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Shadow Ranger Voluntary Scheme

Forestry England are providing a voluntary scheme known as Shadow Rangers. This voluntary scheme is targeted at individuals seeking to gain experience in the countryside sector. 

A number of 6 month opportunities are available across Central England Forest District. Volunteering 1-3 days per week, each opportunity allows volunteers to develop on the job skills in their chosen work area.  Opportunities available are within the following teams - National Forest, Manchester and Nottinghamshire Community Woodland teams, Salcey and Cannock with the recreation rangers and Sherwood with the Bushcraft team.

  • Closing Date: 03/11/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 16/10/2019

JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer, Riverlands. National Trust

BE4: 1/12/19

LOC: National Trust Estate Office, Holnicote, Exmoor TA24 8TJ

PAY: Full training and travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Riverlands aims to increase local people’s connections with their rivers and streams and the wildlife found in them. The projects Engagement Officer, Sammy, is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to support her with this aspect of the project’s work. This role will involve helping to run community events, attending local events to meet people and promote the project, working with schools and families. This will be an extremely varied role with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds. This project will also focus on working with those who will benefit the most from nature, reaching out to new audiences. This role would suit someone who is confident, outgoing, enjoys working with a wide variety of people and can inspire others. Training is provided. ASK: Contact samantha.fraser@nationaltrust.org.uk 07741129245.

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. ASK: Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Coordinator

BE4: 31/10/19

LOC: Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex

PAY: Induction, training, expenses, ongoing development, team

FOR: Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group

To encourage & support people from across the Manhood Peninsula to participate in wildlife conservation activities. One day a week, flexible depending on availability. Supporting & empowering local communities to take ownership of their environment, we believe, is a sustainable model for managing local wildlife sites. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to conserving wildlife & heritage & inspiring others. Learn about the work of the MWHG, have the flexibility to volunteer when & where suits you, be part of a friendly team & have the opportunity to put your skills to use as well as develop new ones. Recruitment, selection, organisation, development & support of volunteers. Create recruitment materials, & manage local distribution, campaigns, activities & events. Review & implement induction processes, arrange, attend & facilitate volunteer training. ASK: If you are IT literate, professional, personable & equipped to home-work, contact Leanne - Community Conservation Project Officer at lclements@mwhg.org.uk

JOB: Community Conservation Assistant

BE4: 31/10/19

LOC: Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex

PAY: Induction, training, expenses, ongoing development, team

FOR: Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group

Supporting & empowering local communities to take ownership of their environment, we believe, is a sustainable model for managing local wildlife sites. Make a genuine contribution to conserving wildlife & heritage & inspiring others. Learn about the work of the MWHG, have the flexibility to volunteer when & where suits you, be part of a friendly team & have the opportunity to put your skills to use as well as develop new ones. Create publicity & promotional materials to raise awareness of our work, manage local distribution, database & ensure regular contact with locations & partners. Recruit & support a distribution volunteer team. Support planning & hosting community engagement activity / events. 1 to 2 days per week, flexible according to availability. ASK: If you are professional & personable & equipped to work from home contact Leanne - Community Conservation Project Officer lclements@mwhg.org.uk

JOB: Supporter Services Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Slimbridge Wetland Centre, GL2 7BT

PAY: Free entry & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

The Supporter Services team are a busy team who help ensure that our supporters get the best service from WWT. We answer their queries, follow up on their requests, process their subscriptions & donations and ensure they know how their support helps WWT to save wetlands and their wildlife across the world. As we move into a busy period you will assist us in ensuring our supporters receive their welcome packs & renewal notices in a timely manner and help us manage our various fulfilment responsibilities. You’ll help ensure our supporter records are up to date, provide general support as required to the team and help us ensure we are prepared for upcoming peak periods. *Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. Flexible commitment, minimum 1 day per fortnight (Friday is best). ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2Zc4n2h

JOB: Truleigh Hill Project Volunteer - 'Pondscapes' Champion

BE4: N / A

LOC: Truleigh Hill, South Downs Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FB

PAY: Training

FOR: South Downs National Park Authority

Assist the Truleigh Hill Community Landscape Officer in the creation, management and monitoring of ponds, supporting terrestrial habitats and the development of 'Pondscapes'. Involves: practical habitat management, creation and surveying (including dusk and dawn surveys and inputting data onto a national database), working with the team, volunteers, the public and project partners including Froglife and people of varying backgrounds. The ability to support at events and to have an interest in ponds, wetlands and associated species particularly amphibians. All reasonable equipment will be provided. Benefits: project and site induction, personal safety and ongoing support. Ideally volunteers will have their own transport, alternatively they can join specified project workdays delivered by the SNDPA where transport will be provided. Initially the practical activities will be delivered over Saturdays with opportunities for weekday involvement. October 2019 to March 2020) with a review for spring / summer 2020 - extension onto further years funding dependant. ASK: Please contact vrs@southdowns.gov.uk with any queries or to apply.

JOB: Nature Reserves Trainee- South Yorkshire

BE4: 28/10/19

IV: 13/11/19

LOC: Potteric Carr Doncaster

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Across South Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. Gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. Our reserves in South Yorkshire are incredible sites where you can see wildlife spectacles throughout the year. From the vast wetland bird haven and our flagship reserve Potteric Carr, to the flower-rich grasslands of Carr Lodge, with this opportunity you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations. The role will be split between office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout South Yorkshire, with most time spent at our reserves nature reserves. Commitment: 12 months, 3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website www.ywt.org.uk

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. ASK: Contact susan@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk or on 01592 858458 for more information.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 11/11/2019

LOC: North York Moors

PAY: Training

FOR: National Trust

3-4 days a week for no more than twelve months in one of the National Trust’s most diverse properties. The North York Moors 1500 ha covering moorland, farmland, common land, woodlands, SSSIs & archaeological sites. As volunteer you will become part of the ranger team out in all weathers undertaking a wide variety of practical conservation tasks, access maintenance, visitor engagement & assisting with volunteer groups. You will receive formal training in first aid, plus a ‘ticket’ relevant to the ranger role e.g. brushcutter, the opportunity to take on projects as agreed as part of a personal development plan. Additional external training may be available if needed. Learn about all aspects of rangering from day-to-day tasks to wider land management. Suitable for someone looking to develop their skills & knowledge towards a career as a Ranger. Full driving licence essential (state on your CV). ASK: Send CV & covering letter to ashley.radford@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee - Skipton Area

BE4: 31/10/19

IV: 14/11/19

LOC: Skipton

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months, 3 days week. Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out front line nature conservation through practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new Voluntary Trainee to gain valuable experience within this team & develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved with helping to look after a suite of nature reserves across North West Yorkshire with varied habitats incl wildflower meadows, woodlands & upland areas. As the range of sites that we manage varies so much in this area, you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats & locations with this opportunity. ASK: To find out more or to apply visit www.ywt.org.uk

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

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. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

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!  ASK: For more information please contact volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545560224. You can also visit https://goo.gl/QknrVd

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. ASK: Contact john.gibbon@northwt.org.uk for my more details or check our website www.nwt.org.uk

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. ASK: For more information contact kat.navrouzoglou@groundworknottingham.org.uk.

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. ASK: Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk 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. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

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. ASK: Please get in touch with Conservation Outreach Officer Fiona to find out more and to apply for the role: fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

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. ASK: Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk

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. ASK: Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

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. ASK: Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

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. ASK: Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.