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Voluntary Opportunities: Countryside

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Countryside management voluntary vacancies: Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers. Covers all land management, nature reserve management and working in National Parks.

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JOB: Volunteer Reserve Managers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Bewdley, Worcestershire
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Reserve Managers to help us look after two very special sites near Bewdley: The Helen Mackaness Reserve and Pound Green Common. Our Volunteer Reserve Managers play a vital and engaging role in the management of our sites, from leading practical conservation volunteer work parties in undertaking practical work such as bramble and scrub management, to carrying out maintenance and wildlife surveys onsite. One day a month. This is a great opportunity to gain a deep insight into how we manage these special places for wildlife, working closely with our experienced Reserves Team.  We will give you training in leadership, first aid and tool use as required.  Get fit and get closer to nature. This is a great way to put your skills to good use, helping to make Worcestershire a better place for wildlife and assisting others to do the same!  Interested? Great – get in touch to find out more volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Scottish Borders
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Scottish Borders red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Berwickshire, Teviot & Rule, Upper Tweed Valley & the surrounding areas. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the networks & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteer - Brilliant Butterflies Project
BE4: Summer 2021
IV:
LOC: Nature Reserves across South Croydon & Bromley
PAY: Travel & lunch expenses reimbursed
FOR: London Wildlife Trust

London Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation to restore and create valuable butterfly habitat across Croydon and Bromley. Be part of this fantastic project by joining us every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and some weekends, on stunning nature reserve sites including Hutchinson's Bank in New Addington and Dollyper's Hill in Coulsdon. As many or as few days as you can. Tasks may include: cutting back vegetation, building fences, clearing paths, monitoring species and much more. Come to as many or as few sessions as you like, no experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Spend time outdoors, improve your well-being, meet new friends and learn new skills! For further details contact Anna at: brilliantbutterflies@wildlondon.org.uk or call 07964 951963. Alternatively, sign up to our newsletter to get full details of our upcoming workday locations and tasks: http://eepurl.com/drM2HD

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent
PAY: 0
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Kent
PAY:
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Parks in Mind Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Bournemouth, Dorset
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

We’ve created ecotherapy volunteer groups in Parks across Boscombe & Bournemouth to help improve participant’s health & wellbeing while enjoying being outdoors. With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise & other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people & wildlife. The project includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation & confidence building workshops. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed & friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical & sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment. You chose the activities you want to take part in & work to your own limits, between 2 hours to 20 days a month it’s completely up to you! No prior knowledge required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders & the other people taking part. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy meeting new people & doing light manual work this is the perfect role for you! https://c-js.co.uk/2yNn3pU

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Cumbernauld
PAY: Training and PPE budget
FOR: Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Would you like to: develop your skills, improve green spaces and enhance your fitness?  Join our volunteering groups today!  Our groups are active every Tuesday and Wednesday running from 10 - 3. We have a range of activities coming up to improve green spaces for biodiversity in Cumbernauld: tree planting, fence building, hedge creation, polytunnel construction, meadow sowing and much more. We work throughout Cumbernauld.  You can meet us on site or we could pick you up from a pre-arranged meeting spot in our minivan. Our groups are open to all and no prior experience is necessary.  Time commitment 5 hpw. While volunteering with us we offer access to free training courses and kit budget for essential PPE.   Spaces are going fast, so if you would like to know more and register with our group then please contact David at : 07483 050744 or d.walsh@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.
PAY: Tea and cake
FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking volunteers to help us maintain our wildlife garden, extensive grounds and be part of our long-term wildlife surveying programme around the centre. Nettlecombe Court is a Tudor and Georgian mansion, which is now a residential field centre nestled within fantastic oak parkland, in a secluded valley on the edge of Exmoor. Knowledge of gardening and maintenance work beneficial. Regular volunteer days held on the last Friday of each month. To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire
PAY:
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Hampshire Countryside Service are looking for volunteers to help maintain and improve four of our sites around Bishop's Waltham. These sites are: Claylands, The Moors, Dundridge Meadows and the Rail Path; each covering a variety of different habitats to manage. Our tasks run twice a month, on a Tuesday, from September to March and once a month through the rest of the year. Tasks begin at 10:30am and run until about 3pm. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in conservation work and to meet like-minded people. The work can vary from scrub control to infrastructure repairs and surveys. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge, as are all tools and equipment. If you are interested, please contact the Central Sites Team on: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Woodland Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Penllergare Valley Woods, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9GS
PAY: Training
FOR: The Penllergare Trust

The Penllergare Trust relies on volunteers to help us to preserve and restore Penllergare Valley Woods; a magical, green oasis which provides a haven for wildlife and a peaceful place to walk and enjoy the countryside. We are looking for new woodland volunteers to join us for Phase Two of our project - restoring the Walled Gardens. If you are willing to work hard and get your hands dirty helping us to preserve the local history of the Penllergare Estate, we would love to hear from you.  We are starting a new volunteer group to work every Monday 9am-2pm, alongside our Estate Team and existing volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and be a part of saving this  beautiful and unique landscape and historical site.  Please email volunteer@penllergare.org or call 01792 344 224 for further information. Thank you.

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Hounslow, Middlesex
PAY: Local tool box talk training
FOR: Lampton Greenspace 360

1 day per week min. Various volunteer roles available including work with grazing herds (cattle / goats / sheep), survey work (adders / birds / butterfly / moth), and practical habitat management across a number of countryside sites within Hounslow. Contact the Rangers at countryside@hounslow.gov.uk

JOB: Practical Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Across Penwith, Cornwall
PAY: Travel expenses & training available
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Come & learn more about the work we do across Penwith in practical conservation, archaeology, ecology improving public access & farming practices. We are running volunteer sessions to clear vegetation to uncover some of Penwith’s archaeological treasures, restore Cornish hedges & improve access along trails connecting ancient sites. We need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves & get stuck in, embrace learning new skills & enjoy working outside in all weathers. The sessions are fascinating days out with friendly people - a great way to boost your health & wellbeing. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch & waterproof / outdoor clothing.  All training, tools, equipment & refreshments (tea / coffee & biscuits!) provided. Other volunteering opportunities are available for a range of different tasks. For more information and to register contact Holly on holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk or visit https://www.penwithlandscape.com.

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: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire
PAY: Travel expenses*
FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve. The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and carrying out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations. You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of the Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit. * Free parking, restaurant and shop discounts, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. We are looking for Volunteer Rangers for all 7 days of the week. Time: 2 hour slot on a weekly basis. Go to https://www.brockholes.org to find out more.

JOB: Showing People Wildlife Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Across Norfolk
PAY: Training and expenses
FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

On average one day per month. We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation, have good communication skills and are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest in and awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public / visitors to sites some of Norfolk’s most spectacular wildlife events. These could include Great Crested Grebes’ courtship displays, Marsh Harriers passing food to each other, Swallowtail butterflies emerging, or other wildlife spectacles that you have knowledge of or interest in. For more information about this opportunity please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 01603 598360

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: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR; Beinn Eighe NNR and Rum NNR
PAY: Accommodation and training
FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

1 to 6 months (restricted to max 3 months for EU citizens). The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery & nature.  Residential volunteering opportunities are available now for our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months. Previous experience isn’t necessary but the longer you stay the more you’ll learn & you’ll gain a better understanding of what we do. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, & improve your CV.  See our volunteering leaflet: https://c-js.co.uk/2Cl6NhB. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for nature & eagerness to learn new skills as to keep our NNRs in good condition, we need help with a variety of estate work & tasks including working with livestock (Highland cattle & ponies); deer management; fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring including butterfly, moth or rare bird counts; welcoming & helping visitors to our reserves, & connect people with nature. Send your initial enquiry to volunteer@nature.scot citing Alison Rowe (Beinn Eighe NNR) Linda Simpson (Creag Meagaidh NNR) Lesley Watt (Rum NNR) for further information on the reserve you are interested in.

JOB: Nature Reserve Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Slapton Ley Field Centre, Devon
PAY: Lunch
FOR: Field Studies Council

1 day a week. Conservation Tasks might include: Clearing vegetation with hand tools, constructing woodland paths and steps, hand pulling invasive plants, constructing fences and stiles. You will need to be physically fit and happy to work out in all weathers. Some experience of using hand tools would be helpful. Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Danebury Hill Fort Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Stockbridge, Hampshire
PAY:
FOR: Hampshire County Council

10.30am-3.30pm, every third Sunday. Danebury Hill Fort is one of the most studied Iron Age hill forts in Europe, surrounded by valuable downland habitat. This herb rich grassland supports a variety of species including some of our most beautiful blue butterflies. You will be helping us to manage Danebury Hill Fort's habitats and keep it an enjoyable place for all to visit. Tasks include fencing, surveys, scrub management and lots more. If you would like to help protect and improve your countryside, be active outdoors or just meet like-minded people then come along and try a session. Tools, gloves and tea / coffee provided. For more information please contact us on: 01962 860948 or centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Across Worcestershire
PAY: Learn new skills
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, carrying out thousands of hours of practical conservation across our reserves each year.  We have volunteer work parties based on reserves all across Worcestershire - joining your local volunteer group is a great way to meet new people, get fit (and stay fit!) and get closer to the wildlife that's local to you.  Learn new skills alongside our experienced team. Time commitment is variable – you decide. From woodlands to wetlands, from gentle tasks to a full 'wild work-out', there is something for everyone. Why not visit our website to find out more about the opportunities local to you: https://c-js.co.uk/2Lx8F9N or contact Helen Dorey, Conservation Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919.

JOB: Conservation Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

This role will work alongside other volunteers and Staunton Country Park Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation tasks. This is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, which has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. Dependent on the seasons, conservation tasks could include; clearing overgrowing vegetation over paths or fence lines, installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches, coppicing, scrub management, wildlife surveying /monitoring and keeping the park tidy and litter free.  No specific skills are needed for this role, although, as most of the work is based outdoors, an interest in the countryside and a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed, as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions and comply with our health and safety procedures. Flexible time commitment. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Living Seas Wales Volunteer
BE4: Open year round
IV:
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 volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545560224. You can also visit https://goo.gl/QknrVd

JOB: Handa Long-Term Volunteer x 3
BE4: 10-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Handa Island, Sutherland
PAY:
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We currently have three different residential opportunities on Handa Island lasting from 15 to 23 weeks (Volunteer Assistant Ranger, Volunteer Seabird Monitoring, Volunteer Skua Fieldworker) giving you an exciting opportunity to live on a remote island and learn how our wildlife reserve is managed and to monitor the vast seabird colonies. You will have the chance to assist the Ranger with practical tasks, landing visitors and seabird monitoring. Placements on Handa are widely recognised as important field experience and provide excellent networking opportunities with Trust and RSPB staff, and several seabird researchers. Many former volunteers have gone on to paid employment on Handa and other reserves, and the majority are now employed full-time within the conservation or academic sectors. An interest in wildlife; good level of health and fitness; flexible attitude towards working hours and communal living; enjoy the outdoors; practical experience with a variety of hand tools; good communication skills. Please see: https://c-js.co.uk/2CbvDQs

JOB: Volunteer Conservation Officer
BE4: 27-01-2020 9am
IV: 06-02-2020
LOC: Great Cambourne, Cambs
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

This is an exciting voluntary placement, ideal for a recent graduate or someone wishing to begin a career in conservation. Working with the wider countryside team, you will assist with the practical tasks of species and habitat surveys, habitat management and delivering a programme of community engagement events. Basic knowledge of British natural history and practices of nature conservation are essential. Some experience of GIS mapping and a driving licence is desirable. Requires very good written and oral communication skills. Extensive training incl certificated first aid and brushcutting. 2 or 3 days per week for 6 months. For further information and to download an application pack see:

https://c-js.co.uk/2sX7a0x. Completed applications should be sent to Laura Osborne, Living Landscapes Manager, The Wildlife Trust BCN, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambs CB23 6DH or email laura.osborne@wildlifebcn.org.

JOB: Iceland Trailteam volunteer
BE4: 31-01-2020
IV: --
LOC: Thórsmörk, Iceland
PAY: Training
FOR: Iceland Forest Service (Skógræktin)

Our volunteer teams help to maintain the trail network in Thórsmörk in south Iceland. Though our practical work is focused on trail construction our volunteers are also involved in other practical tasks including landscape restoration (erosion control), GIS mapping and tree planting. No previous experience of trail construction work is necessary as practical training will be provided. We are looking for participants who have some experience of camping and hill walking, enjoy wilderness landscapes and are ready for a challenge. Iceland’s notoriously changeable weather means that our teams have to be well prepared with warm clothing, good waterproofs and sturdy tents. Participants organise and pay their own travel to and from the meeting point in Thórsmörk. Food and campsites are provided throughout the placements and there is no participation fee. Time commitment: 6 weeks.  More details and to apply: https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

JOB: Ranger - Student Placement
BE4: 31-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: North Coast, N. Ireland
PAY: Expenses
FOR: National Trust

Are you enrolled on a higher education course with a course requirement to gain relevant work experience? Require a placement longer than 4 weeks and not longer than 1 year? Are you interested in gaining valuable experience in habitat and land management in Northern Ireland with Europe’s largest conservation charity? We have placements available at: North Coast Central (incl White Park Bay, Giant’s Causeway), Cushendun (incl Rathlin Island and Carrick-a-Rede), Downhill Demesne (incl Portstewart Strand and Grangemore dunes). All equipment necessary will be provided. Reimbursement of out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering location (up to 40 miles per day), in accordance with National Trust policy and agreed with the National Trust manager. Get in touch with your CV to volunteernorthcoast@nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more.

JOB: Countryside Ranger Immersive Volunteer
BE4: 27-01-2020
IV: --
LOC: North Devon
PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses*
FOR: National Trust

An amazing opportunity to enjoy the stunning North Devon Coast. Based in Bideford Bay you will have the opportunity to develop invaluable skills in countryside management and assist our Ranger team in habitat management, wildlife surveys, estate maintenance, community projects and events, becoming fully immersed in everything we do. You will be closely supported by the Ranger team, with practical skills training provided externally and in house. There will be opportunities to join National Trust staff across the North Devon property which stretches from the Cornish border to Exmoor. You will need a full clean driving licence and will have the opportunity to volunteer up to 4 days a week. *Free shared accommodation is provided, along with out of pocket expenses. 4x4 off road driving, Lantra brushcutter, first aid and more subject to funding. To apply, email a covering letter and CV to gregg.wilson@nationaltrust.org.uk. Please email if you require a more detailed role profile.

JOB: Ranger Placement
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Rothbury or The Sill
PAY: Travel allowance
FOR: Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park is providing short term placements for individuals aged 16-25 with an interest in pursuing a career in the environmental/countryside sector. Successful applicants will be given training and development opportunities by working with current National Park staff. Placements 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. The purpose of the placement is to help young people understand, value and contribute to conserving, enhancing and enjoying the National Park’s distinctive natural and cultural qualities. Commitment: 10 days over a 3 month period. Contact jane.riddell@nnpa.org.uk for further details https://c-js.co.uk/35HPGm0.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) Buckinghamshire x 3
BE4: 06-02-2020
IV: 14-02-2020
LOC: Buckinghamshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

We are looking for three voluntary Trainees who are eager to develop a career in conservation and would like to learn alongside our professional team in Buckinghamshire - two based at Meadow Farm near Bicester and one based at College Lake near Tring. Whether you are at the start of your career or looking for a new direction, becoming a Trainee with BBOWT will equip you with relevant experience and qualifications to take that next step. As a Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. A commitment of 3 days per week for 6 or 12 months is essential. For an application form and more information please visit our website: https://www.bbowt.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities?type=189

JOB: 1 Month Volunteer Position
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: NTS Ben Lomond
PAY: Accomm & work related travel expenses
FOR: National Trust for Scotland

The NTS Ranger at Ben Lomond is looking for assistance over the month of February, with a range of outdoor tasks including hill fencing, path maintenance, and setting up a tree nursery for the Lower Ptarmigan Woodland Project. There will also be the chance to contribute to indoor based tasks in bad weather, and you may also be asked to help cover guest arrivals for our bunkhouse on occasion. Experience not necessary, but a fair level of fitness essential, and lots of enthusiasm welcome! You'll get an opportunity to find out all about the conservation work at Ben Lomond, and pick up some useful skills along the way. All enquiries to: aeckersall@nts.org.uk or phone 01360 870224/ 07825 204221.

JOB: Countryside Management Trainee
BE4: 21-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Ashford, Kent
PAY: Training budget of £1500; travel expenses
FOR: Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership

An opportunity to gain experience with a well-established, not-for profit Countryside Management Team. Training in Countryside Management tasks - running volunteer tasks, meeting landowners, wildlife surveys, funding applications, producing advice on land management, producing publicity material, equipment maintenance. Trainees will lead on at least one smaller project – they will be offered several to choose from. Requirements: qualification in countryside management or similar; good communication skills; keen interest in the environment/wildlife; commitment to 3 days per week for 12 months; driving licence; some experience of practical/outdoor work; computer literacy. For an informal chat please contact: Jon Shelton 03000 410900 or 07740 185224. To apply please email your CV to: kentishstour@kent.gov.uk.

JOB: Assistant Warden Internship Middleton Lakes x 2
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: RSPB Middleton Lakes
PAY: Training included, travel expenses paid.
FOR: RSPB

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a new and developing nature reserve, delivering aims for the benefit of wildlife and people plus developing skills that could help you towards a career in conservation. You will gain: an insight into how a nature reserve functions and how your work fits into the overall management; development of skills necessary for a job in nature conservation; a good understanding of wetland ecology; development of species identification; development of working with others, leadership and communication skills; a mentor who will work with you to aid a personal development plan and organise suitable training during the internship; access to our internal intranet; an opportunity to make contacts within the RSPB; necessary training will be provided for routine nature reserve management; training on CV writing, interview techniques and job applications; a reference on the successful completion of your internship. 3 days per week. Contact: William Fox, 01827 259454 william.fox@rspb.org.uk for an application pack.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) College Lake, Buckinghamshire x2
BE4: 10-02-2020 9am
IV: 17-02-2020
LOC: College Lake, Buckinghamshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As a volunteer Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management. You will take part in a comprehensive training programme, tailored to your role (including first aid and NPTC chainsaw certification) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Based at College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at this wonderfully diverse site. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering or work experience is desirable. 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. For an application form and more information please visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2uW7IEt.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 02-02-2020
IV: 2020-02-10
LOC: Coniston, Cumbria
PAY: Shared accommodation, work clothing, training
FOR: National Trust

You will be embedded in the Ranger team out in all weathers undertaking a wide variety of practical conservation tasks, access maintenance, visitor engagement and assisting with volunteer groups. Learn about all aspects of rangering from day-to-day tasks to wider land management. Typically volunteering for four days a week for up to 10 months, this role is suitable for someone looking for a detailed and immersive experience of the Ranger role over an extended period. The South Lakes is a large property covering everything from open fell, farmland, lakeshore, woodlands, SSSIs and archaeological sites; plus Wray Castle, Beatrix Potter's house and art gallery. Training and support will be provided from NT Staff, plus formal training in emergency first aid and relevant external training where required e.g. 4x4. Full driving licence (please state on your application). Contact leila.todhunter@nationaltrust.org.uk For more info and application see https://c-js.co.uk/362Ws5W.

JOB: Wildlife Watch Group Leader
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: FSC Slapton Ley, TQ7 2QP
PAY: 0
FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to take over the leadership of our family wildlife watch group. We meet once a month in different places around the south hams (and sometimes further afield) and do activities such as pond dipping, woodland conservation, bird watching, studying owl pellets among many other things. (no meetings August and December). Tasks that the leader would be responsible for: planning and creating a programme of events for each month (with assistance from assistant leaders); taking bookings for the event, via emails (there is a dedicated email address); preparing for events - recce's, risk assessments, preparing resources (supported by assistant leaders); leading events (welcoming members, introducing the event, sometimes leading the events); co-ordinating the assistant leaders (they assist with the events, sometimes lead the event and deal with finance). If you would like to know more email volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org.

JOB: Volunteer Community Ranger
BE4: 09-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Bushy and/or Richmond Parks
PAY: Training & travel expenses*
FOR: The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks are on the lookout for enthusiastic and chatty nature-lovers to become Volunteer Rangers in the amazing Richmond and Bushy Parks. We are looking for people with bags of enthusiasm, that enjoy being outdoors and most importantly love talking to people. Through engagement with our visitors, volunteer rangers make a real contribution to protecting these precious habitats. Our first year was a real success and since the service began in April 2019 rangers have engaged with over 5,000 visitors sharing their local knowledge about everything from walking routes and deer birthing season, to skylarks and ancient trees. *Full induction and training, continued support from a dedicated Volunteer Officer, Travel Expenses up to £12.80 per day. If you are passionate about the parks and want to share your love of these amazing spaces with some of our 5.5 million annual visitors, and are available for a minimum of one 3-hour session per month apply via our website - https://www.royalparks.org.uk/rangers.

JOB: Countryside Ranger Immersive Volunteer
BE4: 27-01-2020
IV:
LOC: Saltram
PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses
FOR: National Trust

An amazing opportunity to enjoy the stunning Saltram Portfolio. Based just outside Plymouth you will have the opportunity to develop invaluable skills in countryside management and assist our Ranger team in habitat management, wildlife surveys, estate maintenance, community projects and events, becoming fully immersed in everything we do. You will be closely supported by the Ranger team, with practical skills training provided externally and in house. There will be opportunities to join National Trust staff across the Trust’s ownership in the south Devon. You will need a full clean driving licence and will have the opportunity to volunteer up to 4 days a week. *Free shared accommodation is provided, along with out of pocket expenses. There is a set budget for some additional, external training. To apply, email a covering letter and CV to douglas.munford@nationaltrust.org.uk Please email if you require a more detailed role profile.

JOB: General Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Cannock Wood, Staffordshire
PAY: 0
FOR: The Beaudesert Trust

As a charity organisation, we are looking for a number of general assistants to help with: grass cutting and general ground work repairing fences etc.; general basic DIY/maintenance; shop assistants. Please visit our website and download an application form. https://www.beaudesert.org/about-us/join-us

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee
BE4: 24-01-2020 8.30am
IV: 03-03-2020
LOC: Hertfordshire & Middlesex
PAY: Training
FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

31/3/20 – 31/3/21, Tues, Wed & Thurs. An opportunity to gain experience and training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation and make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire and Middlesex’s habitats and species. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying and monitoring, tree safety surveying and management planning. Assist the Reserves Team with daily reserve work and work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks and helping with events. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equivalent in a biological/environmental science and ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required. DBS checked. If you would like to discuss the role, please call Josh Wells on 01727 858901 ext 229 or 07876 508 036. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QZVcwh.

JOB: Long Term Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation & some expenses
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

A four month opportunity to seriously boost your experience, knowledge, career prospects and to experience the culture and unforgettable nature of living on a small island. Undertake a range of tasks and work closely with the seasonal ranger, deputising where necessary. Commitment, previous experience of wildlife monitoring all useful, as is first aid. Most tasks are outdoor, practical and many are physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/2uDiUWm.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 22-06-2020
IV:
LOC: North Cornwall
PAY: Accommodation & NPTC diploma*
FOR: National Trust

Vacancies available on the spectacular North Cornwall coast. Work in the Boscastle to Morwenstow area, undertaking a wide variety of practical management & estate maintenance. Includes coastal management, footpaths, fencing, walling, wildlife conservation tasks, interpretation, patrol tasks, environmental education, leading events & working with vol groups. Contribution to bills in shared house. *NPTC diploma in work based environmental conservation. Min 6 months commitment gaining ‘on the job’ experience. Full clean driving licence essential. Interest in & / or qual in rel environmental subject such as countryside management, conservation or environmental science would be useful. Would suit those of a very practical nature, who are physically fit & willing to work outdoors in all weathers. CV & short letter (no more than 2 side A4) explaining why you think you are suitable for the post to jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk or Jenny Herbert, National Trust, Boscastle to Morwenstow property office, Stowe Barton, Kilkhampton, Bude EX23 9JW Chat: 01288 331372 or 07854935900.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger Assistants
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Spend a month on Eigg working with the seasonal ranger on a variety of practical, surveying & visitor engagement tasks. We are looking for volunteers from May to August to live & work on the island. Great opportunity to boost your CV or to undertake worthwhile tasks in a “get away from it all” location. Must be able to commit to 4 weeks and be willing to live & work with fellow volunteers in shared accommodation. Must be committed to nature conservation. Tasks are mostly outdoors and can be physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/35RbLi4.

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.

JOB: Volunteer Park Ranger
BE4:
IV: --
LOC: St Nicks Environment Centre, York
PAY: Local travel expenses
FOR: St Nicks

This is the perfect opportunity for keen, enthusiastic individuals to gain vital experience needed to start a career in conservation. Assist with the rich and varied day-to-day tasks involved in managing a Local Nature Reserve and monitoring our incredible wildlife. With ‘on the job’ training, you will help our team look after our unique and diverse nature reserve through a variety of tasks such as seed sowing, scrub control, coppicing with standards, tree planting; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access; engaging reserve users; and helping out at events. You will be supported in the role by our Volunteer Coordinator and Natural Habitats Manager who between them have 15 years’ experience managing and developing St Nicks LNR as well as a range of other wildlife habitats across York. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays for 6 months. More information: https://stnicks.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/ or contact Maria Gill, volunteer@stnicks.org.uk

JOB: Farm and Livestock Assistant
BE4: 31-1-20 3pm
IV: --
LOC: Goss Moor National Nature Reserve, St Austell
PAY: Protective clothing, training, mileage & expenses
FOR: Natural England

Natural England is looking for a Farm and Livestock Assistant to help with managing the herd of 40+ Belted Galloway cattle which graze Goss Moor NNR. The position will involve working with our Livestock Manager to complete tasks, including: managing the cattle health plan, weaning calves, bTB testing, feeding, and farmyard work at Penrose Veor Farm. The cattle are primarily used as a tool to manage rare habitats on the reserve. Conservation grazing is an essential management technique for sites where important habitats can be lost to dominant scrub. The role is flexible, and also provides opportunities to gain experience in other areas of managing the reserve, and to be put through machinery training. Please email a short covering letter to crystal.edwards@naturalengland.org.uk to apply.

JOB: Conservation Assistant
BE4: 31-1-20 3pm
IV: --
LOC: Goss Moor National Nature Reserve, St Austell
PAY: Protective clothing, training, mileage & expenses
FOR: Natural England

Natural England is looking for passionate volunteers who are keen to get outdoors and manage the Goss Moor National Nature Reserve. Tasks include: installing stock fencing, post and rail, livestock management, scrub clearance, operating the charcoal retort, habitat management, ecological surveying, and multi-use trail maintenance. We are looking for anyone at any level of experience who is eager to gain skills in conservation, land management, and habitat restoration. Training will be provided on using hand tools and conducting species monitoring surveys, and there is scope for machinery training. Volunteers must be relatively fit and able to take part in practical tasks. Your own vehicle would be an advantage, however as long as you’re able to travel to site, we will reimburse your mileage, public transport tickets, etc. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided and other expenses are reimbursed. Please email a short covering letter to crystal.edwards@naturalengland.org.uk to apply.

JOB: Gardener / Groundsperson
BE4: 01-04-2020
IV: --
LOC: Eskdale Mill, Boot, Cumbria, CA19 1TG
PAY: Training, travel expenses & equipment provided
FOR: Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust

1 day per week. Tasks to be undertaken: general wildlife-friendly gardening incl weeding, pruning, cutting, planting; establishing, maintaining & caring for garden beds, paths & woodland grounds; grass/branch cutback around complex; clearance of cut overgrown & invasive vegetation & maintaining recycling; keeping pathways clear; outdoor activities that ensure a safe & well-presented grounds along with responsive tasks as they arise, such as path repairs, boundary issues, access infrastructure & habitat management. Training: traditional gardening; rel maintenance techniques; lifting & handling; tools maintenance; 1st aid, safe use of power tools, rel techniques used, traditional rural skills. Requirements; willingness to work in a team; working outdoors; good communication skills; adaptable to different tasks; independent thinking & willingness to learn new skills. Contact Kate Hughes, manager@eskdalemill.co.uk 01946723335. https://www.eskdalemill.co.uk/volunteering/.  

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger x 3
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Glencoe, Scotland
PAY: Shared accommodation & on-the-job training
FOR: National Trust for Scotland

23 March 2020 to end of October. In these exciting opportunities, you will learn about practical countryside management as part of the Ranger team. Tasks may include footpath maintenance, tree nursery work, ecological surveys and visitor engagement (e.g. leading walks and visiting schools). Applicants available for the whole season will be favoured. Some relevant knowledge and experience are expected, but a passion for wildlife and a willingness to learn are essential. Volunteer Rangers must be able to work under their own initiative and have good communication skills. Strenuous hill walking and working outdoors in all weathers are part of the roles. You should be happy working and living in a remote place. A full clean driving licence is required. The positions are subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. Please contact James Banks: jbanks@nts.org.uk or 01855 812018 for further details. https://www.nts.org.uk/volunteering/opportunities/.