Voluntary Vacancies: South West

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


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JOB: Garden Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email to find out more information

JOB: Residential Volunteer Rangers at Durlston Country Park
BE4: N / A
LOC: Swanage, Dorset
PAY: Training, on site accommodation
FOR: Dorset Council

We are looking for two residential volunteer rangers at Durlston National Nature Reserve. Conservation role to include assistance to volunteer groups and practical tasks enhancing heritage, accessibility and habitats. Including dry stone walling, path maintenance, tool maintenance, stone conservation, wildlife surveys and more. Community role involves public engagement, events, surveys, interpretation, and assisting at our community work-base with woodworking, gardening, crafts, and DIY projects. Including working with children, adults with disabilities, people with dementia and more. Ideal for candidates looking to gain experience and skills to develop a career in conservation. Must be enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about conservation; Strong communication skills, verbal and written. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 5 days per week. Flexible start and end dates across three placements: 22/4/20-16/5/20 (3 weeks); 22/5/20-7/6/20 (2 weeks); 27/7/20-7/9/20 (6 weeks). For more information, contact Doug Hart 01929 424443 or email

JOB: UK Bat Care Network Volunteers
BE4: N / A
LOC: S Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands & Wales
PAY: 0
FOR: Bat Conservation Trust

Calling all bat lovers in South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Cornwall, the Southern Uplands and Wales! The Bat Conservation Trust’s UK Bat Care Network has a critical shortage of volunteers to refer callers who find grounded and injured bats to in your areas. Volunteers on our Network save at least 1,500 bats a year and help turn over 60% of negative bat finders into fellow bat lovers. Volunteers from elsewhere in the UK are welcome too! To find out how to get involved in bat care and the benefits of joining the Network, please visit

JOB: Mendip Volunteer Reserves Assistant
BE4: Open until filled
IV: --
LOC: Mendip Hills - Radstock
PAY: Training
FOR: Somerset Wildlife Trust

This role involves undertaking practical management such as coppicing, scrub clearing, fencing, tree felling, dry stone walling, tree planting & hedge-laying, as well as general maintenance work, across all nature reserves in the Mendip area. You'll also assist with the day-to-day operation and maintenance of reserves structures, machinery and tools. Assist with workshop tasks and machinery repair and maintenance, and you may work with volunteer groups as necessary. You should be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions & you also need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness. You will need to bring a packed lunch & refreshments. Waterproofs & safety boots or wellies. You will need to provide your own transport to Priory Farm. Volunteers must be over 18 for this role. Contact:

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Cornwall
PAY: Training
FOR: Wild Futures The Monkey Sanctuary

We have a variety of short term placements throughout the year, some are funded and some which are not if you do not meet the ESC criteria or you want to stay longer. Non-funded placements require the volunteer to pay a £40 per week donation to cover food and accommodation costs. Our short term placements are for 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 8 weeks throughout the year. Long term placements run for 12 months and start every October, please see our website for more information. All volunteers must be 18 years old with at least a level B CEFR levels (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in English. No experience is needed, however volunteers must be physically fit and able due to the working nature and the working environment. An enthusiasm for hard work is important as up to 60% of the work will involve cleaning, be it the monkey rooms or the public areas. For more information please contact

JOB: Guided Walks Volunteer at RSPB West Sedgemoor
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: RSPB West Sedgemoor, Near Curry Rival, Langport, TA10 0PH
PAY: Full training will be given

2 days a month minimum November - February. Early and mid-morning. We are looking for friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about sharing wildlife experiences with visitors out on the reserve during guided walks to parts of the reserve, not usually open to the public! You will be a member of the guided walks team, telling visitors the story of RSPB West Sedgemoor and showing walk participants the wildlife spectacle the reserve has to offer, primarily during the winter season from November to February. You will be leading or backing up early and mid-morning guided walks during our Winter Walks programme. For more information:

JOB: Primate Care - 6 positions
BE4: 12-07-2020
IV: --
LOC: Looe, Cornwall
PAY: Accommodation / expenses
FOR: Wild Futures

This is a one-year long post, which is unpaid but for which you will be provided with accommodation and food. In addition your travel will be reimbursed and you will receive a small amount of pocket money each month. It is an exciting opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, working alongside an experienced team, with the chance to earn a recommendation from a highly respected primate sanctuary. You should be aware of and have a commitment to the aims of Wild Futures. You will work primarily with a small group of monkeys. This may be Barbary macaques, marmosets or woolly monkeys, depending on the needs of the groups at the time. You will be expected to learn to distinguish individual monkey and become familiar with their backgrounds. Over the course of the year, you will (under the supervision of experienced staff) become one of the monkeys' primary caregivers. Please contact for more details.