Voluntary Opportunities
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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: Arundel Welcome Team

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PB

PAY: Uniform and training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days.


At WWT Arundel Wetland Centre we want to ensure that our visitors receive a warm, friendly welcome to ensure they have a comfortable and enjoyable visit. In this role you’ll be part of the team providing a helping hand to ensuring that our visitors have a great day to remember from start to finish. You’ll also be a key representative and champion of WWT actively engaging our visitors, providing them with information and advising them on our latest conservation initiatives and the benefits of our membership scheme. You receive free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. Time commitment: one day per week, between 10am & 3pm, with breaks. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2RHq96q

JOB: Trainee Ranger

BE4: 31/12/18

LOC: Branscombe, East Devon

PAY: Travel and training

FOR: National Trust

3 1/2 days per week (Monday - Friday). Kick start your career with this trainee ranger placement with the National Trust. The East Devon Countryside team are looking for a trainee ranger to join the team in Branscombe. You will receive on the job training as you carry out countryside tasks incl coppicing, hedgelaying, step building, scrub clearance & fencing tasks. You will also complete external training courses (chainsaw, polesaw, chipper, brushcutter & pesticides) that are kindly sponsored by the Sid Vale Association. Applicants must be 18+, have a full, clean manual driving licence & live in East Devon. ASK: To apply please send your CV & cover letter to lucy.buckingham@nationaltrust.org.uk. For further information call 01297 680507

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger

BE4: 7/1/19

IV: 14/1/19

LOC: Malborough nr Salcombe, South Devon

PAY: Training / expenses / accommodation*

FOR: National Trust

An exciting opportunity to volunteer with a ranger team in a stunning coastal property, 4 days a week for 6 months. Carrying out practical estate management work throughout the area - part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Volunteering with the team, you will learn practical conservation skills and high quality site management to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience throughout the estate that we manage. Skills and qualifications required: Some experience working with volunteers and groups with a good understanding of the countryside and recreation. Experience of the use of hand tools, excellent communication skills and a can do attitude and drive to improve and succeed. Ability to work outside in all weathers. Driving licence and own transport essential. Ideal experience for a career in ranger work. *reimbursement of reasonable expenses as agreed with your line manager. Accommodation in shared bungalow in a beautiful and quiet location 20 minutes from the workshop. ASK: For further information contact emma.reece@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Practical Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Penwith, Cornwall.

PAY: Travel expenses and training available

FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

First & Last - Our Living Working Landscape. Come & learn more about the work we do across Penwith in practical conservation, archaeology, ecology & footpaths. We run volunteer sessions Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10am - 3pm, to clear vegetation, uncover some of Penwith’s archaeological treasures, restore Cornish hedges & improve access along trails connecting ancient sites.  We need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves & get stuck in, embrace learning new skills & enjoy working outside in all weathers. The sessions are fascinating days out with friendly people - a great way to boost your health & wellbeing. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch & waterproof / outdoor clothing.  All training, tools, equipment & refreshments (tea / coffee & biscuits!) provided. Other volunteering opportunities are available for a range of different tasks. ASK: Contact Holly for more information & to register: holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, 01736 805306, www.penwithlandscape.com.

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 will be 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 of you with green fingers, there is also plenty to be done in the wildlife garden too. Whether you can help with a morning a month or become one of regular weekly volunteers we'd love to hear from you. Come along to our info evening on Wed 7 November from 6pm. ASK: Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2JuOauf 01202 451548 stour.valley@bournemouth.gov.uk

JOB: Trainee Engagement Ranger

BE4: 11/1/19 9am

IV: 24/1/19

LOC: Occombe Farm

PAY: Accommodation / training

FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

4/5 days a week (30-37hrs) for 9-12 months. Are you looking to gain hands on experience in the environmental education or conservation sector? Want to be provided with accommodation, a training budget and the chance to work with skilled professionals already working in the industry? This intensive trainee scheme has provided 90% of individuals who have completed the scheme the knowledge, skills and confidence to secure jobs in the environmental education, conservation or teaching sector. 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. ASK: For further information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2DhNurT

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: 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: Urban Buzz Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Bristol

PAY: Expenses and some training

FOR: Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

Seeking volunteers to assist in the creation of pollinator friendly habitats in parks & green spaces across Bristol. Tasks will incl practical habitat management, plug planting, meadow creation, tree planting & bulb planting. Seeking help on Wednesdays & some Mondays too. Time Commitment: Urban Buzz project ends March 2019. ASK: Contact: hayley.herridge@buglife.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Fundraiser (Pin Badges)

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: South West - Home Based

PAY: Training / equipment


Do you want to do something rewarding for nature? It only takes a couple of hours a month! It doesn't matter if you are retired, employed, unemployed or just looking for something to do by becoming a pin badge volunteer in your area, looking after our pin badge boxes you will be able to raise vital funds for nature. Managing the boxes is easy & flexible working around your lifestyle giving you the chance to get out & about in your area, developing your fundraising & communication skills which can be added to your CV. Gaining you useful skills while being part of the movement to save nature. Everything you need will be provided & you will have the support of the area community fundraiser to guide you on your volunteering experience.    ASK: Contact: Anna Canvin 01392 453753 anna.canvin@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Events Coordinator

BE4: 31/12/18

LOC: Essex

PAY: Expenses


Role includes: representing CPRE Essex at events; organising content for the event; event planning. We are looking for a passionate individual who has a passion for the countryside and must also have an approachable, positive attitude. A driving licence is not essential, but is recommended ASK: Please contact me at mrsamuels@live.co.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.