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

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JOB: Volunteer Trainee Warden Darland Banks

BE4: 25/2/19 12pm

IV: 25/02/2019

LOC: Tyland Barn, Maidstone

PAY: Travel expenses & tailored training programme

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help our Reserves team in the practical management of Darland Banks, a nature reserve in the Medway Valley area by assisting with the following: practical management; working with/leading volunteers; working with stock graziers and Trust livestock; surveys and monitoring; publicity and promotion of the Trust and its work; health and safety. Training and certification will be given in specific skills where this is required. If you feel you have the enthusiasm and capacities to meet the challenge of this role, we would be very interested to hear from you. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Robert Pennington on 01622 357824. ASK: To apply, please visit our website to download an application pack. www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs Applicants should read the guidance notes carefully before completing the applicant information form supported by cover note and CV.

JOB: Education, Families and Youth Volunteer Intern

BE4: 24/2/19

IV: 8/3/19

LOC: RSPB Minsmere, Saxmundham

PAY: Travel expenses*

FOR: RSPB - East England

We have a fantastic opportunity for an Education, Families and Youth Intern at Minsmere Nature Reserve. You will be undertaking a large variety of roles, including interacting with our curriculum linked Schools on Reserves Programme, in addition to planning, organising, and running a variety of events across the reserve.  You would also be responsible for engaging with the public in order to enthuse them about nature. You will help us evaluate and monitor the people engagement and education work we do, through surveys, visitor feedback and event evaluation. *The RSPB can offer to cover the full cost of a second class return rail ticket to Darsham rail station. Alternatively, personal mileage at 15p per mile up to the cost of the equivalent second-class return rail ticket. Time commitment: 5 days a week residential, 3 days a week non-residential for a minimum of 4 months. Applicants must be: at least 18 years old; available for 4 months or more; have achieved A-levels or equivalent; IT literate. ASK: Email Christopher Ford on christopher.ford@rspb.org.uk for more information and an application pack.

JOB: Sustrans Schools Cycling Volunteers - I Bike Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Various locations across Scotland

PAY: Training*

FOR: Sustrans Scotland

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to help inspire young people to be more active? We're currently looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer with our fantastic I Bike schools projects in Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Dumfries; Falkirk; Glasgow; Inverness; Midlothian; Perth & West Lothian. You would be supporting activities for children aimed at encouraging more cycling, walking and scooting. What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time! You don't need to be an expert cyclist - we're looking for people who are enthusiastic, committed, reliable, patient and good communicators. We offer an induction and training package for volunteers to develop your confidence in working alongside our I Bike officers in schools. We also provide regular support and opportunities to socialise with other I Bike volunteers, and you will be part of the wider Sustrans volunteering network. *All training provided, including Cycle Ride Leader, bike maintenance and safeguarding. Time commitment: at least once a month. ASK: Please contact annie.cousins@sustrans.org.uk for more information or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2Uy0WfQ

JOB: Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 27/2/19 9am

LOC: Doncaster

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for a new voluntary Trainee who is great with people of all ages and has bags of enthusiasm for wildlife and learning. You will be involved in the planning of a diverse events and education programme at Potteric Carr nature reserve in Doncaster working with families, adult learning, and sessions aimed at improving health and wellbeing. As you will be based at Potteric Carr nature reserve and through this you will also gain invaluable ID skills and management experience alongside experienced staff. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is wants to have a career in the environmental education sector. 3 days per week for 12 months. ASK: More info and applications: https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Natural Wellbeing Trainee

BE4: 3/3/19

IV: 18/3/19

LOC: Holly Bank House, Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire CH2 4HU

PAY: Training & travel expenses*

FOR: Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Gain experience & skills in the area of natural wellbeing. Through volunteering for 1 year, 3 days a week, you will engage with vulnerable adults, support the delivery of practical volunteering sessions & help to monitor the project’s success. Whilst also completing practical habitat management tasks, which will increase your awareness of local wildlife & conservation. *Free access to CWT internal training courses. Training budget available for external training courses. Help with CV / job applications at the end of the placement & a reference. We are looking for someone with the following qualities: passion for being outdoors & an understanding of natures impact on wellbeing; experience of engaging with disadvantaged or vulnerable adults; reliable, proactive, able to use initiative; friendly, fun, creative & approachable. A good level of fitness & mobility is required as we will be spending a significant amount of time outside, often on difficult terrain. ASK: If you are interested in this volunteer role then please complete a trainee application form, found on https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/traineeship & email this to Becky Stallard, bstallard@cheshirewt.org.uk along with your CV.

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: 1/3/19

IV: 01/03/2019

LOC: Isle Of May NNR off Fife, Scotland

PAY: Training, accomm (not food) & some travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Start mid-April to August 2019 but length & starting date can be discussed (short term opportunities are available). To assist with three areas of work on the island: visitor management, meeting & providing information to daily visitors, help run events & manage visitor facilities; species monitoring – ringing, monitoring & population counts; practical maintenance of the reserve including habitat management & basic maintenance tasks. We provide training, ongoing support & field equipment. You need to be at least 18 years old. You’ll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, a good communicator with excellent spoken English. Able to fit into a small island community, working in a team or alone. Strong interest in conservation, a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage; physically fit with a responsible attitude to H&S. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2tdxgcl Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2RDYJgJ Return completed form with CV to david.steel@snh.gov.uk or David Steel, SNH, 46 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife KY15 5HS

JOB: Volunteer Marine Programme Assistant

BE4: 17/3/19

IV: Skype interviews expected to be held w/b 1st April

LOC: Lamlash, Isle of Arran

PAY: Expenses*

FOR: Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

WWe are seeking two individuals with the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST at their new Marine Activities and Learning Centre - The Octopus Centre -  on the shores of Arran's community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area. They will be assisting in Centre management and visitor experience, communications and outreach. We are looking for two volunteers to work closely with staff, local volunteers and research students to support the development of our new hub. We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join our friendly team this summer. These roles will involve being the first point of contact for our visitors and volunteers so it is essential the volunteers project a positive and knowledgeable image of COAST and ensure everyone who visits or calls feels welcome and is well attended. *Subsistance package negotiable. ASK: For full details of the post, please see our application pack: https://c-js.co.uk/2BCuYrx

JOB: Bradford Urban Discovery Project Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 12/3/19

IV: 22/3/19

LOC: West Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months for 3 days week. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has an exciting new voluntary trainee opportunity that is part of a new community engagement initiative. The Bradford Urban Discovery (BUD) project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, that will deliver community engagement activities across seven green spaces in South West Bradford. In this role you will have a unique opportunity within the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to work with both our Nature Reserves Team and our BUD project Inspiring People Officer.  The role will be a fantastic mix of practical conservation tasks and creative and playful engagement activities within a project team with lots of experience and passion for working in urban greenspaces and with diverse and hard to reach communities. As a voluntary trainee you will be supported to develop your skills in land management, practical conservation and community engagement. The role's office base is Huddersfield but you will be working mainly in the Bradford area. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Community Outreach Lead Volunteer

BE4: N / A

IV: 15/03/2019

LOC: Quantock & Blackdown Hills

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: Quantock & Blackdown Hills AONB

Working with local communities is an integral part of our work & we wish to expand into engaging with new audiences & those not normally able to access the Hills. This role will involve supporting & / or taking the lead on community outreach work with a high proportion of time spent supporting the work of the AONB’s Nature & Wellbeing Project. Essential requirements: full UK driving licence & own transport; enthusiasm for the natural environment; minimum of 2 days a month time commitment with a flexible approach to evening & weekend working; able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions & some sites without facilities; admin & IT skills, including competent use of MS Office; experience of working with & inspiring & enthusing a wide variety of people of all ages & backgrounds about nature & the AONBs. This role will include regular contact with children or vulnerable adults, & may require a DBS check. ASK: Please get in touch with our AONB Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sammy, sfraser@somerset.org.uk or 07977 402 399 to find out more about the role.

JOB: Community Talks Volunteer

BE4: ?

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Support, training & travel expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Help us help our local community, by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and giving engaging talks! RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people working 1 day every 2 months minimum commitment. You will deliver 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 of Sandwell Valley. We are looking for someone with the “gift of the gab”! If you enjoy meeting new people, being in the spotlight, and are a confident speaker, this is the role for you. You will be making a meaningful difference in your local community and support the work of RSPB Sandwell Valley. ASK: Contact Rita Gries rita.gries@rspb.org.uk for further information and to apply.

JOB: Assistant Ranger & Estate Assistant

BE4: 18/2/19

IV: 18/02/2019

LOC: Lundy Island

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: Landmark Trust

Would you like experience in practical conservation? Could you live within a small community off the coast of North Devon? Are you a hard worker, ready to help out wherever needed?  Then this could be the one for you. We’re posting for two positions to assist the full time Ranger on Lundy island- a stunning and unique island, designated a SSSI it also supports the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone. This position provides a great opportunity to gain hands on experience and join the Lundy team over the summer. Work includes a wide range of practical conservation and estate management tasks including; grounds maintenance, dry-stone walling, rhododendron eradication, bracken management, vegetation control, stock fencing, footpath maintenance, volunteer supervision and tree maintenance, and assisting with general island duties. The positions run from 4 April through to the end of October 2019, it’s a volunteer role but with provided accommodation, food and a suitable training course provided at the end of the season. ASK: For an application form and job description call 01237 423233 or email: admin@lundyisland.co.uk Job description: https://c-js.co.uk/2Sff1Oe

JOB: Community Forum member

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

To advise on how the reserve can remain engaged with and relevant to the local community.  To act as a champion for, and raise awareness of, the reserve amongst the local community.  To support, give advice on and monitor the progress of community projects, including funding sources.  Networking with the local community and other groups.  Attending some events on the reserve to engage with community and gather feedback  Contribute to promotion of the community forum and recruitment of forum members. Attend CF meetings.   ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Help Fight Corruption & Wildlife Crime

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sub-Saharan Africa

PAY: No volunteer fees, training provided

FOR: Volunteer 4 Africa

This project is looking for activists who want to be at the forefront of the fight against wildlife crime by tackling corruption & the lack of justice within society. Participants will be given training & tools to pursue the activism path, initially in wildlife related issues & later as they choose. Get involved in the fight against wildlife crime & corruption in 9 African countries. There is no cost to participate but applicants are responsible for covering their own living expenses. Time: 2 months minimum ASK: info@volunteer4africa.org http://www.volunteer4africa.org

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training, mentoring & travel expenses of 35p/mile

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ideally one day per fortnight. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. Help us raise awareness of the project by arranging & attending public events in the area. Tasks will include helping to increase the number of active volunteers by engaging with the public, mobilising the project’s network of volunteers in the area to attend public events, booking event stalls, arranging volunteer rotas, stall set-up, & volunteer engagement & support.   Passionate about red squirrels & want to spread the word about our exciting project. Good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well-organised with a good eye for detail, adaptable & flexible.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.