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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: Holton Lee Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Holton Lee, nr Wareham, Dorset

PAY:

FOR: RSPB

As a conservation volunteer you will be undertaking a range of practical tasks on a 350 acre SSSI encompassing Dorset heath, woodland & reedbeds. You will be working alongside a range of different people, incl members of Livability, a disability charity & welfare centre. Summer work typically involves infrastructure maintenance & some habitat work, whilst winter work is much more focused on habitat work. You don't need to have any prev exp, as everyone is welcome & appropriate training will be provided. Wednesday every other week, 9.30 til 16:00 (time flexible). ASK: Contact william.russell@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Full Time Nature Reserve Volunteers x 3

BE4: 1/7/19 9am

IV: 18/7/19

LOC: Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7PR

PAY: Accommodation / training*

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

Join an established team delivering an extensive & varied programme of work, ranging from habitat management across 50 reserves of varied habitats geographically spread across Devon, fencing & maintenance work, survey & monitoring, working with volunteers / corporate groups & various educational activities. Although you will be trained in essential skills for land management, you must possess the following: desire to work in wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness, willingness to use power tools, ability to work with a range of people, willingness to supervise & lead volunteers. *Farmhouse accommodation provided in a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor, based on a 6-12 month commitment. Volunteers will be given the necessary training & experience to be fully effective in the role; this will also equip them to go on to seek employment in the land management sector. The range of training opportunities will vary but could include the following: NPTC certificates in chainsaw & brush cutter & first aid at work qualification. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KhGsa1

JOB: Residential Warden

BE4: N / A

LOC: Arne, Dorset

PAY: Accommodation and appropriate training as needed

FOR: RSPB

We are looking for a keen new member to join our Warden Team. Working across 9 reserves in Dorset within a range of habitats including saltmarsh, wet grassland, ancient woodland, reedbed and heathland. You will be taking part in habitat management, surveys, key health and safety work and leading work parties. You will be flexible in your time and up for getting out and about in all weathers and terrain. There will be training available for the key work you will take part in and you will be given challenges to develop yourself during your time. Your accommodation will be in the heart of the nature reserve so you will get a chance to know it better than most of our visitors and learn the sights and sounds that make Arne so special. 6-12 months commitment. ASK: Contact Hollymay for more info and to apply via CV hollymay.gladwin@rspb.org.uk or call 07513111286

JOB: Events and Engagement Volunteer

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Somerset

PAY:

FOR: Somerset Wildlife Trust

The Trust run many events throughout the year where we need a helping hand on the day. Events could include helping out at our free or ticketed events, charity stands at carnivals and festivals, etc. This is an ad hoc, casual role, so hours are flexible - you can help out as much or little as you like. You can decide which events you would like to be involved with. Skills and abilities needed: enjoys meeting and welcoming people; money handling in some cases; own transport desirable; experience of working with children or adults in an engagement setting; interest and enthusiasm for nature and wildlife conservation; willingness to be outside in all weathers; able to work in a team and to communicate in an engaging and professional way to children and adults; understanding of child safeguarding and health and safety procedures (training will be given as needed); willingness to be involved in various tasks as directed. ASK: Please contact volunteering@somersetwildlife.org for further details.

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: Volunteer Bat Surveyors

BE4: N / A

LOC: Holnicote Estate, West Somerset

PAY: Training and equipment provided. Limited travel expenses available

FOR: National Trust

With 12,500 acres of woodland, heathland and farmland, we know the Holnicote Estate is a great place for bats! We are looking for individuals to monitor and survey Bat Transects and roosts across the estate. This research will help us gain a better understanding of how bats are using the landscape. As a Bat Transect Volunteer, you will be asked to commit to around 4-5 nights a year. You will be part of a team of dedicated survey volunteers. New volunteers do not need any existing knowledge of bat ecology, however would benefit from an interest in the subject. This role will suit people who have a keen interest in bats, wildlife or ecological surveying. Want to improve their survey skills or wildlife knowledge. Do not mind working evenings. Want to volunteer but on an irregular basis. ASK: Email Basil Stow basil.stow@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

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: 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: 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: Community Conservation Voluntary Placement

BE4: ?

LOC: Urban Wildlife Centre, Corfe Mullen

PAY: Travel expenses from the Urban Wildlife Centre to other DWT sites when required.

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

3-4 days a week over 6 months from July 2019. This role would be suitable for a student industrial placement full time. You will be assisting with Dorset Wildlife Trust's community engagement and conservation work in east Dorset including at our Brownsea Island and Living Seas Visitor Centres. Tasks will also include assisting with our work with people with physical / mental health issues; assisting with social media, website and other publicity; helping with campaigns and conservation projects. There will be opportunities to get involved with other aspects of our work, including practical work parties. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2XoB4VX or contact sholford@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Voluntary Marine Assistant Placements

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge

PAY: 0

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

This opportunity would suit a student or young person, with an interest in marine conservation, the marine environment and / or environmental education. The placement is available from April, throughout the summer, is unpaid and involves working one weekend per month. However, there would be the opportunity to extend this if the placement wishes to be involved in further weekend activities. Own transport and accommodation are essential. All posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Check. ASK: To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PE. Tel: 01929 481044. Email kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2XoB4VX

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

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: 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: 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.



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