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JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. Further information: 01243 641672 enquiries@brentlodge.org

JOB: Park Explorers Leaders
BE4: Ongoing
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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. For more information visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: Volunteer Outdoor Leaders - Youth
BE4: Ongoing
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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. 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: Trustee
BE4: N / A
IV:
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 & love Buckinghamshire & who want to support environmental & conservation campaigns. You will be part of the local branch of a highly regarded, national charity & feel part of a friendly & highly-engaged group. Experience in organising / administration or fundraising would be especially appreciated. Contact: office@cprebucks.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
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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 been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. Dependent on the seasons, conservation tasks could include; clearing overgrowing vegetation over paths or fence lines, installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches, coppicing, scrub management, wildlife surveying /monitoring and keeping the park tidy and litter free.  No specific skills are needed for this role, although, as most of the work is based outdoors, an interest in the countryside and a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed, as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions and comply with our health and safety procedures. Flexible time commitment. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Fundraiser
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings & other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Volunteer Fundraiser to help them to apply for grants & to raise funds for identified projects. These projects seek to educate the public about the park’s history & draw attention to the diversity of flora & fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; researching, identifying & applying to funders & promotion of the Friends of Staunton Country Park group. The role would suit someone with previous exp / interest in working with community groups or charities. They would also need to be confident in undertaking research using the internet & able to complete online or written applications, as this would be a key part of the role. For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Media Coordinator
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Home based / Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

We are a local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park, incl its buildings & other identified sites of interest. The projects that the group gets involved in seek to educate the public about the park’s history & draw attention to the diversity of flora & fauna present in the Park.  Duties would include; maintaining a positive public profile, taking responsibility for the creation & maintenance of a web page & Facebook group & to be the main point of contact for any media enquiries (with support from the Committee as required). Time commitment flexible, ongoing. The role would suit someone with prev exp / interest in working with community groups or charities, they would also need be confident in IT, web page construction & social media. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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. 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: Volunteer Community Fundraising Champion
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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. For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Centre Volunteers at College Lake
BE4: Ongoing
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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. Contact collegelake@bbowt.org.uk to find out more.

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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). Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire
PAY:
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Hampshire Countryside Service are looking for volunteers to help maintain and improve four of our sites around Bishop's Waltham. These sites are: Claylands, The Moors, Dundridge Meadows and the Rail Path; each covering a variety of different habitats to manage. Our tasks run twice a month, on a Tuesday, from September to March and once a month through the rest of the year. Tasks begin at 10:30am and run until about 3pm. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in conservation work and to meet like-minded people. The work can vary from scrub control to infrastructure repairs and surveys. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge, as are all tools and equipment. If you are interested, please contact the Central Sites Team on: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Forest School Volunteer
BE4: 13/12/19
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LOC: Itchen Valley Country Park, Southampton
PAY: Training*
FOR: Youth Options

Help us support, develop & engage children & young people to realise their abilities, aspirations & make a valuable contribution to their communities through forest school & outdoor learning. You will need to be passionate about engaging young people in a process of personal & social development through parent & child groups, school visits, 1:1 support & community groups. *On the job training as well as opportunities to attend relevant training courses incl H&S, risk assessment & first aid. All roles are subject to an Enhanced DBS Check. A min commitment of one morning or afternoon session a week is required. Please submit an application form or contact jamieboyd@youthoptions.co.uk for more information. For more information or an application pack contact: 01794 525510 admin@youthoptions.co.uk or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2nfvuaz

JOB: Trainee Outdoor Instructor
BE4: 14/1/20
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LOC: Tunbridge Wells
PAY: Intermediate level apprenticeship
FOR: Bowles Rocks

Are you passionate about inspiring and developing young people? Train with a fantastic team at one of the UK’s leading outdoor centres. Bowles is a residential centre with first class facilities near Tunbridge Wells. A great entry into a career in high-quality outdoor education. Learn to engage, occupy and educate young people. Access our amazing facilities to learn new outdoor sports and grow existing skills. Gain nationally recognised qualifications. Learn from our experienced instructor team. Work hard and make a genuine contribution to a great charity. Live on site (for free!) and be a part of a great community. Full details at https://c-js.co.uk/33bm8ws

JOB: Volunteer Role - Minutes Secretary for Friends of Staunton Country Park
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Staunton Country Park
PAY: Parking, refreshments and training as needed.
FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park.

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation and conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings and other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Minutes Secretary to take notes during meetings and carry out general administration to ensure meetings are well organised. Their projects seek to educate the public about the park's history and draw attention to the diversity of flora and fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; being available to attend and participate in meetings, taking accurate notes, writing up and disseminating these appropriately, plus carrying out other general administration. Ideally the volunteer would also have good attention to detail, as this would be a key part of the role. For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer Role - Health and Safety Officer for Friends of Staunton Country Park
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Staunton Country Park
PAY: Parking, refreshments and training as needed.
FOR: Friends of Staunton Country Park

Friends of Staunton Country Park is local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation and conservation of Staunton Country Park, including its buildings and other identified sites of interest.  The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for a Health and Safety Officer to ensure that that the group carries out their duties in relation to health and safety within the group and any visitors/public they may come into contact with. Their projects seek to educate the public about the Park's history and draw attention to the diversity of flora and fauna present in the Park. Duties would include; reviewing and updating current health and safety procedures, carrying out risk assessments for activities, events or trips and ensuring good practice. Ideally the volunteer would also have an interest in safety issues and have good attention to detail, as this would be a key part of the role.  For more information email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk

JOB: Events Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30sfFfN

JOB: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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.  More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2YAS6Ql

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Sevenoaks Visitor Centre Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
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.  More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2w7x8w4

JOB: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2JuOauf 01202 451548 stour.valley@bournemouth.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteer Community Fundraising Champions
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire*
PAY:
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

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. Commitment is flexible, give as much or as little time as you can spare. *With regular contact with our fundraising team in Oxford. BBOWT works to secure a better future for wildlife in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. For more information about the role contact fundraising@bbowt.org.uk.

JOB: Volunteering Learning Assistant Internships - Various Locations
BE4: 18/1/20
IV:
LOC: Various locations*
PAY: Training & expenses
FOR: RSPB

Looking to get some quality experience with Europe's largest conservation charity, engaging with young people and delivering environmental education? We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages and abilities. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain experience working with families and adults. You’ll get: training in delivery, local species ID, equipment safety and first aid, mentoring, lots of first-hand experience, a uniform as required and expenses. You will need: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; an enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful/flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities; good communication skills. Must be 18 years old or over and have achieved A-levels or equivalent. Time Commitment: 2 to 3 days a week from 9am to 5.15pm for 3 months or more (March to September 2020). *Locations: Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Leighton Moss in Lancashire, Conwy in North Wales, Old Moor in South Yorkshire, Sandwell Valley in west Midlands and Saltholme in Middlesbrough. For further information visit https://c-js.co.uk/32Ksrq3

JOB: Trustees
BE4: 2/1/20 5pm
IV:
LOC: London
PAY: Expenses
FOR: The Orchard Project

The Orchard Project is looking for two new trustees to join our friendly & lively board. We are particularly interested to recruit trustees with experience in any of the following: marketing & communications; fundraising & income generation for charities/social enterprises; strategic understanding & application of digital technologies. Get under the hood of our ambitious & dynamic charity & help us with our mission. As a national charity we have reach, but are also small enough to be very agile with decision making. Your input will make a huge difference to our development. The roles are unremunerated, although reasonable expenses are paid. The annual commitment will be based around 4-6 Board meetings. For more information & to apply, please download the job description https://c-js.co.uk/2nbGtC3. Chat: Kath Rosen CEO, The Orchard Project on 07977457395 or email ceo@theorchardproject.org.uk.

JOB: Outdoor Adventure Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Wiltshire & Swindon
PAY: 0
FOR: The Youth Adventure Trust

We are a charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 years old. Through a series of residential camps & day activities they build resilience, self-esteem & develop social & life skills. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support young people get the most out of their camp experiences. You will take part in all the activities alongside the young people, encouraging & supporting them, overseeing their welfare & guiding them to work together. Activities are all delivered by qualified instructors. Volunteers must be over 21 years old. Enhanced DBS check & references required. Experience of outdoor activities & working with young people are useful, but not essential. We also need volunteers to support our fundraising challenge events. Volunteers support staff with a range of tasks, incl team registration, marshalling & offering support & encouragement to those taking part. For further information contact jon@youthadventuretrust.org.uk or visit www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk or call 07469886523.

JOB: Education & Engagement Volunteer Trainee
BE4: 6/1/20 (noon)
IV: --22/1/20
LOC: Sevenoaks & Tyland Barn, Maidstone
PAY: Training & travel allowance
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

11 months. We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of our exciting education & engagement programmes. As a trainee, you will gain valuable experience in all aspects of people engagement including education, community engagement & visitor centres. You will be a team player with a desire to share your enthusiasm for the great outdoors with others, especially young people. You will have a responsible attitude, showing common sense & have a flexible approach & willingness to work with other staff, tutors & volunteers. Whilst this is an unpaid post, there is a training bursary & a travel allowance available. For an informal discussion about the post, telephone 01622 662012 & ask to speak to a member of the Education & Engagement Management Team. Visit www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk to download an application pack. Applicants should read the guidance notes carefully before completing the applicant information form supported by a cover note & CV.