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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.


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Vacancies advertised w/b: 15/10

JOB: Ancient Tree Recorder

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Homebased


FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to get involved with recording ancient, veteran and notable trees? Ancient trees are important culturally and ecologically. Their many niches provide vital habitat for wildlife and many of our most famous ancient trees have links to famous people from our history. The Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) - https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ - is a living database of ancient, veteran and notable trees. So far over 170,000 trees have been added to the ATI, but there are still lots of amazing trees to be discovered. The growing database gives us a much better understanding of where our most important trees are. Recording them is the first step towards getting ancient trees the protection they need. ASK: For further details and to register, please visit our website here : https://c-js.co.uk/2RLKisC

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway’s red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale, Gatehouse, Glenkens, Kirkcudbright, Lower-Nithsdale, Mid-Nithsdale, & the Solway Forests. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the network & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for is someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month & enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels.  ASK: For further information & to download application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Please send completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: RSPB Sandwell Valley Young Volunteers Group

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

1 day per month. Our young volunteers group is aimed at 13 to 18 year-olds who want to help nature. The group meets once a month and contributes to keeping the reserve in great shape for both people and wildlife, delivering conservation work under the guidance of our group leaders. Activities might involve habitat management, wildlife surveys, creating wildlife homes and more. The aims of the group are: to contribute to the maintenance of the reserve, to gain experience, skills, confidence and to have fun! We're looking for enthusiastic and energetic young people with an interest in wildlife and the outdoors. You will need a willingness to get stuck in, learn new things and get work done in (almost) all weathers. You do not need any previous experience of volunteering or any knowledge of wildlife or conservation: we can help you pick this up after you start. ASK: Please contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk 0121 3577395.

JOB: Event Volunteer - Mass Engagement

BE4: N / A

LOC: Birmingham, Hereford, Oxford, York

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Events Programming Team work nationally across the Woodland Trust to deliver mass audience events which raise brand awareness of the Woodland Trust. The aim is to engage and inspire those audiences about the aims and work of the Woodland Trust and to encourage them to get involved and support our cause. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at events in 2019 in the following locations: Birmingham; Hay-on-Wye, Hereford; Oxford; Castle Howard, York. You will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills, to volunteer alongside the staff at the event, to engage with large audiences and support our delivery of events. As part of our events team you will: be part of the staff rota for an event; attend pre-event briefing calls over the telephone / video conferencing; engage with the public and deal with questions and queries at the event; give post-event feedback so each event can be evaluated going forward; collect names and addresses of members of the public, adhering to data protection / GDPR; help with tidying up after the event. Please only apply if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the above locations. ASK: For further details and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2CqpRw7

JOB: Visitor Experience Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

PAY: All training provided

FOR: Forestry Commission

Help our visitors get the most out of Dalby & present a knowledgeable & enthusiastic welcome to the public. You could be giving general information about the facilities, advising on the best cycle trail or explaining where to spot the Gruffalo! Dalby is a special place to many people & we always want to provide a top quality experience for our hundreds of thousands of visitors. Your knowledge of Dalby, combined with warm enthusiasm, will be the icing on the cake to make a good day a great one. Volunteering with us is a great way to get outside, meet people, learn something new & develop new skills, all in the beautiful setting of Dalby Forest. We’re looking for volunteers during our busiest times, weekends & school holidays. ASK: volunteering.yorkshire@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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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