at the New Flying Horse Pub in Wye. The event is free and will run from 11am – 4pm with lunch included. Other training sessions will take place later in the year so please get in touch if you are interested but cannot make this date. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2oosSVl

JOB: Water Quality Monitor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: River Thame Catchment (Aylesbury, Thame, Dorchester-on-Thames)

PAY: 0

FOR: The River Thame Conservation Trust

Clean, unpolluted water can support rich and diverse wetland plant and animal communities. Sadly it only takes a little pollution to cause the loss of much of this wildlife. With increasing pressures on the freshwater landscape it is important to monitor the water quality of streams, rivers and ponds to pick up harmful pollution and to ensure we continue working towards good water quality in which wildlife can thrive. We are looking for volunteers to help monitor the water quality of the River Thame and its hundreds of surrounding waterbodies by using quick and simple kits to measure the levels of two widespread nutrient pollutants, nitrate and phosphate. These two nutrients are invisible to the eye, but within a few short minutes and a colour change reaction you can make the invisible visible, and contribute to a catchment wide survey.     Choose as many sites as you would like - time commitment is up to you ASK: For more information please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2nEmxVf

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Waltham Forest, London

PAY: Training and expenses


3 or 4 days a week for min 6 month. Help deliver the Biodiversity Action Team programme in East London, which provides opportunities for people to keep fit & gain skills while improving & engaging with their local green spaces through practical conservation sessions. You will assist the Project Officer in elements of planning, promotion, delivery & administration of the project. The role will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on exp of practical conservation work, developing your knowledge & skills. Free training includes courses in leadership, first aid, risk assessment, H&S, safeguarding & practical conservation skills. At the end of your placement you will have a set of skills & exp that should better equip you to find paid work in the environmental sector. No prev exp required, just an enthusiasm for the environment & outdoor work. Full UK driving licence for at least 1 year & willingness to take MiDAS assessment. Over 18s only. ASK: Contact Tom Nandi t.nandi@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Trainee Leader/Volunteer Officer - Uxbridge Green Gym

BE4: 1/10/18

LOC: Uxbridge

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

This opportunity is ideal for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital for working in the environmental and / or community sector for at least 2 days a week for 6 months. A full training package is provided including project leadership, first aid, risk assessment, and safeguarding vulnerable groups. Within each project there is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements and you can have a positive influence on the project's development. Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients. Practical wildlife and green space management & leadership: leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete conservation tasks such as creating wildlife habitats, sowing or scything meadows and planting hedgerows. Administration & marketing: supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion. ASK: For further information email gg-uxbridge@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Visitor Centre Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Bourton-on-the-Water

PAY: 0

FOR: Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Provide a warm welcome to visitors at our new Greystones Visitor Centre in Bourton-on-the-Water. The centre will be opening this summer providing a hub of information about the working farm, its wildlife and archaeological features. Greystones is home to the Salmonsbury Meadows SSSI, it boasts one of the richest and largest examples of unimproved neutral meadows in the Cotswolds. The roles will include: unlocking and opening the visitor centre (ensuring the space is clean and presentable and the interactive displays are switched on); acting as an information hub to help visitors understand and navigate the site; providing information on Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust more generally; obtaining feedback from visitors on the Trust and their experience of Greystones; offering broader information to help visitors enjoy Bourton-on-the-Water; tidying and locking up; there may also be opportunities to help with public events. A variety of flexible shifts are available Monday to Sunday, 10am and 4pm. ASK: For more information: email volunteering@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk or call 01452 383333

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: Woodland Working Group Member - Marden Park

BE4: N / A

LOC: Marden Park, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DG

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Marden Park Wood. This mosaic of ancient broadleaf woodland, newer planting and rare chalk grassland sits high on the beautiful North Downs of East Surrey.  You will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s site in line with the management plan and as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader and the Volunteer Manager. As group member we would expect you to work within a group and not alone. ASK: Please apply here: https://c-js.co.uk/2yAx8cg

JOB: Press / Media Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England Buckinghamshire

2-4 days per month. CPRE is a national charity which fights to protect & enhance the English countryside for everyone to value & enjoy. We are looking for a volunteer to help us raise awareness of our work by handling media enquiries, writing press releases and contacting the local press about our work.  Must have some exposure to the media, experience in writing, be computer literate, well organised & can work to deadlines. Care about protecting the countryside & the environment & are able to communicate with confidence. ASK: Contact: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

JOB: Event Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Tring, Hertfordshire


FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active and enthusiastic people to assist at events at Tring Park. Tring Park is one of Hertfordshire's most important ecological areas and one of the Woodland Trust's most exciting and diverse sites. In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers, to engage with the public and support event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm, practical and people skills and your passion for nature to help us interact with the public to encourage them to become engaged with the Woodland Trust's work. ASK: Please see our website for further details and to apply via a short form. https://c-js.co.uk/2LRn93V

JOB: Park Explorers Volunteer

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: Volunteer Wildlife / Conservation Surveyors

BE4: N/A

IV: 05/10/2018

LOC: Havant, Hampshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Hampshire County Council

Staunton Country Park is an area of parkland in Havant, Hampshire which is receiving £3 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to improve visitor facilities and restore its regency landscapes. We need interested and enthusiastic volunteers to conduct surveys of birds, reptiles, small mammals and butterflies from now until October 2018. The work will involve identifying species and manually recording evidence of sightings. The results can then be compared with prev years sightings and analysed for emerging trends. For bird and butterfly surveyors, it would be useful if volunteers had some prev knowledge of these species for this role, however, on-site training will be provided to help identify birds and butterflies as well as small mammals and reptiles. It is envisaged that animal surveys will take place every year in order to create and maintain an accurate record of the wildlife that resides in the Park. ASK: This role will provide a valuable addition to your CV, demonstrating to employers a range of particular skills and exp. liza.smith@hants.gov.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2w13EmF

JOB: Conserving the Thames Citizen Scientist

BE4: N/A

LOC: London

PAY: You will be fully trained so experience is not necessary and all equipment is provided.

FOR: Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

The River Thames is home to an often unexpected array of wildlife, and ZSL is working to conserve and enhance this biodiverse ecosystem. The estuaries and wetlands conservation team is offering an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a number of the teams Tidal Thames conservation research projects as a citizen scientist. Enlisting the help of citizen scientist volunteers is vital to our conservation work. Whether you can help for a few hours, days or months, there are a number of projects for you to get involved with throughout the year. You will be fully trained so experience is not necessary and all equipment is provided. ZSL's Thames projects including: Conserving the Critically Endangered European Eel; Ensuring the health of London's rivers; Monitoring the spread of invasive species, Understanding fish life in the Thames. ASK: If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please visit http://c-js.co.uk/2pRPQaB.

JOB: Practical Actions Volunteer Officer - East Sussex

BE4: 30/09/18

LOC: Hastings

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Can you commit to at least 2 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more? Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with others? You could try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills, learn how to write grant bids, help run volunteer task days, etc. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skills, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all join a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team.  Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the RSPB, RSPCA, Hastings Borough Council, The Environment Agency & The Conservation Volunteers! Training provided will include First Aid, Leading Practical Conservation Groups, Green Gym, Grant Bid Writing and Conservation Skills Training. Reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses will be covered. ASK: For more information please contact Tim Hills on 01424 444 675 or email t.hills@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Benefits include Training, expenses


Are you able to inspire people about nature? We are looking for people to chat, help and have fun! We want to make Farnham & Hazeley Heath reserves a wonderful place for everyone. Although we do not have a visitors centre we do attend local activities and are looking for people like you who can bring the personal touch to the world of nature and be able to enthuse people about wildlife and the RSPB locally.   Your tasks will be varied but will include: assisting with guided walks; helping to set up, run a small event stand and pack away afterwards; chatting to people about our heathland reserves and the work of the RSPB; assisting with creating promotional work; creating information displays.   This is a seasonal role but we tend to be busier during the spring and summer. Time commitment: At least 1 day per month. ASK: Contact: Mary Braddock, RSPB, c/o Rural Life Centre, The Reeds, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL, 01252 795632, 07714 271024 mary.braddock@rspb.org.uk

Commissioners: London Green Spaces Commission

Greater London Authority


Fixed Term

Do you want to help shape the future funding and governance of London’s parks and green spaces? The London Green Spaces Commission (LGSC) is a time-limited (initially 12 months) advisory body appointed by the Mayor of London and chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy. We are appointing up to eight Commissioners in addition to the Chair and the Vice-Chair.

  • Closing Date: 09/09/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Publicity and Fundraising
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 17/08/2018

Volunteer Trainee – Guardians of the Deep Trainee

Salary Range:   This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of an exciting new marine awareness-raising project, whilst gaining experience in our Conservation, Policy & Evidence team.

  • Closing Date: 26/01/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/01/2018

Volunteer Trainee Nature Reserve Warden

2 posts available with the Sevenoaks Team based at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

1 post available with the Medway Valley Team based at Tyland Barn

Salary Range: This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for three people to help us with the general and practical management of a number of West Kent nature reserves.

  • Closing Date: 04/05/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 09/04/2018

Volunteer Trainee Nature Reserve Warden

Based at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Salary Range: This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for three people to help us with the general and practical management of a number of West Kent nature reserves, whilst gaining experience working with and leading volunteer tasks, working with stock graziers and Trust livestock, carrying out surveys and monitoring and gaining certificates for various practical skills such as brushcutter and chainsaw.

  • Closing Date: 25/06/2018
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 06/06/2018

Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve Volunteer Placement

Duration: Six months from September 2018, up to 5 days per week.

We are looking for someone keen to enter a career in conservation based education and/or practical conservation management to join our team at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve for six months from September 2018

  • Closing Date: 15/08/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 17/07/2018

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.