Voluntary Opportuntities: Community and Volunteers

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Community and Volunteers vacancies: projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.

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JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0

Help us help our local community by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and leading fun activities! We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people and share their love of nature. You will attend local venues (museums, children’s farms etc.) and community events, as part of a small team. You’ll be chatting to people, inspiring them about nature and RSPB Sandwell Valley. You’ll deliver fun nature-inspired crafts or activities such as making bee homes or leaf crowns, bird bingos and scavenger hunts. 1 day a month. Contact

JOB: Community Talks Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0

Help us help our local community, by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and giving engaging presentations. RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. You will deliver engaging and inspiring talks about RSPB Sandwell Valley to local community groups, inspiring them to come and visit. The talks will cover a range of topics relating to the nature reserve, such as nature and wellbeing, the history of the site, and the wildlife in Sandwell Valley. Commitment flexible / as needed. Contact

JOB: Community Forum Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0

The community forum is a group of volunteers who ensure we remain relevant to and engaged with our local community. You will attend a meeting every 2 months where we plan and discuss projects and activities that will encourage more people to visit the reserve. Contact

JOB: Small Steps Big Change (SSBC) Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: Nottingham
PAY: Training & travel costs
FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

Assist Family Mentors to deliver the SSBC Family Mentor programme across Bulwell & Aspley. Volunteers will be supporting families to increase their confidence & ability in group activities such as Triple P, Active Play, Stay & Play, Songs & Rhymes, Bump, Birth & Baby, Infant Massage & Cook & Play. Min 2 hours per week Monday to Saturday. Skills / exp: being a parent & / or grandparent; working with children; being supportive; a good listener; developing relationships. For more information contact

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer
BE4: N / A
LOC: New Forest National Park
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, surveying historic routes & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. Contact Richard Austin, for more details.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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,

JOB: Local Outreach Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Homebased and local area – England and Wales only
PAY: Training & some expenses
FOR: British Dragonfly Society

Do you love dragonflies? Would you love to share your passion for these iconic insects with others? As a Local Outreach Volunteer you will be an ambassador for our charity and for dragonflies and their conservation. Duties may include giving talks to local groups in your area about our work and the wonderful world of dragonflies, representing us at local events, taking leaflets to local venues, running dragonfly identification courses, or leading guided walks at local nature reserves/parks to see dragonflies. We can provide templates and content for talks, materials for event displays and all the support you will need to make the role your own. The role is very flexible and it is totally up to you which type of events you cover and how much time you can give. Please get in touch with Conservation Outreach Officer Fiona to find out more and to apply for the role:

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Wakefield District
PAY: Training / DBS check
FOR: Open Country

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Harrogate-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the district. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision. No experience is necessary, all training, tools and PPE are provided. Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email

JOB: Community Ambassador
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gosforth NE33XT
PAY: Travel costs covered
FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

An excellent opportunity to spread the word about Northumberland Wildlife Trust in your local community! If you are willing to speak up, comfortable talking to people about wildlife, raising the profile of the Trust and promoting our events and visitor centres, then this is the role for you. Talking to people in your community about us (residents’ association, local groups, your local magazine). Visiting places (doctors, dentists, shops, libraries) and leave magazines or leaflets, put up posters. Representing NWT at local events and gatherings (fetes, allotment shows, sports events). Organising local fundraisers (coffee mornings, challenges and sports events). Leading volunteer teams, e.g. putting leaflets through doors. Visiting local businesses, giving information about corporate membership. Organising visits to schools to do assemblies on climate change and wildlife. Raising our profile on social media by sharing stories. 0.5 / 1 day per week. Contact for my more details or check our website

JOB: Living Seas Wales Volunteer
BE4: Open year round
LOC: South / West Wales area
PAY: Training / some expenses
FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

We’re looking for volunteers to become involved in the Living Seas Wales Project, an exciting new, Wales wide coastal project. Volunteer tasks can include marine and coastal surveys, attending our Living Seas Live roadshow (set locations), community engagement / education, collecting / archiving historical records and more! Some activities can be undertaken in your local area or from home. Volunteering is a great way to experience our amazing marine life, contribute towards marine conservation, gain new skills and have fun! We’re looking for wildlife enthusiasts, people with a passion for marine conservation, those interested in coastal heritage / history or individuals aiming towards a career in conservation. You don’t need a background in science to become involved!  For more information please contact or 01545560224. You can also visit

JOB: Voluntary River Steward
BE4: N/A
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

JOB: Volunteer Officer
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds
PAY: Training & travel

Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in First Aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs. Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings. Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week. Contact

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 13/12/19
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, please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Communications Volunteer
BE4: 8/12/19
LOC: Loughborough
PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council, and empower the community to help their local wildlife. You will help promote all the conservation work done by volunteers, increase appreciation for Charnwood’s wildlife and green spaces and promote volunteering opportunities. You will use a variety of media to achieve this: social media, columns in the local paper, press releases. You will visit Charnwood’s parks and green spaces to take awe-inspiring photos and liaise with local volunteer groups. This is a flexible role, which can fit around your schedule to suit you! 0.5 days a week – flexible. You will need to have good social media and written communications skills, as well as good people skills: friendly, tactful and diplomatic.  You will need good photography skills, and to be enthusiastic about wildlife and nature conservation. Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or

JOB: Cycle Ride Leader/Assistant
BE4: 31/3/20
LOC: Kirkcaldy
PAY: Training and reasonable expenses
FOR: Greener Kirkcaldy

Greener Kirkcaldy runs activities encouraging people to walk and cycle more. We are looking to create a network of volunteers to run and assist with cycle rides across Kirkcaldy. Rides will vary from 2-14 miles in length. Volunteers can run activities for their own communities, groups or organisations, or assist with our public rides. We're looking for a team of committed volunteers to lead (or assist with) bike rides, carry out basic bike safety checks, make people feel welcome, encourage less confident cyclists and promote cycling as a mode of transport. Volunteers can also plan routes and carry out risk assessments if they would like to. Volunteers will need a bike in good working order, basic cycling skills and the ability to cycle at least four miles. Good communication skills and reliability are also important. We ask a regular commitment of at least once a month. Contact or on 01592 858458 for more information.

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger
BE4: 10/12/19
IV: 17/12/19
LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham
PAY: £1000 training budget & free on site accommodation
FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

Start date: Jan 2019. 9 to 12 month placement. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. The successful applicant will initially assist then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon.   Visit

JOB: Living Seas Volunteer
BE4: 5/1/20 (23.59 pm)
LOC: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, West Wales
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

We’re looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Living Seas Team for the 2020 research season. Volunteers will gain valuable experience whilst helping us to collect data on the marine mammals of Cardigan Bay, run our visitor centre and inspire the public through community engagement events. Volunteer opportunities include Living Seas, ShoreFin and SeaSeal positions and dates vary depending on the role. Interested? Visit for more information and details on how to apply. You can also contact for further information.