Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.
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Arboriculture vacancies: working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
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JOB: Trainee Reserve Officer x2
LOC: Rutland Water Nature Reserve
PAY: Training, living expenses, accommodation
FOR: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust4 days per week for 1 year. Based at Rutland Water Nature Reserve’s new purpose-built Volunteer Training Centre you will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the nature reserve; including habitat management, wildlife recording and monitoring and community engagement. The role is very practical and this volunteer placement will be suitable for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation as a nature reserve warden or in a similar role. As part of your training you will gain certificates in the use of chainsaws, herbicide application and first aid; and you will be trained in hedge-laying, dry stone walling, charcoal burning, tractor driving and much more. The placement is based on four days per week for one year (Monday-Thursday), beginning in September 2019. A living allowance of £55 per week will be paid for each 4 day week completed. ASK: For application pack visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2wugiru
JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
LOC: Balmacara Estate, Northwest Highlands
PAY: Training & accommodation
FOR: National Trust for ScotlandThe Balmacara Estate takes in the western end of the Lochalsh peninsula, and includes native woodland, open moorland, sheltered bays and pretty crofting villages. This is an exciting opportunity for you to gain valuable practical experience in a wide range of estate management and conservation tasks. You will also have the chance to work in some of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful scenery and be involved in outdoor work that will directly enhance and benefit the biodiversity of the area. Ideally full-time for 6-12 months, but negotiable. Essential: current clean driving licence. Desirable: degree or vocational qualification in an environment, agriculture or forestry related subject; other equivalent qualifications or practical experience in related fields; current Pesticide Application (PA1 and PA6) certification; appropriate current chainsaw / tree-work certification and recent practical experience. ASK: For more information and to apply contact Iain Turnbull, firstname.lastname@example.org 01599 566325.
JOB: Events and Engagement Volunteer
FOR: Somerset Wildlife TrustThe Trust run many events throughout the year where we need a helping hand on the day. Events could include helping out at our free or ticketed events, charity stands at carnivals and festivals, etc. This is an ad hoc, casual role, so hours are flexible - you can help out as much or little as you like. You can decide which events you would like to be involved with. Skills and abilities needed: enjoys meeting and welcoming people; money handling in some cases; own transport desirable; experience of working with children or adults in an engagement setting; interest and enthusiasm for nature and wildlife conservation; willingness to be outside in all weathers; able to work in a team and to communicate in an engaging and professional way to children and adults; understanding of child safeguarding and health and safety procedures (training will be given as needed); willingness to be involved in various tasks as directed. ASK: Please contact email@example.com for further details.
JOB: Voluntary Reserve Officers (up to 4)
LOC: 1 based in Bedfordshire and up to 3 in Northamptonshire
PAY: Mileage and training
FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and NorthamptonshireA Voluntary Reserves Officer role is suitable for someone looking to begin a career in practical wildlife conservation. You will gain hands on experience of the physical work involved in the habitat management of grassland, wetland, woodland sites, and access maintenance. There will also be opportunities to work with and lead volunteer work parties and assist with surveying and monitoring. The Volunteer Reserves Officers will receive the necessary formal training and certification in first aid, use of brushcutters and chainsaws, as well as a programme of in-house training central to their roles. Applicants should be capable of using power tools and machinery and enjoy days of physical work outdoors in all weathers. Good team working skills and an ability to be self-motivated are essential. Some previous experience of practical conservation work would be an advantage but is not essential. ASK: For further details and an application form please see https://c-js.co.uk/2EXs02B
JOB: Conservation Volunteer
LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Mires Beck NurseryThe estate team manage our 14 acre conservation site comprising of a commercial plant & tree nursery, 5 acre woodland & soon to be wildflower meadow open to the public, working with adults with learning difficulties. We also maintain an unadopted access road to the nursery which runs alongside the beck the nursery was named after. As part of the charity's aim to bring life skills & improve social abilities, the trainees work with staff & volunteers who make up the team & we are always open to welcome new people to our nursery. ASK: If you are interested in joining the estate team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01430 421543 or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk
JOB: Voluntary River Steward
PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses
FOR: River Stewardship Company2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson email@example.com
JOB: Woodland working group member - Swan and Cygnet Woods - Stock - Essex
BE4: N / A
LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW
PAY: Expenses will be paid
FOR: Woodland TrustWe are looking for active enthusiastic people to join our Woodland Working Group at Swan and Cygnet Woods in Essex. The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Swan and Cygnet Woods. Old blends nicely with new at Swan Wood and its appropriately named smaller recently planted neighbour, Cygnet Wood. Swan Wood is an ancient site with both a distinctive and delightful character. As a Woodland Working Group Member you will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form: https://c-js.co.uk/2Kmc9hY
JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships
LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*
FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By Surrey County Council)Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team. Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.
JOB: Conservation Volunteer
LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)
FOR: Scottish Wildlife TrustAny day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Information from email@example.com
JOB: Conservation Volunteer - North East
LOC: Dundee - to Cover North East Scotland
PAY: Training / expenses
FOR: Scottish Wildlife TrustAny full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Contact Peter Gilbert firstname.lastname@example.org for details
JOB: Conservation Volunteer
LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area
FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)We carry out a variety of projects including: tree planting; beach cleans; species & habitat surveys; wildlife pond creation; hedgelaying; invasive plant species management (e.g. rhododendron, parrotfeather, Himalayan balsam etc.); coppicing (a traditional woodland management technique); dry stone walling, to name but a few! Events each weekend, but no requirement to commit to a certain number of days. You will gain valuable nature conservation skills in countryside management, such as how to create & restore important habitats for wildlife & people. You will also gain other key skills such as communication, team working & leadership. If you are really keen you may want to progress to become a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) & get more involved ‘behind the scenes’ planning & leading practical projects & social events. You don’t need to have any skills, experience or abilities to join as a volunteer; all you need is a love of the outdoors & be a good team player. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, email@example.com https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk
JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX
PAY: Accommodation / training provided
FOR: Scottish Natural HeritageMin one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB: Tree Health Surveyors
LOC: Various locations*
FOR: Woodland TrustWe are recruiting volunteer Tree Health Surveyors for our Observatree project (in the areas below) to carry out surveys of woods and trees for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species. In fact, recording negative sightings of disease (healthy host trees) is just as important. Surveyors are sometimes asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks and also have the option to set up their own sentinel tree plots to monitor the health of individual trees. *Locations: North and South Wales; North Cornwall and Devon; Hampshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Kent; Cambridgeshire; Norfolk; Scotland; The North East and the North West. ASK: For further details about this role: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sgo9FN
Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.