Voluntary Vacancies: South West

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


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JOB: Primate Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Looe, Cornwall
PAY: Travel, food, accom & pocket money
FOR: Wild Futures

Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary rescue and rehabilitate primates from the UK pet trade. We are offering 2 and 4 week funded, live-in placements if you meet the European Solidarity Corps requirements (are aged between 18 and 30, do not need the placement as part of a university/college course and haven’t previously completed an ESC placement). The role includes daily cleaning of monkey enclosures, tasks such as food preparation and making enrichment items as well as any re-roping enclosures, adding wood chip to outdoor spaces, gardening, painting and cleaning. Assisting in the café can also happen when we are open to the public. Volunteers will receive weekly education talks by staff members on our monkeys and their history, the organisation, anatomy etc. Days can be long and the work is often physically demanding so volunteers must be fit and able. Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied and certain Covid requirements apply. To find out more please contact

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
FOR: Wildwood Escot

At Wildwood Escot in Devon, we thrive through generous volunteers donating their time and talents. We have a wide variety of opportunities including regular positions for individual volunteers, college work placements, university internships and special event days more suited to teams. We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals who are happy to be outside in all weather conditions. Volunteers are welcome to apply to help in various areas of Escot within various teams such as the keeper team, education team, maintenance team and gardening team. We also have fantastic opportunities on various projects such as our wetland restoration project, our Anglo Saxon village experience, seasonal events and our gardening for wildlife project. Find out more from Charlotte Mead on

JOB: Residential Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
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. Experience and interest in horticulture is essential and we hope that you have a passion for and experience in looking after animals. We will teach some animal care skills, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. 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. Contact to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Wildlife Survey / Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Grand Western Canal Country Park, Tiverton, Devon
PAY: Training may be possible depending on circumstances
FOR: Devon County Council

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve extends for 11 ¼ miles through beautiful Devon countryside, providing excellent habitat and a wildlife-rich corridor. Whilst some wildlife groups (such as wetland birds, dragonflies, butterflies and macrophytes) have been historically well-recorded by a few volunteers, several of these have had to give up in recent years for various reasons and new volunteers are sought to continue collating these records. Many wildlife groups have received very little survey or monitoring attention. The Canal Ranger Service is looking for volunteers who have reasonable ID skills and / or wildlife survey experience to undertake survey and/or monitoring of any wildlife groups. The findings of any survey or monitoring work will inform the ongoing management of the Country Park. Further training and development of skills can be discussed and provided as opportunities arise. Please contact Mark at for more information.

JOB: Trainee Engagement Ranger
BE4: 10-01-2022
IV: 2022-01-19
LOC: Torbay, Devon
PAY: Free Accommodation, in-house training and support and training budget for external courses
FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Based at Occombe Farm, this role will give you hands-on experience in the education team. Assisting with the planning and delivery of School Day Visits, Residential Stays and Engagement Activities across all the Trusts main sites in Torbay; including farmland, marine, woodland, parkland and headlands. Time: 30 hours per week for 9 - 12 months. More information 

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