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Arboriculture vacancies: working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.


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JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*
PAY: Experience
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). Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any 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.   Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Plymouth & Surrounding Area
PAY: Training
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. Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Voluntary River Steward
BE4: N/A
IV:
LOC: Sheffield
PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses
FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 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. Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 13/12/19
IV:
LOC: Mid & West Cornwall
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

4 days a week for 9 - 12 months. Join the Mid & West Cornwall Nature Reserves Teams as a trainee & gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife & countryside sector. You will learn practical conservation & land management across a range of habitats & develop your wildlife knowledge & volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to include chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter & pesticides application. Species ID & surveying courses are also available. We have an excellent track record of trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Rel quals are desirable but not essential. Applicants must enjoy working outdoors & be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. Full UK driving licence essential. Send CV & covering letter to rich.moore@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers
BE4: 10/2/20
IV:
LOC: Skokholm Island, SW Pembrokeshire
PAY: Training
FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Each season we invite 4 volunteers to help the wardens manage the Island & monitor its wildlife. 2 positions run 1/4/20 to 30/6/29 & 2 from 1/7/20 to 30/9/20. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of Britain’s most spectacular islands & gain experience in a wide range of survey techniques. You will also be integral to all aspects of island management from providing clean visitor accommodation to boat deliveries & helping with physical management such as pond digging. Each volunteer has their own bedroom & shares facilities with our paying guests. No qualifications or specific experience required as training given, but candidates working towards a career in conservation preferred. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for UK wildlife & a desire to learn & get involved in a range of tasks. Must be of a hardy nature as working days can be long & in a range of weather conditions. Please see our website to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2CL0ROZ

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/20
IV:
LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Built in the 1720s, in its hey-day Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem. It will be your role to work within a team of fellow volunteers and undertake woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking, fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures, and work outside on uneven ground in remote locations under variable weather conditions. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance. To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer Facilitator, Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/2020
IV:
LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem.  It will be your role to facilitate a team of fellow volunteers in undertaking regular woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking and fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures. Previous experience in woodland conservation and/or leadership would be desirable. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance.   To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk/ 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.