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: Conservation Placement Volunteer
BE4: April 2021
IV: --
LOC: Wokingham
PAY: Travel and lunch expenses paid.
FOR: Wokingham Borough Council

Wokingham Borough Council Countryside Service are seeking 3 enthusiastic volunteers wanting to gain practical conservation experience to help them develop a future career in the countryside sector. You will work alongside the Ranger team enhancing our wonderful Country Parks, maintaining our Public Right of Way network and helping to safeguard the borough’s nature reserves and wildlife. Starting Aug / Sep for a 3 days a week, 44 week placement. You’ll be given a range of skills and training to manage a variety of habitats including large wetland and ancient woodland areas, SSSI heathlands and conservation grazed grasslands. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to gain qualifications and experience in chainsaws and tractor driving operations. Requirements: 18+; driver’s license (preferable). Note: Seasonal casual paid work is available during the placement period. Please contact 07738855329.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 16-04-2021
IV: --
LOC: Glasgow
PAY: All training provided
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Do you want to get outdoors & help improve your local green space? Join our regular volunteering group & help transform Glasgow’s green spaces. From planting trees & building raised beds to constructing paths & sowing wildflower meadows we will provide all the training & tools you need. It is a great way to get active, meet friendly people, learn new skills & take pride in enhancing your City for people & wildlife. For more information please contact:

JOB: Ambassador / Administrators
BE4: 03-05-2021
IV: --
LOC: Home Based

Dog fouling impacts our countryside and parks, creating organic pollution of land and waterways as well as significantly increasing the amount of single use plastic ('doggy bags') entering landfill and oceans. We should all care for our local environment but we know that some go above and beyond. Whilst juggling work, family and life, people are caring for the environment not just on their own doorstep but on their neighbours’ too. Typically an Administrator is an Ambassador (see website) that is very engaged and active within their local group. A Local Administrator has Facebook ‘rights’ and is able to invite and create further local groups in and around their location. Administrators may be involved in involved in local events. Time: 1 hr per week minimum. To become a Group Administrator go to ‘Take Action’ and then join your local group. Any questions please contact us.

JOB: Research Intern
BE4: 31-01-2021
IV: --
LOC: New Quay, Ceredigion
PAY: Training
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

Please note that internships will be subject to whatever COVID restrictions are in place at the time. Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) with the running of the ‘Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project’. Interns’ tasks include: land-based surveys; boat-based surveys; photo-identification matching; data entry; raising public awareness; education initiatives and events. Interns are required from early April until October 2021. The research season is split into four periods: Period 1: April 12 - May 30; Period 2: May 31- July 18; Period 3: July 19 - September 5; Period 4: September 6 - October 24. All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in boat survey protocols, and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins. If you are interested in this position, please contact Katrin on with a completed application form (available on the Sea Watch website and CV.

JOB: Volunteer Members of Local Access Forum
BE4: 29-01-2021
LOC: East Riding of Yorkshire
FOR: East Riding of Yorkshire Council & Hull City Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, in partnership with Hull City Council, is seeking to recruit up to five new volunteers to the East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull Joint Local Access Forum (JLAF) in early 2021. The JLAF – a statutory advisory forum which works closely with local authorities and other local bodies to help improve public rights of way and access to green spaces in the area – is consulted on a range of local and national matters relating to public access. Members of the forum include walkers, cyclists, horse riders, landowners and representatives of other outdoor interests. Applications are invited from interested parties with a knowledge and passion for public access and sustainable travel in the local area, and especially welcome from relevant interest groups that are currently under-represented on the Forum. To read the JLAF’s latest annual report, and to find out more about this exciting and engaging voluntary role (and how to apply), interested parties can visit or contact the forum secretary at For further general information, please contact Steve Howdle in the rural policy and partnerships team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council at

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Ranger x 4
BE4: 08-02-2021
IV: 2021-02-15
LOC: Handa Island, Highlands
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We have four residential opportunities on Handa Island for 2021 season lasting approximately 22 weeks. These are exciting opportunities to live on a remote island, learn how our wildlife reserve is managed and to monitor the vast seabird colonies. You will have the chance to assist the Ranger with a wide variety of different tasks such as 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. Must have experience of communal living and have an ability to get on with others in a remote setting over an extended period. Must be willing to work in all weathers, have an interest in wildlife, a flexible attitude towards working hours, enjoy the outdoors, ideally have practical experience with a variety of hand tools and possess good communication skills. These roles will be physically demanding. For further information please see Handa page on our website

JOB: Towpath Ranger
BE4: 30/01/2021
IV: --
LOC: Varied across the East Midlands
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Canal & River Trust

Volunteer Towpath Rangers are part of the Canal & River Trust’s team working to encourage the growth in popularity of our towpaths. Rangers are the eyes and ears of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy engaging with all users of our Towpaths. They also build relationships with local residents and communities to get involved and volunteer with us to make a difference to the canals and rivers they care about. As a Volunteer Towpath Ranger, you will help make sure the towpaths are an enjoyable place for everyone; reporting any issues that you see, towpath gardening and light maintenance work, talking to all those on the towpath and telling them about the work of the Trust. Time commitment is flexible. You can find your local Towpath Ranger role by visiting:

JOB: Rural Skills Training Programme (Free)
IV: --
LOC: Uffculme, Devon, EX15 3EE
PAY: Training and expenses
FOR: Coldharbour Mill

We are offering 12 week training opportunities for unemployed or inactive people looking to learn new skills and improve their employment prospects. You will help us manage and improve our community wildlife space at the Mill as part of our Splash project. This is a great opportunity to kick start a career working in countryside management. Training will include the following plus more! Woodland creation/planning, tree planting and tree aftercare; fencing and estate maintenance; brush-cutter training including NPTC certificate; wildlife awareness and law; tree and plant identification; first aid training; work experience/placements - we will link participants with local landscaping/horticulture businesses or nature conservation organisations following the training. For more information read the role profile:

JOB: Iceland Trailteam Volunteer
BE4: 31-01-2021
IV: --
LOC: Thórsmörk, Iceland
FOR: Iceland Forest Service (Skógræktin)

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. Due to the strenuous nature of our work, participants must be physically fit and as many of our work sites are in remote locations, we do a lot of hiking to get to them! Participants must be 20+ years of age. Participants organise and pay their own travel to and from the meeting point in Thórsmörk. There is no participation fee. 5-11 weeks. Full details and application forms can be found at

JOB: Love Your River Cole Trainee Roles x 3
BE4: 05-02-2021
LOC: Hams Hall, Brandon Marsh, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
PAY: 9000 bursary
FOR: Wildlife Trust For Birmingham & The Black Country

Full time placements. Duration: 12 months. Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practical and willing to learn new skills? Ever thought about a career in nature conservation? The Love Your River Cole (LYRiC) project aims to transform the Cole Valley, enhancing natural spaces and training local people to look after this important natural river corridor. If you are looking to start your conservation career, this 12 month trainee placement will give you the skills and experience you need, including a City & Guilds Level 2 Work Based Certificate in Environmental Conservation. Further details and link to application documents: