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JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship - RSPB Blean Woods

BE4: 7/7/19

IV: 16/7/19

LOC: Blean Woods & Seasalter Levels, Whitstable, Kent

PAY: Travel expenses,*training & PPE

FOR: RSPB

Part-time non-residential internship - 3 days p/w for 6 months starting mid-August. We are looking for 3 enthusiastic and dedicated interns to join the Swale reserves team for the winter season. We manage two SSSI nature reserves - Blean Woods; a semi-natural ancient woodland site on the outskirts of Canterbury, and Seasalter Levels; a grazing marsh site to the west of Whitstable. You will gain experience of practical habitat management across both these sites as well as ecological surveying, leading volunteer work parties, invasive species control, livestock handling and infrastructure maintenance. You will have a dedicated mentor to guide your personal development throughout the internship and skills training will be provided. This role is perfect for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation. 18+, IT literate, driving licence essential. *Travel expenses reimbursed within a 25 mile radius of the reserve. ASK: Further information: https://c-js.co.uk/2ML3dkL

JOB: Internships x 2

BE4: 30/6/19 6pm

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is set in 30 acres of woodland & is home to over 500 exotic wild animals, offering a full programme of daily animal shows & events. We are recruiting 2 x voluntary internships for a period of 6 months working on either our Paddocks & Farmyard or Reptile Sections. The main role will be to assist the keeping team in their daily tasks in order for you to: gain exp within an animal keeping department, gain training & further knowledge of a selection of species, & apply own personal skills & improve upon them. Essential: 18+ years old; animal science related qual; animal-related work exp; good communication skills; flexible working hours; physically fit; able to work in a team & independently; reliable & trustworthy. ASK: Please send CV & covering letter to Jessie Boylan, Animal Park Manager (Curator), curator@pwpark.com stating ‘Internship Application’ in the subject line & when you would be available to begin.

JOB: Residential volunteer, New Forest

BE4: ASAP for immediate start

LOC: Franchises Lodge Reserve, New Forest

PAY: Training / expenses / accommodation

FOR: RSPB

6 months. We are looking to recruit an experienced Residential Volunteer to become a vital member of our team on one of our newest and most exciting reserves. We are offering the chance to volunteer on Franchises Lodge reserve within the beautiful setting of the New Forest.  You will have the opportunity to help shape the long term vision for the site as well as gaining first hand experience of reserve operations. Housed in a beautiful cottage deep within the woods, surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife, you will have the chance to develop skills you have learnt elsewhere, as well as being provided with further training and experience to improve your CV.  As a key part of the site team you will have responsibility of managing your own work schedule as well as local volunteers and work parties. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2MwgDEW

JOB: Voluntary Reserve Officers (up to 4)

BE4: 28/6/19

LOC: 1 based in Bedfordshire and up to 3 in Northamptonshire

PAY: Mileage and training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

A Voluntary Reserves Officer role is suitable for someone looking to begin a career in practical wildlife conservation. You will gain hands on experience of the physical work involved in the habitat management of grassland, wetland, woodland sites, and access maintenance. There will also be opportunities to work with and lead volunteer work parties and assist with surveying and monitoring. The Volunteer Reserves Officers will receive the necessary formal training and certification in first aid, use of brushcutters and chainsaws, as well as a programme of in-house training central to their roles. Applicants should be capable of using power tools and machinery and enjoy days of physical work outdoors in all weathers. Good team working skills and an ability to be self-motivated are essential. Some previous experience of practical conservation work would be an advantage but is not essential. ASK: For further details and an application form please see https://c-js.co.uk/2EXs02B

JOB: OCND - Volunteer Trainees x 4

BE4: 26/6/19 midnight

LOC: Maidstone, Kent

PAY: up to 2500 training & expenses

FOR: Old Chalk New Downs HLF Project

Are you a post or undergraduate looking to gain work experience in the conservation sector? Are you willing to do practical conservation work in all weathers, research or support our public engagement work?  If so then we would like to hear from you. We have 4 volunteer traineeship opportunities ranging from 3 to 6 months based with us or our partners, Kent Wildlife Trust and Kent County Council.  As part of the programme we will help you build your practical skills, conservation knowledge, research work and increase your employability in the conservation sector. The role is unsalaried but there is a budget of up to £2,500 for pre-approved training, travelling and other work-related expenses. ASK: For more information on each trainee opportunity go to our website https://www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk/action/studentbursary

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Gloucester

PAY:

FOR: The Barn Owl Centre

The Barn Owl Centre is looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the charity's work. Full and part time volunteers required for all aspects of the charity's work. Occasional Volunteers would also be welcomed. ASK: Visit our website www.barnowl.co.uk to view some of our charity's work. If interested in helping please contact Vincent Jones on 01452 383999 or email info@barnowl.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

JOB: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stour Valley Nature Reserve, Bournemouth

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

An exciting opportunity to support our Visitor Centre at Kingfisher Barn, the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. With over 90,000 visitors a year you'll be welcoming people to the Centre, letting them know about the local area & showing them round the Centre exhibition. Can you provide a warm welcome to all visitors, hand out information & make a good cup of tea? Full training given, & don't worry - you don't need to be a 'font of all knowledge' on the area, although some local knowledge would be beneficial. For those with green fingers, there is plenty to be done in the wildlife garden too. Whether you can help with a morning a month or become a regular weekly volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. ASK: Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2JuOauf 01202 451548 stour.valley@bournemouth.gov.uk

JOB: Mammal Support

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Uniform and training

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 - 3 days per week. In this role you will help to look after our North American River Otters and Back from the Brink exhibits and engage the public in understanding more about these creatures and the conservation threats they face. Duties may include some or all of the following: helping to prepare the otter and Back from the Brink areas for opening at the beginning of each day; checking exhibits, cleaning windows and public area ensuring all are correct and safe before the visitors arrive; food preparation and feeding of off show animals and on show exhibits; cleaning and maintaining of all animal areas. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2QzANwr

JOB: Bird Training Support

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Uniform and training

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 - 3 days per week. In this role you will be assisting the presentations team in all aspects of caring for the birds that are destined for the Slimbridge 2020 Living Wetland Theatre. This role would be an ideal placement for someone studying animal care / behaviour who is looking to gain hands-on experience. Duties may include: assisting with the daily cleaning of theatre birds; maintenance of pens and surrounding areas; feeding of theatre birds. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2Xgin6p

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee

BE4: 20/6/19 9am

IV: 2/6/19

LOC: Grebe House, St Albans*

PAY: Out-of-pocket expenses & training

FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Start Tuesday 6 August, 3 days per week (22.5 hours). An opportunity to gain experience & training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation & make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire & Middlesex’s habitats & species. You will assist the Reserves Team with their daily reserve work & work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks & helping with events. *You will pick up an allocated van & travel to sites across Herts & Middlesex. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equiv in a biological / environmental science & ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required & the post is subject to a DBS check. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid, Identiplant as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying & monitoring, tree safety surveying & management planning. ASK: Chat: Jenny Sherwen, 01727 858901 ext 252 or 07771 823345. Apply / view the role: www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/about/jobs

JOB: Seasonal Reserve support - London

BE4: 23/6/19

LOC: WWT London Wetland Centre

PAY: Training & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 day a week (Tuesday or Wednesday). Maintaining & developing a large nature reserve requires a lot of practical, hands-on physical tasks. Your role will be to provide regular support to the reserves team, between July & March, to provide our wildlife with the most beneficial of habitats, increase species biodiversity & ensure the reserve is functioning at its best by maintaining visitor access & on site facilities. Tasks may include the following, but are not limited to: tree & shrub work (small felling, brushwood processing, hedge cutting, pollarding, pruning, pulling up saplings & roots, bramble hooking, cutting stumps); removing island vegetation (incl boat use); pruning willow screens; reedbed raking & barrow work; refurbishing of shingle island using barrows & boats *Benefits: uniform & training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, & discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information & to apply, visit https://c-js.co.uk/2JC5aBt

JOB: Conservation Library & Information Support Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Training*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

At WWT with a wealth of experience & a proven track record in scientific research we work together for a positive future by creating & protecting wetlands for wildlife & people. We also shape unforgettable experiences for our visitors at our centres & believe the best way for people to understand & connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking. We are looking for volunteers to support our work by assisting our friendly & experienced Grounds & Reserves teams with office administrative tasks. You will assist with day-to-day administration such as keeping our electronic systems up-to-date, assisting staff with answering telephone & email enquiries, organising team meetings, opening / despatching mail & managing deliveries. ASK: For more information & to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2VVYBQW

JOB: Nature Park Team - Gardening

BE4: N/A

IV: 21/06/2019

LOC: Tyland Barn, Sandling & Sevenoaks

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are fortunate to have a well-established wildlife garden which is enjoyed by school groups and visitors. These beautiful gardens take a lot of upkeep from our highly committed volunteers. Tasks range from grass-cutting, tree clearance, feeding the birds and creating bug homes and working on our pond, all aiming to inspire those who visit us to get involved with wildlife. You’ll be spending time outside, learning about wildlife and organic gardening and will inspire our visitors to take up wildlife gardening. We’re looking for volunteers with an interest in gardening (you do not need to be an expert in wildlife gardening!), who are fit and active to spend time in our garden. You need to be over 18 and have great communication skills with colleagues and members of the public and enjoy working as part of a team. The work in our nature garden is very hands-on and you must be comfortable using hand tools. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2Hyrjyp

JOB: Coastlife Citizen Science Volunteer

BE4: N/A

IV: 21/06/2019

LOC: Ramsgate

PAY: Training

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a survey project which is going to make a real difference for wildlife. No prior skills are needed as all the necessary training will be provided. Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve is host to a unique range of wildlife and habitats and is Kent Wildlife Trust’s largest and most protected site. It is home to Kent’s only ancient dune pasture, and the mosaic of rocky shore, saltmarsh and beaches provides a sanctuary for an incredible number of rare and sensitive shoreline birds. We want to improve the way we protect our shoreline birds and to do so we need to better understand how human activities affect bird behaviour and populations. We have started an exciting long-term study to survey these human activities and bird responses. This will enable us to move forward with protecting the area and with finding a way where people and wildlife can co-exist. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2X7jMMo

JOB: Coastal Guardian Sandwich & Pegwell Bay

BE4: N/A

IV: 21/06/2019

LOC: Ramsgate

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

You will be working at Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve (NNR), a mosaic of special habitats consisting of dunes, dune pasture, shingle beach & saltmarsh, together forming an important site for breeding, migratory, & wintering birds. We want people to enjoy the NNR as much as we do, but in a responsible way, & often visitors don’t realise that what they are doing is having an impact. This is where you come in! Your role would be to talk to the visitors on site about the unique wildlife there is, that we have sadly lost some of this, & most importantly, how they can play their part in helping us encourage the shorebirds back! The amount of time you would like to dedicate to this role can be as little or as much as you want. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2K1vkx5

JOB: 6 month Garden Intern

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey

PAY: Some travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

22.5 hpw. Become a key part of the Garden Team at Polesden Lacey and help the gardeners’ maintain and enhance the 30 acre Edwardian gardens. Working alongside our garden team you will be directly involved in leading on at least one exciting project as well as assisting with the day to day work in the gardens here.  We will have a selection of projects available for you to choose from including design work, replanting projects, propagation and machinery use.  We have two specific intern roles working in teams - the Kitchen Garden as well as the General Garden. In addition with the gardeners’ guidance you will help to deliver a high standard of practical work across the gardens. You will assist us in providing outstanding conservation work, sometimes leading, supervising the work of volunteers and ensuring that your work complies with all plans and regulations to protect the environment and the health and safety of yourself and others.   ASK: Contact plvolunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Events Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: 0

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We are looking for a volunteer to support our Events Managers at events in order to ensure those attending have an enjoyable and memorable time and that the key objectives of the event are met. The successful volunteer will also support the office functions of the individual giving team, gaining experience in an office environment and the various processes of a successful supporter development team at a national charity. Ideally we are looking for someone who can volunteer for 6 months, starting ASAP for 3 days a week, as well as helping with approximately 6 events. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2VZYN0M

JOB: Events Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sevenoaks

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We’re looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers who can help us deliver events at various locations. The tasks are as varied as our events program, and you will always have a lot of fun! Kent Wildlife Trust's events program offers a diverse range of county-wide events for all to enjoy throughout the year, from walks and talks, to workshops and family days out. These events help to support Kent Wildlife Trust's work in conservation and projects to protect wildlife across the county. If you enjoy working with people, are looking to gain experience in a fun atmosphere, or looking to expand your skills and knowledge this is the role for you. Volunteers are welcome on a weekly, monthly or ad-hoc basis, working across multiple locations or sticking to just one if you prefer. There are also opportunities to take up team leader roles and learn to deliver events yourself. Volunteers must be over 16 and confident to talk to members of the public. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30sfFfN

JOB: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Romney

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Visitor Centre team at Romney Marsh through the summer months. Fortnightly commitment. Our volunteers support our work by greeting visitors, working on our grounds, serving in our small tea bar and shop, helping out in our art gallery and guiding visitor around the grounds; you'll also be sharing information about our exciting Fifth Continent project. We're looking for volunteers that would like to share their knowledge about Romney Marsh, wildlife and would like to help us to connect people with nature.  You don't need to be an expert in all things wildlife, as you'll be learning alongside our friendly and knowledgeable staff members, but you'll need to comfortable mucking in and carrying out a range of duties across the Centre. You'll be meeting new people, gaining new skills and making a huge difference to our work.  We are happy to provide references for regular volunteers.  ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2YAS6Ql

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Ecology Group Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Location: Darent, Sevenoaks, Dover, Medway, Lower Stour, Weald Area, Ashford Area, Kent. We're looking for volunteers with a passion for conservation to assist us with carrying out Ecological Surveys throughout the county. Our Ecology Groups have been established to demonstrate the effect of our reserve management work and to assess the quality of the habitats we manage. You’ll be working as part of a team in the field. Typical tasks include identifying and recording plants in various habitats using industry-standard methods. You’ll learn a huge amount through this work, gaining skills to identify plants, provide valuable data and see it used to assist with conservation preservation in your area. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced botanists who will help to develop your plant identification skills. We’ll need you to have an interest in botany and wildlife, although you don’t need a background or any prior knowledge in this, but you’ll want to grow your skills and help us to make a difference to wildlife in Kent. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30quQXa

JOB: Sevenoaks Visitor Centre Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sevenoaks

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join the largest of our Visitor Centres during our summer period.  Weekly commitment Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays. The Visitor Centre is in the centre of our beautiful wildlife reserve containing lakes and ponds and is very popular with visitors from across the county and beyond. Our volunteers greet members of the public and provide information about the reserve (you don't need to be an expert, it's the perfect place to learn more about wildlife!) and you'll also be serving in our on-site shop and café. You'll need to be confident to welcome our visitors to the site, and happy to carry out light cleaning and stock checking, as well as serving in our cafe area and in the shop.   We offer full training, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved with our work on the reserve and with our events.  We are happy to complete reference requests for regular volunteers.  ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2w7x8w4

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent

PAY:

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the exciting ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project in The Swale. The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is an ambitious project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including wardens on sites and wildlife monitoring. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30ukeqj

JOB: Farm Visit Supporter

BE4: N / A

LOC: Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire

PAY: Travel expenses paid

FOR: The Country Trust

Farm Visit Support volunteers assist The Country Trust staff to take urban children out to farms, nature reserves, woods, rivers and the coast to learn about the working countryside, and where their food come from, as well the wider natural world. The volunteers ensure the smooth running of these visits and work alongside host farmers and staff to enhance the children’s experience of the countryside which in the long term, helps them to widen their horizons and have greater aspirations. Given the nature of our visits, it is important that you are fit enough to cope with rough terrain on occasions. We are looking for people who have an interest in working with children and a willingness to share knowledge of the countryside. ASK: Please email ahuggins@countrytrust.org.uk or ring 07926 889527.

JOB: Canoe Safari Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Uniform & discounts

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

On the canoe safari, visitors can take to the water to see the wetlands and wildlife from a new perspective. You will assist our canoe safari team by greeting our visitors, assisting with the day-to-day operations, and by helping our visitors enjoy a memorable experience every time they visit. At WWT we believe that the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking.  At Slimbridge Wetland Centre visitors can explore unique wetland habitats and the amazing array of birds, mammals and amphibians that inhabit them. Our volunteers help to welcome and inspire visitors, and look after our unique habitats and heritage. Suitable uniform provided to all regular volunteers, Discount available at cafe and shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2VcYfF1

JOB: Eco-Ranger Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: Training / lunch voucher / uniform

FOR: Zoological Society of Hertfordshire/ Paradise Wildlife Park

Help us achieve our mission in encouraging sustainable behaviours in our visitors. If you love to take action for wildlife & all things conservation; this is the role for you! The role involves, engaging visitors in fun activities linked to topics such as recycling, climate change & poaching; participation in annual animal fundraiser events where all money raised is donated to wildlife conservation projects around the world; carrying out events & activities designed around annual conservation holidays such as World Oceans Day. There the potential to assist with other on-site & off-site education events. ASK: If you are 18+, confident in speaking to the public & have an interest in conservation email Barbara & Jenna on volunteer@pwpark.com

JOB: Dino Team Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: Training / lunch voucher / uniform

FOR: Zoological Society of Hertfordshire / Paradise Wildlife Park

Dinosaurs have arrived at Paradise Wildlife Park! We are looking to add new members to our existing Dino Team who ensure that our dinosaurs are well looked after, & our guests leave having had an outstanding experience. Volunteers will be required to commit to a one day per week place throughout the busy season. Training provided, but an interest in dinosaurs is a bonus. Role description: general visitor engagement through the World of Dinosaurs attraction, demonstrations of fossils & other artefacts, occasional photography for families in the exhibit; manning of interactive exhibits.  We are looking for confident volunteers as you will be interacting with visitors.  Volunteers will also need to be comfortable with being outside in all weathers & be able to stand for a few hours at a time. ASK: For more information contact Barbara & Jenna volunteer@pwpark.com

JOB: Tree Health Surveyors

BE4: N/A

LOC: Various locations*

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are recruiting volunteer Tree Health Surveyors for our Observatree project (in the areas below) to carry out surveys of woods and trees for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species. In fact, recording negative sightings of disease (healthy host trees) is just as important. Surveyors are sometimes asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks and also have the option to set up their own sentinel tree plots to monitor the health of individual trees. *Locations: North and South Wales; North Cornwall and Devon; Hampshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Kent; Cambridgeshire; Norfolk; Scotland; The North East and the North West. ASK: For further details about this role: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sgo9FN

JOB: Volunteer Fundraising Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Littlemore, Oxford

PAY: Training & limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

One or two weekdays per week; can be flexible to fit around your life. Last year, BBOWT secured the future for a magical area of farmland alongside the Thames in Oxfordshire. We could only do this with generous donations from individuals and organisations. Assisting our fundraising team to research potential donors or apply for funding, you can help ensure that we have the money needed to protect wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. If you enjoy a bit of detective work, feel confident about approaching donors and would love to spend time meeting people at some of our glorious reserves, then this could be the opportunity for you! You will be part of a friendly team, learning about fundraising within a wildlife charity. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

JOB: Voluteer Community Fundraising Champion

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: In your local area, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire

PAY: Training & limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Flexible! Give as much or as little time as you can spare. We know that a personal touch goes a long way in persuading people to get involved in causes that are close to their hearts, either through cash donations or getting more actively involved. Get to know your local neighbourhood and use your approachable personality to find locations for collection tins, set up fundraising events or attend local meetings. If you can travel around your local area and would like to bring people together to raise funds for wildlife then we would love to hear from you. BBOWT works to secure a better future for wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. You will be part of a friendly team, inspiring people to look after wildlife in your local area and gaining valuable fundraising experience. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Centre Volunteers at College Lake

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring

PAY: Training & limited expenses

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Any time, however large or small, during the week, weekends or bank holidays. As soon as visitors arrive at College Lake, we want them to have a memorable and enjoyable visit. As one of our remarkable team of ‘meet and greet’ volunteers, you will help people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, experience and learn about our wonderful wildlife. By communicating the value of nature, we believe people become more inclined to care for their environment and take action to preserve wildlife. If you enjoy meeting people and would like to share your enthusiasm with others then this could be just the role you are looking for. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: Contact collegelake@bbowt.org.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Stock Watcher at Warburg Reserve, Oxfordshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Warburg reserve, near Henley, Oxfordshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Once a week, or more if you can make it! Exact times can be flexible to fit around your life. At BBOWT, our cows, sheep and ponies are an essential part of our conservation team. They munch their way through invasive scrub and churn up the soil so it makes varied habitat mosaics at a tiny level for nature to inhabit. Their welfare is crucially important so we need to look after this team of intrepid animals whatever the weather. If you are reasonably fit, like being outdoors and are able to make a regular commitment, you can help us with our daily checks to ensure the animals are healthy, watered and well-fed. No prior knowledge needed! We will provide you with appropriate training and information. Access to free meetings, events and training for volunteers. ASK: Find out more about how you can become one of our volunteer stock watchers at Warburg from our Warden, Kelly Hedges by emailing kellyhedges@bbowt.org.uk

JOB: Swingbridge Community Boat Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust needs people with all sorts of talents to help run Swingbridge: an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work and above all the ability to motivate and enthuse others. A number of our trainees and some of our volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: For more information email info@swingbridge.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Outdoor Leaders - Youth

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex

PAY: Expenses & training

FOR: Wilderness Foundation UK

Volunteer Outdoor Leaders required for our environmental youth programme at our Essex base. Placements include: school visit group leaders (week days), forest school assistants (Saturdays), holiday day camps leaders (school holidays). Time commitment to suit, can be 1 - 5 days per month. Applicants should have: an interest in nature and the outdoors, an approachable and welcoming demeanour suitable for working with children aged 5 - 10yrs, ability to work safely and responsibly with children in the outdoors. Excellent opportunity to engage young people with the natural world, build experience and skills and get some quality outdoor activity for yourself too. ASK: Please contact jenna@wildernessfoundation.org.uk 0300 123 3073 for a volunteer form. A DBS will be processed through us, and you will be asked to complete basic child protection training.

JOB: Little Tern Warden

BE4: June 2019

LOC: South Swale Nature Reserve, Seasalter Road, Faversham, Kent CT5 4BP

PAY: Training will be provided on wildlife identification. Reasonable Travel expenses will be reimbersed

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We need your help to help the little terns successfully breed. You can do this by talking to the public about little terns and encouraging them not to walk on Castle Coote where they breed. Informing the public about the reserve and monitoring the colony of rare birds as well as other birds and wildlife found there. If you love being outdoors and keeping active, this role is for you. You will be monitoring a small group of little terns and other sea birds found on the reserve. Engaging with members of the public about the reserve and how to enjoy it without disturbing the little terns. Ideally it would be once a week throughout May, June and July with bookable shift patterns. ASK: To Apply: 01622 662012 volunteering@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved

JOB: Park Explorers Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Monday mornings during school term times. Help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents/carers. Set up for sessions, using and maintaining resources and equipment appropriately, and ensuring that it is returned to its proper storage place after use. Monitor the quality of the work through evaluation and informal feedback. Manage the daily finance of the activities including taking money, recording and following financial procedures. Work with the Learning Assistant and the rest of the team to ensure that all sessions are adequately resourced and staffed in advance. Act as a good ambassador for the National Trust, providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors. Learn about Morden Hall Park as a whole so you can tell our visitors about it. ASK: To apply for this role, please complete the online application form on the National Trust Volunteering web page, or alternatively contact the Learning Assistant for more details at mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: RSPB

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

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

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 rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. 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 internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Green Aiders

BE4: N / A

LOC: Herts, West Essex, Cambs & Beds

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: Groundwork East

Want to volunteer outside & help vulnerable residents? Then join Groundwork’s Green Aiders team! Put your skills into action with weekly gardening sessions in gardens across Hertfordshire. Get buckets of exp – two new gardens every time. Free training in gardening & power tool use. All PPE, tools, equipment, lunches & travel costs covered. ASK: To book a place, arrange a taster day or for more info Sarah Holloway, 01707 255177 sarah.holloway@groundwork.org.uk https://www.groundwork.org.uk/east

JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sidlesham, West Sussex

PAY: Training

FOR: Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital

Animal husbandry, incl feeding, cleaning and provide care to wildlife patients. Assisting staff with other tasks inside the hospital as required. At least once a week. ASK: Further information: 01243 641672 enquiries@brentlodge.org

JOB: Hedgerow Surveyors

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Maidstone Area, Kent

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Old Chalk New Downs Project, Kent County Council

We are looking to recruit a small team of dedicated volunteer surveyors to work on a hedgerow survey project. The survey is part of a bigger Heritage Lottery funded project called Old Chalk New Downs. The aim of the hedgerow survey is to ground truth a previously completed desktop study of historic hedgerows. The project will be using the “Hedgerow Survey Handbook” which is a nationally agreed methodology for recording the wildlife and cultural significance of hedgerows. ASK: For further information please contact matthew.pitts@kent.gov.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: 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.

Trustees

Salary: Volunteer Role - unpaid

Location of Meetings: Nower Wood, nr Leatherhead

We are looking for new Trustees with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to commit to leading the charity in conjunction with the Senior Management Team.


  • Closing Date: 30/06/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 30/05/2019


Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.