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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


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For Full or part time placements, subdivided into subject areas, ie the type of work you'll be doing, click here.


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: 18/6

JOB: Ranger Placement

BE4: 10/7/18

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill, Hadrian's Wall

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

You will be given training and development opportunities by working with current National Park staff and develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, and engaging and dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team you will become actively involved in the care and management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands and nature reserves. The purpose of the placement is to help young people understand value and contribute to conserving, enhancing and enjoying the National Park’s distinctive natural and cultural qualities. 10 days over a 3 month period (September to November). ASK: For further details contact jane.riddell@nnpa.org.uk

JOB: Scouts Appointments Committee Secretary

BE4: 1/9/2018

LOC: Bristol

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: The Scout Association

This is your opportunity to work alongside other members of a valued Scout committee based in central Bristol, contributing your views to shape adult recruitment in Scouting. You will be tackling the administrative challenges due to a growing youth provision whilst gaining volunteer secretarial experience. Duties: administer in a timely manner the recruitment process within the local Scout District; receiving and sending Criminal Record check forms to Headquarters, registering adult applications with Scout Headquarters, reviewing progress of appointments and advising where action is needed, maintaining records of all appointments within the Scout District using provided online tools. Key skills: organisation and time management skills, attention to detail, assertiveness, the ability to be proactive and use your initiative, competent use of standard software packages such as Microsoft Office. Commitment: 4 hours per week. ASK: Please email David at d.griffin2@hotmail.co.uk with a cover letter.

JOB: Volunteer Forest School Assistant

BE4: 23/7/18

LOC: Nr Exeter, Devon

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: A Touch of the Wild

Would you like to help inspire children about the fabulous nature and wildlife that can be found in Devon? We run exciting activities for all ages in the woods near Exeter. We are looking for volunteers to help throughout the summer holidays at our holiday club, 1 day a week or more. You will be supporting the club leaders to deliver fun days in the woods for children aged 5-13 years, packed with opportunities to take part and learn some amazing skills. You will need some experience of working with children or young people or feel confident with it. If you are interested in delivering outdoor learning, have enthusiasm, dedication and great communication skills this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience. In house training will be provided with opportunities to learn bushcraft, green woodwork, plant ID and many more skills. Own transport is essential. ASK: Contact Hannah Standen hannah@atouchfothewild.co.uk www.atouchofthewild.co.uk

JOB: Event Volunteers

BE4: 2/7/18

LOC: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for local active people to join us at the Great Yorkshire Show on 10th to 12th July 2018. In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers engaging with the public and supporting event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm, practical and people skills and your passion for nature to help us engage with the public to encourage them to become engaged with the Woodland Trust’s work. ASK: Please see our website for further details: https://c-js.co.uk/2JGTJVA

JOB: Event Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Tring, Hertfordshire


FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active and enthusiastic people to assist at events at Tring Park. Tring Park is one of Hertfordshire's most important ecological areas and one of the Woodland Trust's most exciting and diverse sites. In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers, to engage with the public and support event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm, practical and people skills and your passion for nature to help us interact with the public to encourage them to become engaged with the Woodland Trust's work. ASK: Please see our website for further details and to apply via a short form. https://c-js.co.uk/2LRn93V

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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