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Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Location: Based at Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 OAG

Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month

Benefits: A bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel.

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.

  • Closing Date: 27/06/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 06/06/2019

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: RSPB Residential Volunteer Intern

BE4: 20/6/19

IV: 24/6/19

LOC: RSPB Central Highland Reserves , Inverness

PAY: Accommodation, training and out of pocket expenses

FOR: RSPB Scotland

7 months. Opportunity to gain skills and experience whilst being an essential part of the reserves team covering a variety of habitats, incl sand dune, wet grassland and coastal sites on SSSI and SPA designated reserves. Tasks will include surveys, invasive species control, working with volunteers, administration and office based tasks, habitat management and infrastructure maintenance. Opportunities to work at Tollie Red Kite Centre, Corrimony and other reserves in the region. Training relevant to the role will be provided.  You must be over 18, with a full UK manual driving licence and be able to cope with walking over rough ground and carrying heavy loads, demonstrable interest in working in the conservation sector and previous volunteer experience. Ideally you will be able to start the residential volunteer internship in early July. ASK: Please contact isabel.morgan@rspb.org.uk (CHR reserves Warden) for further information and an application form.

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee

BE4: 20/6/19 9am

IV: 2/6/19

LOC: Grebe House, St Albans*

PAY: Out-of-pocket expenses & training

FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Start Tuesday 6 August, 3 days per week (22.5 hours). An opportunity to gain experience & training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation & make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire & Middlesex’s habitats & species. You will assist the Reserves Team with their daily reserve work & work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks & helping with events. *You will pick up an allocated van & travel to sites across Herts & Middlesex. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equiv in a biological / environmental science & ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required & the post is subject to a DBS check. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid, Identiplant as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying & monitoring, tree safety surveying & management planning. ASK: Chat: Jenny Sherwen, 01727 858901 ext 252 or 07771 823345. Apply / view the role: www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/about/jobs

JOB: OCND - Volunteer Trainees x 4

BE4: 26/6/19 midnight

LOC: Maidstone, Kent

PAY: up to 2500 training & expenses

FOR: Old Chalk New Downs HLF Project

Are you a post or undergraduate looking to gain work experience in the conservation sector? Are you willing to do practical conservation work in all weathers, research or support our public engagement work?  If so then we would like to hear from you. We have 4 volunteer traineeship opportunities ranging from 3 to 6 months based with us or our partners, Kent Wildlife Trust and Kent County Council.  As part of the programme we will help you build your practical skills, conservation knowledge, research work and increase your employability in the conservation sector. The role is unsalaried but there is a budget of up to £2,500 for pre-approved training, travelling and other work-related expenses. ASK: For more information on each trainee opportunity go to our website https://www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk/action/studentbursary

JOB: Residential Volunteer Interns

BE4: 14/7/19

LOC: Various locations around the UK

PAY: Accommodation / training


Are you passionate about conservation? Or more of a people person? Got good bird ID skills? We are looking for Residential Volunteer Interns to join some of our reserve teams across the country. We have practical conservation and visitor experience internships at various locations around the UK for volunteers who would like to come and join our teams for 6 -12 months. We will give you a great insight into the life of a conservation charity and offer free accommodation and training including mentoring and career coaching. You will need to be over 18, and have a clean driving licence, although this is not an essential at some locations. You should have a genuine interest in conservation and wildlife, and some practical or people skills, volunteering experience or a conservation qualification. ASK: For more details please see our website at https://c-js.co.uk/2IyrBCw

JOB: Residential volunteer, New Forest

BE4: ASAP for immediate start

LOC: Franchises Lodge Reserve, New Forest

PAY: Training / expenses / accommodation


6 months. We are looking to recruit an experienced Residential Volunteer to become a vital member of our team on one of our newest and most exciting reserves. We are offering the chance to volunteer on Franchises Lodge reserve within the beautiful setting of the New Forest.  You will have the opportunity to help shape the long term vision for the site as well as gaining first hand experience of reserve operations. Housed in a beautiful cottage deep within the woods, surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife, you will have the chance to develop skills you have learnt elsewhere, as well as being provided with further training and experience to improve your CV.  As a key part of the site team you will have responsibility of managing your own work schedule as well as local volunteers and work parties. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2MwgDEW

JOB: Voluntary Reserve Officers (up to 4)

BE4: 28/6/19

LOC: 1 based in Bedfordshire and up to 3 in Northamptonshire

PAY: Mileage and training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

A 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: Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship - RSPB Blean Woods

BE4: 7/7/19

IV: 16/7/19

LOC: Blean Woods & Seasalter Levels, Whitstable, Kent

PAY: Travel expenses,*training & PPE


Part-time non-residential internship - 3 days p/w for 6 months starting mid-August. We are looking for 3 enthusiastic and dedicated interns to join the Swale reserves team for the winter season. We manage two SSSI nature reserves - Blean Woods; a semi-natural ancient woodland site on the outskirts of Canterbury, and Seasalter Levels; a grazing marsh site to the west of Whitstable. You will gain experience of practical habitat management across both these sites as well as ecological surveying, leading volunteer work parties, invasive species control, livestock handling and infrastructure maintenance. You will have a dedicated mentor to guide your personal development throughout the internship and skills training will be provided. This role is perfect for someone who is looking to start a career in conservation. 18+, IT literate, driving licence essential. *Travel expenses reimbursed within a 25 mile radius of the reserve. ASK: Further information: https://c-js.co.uk/2ML3dkL

JOB: Volunteer Placement - Ranger Team

BE4: 3/7/19

LOC: Rothbury or The Sill

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Northumberland National Park

Successful applicants will develop on the job skills through a range of practical tasks, working with groups of volunteers of all abilities, and engaging and dealing with the public. Working as part of the Ranger Team placements will become actively involved in the care and management of the National Park, including its sites, woodlands and nature reserves. Personal specification: essential: seeking a career as a countryside ranger, or in the environmental / land management sector; approachable, open, polite and helpful to others; self-motivated, adaptable with good organisational skills; able to carry out the tasks in the described work areas and to work outdoors in all weathers; able to get to chosen location (Rothbury or The Sill) for a 9am start each day. Time commitment, 3 months (one day per week).   ASK: For further details please contact: Jane Riddell on 07795834936 or email jane.riddell@nnpa,org.uk

JOB: Holton Lee Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Holton Lee, nr Wareham, Dorset



As a conservation volunteer you will be undertaking a range of practical tasks on a 350 acre SSSI encompassing Dorset heath, woodland & reedbeds. You will be working alongside a range of different people, incl members of Livability, a disability charity & welfare centre. Summer work typically involves infrastructure maintenance & some habitat work, whilst winter work is much more focused on habitat work. You don't need to have any prev exp, as everyone is welcome & appropriate training will be provided. Wednesday every other week, 9.30 til 16:00 (time flexible). ASK: Contact william.russell@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Full Time Nature Reserve Volunteers x 3

BE4: 1/7/19 9am

IV: 18/7/19

LOC: Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7PR

PAY: Accommodation / training*

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

Join an established team delivering an extensive & varied programme of work, ranging from habitat management across 50 reserves of varied habitats geographically spread across Devon, fencing & maintenance work, survey & monitoring, working with volunteers / corporate groups & various educational activities. Although you will be trained in essential skills for land management, you must possess the following: desire to work in wildlife conservation, good level of physical fitness, willingness to use power tools, ability to work with a range of people, willingness to supervise & lead volunteers. *Farmhouse accommodation provided in a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor, based on a 6-12 month commitment. Volunteers will be given the necessary training & experience to be fully effective in the role; this will also equip them to go on to seek employment in the land management sector. The range of training opportunities will vary but could include the following: NPTC certificates in chainsaw & brush cutter & first aid at work qualification. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KhGsa1

JOB: Community Conservation Voluntary Placement

BE4: ?

LOC: Urban Wildlife Centre, Corfe Mullen

PAY: Travel expenses from the Urban Wildlife Centre to other DWT sites when required.

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

3-4 days a week over 6 months from July 2019. This role would be suitable for a student industrial placement full time. You will be assisting with Dorset Wildlife Trust's community engagement and conservation work in east Dorset including at our Brownsea Island and Living Seas Visitor Centres. Tasks will also include assisting with our work with people with physical / mental health issues; assisting with social media, website and other publicity; helping with campaigns and conservation projects. There will be opportunities to get involved with other aspects of our work, including practical work parties. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2XoB4VX or contact sholford@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

IV: 02/08/2019

LOC: Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB

PAY: Training at a value of approx. £1,000 + expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Two to three days per week (Monday - Friday), for six months or more. Volunteer Officers assist and lead on a variety of sessions from green gyms, community events to educational activities. This role involves aspects such as planning and organising tasks, equipment maintenance, volunteer recruitment, and helping to deliver tasks with a view of leading tasks in the future. There are 3 Volunteer Officer positions available. Based in Doncaster with the view of practical work across our sites in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. Some knowledge of practical skills is desirable but not essential. No experience required as training will be provided, however, good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the outdoors is essential. A driver’s licence would be beneficial but not essential and this role is subject to the completion of an enhanced DBS. ASK: To register your interest please call 01302 388832 or email southyorkshire@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Dino Team Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: Training / lunch voucher / uniform

FOR: Zoological Society of Hertfordshire / Paradise Wildlife Park

Dinosaurs have arrived at Paradise Wildlife Park! We are looking to add new members to our existing Dino Team who ensure that our dinosaurs are well looked after, & our guests leave having had an outstanding experience. Volunteers will be required to commit to a one day per week place throughout the busy season. Training provided, but an interest in dinosaurs is a bonus. Role description: general visitor engagement through the World of Dinosaurs attraction, demonstrations of fossils & other artefacts, occasional photography for families in the exhibit; manning of interactive exhibits.  We are looking for confident volunteers as you will be interacting with visitors.  Volunteers will also need to be comfortable with being outside in all weathers & be able to stand for a few hours at a time. ASK: For more information contact Barbara & Jenna volunteer@pwpark.com

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: 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: Swingbridge Community Boat Volunteers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Surrey

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Surrey Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust needs people with all sorts of talents to help run Swingbridge: an aptitude for the practical side of boats, an enthusiasm for environmental work and above all the ability to motivate and enthuse others. A number of our trainees and some of our volunteers need support from others in the team. ASK: For more information email info@swingbridge.org.uk

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Project Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To assist the Volunteer Co-ordinator to facilitate the maintenance & upkeep of a 2 km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. The role includes: contacting potential volunteers; supporting volunteers on the day; co-ordination of activities on site. Volunteer Project Leaders will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have exp, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance; team management. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hpw, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.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 Richard Owen, Volunteer Co-ordinator, richard.owen@groundworknottingham.org.uk or call 07771348655.

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, monitoring water quality & 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. Volunteers are asked to come at least one Tuesday a month. 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: People Enjoying Nature Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Ribble Valley and Pendle, East Lancashire

PAY: Benefit from being outdoors + training & expenses

FOR: Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The PEN sessions take place in three 6 week blocks between March and October and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Most on the same day and time each week for the 6 week blocks (e.g. every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4pm). People Enjoying Nature (PEN) is an outreach project offering supported activity sessions to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. Activity may incl practical conservation tasks, creative tasks in the landscape, archaeology, sessions with artists etc., which will link in with other PHLP projects or seasonal activity. This role involves: Supporting staff with preparation and delivery of landscape and heritage based activity sessions; Supporting participants and fellow volunteers throughout sessions; Assisting with resource creation, social media promotion and activity planning. ASK: Details: https://pendlehillproject.com/get-involved Before starting this role you will require a full induction. Please call 01200 420420 or email jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk for more information.

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.