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A list of countryside, conservation and ecology voluntary opportunities including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly.


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In Depth Features. An index of articles about volunteering from CJS Focus editions dating back to 2005. Articles cover both participant and co-ordinator points of view. The adverts will most likely have closed for applications but the contact organisations can proof be useful. Click here.

 

Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.  Explanation of the headings here.


Vacancies advertised w/b: 17/12



JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training, mentoring & travel expenses of 35p/mile

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ideally one day per fortnight. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. Help us raise awareness of the project by arranging & attending public events in the area. Tasks will include helping to increase the number of active volunteers by engaging with the public, mobilising the project’s network of volunteers in the area to attend public events, booking event stalls, arranging volunteer rotas, stall set-up, & volunteer engagement & support.   Passionate about red squirrels & want to spread the word about our exciting project. Good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well-organised with a good eye for detail, adaptable & flexible.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Volunteer Admin Support

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway (Home-Based)

PAY:

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Half a day per week. You will help with the administrative tasks involved in running a successful volunteer organisation. Tasks incl data recording, basic computer tasks, contacting volunteers, emailing & phone calls, & other office based tasks as & when they arise.   Enjoy getting involved with exciting local conservation projects & encouraging people. People person, with good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well organised with a good eye for detail & able to follow data management protocol, familiar with MS Office. ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Woodland working group member - Swan and Cygnet Woods - Stock - Essex

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active enthusiastic people to join our Woodland Working Group at Swan and Cygnet Woods in Essex.  The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Swan and Cygnet Woods. Old blends nicely with new at Swan Wood and its appropriately named smaller recently planted neighbour, Cygnet Wood. Swan Wood is an ancient site with both a distinctive and delightful character. As a Woodland Working Group Member you will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form: https://c-js.co.uk/2Kmc9hY

JOB: Trustee

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England Buckinghamshire

4-6 meetings per year. Do you care about protecting the Buckinghamshire countryside? Are you a champion for affordable, sustainable housing - but in the right places? Please consider joining CPRE Buckinghamshire as a trustee. This is an ideal opportunity for people who live in and love Buckinghamshire and who want to support environmental and conservation campaigns. You will be part of the local branch of a highly regarded, national charity and feel part of a friendly and highly-engaged group. Experience in planning, media or fundraising would be especially appreciated. ASK: Contact: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

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: Wild Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pigneys Wood (near North Walsham)

PAY: Training

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help the wildlife of NWT’s Thorpe Marshes through assisting with habitat management. This runs once a month on a Friday & is part of the Broads Landscape Partnership project Water, Mills & Marshes, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). We also require volunteers on a Wednesday, once a month, at Pigneys Wood to assist with habitat management, increase our knowledge of wildlife on the reserve through assisting with wildlife surveys, & to help visitors enjoy this site by helping with keeping pathways open & improving access. This activity is run in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers, funded by the HLF. ASK: Contact Mark Webster 07843 069567 markw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Centres Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Holme Dunes or Ranworth Broad

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Several opportunities for volunteers to help in our busy seasonal visitor centres at Holme Dunes & Ranworth Broad, both of which are fabulous locations. You will be the welcoming face of NWT, sharing your enthusiasm, handling money & promoting our work. They are open 7 days a week, so there are a variety of flexible roles to fit into the rotas, incl regular commitments or more occasional cover, with a particular need for weekends & school holidays. We are keen to find more volunteers to help out at our Information Centre on Malthouse Staithe, near our Ranworth Broad Visitor Centre, especially on Sundays. ASK: For a full role description & to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv & send your application forms to alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Park Explorers Leaders

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park, South London

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Mondays during school term times. You will help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents / carers. Bring Morden Hall Park to life for families as they learn through outdoor activities, storytelling, crafts & songs.   Friendly & enjoy working with families; enthusiastic about being outdoors, developing & leading activities that get young children hands on to explore & learn about the natural world. Enjoys storytelling, leading songs, creating & leading craft activities. Strong communicator with good customer service skills, enjoys being part of a team & comfortable leading & giving directions to others. Suitable for somebody looking to improve their CV & gain hands-on early years exp. ASK: For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Data Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Glenrothes, Fife

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

1 day per week (flexible). Gain insight into the day to day running of a Local Environmental Records Centre & an excellent grounding in wildlife data entry techniques & quality assurance procedures. Ongoing work would include digitising species records into Microsoft Excel & preparing data into a suitable format for import to the Fife Nature Records Centre database. Gain exp & develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team & access training opportunities. Depending on skills & interests, involvement could also include helping with event preparation & assisting in the development of content for the website & leaflets. Computer literacy & an eye for detail is important; exp of Excel & an interest in wildlife are beneficial.  This role may suit volunteers based in the Glenrothes area as the role would be within our office in the town. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests & availability, please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Event Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fife (various)

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

Help us engage the public in biological recording & the wildlife of Fife in person. Gain exp & develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team & access training opportunities. We hold a small number of events & training courses every year & attend a number of events with a small stand & display.  Depending on the event, the role may involve helping set up a display & / or training space, assisting with administration on the day & talking to the public. Depending on skills & interests, involvement could also include helping with event planning, preparation & production of materials. Events are anywhere in Fife, different days of the week & different times - we would like to gather details of interested individuals who we could contact when an opportunity arose. A friendly demeanour & interest in wildlife & biological recording are important. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests & availability, see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Communications Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home / office (Glenrothes, Fife)

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

Help us engage the public in biological recording and the wildlife of Fife through production of materials and content. This could involve helping with the development of written content for and / or the design of leaflets, the website and other communications or publicity materials. Gain experience and develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team and access training opportunities. It could be an ongoing role or would also be suitable for someone who might be interested in helping on particular projects, so we would also be interested in gathering details of a number of interested individuals who could be contacted as and when opportunities arose.  An eye for design and / or good written communication skills are important. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests and availability, please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Fife Nature Records Centre Survey Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fife (various)

PAY: Training

FOR: Fife Nature Records Centre (based within Fife Council)

An opportunity to help us actively find out more about the species and habitats of Fife. Gain experience & develop transferable skills, work within a passionate team & access training opportunities. This role is very flexible and involvement would depend on your interest.  For example, it could be undertaking a range of surveys at a site local to you, helping gather information on under-recorded sites; carrying out a particular kind of survey in different places; looking for specific species… Your contribution could be ongoing or would also be suitable for someone who might be interested in helping on particular projects, so we would also be interested in gathering details of a number of interested individuals who could be contacted as and when opportunities arose. ASK: Roles can be tailored to your interests and availability, please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QuhkjX

JOB: Volunteer Workshop Leader

BE4: 11/1/19

IV: 11/01/2019

LOC: Bristol & Cardiff

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Action For Conservation

Action for Conservation (AFC) is an environmental education charity working with young people from across the UK to inspire the next generation of conservationists. They are looking for young, passionate conservationists studying at a Master's level or higher or working in the sector to join their dynamic team of volunteer WildED workshop leaders in Bristol & Cardiff this winter. The WildED programme supports students in delivering local environmental projects that have a positive impact on wildlife & increase their connection to nature. Volunteers help facilitate workshops & share their experiences of working / studying in the conservation sector, showing students what 'real' conservationists look like. Workshops are fun, rewarding & a fantastic opportunity to showcase your exp, university or organisation & work with amazing young people! ASK: If you are interested please email info@actionforconservation.org with a short bio about yourself & any previous facilitation / conservation exp.

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member - Canal Wood - Poyntzpass

BE4: N / A

LOC: Poyntzpass, County Armagh

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

Your local wood needs you! We are the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management & conservation of Canal Wood, a low lying wet woodland site forming a linear wedge between the old canal to the east & the mainline railway to the west. You will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s site in line with the management plan & as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader & the Volunteer Manager. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form https://c-js.co.uk/2txrtyG


Other Useful Information.

If you are unable to commit to a long term placement but would still like to do a little voluntary work have a look at the Pratical Work Days page which has details of specific tasks occurring over one or two days.

For possible sources of funding have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

For some suggestions on how to enter the countryside sector and pointers on how to get your perfect post read our Helpful Hints guide.


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