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Vacancies advertised w/b: 12/8

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Worcestershire

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, carrying out thousands of hours of practical conservation across our reserves each year.  We have volunteer work parties based on reserves all across Worcestershire - joining your local volunteer group is a great way to meet new people, get fit (and stay fit!) and get closer to the wildlife that's local to you.  Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. Time commitment is variable – you decide. From woodlands to wetlands, from gentle tasks to a full 'wild work-out', there is something for everyone. ASK: Why not visit our website to find out more about the opportunities local to you: https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N or contact Helen Dorey, Conservation Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919.

JOB: Youth Engagement Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Hindlip, Worcester & nearby nature reserves

PAY: Learn new skills

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our youth engagement team is recruiting volunteers to help deliver formal and informal outdoor learning sessions for young people between the ages of 11+.  We are looking for volunteers to help on a with our new University Volunteering Group, as well as a pool of volunteers to help deliver our ad-hoc activities with uniform groups, schools and holiday activities. You can sign up to help with one or both - how much time you give is up to you. Examples of typical tasks are: leading or assisting with a range of outdoor education activities from pond dipping and mini-beast hunts, to tree ID and shelter building; supervising practical conservation tasks out on the reserves (in all weathers); helping young people to carry out wildlife surveys; helping to deliver practical activities such as bushcraft and green woodworking. Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. ASK: See https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N for full details. Contact Ben Rees ben@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919

JOB: Animal Husbandry Assistant

BE4: 6/9/19

LOC: WWT Washington

PAY: Uniform & training provided where necessary*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 or more days per week (10:00 - 16:00 Saturday / Sunday). At WWT we shape unforgettable experiences. We believe the best way for people to understand & connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close & let it do the talking. The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon animal care experience, or willing to get stuck in to outdoors work with animals. We have one of the largest animal collections in the North East, with 48 species, 15 of which are of conservation concern, incl the current flock of 60 breeding Chilean flamingos & a pair of Asian short-clawed otters. Previous volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world. *Free entry to all WWT centres, & a discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/33b3OnQ

JOB: Volunteer Animal Presenter

BE4: 6/9/19

LOC: WWT Washington

PAY: Uniform & training provided where necessary*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

You will be involved in maintaining and developing exhibits within the site at Washington in order to enhance the visitor experience.  This involves explaining to the public about our large collection of rare and endangered species of animals from around the world and the vital conservation work in which WWT is involved. The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon presentation experience with animals and conservation. We have one of the largest animal collections in the North East, with 48 species, 15 of which are of conservation concern, including the current flock of 60 breeding Chilean flamingos and a family of Asian short-clawed otters. Previous volunteers have gone on to work in animal conservation work around the world. *Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. Time commitment Fridays 10am - 4pm. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2YA0X9l

JOB: Danebury Hill Fort Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stockbridge, Hampshire


FOR: Hampshire County Council

10.30am-3.30pm, every third Sunday. Danebury Hill Fort is one of the most studied Iron Age hill forts in Europe, surrounded by valuable downland habitat. This herb rich grassland supports a variety of species including some of our most beautiful blue butterflies. You will be helping us to manage Danebury Hill Fort's habitats and keep it an enjoyable place for all to visit. Tasks include fencing, surveys, scrub management and lots more. If you would like to help protect and improve your countryside, be active outdoors or just meet like-minded people then come along and try a session. Tools, gloves and tea / coffee provided. ASK: For more information please contact us on: 01962 860948 or centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteer Cattle Checker

BE4: N / A

IV: 06/09/2019

LOC: Frogmore Meadows, Chenies, Hertfordshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

To carry out a check once a week of Dexter cattle grazing the grassland at Frogmore Meadows Nature Reserve.  This can easily be combined with a general visit to the nature reserve. Grazing is essential to maintaining the rare wildlife of the meadow and welfare of the cattle must be maintained. The meadows are an interesting mixture of wet, floodplain meadow and dry acidic and chalk soil types. This results in a plethora of rare wildflower which require the grazing to knock back completive grasses and allow them the space they need to grow. It is harder to maintain meadows nowadays due to the decline in traditional farming methods. However, the Trust works hard to maintain the site using the Dexter cattle - a gentle, hardy breed of cattle who happily graze on Danemead’s varied grassland. ASK: To apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2MMidkF. If you have any questions, you can contact Josh Wells, Senior Reserves Officer on 01727 858 901.

JOB: Trustee


LOC: Sussex


FOR: Sussex Wildlife Trust

We are looking to continue to reflect key business experience through our board of trustees & are seeking to recruit two additional representatives with a combination of significant project management & / or fundraising & marketing expertise. The successful candidates will be familiar with the responsibilities of both charity governance & management & have experience of being a trustee, advising on effective strategic direction as well as development & implementation of major capital projects, such as the set-up & development of visitor centres, & / or fundraising. In addition, experience of Health & Safety, HR knowledge & chartered accountancy skills would be advantageous. If you have experience in any of these areas & would like to help us make Sussex a place for nature’s recovery, we would very much like to hear from you. ASK: Please send CV & covering letter to the Chief Executive Office, swtceoffice@sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk or telephone 01273 497526 for an informal talk.

JOB: Trustee / Treasurer

BE4: 6/9/19

LOC: Anywhere - travel to London and Nottingham likely

PAY: Expenses covered

FOR: National Biodiversity Network

The NBN are seeking an Honorary Treasurer - providing oversight on behalf of the Board for all of our financial activities; offering assurance to the Board where necessary; and a formal role in finance matters. (The day to day financial activity is carried out by staff.) Time commitment, 18 days per month. Qualities: knowledge and experience of current financial practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations and of bookkeeping and financial management; good financial analysis skills; knowledge of auditing and risk management; experience of handling financial matters and ability to fulfil the Treasurer’s responsibilities; ability to communicate information to the Board and wider Network when required. ASK: More information available https://nbn.org.uk/news/nbn-trustee-treasurer/

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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