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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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all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland


all of Wales

Northern Ireland

the whole of Northern Ireland

English regions:



Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk


Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire

North East

Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside)

North West

Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.


Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, London, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.

South West

Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

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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: 03/12

JOB: Welney - Guide in the Hide

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Welney

PAY: Discount & uniform


As a Guide in a Hide you will provide a warm welcome to our visitors & encourage them to make the most of their visit to WWT Welney Wetland Centre.  In this role you will engage visitors of all ages & backgrounds in our bird hides by pointing out birds of key interest, providing identification tips & assisting them to use optical equipment & guide books. You will need to be equally at ease interacting with groups of children & families as you are talking to adult birders & photographers. In addition, you will undertake some basic maintenance tasks to keep the hides presentable & clean. We are looking for volunteers to come in on Sundays, but are flexible about specific hours. Suitable uniform provided to all regular volunteers, Discount available at cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: More information & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2FV8QgW

JOB: Cardiff Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cardiff

PAY: Training

FOR: Cardiff Conservation Volunteers

6-7 hpw. We hold conservation tasks every Sunday in different locations in & around Cardiff. Every task is different & we teach skills such as dry stone walling, woodland maintenance, pond building / clearance, footpath / step / boardwalk building, coppicing trees, planting etc. You don't have to commit to every Sunday so it's completely up to you what task is suitable for you to join. We also go away for the weekend a couple of times a year. We're always looking for volunteers so we welcome everyone to join when they can. It's a great way to meet new people, get some exercise, learn new skills & discover the countryside around Cardiff & South Wales. Our primary aim is to promote the conservation, protection & improvement of the physical & natural environment anywhere, whilst having an enjoyable time doing so. Just bring a packed lunch & come in old clothes. ASK: Visit our website www.cardiffconservation.org.uk for more information or contact 07450700214 (Our CCV hotline).

JOB: MammalWeb Spotter

BE4: N / A

LOC: Anywhere

PAY: 0

FOR: MammalWeb

We're looking for people to help us classify images from a large camera trapping survey. Classifying photos on MammalWeb is easy and open to everyone! Register on MammalWeb here https://c-js.co.uk/2Rrsbas. Once you’ve made your account, you can log in from the spotter tab, and select the ‘County Durham Survey’ from the drop down project options box. Look through the whole image sequence using the arrows and then decide what species is in the sequence from the right hand panel. If you would like more information on spotting, then head over to the ‘Learn’ tab, where you’ll find a detailed guide to spotting. You can read more about the project by heading over to https://c-js.co.uk/2Qm64Fk. ASK: Feel free to email us: info@mammalweb.org

JOB: Grounds - Gardening

BE4: N / A

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre

PAY: 0


At WWT, we shape unforgettable experiences. 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. This will help to provide our visitors with a great day out & encourage them to engage with & support our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. We are looking for volunteers to help on Fridays, 10am - 6pm. This role includes: assisting with development & maintenance of visitor centre grounds, planting, weeding & pruning; helping us maintain our visitor infrastructure to a high standard incl path clearance, & furnishings; engaging visitors at our Washington centre. ASK: Visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2Qq8geY

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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