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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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South West vacancies: Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.


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JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 13/9/19

IV: 24/9/19

LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham

PAY: £1000 training budget & free on site accommodation

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Start date: Nov 2019. 9 to 12 month placement. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. The successful applicant will initially assist then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon.   ASK: Any queries please call office on 01803 882619.

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger x 2

BE4: 23/9/19

LOC: Occombe Farm, South Devon

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

This is a fantastic 9-12 month training opportunity based at Occombe Farm, set in the beautiful countryside of South Devon. The placement gives the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites and habitats, including SSSI calcareous grassland sites, the award winning Cockington Country Park, LNR Woodlands, and the stunning South West Coast Path. The main focus will be on delivering the practical countryside management programme; some of the key work areas include habitat management and woodland management in winter and coast path cutting, footpath maintenance in the summer. Free basic accommodation is provided on site and there is a budget for relevant training. ASK: Download a job description and application form at https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk or call 01803 520022 for more information.

JOB: Butterfly Surveyor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Somerset

PAY: 0

FOR: League Against Cruel Sports

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries; including rare butterflies such as small pearl-bordered Fritillary and Clouded Yellow. Using your wildlife identification skills, you will conduct a survey that identifies and records the butterfly (and moth) species present. A crucial role in shaping future sanctuary management plans, your results will also be fed back to the Butterfly Conservation. Benefits: working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a fantastic chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution. The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity working towards a kinder society where persecuting animals for ‘sport’ is in the past. United, we will end animal cruelty in the name of ‘sport’.  ASK: To see the full volunteer description, please visit https://www.league.org.uk/animal-charity-jobs. To apply, please send a letter of interest to applications@league.org.uk

JOB: Bird Surveyor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Somerset

PAY: 0

FOR: League Against Cruel Sports

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries; including the bird species pied flycatcher, wood warbler and woodcock. Using your wildlife ID skills, you will conduct a survey that identifies and records the bird species present at our sanctuaries. A crucial role in shaping future sanctuary management plans, your results will also be fed back to the BTO. This is a chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution. ASK: To see the full volunteer description, please visit https://www.league.org.uk/animal-charity-jobs. To apply, please send a letter of interest to applications@league.org.uk

JOB: General Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Somerset

PAY: 0

FOR: League Against Cruel Sports

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries as help provide the much-needed maintenance and upkeep support. With a love for wildlife, you will undertake various tasks such as building much needed bird, bat and dormouse boxes, coppice areas of hazel, restore Baronsdown’s butterfly garden and so much more. This truly is a fantastic opportunity to help create an environment where wildlife can continue to flourish. Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution. ASK: To see the full volunteer description, please visit https://www.league.org.uk/animal-charity-jobs. To apply, please send a letter of interest to applications@league.org.uk

JOB: Mammal Surveyor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Somerset

PAY: 0

FOR: League Against Cruel Sports

A safe haven for many animals, you will encounter an abundance of wildlife at our sanctuaries; incl foxes, stags & hares. Using your wildlife ID skills, you will conduct a survey that identifies & records the mammal species present at our sanctuaries. A crucial role in shaping future sanctuary management plans, your results will also be fed back to the Mammal Society. Working with the Head of Conservation & Education, this is a chance to learn more about conservation, develop new skills, meet like-minded people & spend time in the outdoors surrounded by an abundance of wildlife living free from persecution. ASK: To see the full volunteer description, please visit https://www.league.org.uk/animal-charity-jobs. To apply, please send a letter of interest to applications@league.org.uk

JOB: Office Angel

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Arne Work Centre, Dorset

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

The RSPB would not be able to save nature without all the work that goes on behind the scenes in our lovely office at Arne. We need your help to support the team here with admin tasks, data entry and phone cover. Competent with Microsoft Outlook, Excel & Word. Confident communicating in person and on the phone. Excellent attention to detail and happy to do some repetitive tasks. One day per week. ASK: Please contact Emma Stephens, 01929 557821 emma.stephens@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Monitoring Volunteer, National Trust. Exmoor

BE4: 1/9/19

LOC: National Trust Estate Office, Holnicote, TA24 8TJ

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: National Trust

There are a wide range of wildlife surveys that you can get involved in throughout the year at Holnicote working alongside the Ranger team, this includes water vole monitoring as part of the Riverlands project, bat and butterfly surveys and more. No previous experience is required but attention to detail, willingness to work outside in variable weather conditions, your own transport and a commitment to the survey is essential. ASK: Contact samantha.fraser@nationaltrust.org.uk 07741129245.

JOB: Garden Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Totnes, South Devon

PAY: Expenses paid and lunch provided

FOR: The Sharpham Trust

If you want to learn more about gardening, tree-care and horticulture, you might like to join our team of garden volunteers. You can stay all or half a day, joining in all kinds of active, hands-on tasks to be done in our 18th century walled kitchen garden, our formal gardens (designed by Percy Cane) or our sublime woodland gardens.  You don’t need experience - our gardener Bryony Middleton will give guidance each week. Plus you’ll enjoy a warm lunch with the Sharpham team. ASK: Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org to find out more information

JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer, Riverlands. National Trust

BE4: 1/12/19

LOC: National Trust Estate Office, Holnicote, Exmoor TA24 8TJ

PAY: Full training and travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Riverlands aims to increase local people’s connections with their rivers and streams and the wildlife found in them. The projects Engagement Officer, Sammy, is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to support her with this aspect of the project’s work. This role will involve helping to run community events, attending local events to meet people and promote the project, working with schools and families. This will be an extremely varied role with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds. This project will also focus on working with those who will benefit the most from nature, reaching out to new audiences. This role would suit someone who is confident, outgoing, enjoys working with a wide variety of people and can inspire others. Training is provided. ASK: Contact samantha.fraser@nationaltrust.org.uk 07741129245.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Totnes, South Devon

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: The Sharpham Trust

If you like gratifying, physical work outdoors, you can help us with the conservation of Sharpham’s breath-taking parkland - thought to have been laid out by England’s most famous landscaper Capability Brown - which surrounds Sharpham House, a Grade 1-listed Georgian villa. This summer the group will be helping to restore some of the paths and steps around the Estate and building some new fencing near the orchards. The volunteers have just finished creating a new oak circular bench beside the River Dart amid the reed-beds. Our conservation volunteers meet by the coach-yard at the back of Sharpham House. No experience is necessary as guidance will be given by group leader Martin Beat from our partners Ambios ASK: Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org to find out more information

JOB: Photographer and/or Film Maker, Riverlands

BE4: 1/12/19

LOC: National Trust Estate Office, Holnicote, TA24 8TJ

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Riverlands is a national project that aims to create rivers and catchments that are clean, healthy and rich in wildlife. We also want the project to inspire people to connect with rivers, nature and wildlife, increasing the relevance of rivers and other freshwaters in our lives. The Porlock project area includes the River Aller, Horner Waterand Hawcombe Stream. It lies in the north-east corner of Exmoor National Parkand has a combined river length of 44km. Working in collaboration with others, we will restore the rivers and their tributaries, improve water quality, protect endangered species such as the water vole, develop opportunities for species reintroduction such as beaver, and improve land management practices, both on land owned by the National Trust, as well as that of our neighbours. We’re looking for someone who has a keen eye for a good image to help us capture this project work and showcase the benefit it has for nature and the local community. We are also interested in making films with local schools. Riverlands is a national project, so this would be the perfect opportunity to promote the work of local photographers and film makers. ASK: Contact samantha.fraser@nationaltrust.org.uk 07741129245.

JOB: Trail Watcher: England Coast Path

BE4: N / A

LOC: Somerset County Wide

PAY:

FOR: Somerset County Council

The England Coast Path in Somerset currently stretches from Brean Down to Minehead. This section takes in 58 miles of the beautiful and diverse coast of Somerset. On clear days the fortified promontory of Brean Down offers panoramic views of the whole stretch to Minehead. The path takes you to Burnham on Sea, along the flood banks of the River Parrett to Bridgwater and back to Stert Point then along the open coast to Hinkley Point. From Hinkley Point it heads west, passing through the historic port of Watchet, before continuing to Minehead. As an England Coast Path Trail Watcher you will regularly walk your adopted path(s) (3-4 times per year); carry out regular light cutting back of vegetation from around gates, stiles, bridges, way mark posts and signposts; promote responsible use of the Public Rights of Way network; report any problems encountered on local rights of way. ASK: Contact rowvolunteers@somerset.gov.uk for more info.

JOB: Adopt a Path Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Somerset County Wide

PAY:

FOR: Somerset County Council

The Adopt a Path scheme is a great way to get outdoors, see the countryside near my home and get to meet some people who are really passionate about the countryside. At the same time by keeping the paths clear and open for others to enjoy perfect for getting out and about more.  As a volunteer you will only need to walk the path 3-4 times a year so the role is completely flexible and can be combined with your dog walking or exercise. As an Adopt a Path volunteer you will: regularly (3-4 times per year) walk your adopted path(s); carry out regular light cutting back of vegetation from around gates, stiles, bridges, way mark posts and signposts, etc; promote responsible use of the Public Rights of Way network through observing the Countryside Code; report to issues via Explore Somerset. ASK: Contact rowvolunteers@somerset.gov.uk for more info.

JOB: Parks in Mind Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Bournemouth, Dorset

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

We’ve created ecotherapy volunteer groups in Parks across Boscombe & Bournemouth to help improve participant’s health & wellbeing while enjoying being outdoors. With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise & other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people & wildlife. The project includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation & confidence building workshops. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed & friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical & sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment. You chose the activities you want to take part in & work to your own limits, between 2 hours to 20 days a month it’s completely up to you! No prior knowledge required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders & the other people taking part. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy meeting new people & doing light manual work this is the perfect role for you! ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2yNn3pU

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: Primate Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Looe, Cornwall, UK

PAY: Travel, food & accommodation*

FOR: Wild Futures

You will assist in all parts of work at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary. There will be general maintenance work of the site. You will also receive education talks by staff members on each species, the organisation, darting, medication, anatomy etc. Assisting at the café & children’s workshop will add variety to the volunteer’s day & ensure they interact with the general visiting public during opening hours (weekends, & half- term / summer holidays). The work at the Sanctuary is hard & physically demanding so volunteers must be fit & able. Min 2 week commitment. *Some funded opportunities for UK residents & non-UK residents (EU only). Travel, food & accommodation are free, you will also receive about £160 a month as pocket money. If you are not eligible for the funded placements we have non-funded placements too, however we ask for a £40 a week contribution for food & accommodation. ASK: More information: Hayley Oliver, hayley_oliver@wildfutures.org

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.

PAY: Tea and cake

FOR: Field Studies Council

An opportunity to be part of a busy Field Studies Centre by helping to look after the surrounding grounds; creating wildlife friendly habitats and doing biological surveying work. Flexible hours to suit. No experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to work outdoors and be physically fit. ASK: To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Forest School Volunteer Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Exeter, Devon

PAY: Travel expenses & in house training

FOR: A Touch of the Wild

We are looking for volunteers to help on weekdays and weekends at our holiday club, education groups, family events and birthday parties. Volunteers will be supporting the Club leaders to deliver fun days in the woods for children aged 5-14 years, packed with opportunities to take part and learn some amazing skills. Volunteers will need some exp of working with children or young people or feel confident in supporting groups of children in nature based activities. If you are interested in delivering outdoor learning, have enthusiasm, dedication and excellent communication skills this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable exp. In house training will be provided with opportunities to learn bushcraft, green woodwork, plant ID and many more skills. A love of the great outdoors and own transport is essential! Volunteers working with vulnerable adults or children will need to take a DBS check that will be paid for by A Touch of the Wild. Volunteers are not required to make a commitment to regular days a week, although this would be helpful. ASK: Contact Hannah Standen, info@atouchofthewild.co.uk

JOB: Primate Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Looe, Cornwall

PAY: Travel, food and accommodation*

FOR: Wild Futures

The charity rescues and rehabilitates monkeys from the UK pet trade. Volunteers will learn how to prepare food for the monkeys, clean enclosures and create enrichment items. Other work includes gardening, painting or cleaning. Volunteers will receive talks, presentations and workshops by staff on primate species, legislation and campaign work, medication and diet, anatomy, and how to catch primates for vet visits. You must be physically fit and able as the work, and the working environment are hard. The location is a little remote, so you must be able to cope without all the amenities of a town or city and you will be living in a communal household with other volunteers and staff. Placements range from 2, 4 and 8 weeks and we are really in need of volunteers especially for the end for the end of April, May and June. We do have placements all year round. We cannot accept volunteers who have VISA requirements. *Some funded opportunities for UK residents and non-UK residents (EU only). You will receive about £160 a month as pocket money. If you are not eligible we have non-funded placements too, however we do ask for a £40 a week contribution for food and accommodation costs. ASK: Please email hayley_oliver@wildfutures.org for more information.

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: Nature Reserve Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Slapton Ley Field Centre, Devon

PAY: Lunch

FOR: Field Studies Council

1 day a week. Conservation Tasks might include: Clearing vegetation with hand tools, constructing woodland paths and steps, hand pulling invasive plants, constructing fences and stiles. You will need to be physically fit and happy to work out in all weathers. Some experience of using hand tools would be helpful. ASK: Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area

PAY: Training

FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

We carry out a variety of projects including: tree planting; beach cleans; species & habitat surveys; wildlife pond creation; hedgelaying; invasive plant species management (e.g. rhododendron, parrotfeather, Himalayan balsam etc.); coppicing (a traditional woodland management technique); dry stone walling, to name but a few! Events each weekend, but no requirement to commit to a certain number of days. You will gain valuable nature conservation skills in countryside management, such as how to create & restore important habitats for wildlife & people. You will also gain other key skills such as communication, team working & leadership. If you are really keen you may want to progress to become a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) & get more involved ‘behind the scenes’ planning & leading practical projects & social events. You don’t need to have any skills, experience or abilities to join as a volunteer; all you need is a love of the outdoors & be a good team player. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Wildlife Care Assistant

BE4: N/A

LOC: Highbridge, Somerset

PAY: Training provided

FOR: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A minimum of one shift every other week for a period of six months – permanent. We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. Run entirely on donations we run a wildlife rescue service in the South West of England. Each year, over 5,000 wild animals are helped by Secret World. Volunteering as a wildlife care assistant is quite physically demanding and requires working indoors and outdoors. It also requires a reasonable level of admin skill to accurately understand and complete animal casualty records. Ideally be able to work independently, with initiative, and be able to follow written and verbal instructions. Tasks involve the handling and capture of animals for assessment and transport, cleaning enclosures to a good hygienic standard, preparation and delivery of food and water, providing enrichment and monitoring the condition and behaviour of the animals. ASK: For further information please visit https://www.secretworld.org/volunteer or contact Claire on 01278 768704 volunteer@secretworld.org

JOB: Residential Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset

PAY: Accom. Incl Meals & Training

FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. We teach volunteers basic animal care, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. Experience not essential as we can teach you. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved.   ASK: Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cornwall

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild Futures The Monkey Sanctuary

Minimum stay is two weeks & maximum three months. Help clean the monkey enclosures, prepare their food & enrichment. Help with children's workshops & in the café, gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. ASK: More details from Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Forest National Park

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, monitoring water quality & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. ASK: Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

JOB: Primate Care volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Looe, Cornwall, UK

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: Wild Futures

We host up to 10 volunteers at a time, all year round, in shared accommodation. Short-term placements run from 2-8 weeks & long-term for up to 3 months. No special quals are needed, we just ask for volunteers to be enthusiastic & hard-working with a general concern for animals & the environment. You need to be over 18 & have a good working knowledge of the English language. Although volunteers do not work directly with the monkeys (hand off policy), they do help make sure that things run smoothly.  Volunteers help to clean the enclosures, prepare the monkey’s food, create enrichment items & take part in workshops hosted by the staff about species, diet, medication & much more. Volunteers need to be hard working, have initiative & enthusiasm for the tasks asked. A lot of the role is cleaning so please ensure you are committed before applying.  ASK: Please contact: volunteer@wildfutures.org



Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.