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Vacancies advertised w/b: 22/4

JOB: Visitor Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training


Our visitor volunteers work across the visitor centre & the lakeside viewpoint, making a large flexible team whose focus is great customer service & promoting this special nature reserve. We know that wildlife inspires people, so interpreting the wildlife here is important, whether it’s pointing out swans or swallows, hoverflies or hawthorn. The visitors centre will have basic refreshment facilities & equipment to hire, you will help visitors get what they need. Collect car parking payments at the till & help with keeping the welcome area clean & tidy.   RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the society & underpins every single thing we do. Introducing visitors to the idea of membership is important too. You will have the confidence to strike up a conversation with strangers & a desire to help, an enthusiasm for conservation & wildlife; but most importantly of all you will need a friendly demeanour & a ready smile. Full induction & training for the role will be provided as well as the opportunity to attend a whole host of training opportunities, such as H&S, wildlife ID courses & even face painting training. Commitment 3 hours per week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Schools On Reserves Learning Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training


Do you remember finding your first ladybird? Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to deliver our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. Essential skills / exp needed: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children; the confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme, both in the field and the classroom, with a group of students and their teacher. We'll give you training and exp to build your confidence in helping children have a wonderful hands-on exp with nature. 1 day a week especially between April-July. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Gardener

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We need help to keep the wildlife friendly garden at this reserve in good condition as an example & motivation to our visitors This will require carrying out weeding, pruning, mowing & a whole host of other gardening tasks Do you have green fingers? Do you want to learn more about gardening in an environmentally friendly way? If you have loads of enthusiasm, an interest in gardening, a love of conservation & enjoy working as a team then this may be the role for you. Enthusiasm & an interest in conservation are crucial for this role & experience in gardening is an advantage. No specialist skills are required though a good level of fitness & a desire to work outside is essential. You will need an up to date tetanus injection & to enjoy working as a team. Time Commitment: 2 days per month or more if you would like. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Visitor Centre Welcome Volunteer – RSPB Conwy

BE4: N / A

LOC: Conwy

PAY: Training & expenses


We want people coming onto our reserve to be met with a smile. You will actively provide a friendly & informative welcome to all visitors, enthuse about wildlife & the RSPB. You'll need: to be good with people, with a friendly disposition, enthusiasm for the RSPB & wildlife, tact & diplomacy, the confidence to strike up conversations with visitors & a desire to help, the ability to listen & respond appropriately, to be reliable & punctual. Min: 1/2 to 1 day per week, incl weekends. You will be part of a friendly & enthusiastic team who dedicate their time to this special nature reserve. You'll have a chance to share your enthusiasm for nature with others & gain a valuable insight into the RSPB's work. A wonderful opportunity to meet new people, staff & fellow volunteers. You'll be making a real difference to the work of the RSPB. You will receive training in all aspects of the role, this will incl till operation & membership recruitment. ASK: Contact: Clare Kenyon, Conwy, 01492 584091, clare.kenyon@rspb.org.uk or visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering-fundraising/volunteer/

JOB: Schools on Reserves Learning Support & Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

PAY: Training & expenses


Here at Conwy, school groups book onto Sessions in which they learn all about and are inspired by the beautiful and amazing wildlife on the reserve. You will help us inspire children and their accompanying adults, assisting with the games and lessons and supporting children as we go. During school terms, but mainly April to July. Training and support will be given, and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. Relevant RSPB clothing and equipment will be provided, and you will be treated as part of the team at RSPB Conwy. ASK: Learning Support Volunteer: read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2q8cZU2 Learning Assistant Volunteer: read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2H08xk4

JOB: Volunteer Co-ordinator Lead

BE4: Not specified, please apply soon!

LOC: Sherwood Forest

PAY: All expenses, full training and guidance

FOR: RSPB, Midlands Region

We are looking for a new member to join our small team to help coordinate the wonderful volunteer workforce at Sherwood Forest. This is a responsible post, which will be mostly office based, with plenty of interaction with staff, volunteers and visitors across all works areas at Sherwood. This exceptional role will involve many aspects of volunteer coordination such as: updating the volunteer database; recording volunteer hours; dealing with new enquiries; helping deliver inductions; processing expenses claims; recruitment activity. You will have the opportunity to build a wide range of skills in people management. You will be given training and support to help you develop your knowledge. Your line manager will support you in your role, and who will enable any development you want or need. 2 days per week. ASK: To read the full role description and how to apply please click on the following link: https://c-js.co.uk/2Xk9isO

JOB: RSPB Rye Meads Toddler Group Leader

BE4: as soon as possible

LOC: RSPB Rye Meads Reserve, Hoddesdon, Herts

PAY: Expenses and appropriate training


Our popular group, focusing on outdoor play and nature activities, requires a regular leader. We are looking for a friendly person, passionate about working outdoors with young children, to plan and lead our toddler sessions. Activities include outdoor messy play, sensory activities, stories / songs, nature themed activities. You will need to: plan and lead sessions; be responsible for and confident leading a group of up to 15 children who are always accompanied by parents or carers; have a friendly and approachable manner; experienced working with children; enthusiastic about sharing your interest in the outdoors; reliable and organised; creative and adaptable. Attend training e.g. First Aid, Safeguarding. You will gain: fun outdoors enabling children have first-hand experiences of nature; new skills and insight into the work of the RSPB; running your own group with supportive staff assistance and access to resources. Every 1st & 3rd Monday 10.30 - 12 am + time for preparation, setting up and clearing away. ASK: Contact Kate Noakes, Rye Meads, 01992 708 383 rye.meads@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Art Assistant

BE4: N/A

LOC: WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

PAY: Uniform & discounts


At WWT we shape unforgettable experiences. Our Visitor Engagement team helps us to deliver our vital conservation work by generating income and interest through interpretation at the centre, and giving our visitors a unique and exciting day out! Our founder, Sir Peter Scott, was an artist and used his art to engage and inspire people with wildlife and conservation. We hope to continue this tradition by promoting art to help inspire others in this way. In this role you will be creating art interpretation to engage as many visitors as possible. We are looking for individuals with an art expertise that could help to create appropriate art work. Flexible days, weekends / weekdays. Suitable uniform provided to all regular volunteers, Discount available at cafe and shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2V8ti4d

JOB: Volunteer Bat Box Checkers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Grafton Flyford and Suckley, Worcestershire

PAY: Training

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Learn about bat ecology & experience wild bats up close. We are looking for a small number of volunteers to help check the bat boxes at Grafton Wood and Blackhouse Wood. These surveys are led by licenced bat handlers, you’ll be helping with initial checks and gathering data.  You may have the opportunity to see bats up close whilst they’re being handled.  We have bat boxes located across these two sites. These boxes need to be monitored to record whether they are being used and if so, by what species.  The days and times of the checks vary, time commitment variable – you decide.  Ladder training may be given as needed.  ASK: Places are limited, so to find out more visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/volunteer or contact our team at: volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or call 01905 754 919

JOB: Hedgehog Street Volunteer

BE4: ?

IV: 24/05/2019

LOC: Battersea, London

PAY: Travel expenses covered (London only)

FOR: People's Trust for Endangered Species

1 day per week only, 3 months with possible extension. Looking for a part time volunteer to work with the Campaign Manager on the Hedgehog Street campaign. Role will involve - helping with supporter enquires, writing stories for the campaign and basic website management. Good communication skills need. Proactive and friendly volunteer with interest in environment and wildlife wanted. Experience with Microsoft Outlook and Wordpress desirable (but not essential). ASK: Find out more on https://ptes.org/about-us/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.

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