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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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CJS Focus now published

35 pages in total, the lead article is from the National Trust; good volunteer management leads to a positive volunteer experience. It’s vital therefore that investment is made in the development of volunteer managers. Keep Wales Tidy highlight the benefits to company, staff and the local environment by utilising the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility. Find out how the Biodiverse Society project run by Lancashire Wildlife Trust has succeeded in updating Local Wildlife Site systems and training enthusiastic naturalists. National Parks UK run an annual awards ceremony for the volunteers who work across the 15 members of the UK National Park family. The importance of recognising the effort of volunteers is highlighted. A happy volunteer is a productive volunteer, the Canal & River Trust detail the lengths they go to find out what their volunteers want and need and how to provide for these requirements. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus

JOB: District Representative

BE4: ?

LOC: Essex, Various Locations

PAY: 0


CPREssex are looking for individuals and groups who are keen to make a difference in their local area. CPRE campaigns for a beautiful and living countryside, who work to protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live and enjoy. If you feel that you can make a contribution, no matter how big or small, please do not hesitate to contact us. The role is very flexible, and revolves around how much time you want to spend volunteering. The roles are also suitable for any age/ mobility, there are various different roles within the representation for the district, including roles that are work from home, to outdoor campaigning. ASK: For further information contact Josh at Mrsamuels@live.co.uk or 07732 398004

JOB: North and South Buckinghamshire Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) - 2 posts

BE4: 23/2/18

IV: 2/3/18

LOC: Meadow Farm nr Bicester / College Lake near Tring

PAY: Limited expenses

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

3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. You will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a conservation programme across our reserves. In this post you will gain employer-valued practical exp of conservation techniques, ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management as well as learning about the practical management of different habitats. You will take part in a comprehensive training programme, tailored to your role (incl first aid and NPTC chainsaw cert) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Rel volunteering exp is desirable. ASK: For more information visit www.bbowt.org.uk/node/21206

JOB: Voluntary Internship - Wildlife Supporter Advisor


IV: 16/03/2018

LOC: Sandy, Bedfordshire

PAY: 0


2 to 3 days per week for 4 months from March 2018.  Do you have a love of the natural world and enjoy providing great customer service? Do you have good knowledge of UK wildlife and are confident and enthusiastic in communicating about it? Are you looking to build your skills in the conservation sector? If so we'd like to hear from you! This role will be supporting the RSPB's Supporter Services Wildlife team in the delivery of their work to inspire current and potential supporters. We are looking for someone who has a passion for utilising their wildlife and conservation knowledge in order to deliver great customer service across a number of communication channels. You'll gain valuable work exp, develop new skills and learn how one of Europe's largest conservation charities is run. The RSPB runs an inclusive volunteer internship scheme, so whether you have just graduated, finished your A Levels and looking for voluntary exp in your gap year or you are looking for a change of career paths we welcome your application. However you must: be 18 years old or over; available for 3 months or more; achieved GCSE's or equiv & be IT literate. ASK: For more information, contact: Emma Whiteway, HQ RSPB, The Lodge, Potton Road, SANDY, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, 01767 680551 / 01767 693324 emma.whiteway@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Crew

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Guildford, Surrey

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Two or three days a month. Our two Swingbridge boats provide a wonderful environment for people to learn new skills & develop confidence. Swingbridge1 & Swingbridge2 together are accredited as a training centre by the National Community Boats Association, & Swingbridge2 is also a base for environmental volunteering. Enjoying time on the water, an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work & above all the ability to motivate & enthuse others. Our supported volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: swingbridge@surreycaretrust.org.uk

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, Harlow, Essex, Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire. Get buckets of experience - two new gardens every time. Free training in gardening & power tool use. All PPE, tools, equipment, lunches & travel costs covered. ASK: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/east To book a place, arrange a taster day or for more info Emma Reynolds, 01707 255177 emma.reynolds@groundwork.org.uk

JOB: Saturday Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: North West Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: North West Kent Countryside Partnership

Come and volunteer in the countryside and the community! Do you enjoy keeping physically and mentally well outdoors? Would you like to improve the community’s green spaces for people and wildlife? This weekend opportunity is new for Spring 2018. Meet our friendly team and come and see what we are all about! ASK: If you are interested, why not take a look at our website: http://www.nwkcp.org or give us a call: 01322 621 239. If you prefer email: sara.spellman@kent.gov.uk

JOB: Events Planning Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

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 plan events to raise funds & awareness of our work. You'll help organise & run the day at events such as county fairs, farmers markets & planning workshops, booking speakers, organising logistics, following up on fundraising leads & communicating our message creatively through printed & social media. Some exp of running events, comfortable contacting people by phone, computer literate, well organised & can work to deadlines. Care about protecting the countryside & the environment & are able to communicate with confidence. ASK: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

JOB: Visitor Service Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Rushmere Country Park, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0EB

PAY: Training / experience

FOR: Greensand Trust

5 hpw, 11am - 4pm. Provide accurate & up-to-date information for visitors to the area, hand out printed information, promote upcoming events/activities & deal with face-to-face queries. Litter pick around the Visitor Centre & rota check all public areas & ensure they are clean & tidy, reporting any issues/feedback. Sell items & take payment for car & cycle permits. Friendly, enthusiastic & welcoming personality. Able to talk to a wide range of different people, exp of working with the public & able to handle confrontation. Flexible, reliable & able to work within a team & alone. Numeracy skills. A love of wildlife & wild things. ASK: Sarah Preston, Volunteer Coordinator, 01525 234260, sarah.preston@greensandtrust.org

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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.