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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:

East Anglia

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, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.

South West

Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.



UK Wide or available in multiple locations

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: 14 August


REF        2600-VOLR-8/9


BE4        N / A


PAY        Free membership / training opportunities


DES        Half to a full day per week. Tasks can be variable depending on the season, needs of the garden & weather & can include: helping with the general upkeep of gardens including seed sowing, propagation, nursery work, planting out, weeding, deadheading & general care of beds & borders, pruning & care of shrubs & trees, grass cutting & edging, composting; maintaining good H&S practices; helping maintain clear signs & labels around the gardens to educate & inform visitors; answering questions from visitors.   BUT   Some experience & knowledge of organic gardening & a desire to learn more; good communication & listening skills; cheerful demeanour & enjoy working as part of a team; reasonably fit & willing to work out of doors in all weathers; positive, organised & flexible approach to work; looking for experience with a view to pursuing a career in horticulture; happy to work unsupervised from time to time.   ASK   Debi Maltby, 02476 308237  dmaltby@gardenorganic.org.uk


REF        2601-VOLR-15/9


BE4        18/9/17  IV 13/9/17

LOC        BRAUNSTONE TOWN, Leicestershire & Rutland Water Nature Reserve

PAY        Training, support & travel expenses


DES        3 hours one Sunday morning each month, minimum 12 months commitment, plus 3 6 hours planning & preparation each month. We are looking for volunteer leaders to run our Braunstone Town & our Rutland Water Wildlife Watch groups alongside our existing volunteer leaders. Wildlife watch encourages 5 12 year olds to take an interest in wildlife & the world around them through activities on environmental & natural history topics in a fun & educational setting. This is your chance to help inspire the next generation of environmentalists! Typical activities incl: pond dipping; natural arts & crafts; minibeast hunting; bird box making; conservation tasks. You will plan activities & resources; support the Wildlife Watch Officer in publicising group meetings; ensure the safe running of the meeting incl risk assessments; lead the meetings activities; help lead activities at Wildlife Watch events.   BUT   You dont need to be a wildlife expert, just enthusiastic, concerned about the environment & enjoy working with young people. Exp of working with children desirable. Must supply 2 referees, undergo an enhanced DBS check & take part in an informal interview. Must be 18 years or over.   ASK / Chat: Rachel Ibbotson, Wildlife Watch Officer / Education Officer, ribbotson@lrwt.org.uk  0116 248 7355.


 In depth features

CJS has been producing CJS Focus since 2004. Consequently, we've built up a very impressive library of articles across a wide range of subjects: marine and coastal environments, environmental education, the urban environment, working with wildlife and animals, countryside skills traditional and modern and most recently Overcoming Barriers in association with Outdoor Recreation Network. Every year we produce two editions looking specifically at volunteering.  This has grown to over 70 different articles covering everything from the benefits of volunteering to how organisations can best set up volunteering programmes.  We have now collated all the volunteering features together.

Articles are checked on a regular basis and many have been updated since they were first published.

Browse through the library here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/in-depth-volunteers.html


UK wide.

REF        2535-VOLR-18/8


BE4        19/8/17


PAY        Small stipend to cover expenses


DES        5 - 10 hpw, for a period of no less than 2 years & no more than 3.  Since its formation in 2011, A Focus On Nature has sought to encourage & connect young people aged 16 - 30 who share a passion for the natural world. Through a combination of social media, events & mentorship, AFON has connected with over 1000 young people across the UK & beyond, incl aspiring conservation professionals, wildlife enthusiasts, writers artists, photographers & poets. The role of Associate Director is one of the 2 leaders of the organisation. You will play a pivotal role in the committee, managing, inspiring & motivating committee members to fulfil their roles to the best of their ability, support them in their roles, & in return, be supported in carrying out your own duties.   BUT   Demonstrable leadership skills; confidence in public-facing situations, incl substantial exp in public speaking; diplomacy, mediation, discretion & empathy in tricky or delicate situations; positivity, excellent relationship management & able to delegate & manage people effectively. Below age 28 at the time of application.   ASK   http://c-js.co.uk/2hnFvPH  Chat: Matt Williams, outgoing Associate Director, mattadamwilliams@gmail.com


REF        672-VOLR-OK11


BE4        N/A


PAY        Training resources provided


DES        We are looking for people who are passionate about saving species to help us monitor the network of over 400 sites across England & Wales where some of the UKs rarest species occur.  The work will typically involve a single visit each year, possibly combined with some light habitat improvement work (eg cutting back brambles) as is necessary.   BUT   Detailed guidance is available from us & no specific botanical knowledge is needed but we are ideally looking for people who are happy to work independently, with good navigation skill & most importantly a good pair of eyes for spotting things! Ideally you will live local to the sites.   ASK   monitoring@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk


REF        518-VOLR-29/9


BE4        N/A

LOC        UK WIDE

PAY        Access to the free NPMS volunteer training programme


DES        2 - 3 days per year. Carry out surveys of wildflowers & their habitats that will provide robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining, as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, woodland & even road verges. Each volunteer signs up for a randomly selected 1km square & then surveys five plots within it either using a list of indicator species or making a full inventory.   BUT   Anyone interested in nature who can identify plants, or who is keen to learn. Different levels of participation ensure that all who are keen can participate: you do not have to be an experienced botanist. You will only need to identify between 25-30 'indicator species' per habitat.   ASK   To sign up & find a square near you visit www.npms.org.uk

REF        1221-VOLR-OK10


BE4        ASAP


PAY        Training / some expenses

FOR        RSPB

DES        Community fundraising is an exciting area where anyone can be involved. To increase unrestricted funding quickly we need to grow the charity pin badge box scheme in local areas through the help of volunteers. Working just a few hours a month & an opportunity to develop your fundraising skills & boost your CV. You will be invited to volunteer events & meet RSPB staff & volunteers who share your enthusiasm for saving nature. You will also get out & about in your community, to make new friends & contacts, all while you are helping to promote the crucial work of the RSPB & the message that nature is in trouble.   BUT   No knowledge of birds or wildlife is required - just a passion & enthusiasm to help us give nature a home. Good communication skills & ability to liaise with your local community.  Numeracy, record-keeping skills, the ability to handle cash efficiently & accurately & basic computer literacy.   ASK   Robert Williams, 02920 353016, robert.williams@rspb.org.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 occuring 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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