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Vacancies advertised w/b: 13/8



JOB: Woodland Engagement Volunteer - Walks Leaflet Researcher - North Yorkshire Moors

BE4: N / A

LOC: North Yorkshire

PAY:

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active, enthusiastic volunteers to research information for a regional walking leaflet for the North Yorkshire moors area, by visiting our woods and surrounding countryside and working out suitable walks for people to undertake. The purpose of this role is to promote access and engagement and raise awareness of Woodland Trust sites across the North Yorkshire Moors area and within local communities and visitors to the area. You will be a keen walker with map reading and navigation experience, good written communication skills and the ability to visit walk routes throughout the year. ASK: Please visit our website for further details regarding this role: https://c-js.co.uk/2KE1Hi9

JOB: Reserve Retail Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre

PAY: Training and local travel expenses

FOR: RSPB

Time commitment: 1 day per week, 10:00-4:00. Volunteer at a beautiful nature reserve on the banks of the Severn Estuary. We are looking for people to become a part of our friendly retail team based in our Visitor Centre shop and actively provide a warm welcome to our visitors, enthuse about wildlife and the work of the RSPB. Full training will be provided and travel expenses reimbursed where required. ASK: For more information about volunteering with the RSPB please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KK5YjR. To apply, please contact Hannah Beynon at newport-wetlands@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Reserves Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 - 2 days per week. A very rewarding experience and ideal for those considering work within the conservation sector. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. By working as part of the reserves volunteer team you will assist with the management of all aspects of the nature reserve. This will help to provide our wildlife with the most beneficial of habitats and provide visitors with a great day out and encourage them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. You will be: removing invasive plant species; assisting with maintenance of hedges and trees; assisting with maintenance of meadows; creating and maintaining infrastructure such as pathways and hides; creating and maintaining wildlife habitat including ponds, woodland and meadows; assisting with wildlife and wildflower surveys. ASK: To find out more please contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Grounds Gardening

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 - 2 days per week. By working as part of the grounds volunteer team you will assist with the maintenance of all aspects of gardening within the grounds at Washington in order to exhibit our waterfowl & mammals from around the world to the highest standards. You will be: assisting with development & maintenance of visitor centre grounds; assisting with planting, weeding & pruning; helping us maintain our visitor infrastructure to a high standard incl path clearance, & furnishings; welcoming & engaging visitors; ensuring the safety, welfare & enjoyment of the visiting public; promoting the work of WWT to all visitors. No formal quals are required, however, this role would suit you if you have exp or understanding of gardening & conservation. You will need to be practical & physically able. You will be able to work in a team of staff & volunteers, proactive & able to work with min supervision. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts and Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1/2 - 1 day a week. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. You will be assisting the learning team (staff & volunteers) to engage our visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation & delivery of arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Provide centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events i.e. half-terms, Easter, summer holidays, Halloween, Christmas, weekends etc. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420

JOB: Canoe Safari Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & benefits*

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

We need friendly, outgoing people to help with the canoe safari operation, ensuring that our visitors feel part of something amazing. What will you be doing? Assisting the staff to give health and safety briefings, covering all of the aspects of canoe safety applicable to Martin Mere canoe safari. Assisting with providing instruction and advice to visitors on using the canoe safely and to ensure buoyancy aids are fitted correctly paying particular attention to the sensitivities of older people and children. To ensure health and safety instructions and standards are strictly adhered to. Assisting the staff with handling money taken for canoe trips. Illustrating the use of canoes and paddles, including demonstrating. 1 or 2 days per week. *Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Training opportunities will be provided. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge. ASK: To find out more please contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Nidd Gorge - Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Hackfall to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory & boasts original features such as grottos & glades, rustic temples & waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebells in spring & an impressive number of woodland birds. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional exp during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2MjTCAC

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Hackfall - Grewelthorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ripon, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Nidd Gorge to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This woodland, near Knaresborough clings to a dramatic steep-sided valley. Its patchwork of habitats supports a wealth of wildlife & flora, with relics of an intriguing history dating back to the Iron Age. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional experience during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2KvT7BC

JOB: Welcome Team - Visitor Services

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & benefits*

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

By providing an excellent visitor experience as a member of the Visitor Services Team, you will be encouraging our visitors to make the most of their visit to Martin Mere centre, and to understand and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. What will you be doing? Acting as the first point of contact for all visitors to Martin Mere, providing them with a warm welcome along with appropriate information to aid their visit. Conducting specific talks to the public, scripts and training are provided. Conducting guided walks of the grounds and the reserve when required again, training is provided. Recruiting new members to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Benefits: *This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Suitable uniform is provided to all regular volunteers. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK on presentation of your WWT name badge. Time commitment 1 – 2 days a week. ASK: Contact: Amy Hannan, 07584171420 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Urban Buzz work party volunteer

BE4: 2/9/18

LOC: Bristol

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Buglife

Help required with habitat creation work parties taking place on various 'buzzing hotspots' across Bristol. Tasks may include plug planting wild flowers, bulb planting and creating meadows. Week days only. Work parties will run from September - Feb 2019. ASK: Please send CV and availability to hayley.herridge@buglife.org.uk

JOB: Event Volunteer - Wales

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wales

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside Woodland Trust staff and volunteers at events to engage with our audiences and support delivery of these events. This is a great opportunity for those who want to meet people in the heart of the community and for those who have an interest in woods, nature and trees. It is also ideal for volunteers wanting to develop their skills and experience in the tourism, events or conservation sector. ASK: Visit our website for further details and to apply https://c-js.co.uk/2KEy0xk

JOB: One Planet Pioneers - Opportunities To Volunteer

BE4: N / A

IV: 07/09/2018

LOC: Middlesbrough

PAY: Training

FOR: Middlesbrough Environment City

Are you: 14-21 years old? Wanting to learn new skills, connect with your local environment and keen to meet like-minded young people. Do you want to improve your local community, enthusiastic about being outdoors and in transition from school, unemployed or not sure what to do next? If you answered yes to any of the above then find out more about One Planet Pioneers! You could gain hands on environmental, conservation or sustainability skills whilst spending time outside in nature reserves, green flag parks, Middlesbrough’s Beck Valleys & community allotments. ASK: For more information contact the One Planet Pioneers Project Officers on 01642 579838 / 579832 or via email: Nicky Morgan, nicky.morgan@menvcity.org.uk or Casper Scallen, casper.scallen@menvcity.org.uk or see the website www.menvcity.org.uk/vacancies/


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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