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Countryside vacancies: Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.

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Shadow Ranger Voluntary Scheme

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

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

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

JOB: Long Term Residential Volunteer - Practical Conservation

BE4: 1/11/19

LOC: Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

PAY: Training / accommodation


This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an aspiration to work in the conservation sector. Insh Marshes reserve is flanked by the Cairngorm & Monadhliath mountain ranges & is home to a fantastic & unique array of wildlife. With only three full time staff members on the 1030 ha reserve, long term residential volunteers are crucial in assisting with the work program & implementing the reserve management plan on this internationally important site. Work includes habitat management (this involves strenuous work in all weathers), infrastructure maintenance, & surveys & monitoring in the spring. We are looking for a motivated & enthusiastic individual with a passion for conservation & wildlife to become a valued member of our team. You'll need to be at least 18 years old, have a full driving licence & ideally be available to start in October. 3 - 6 months, 5 days a week Monday to Friday. Some weekend working may be expected. ASK: Contact Pete Moore Inshmarshes@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer NNR Access Warden

BE4: N/A

LOC: Collyweston Group of NNRs North West Cambridgeshire (Stamford)

PAY: Training, uniform, PPE & travel expenses

FOR: Natural England

We have 2 exciting full time positions working alongside wardens in some of East Anglia’s most beautiful reserves. No experience is necessary as full training will be given, but would suit an individual that could commit 3-5 days p.w of their time, have a real passion for nature and the outdoors and be physically fit for this robust, challenging & highly rewarding role.  As well as on the job training, uniform and PPE, candidates can look forward to working on some of the most beautiful sites in England, carrying out signage and pathway maintenance, livestock husbandry, warden patrols, people counter collation as well as assisting permanent staff with fencing, scrub clearance, wildlife surveys and other tasks as directed.  ASK: Please contact Chris Evans, Senior Reserve Manager for an informal chat on 07979 873504 or christopher.evans@naturalengland.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary Reserve Assistant

BE4: 20/11/19

LOC: Goss Moor National Nature Reserve

PAY: Training, PPE & expenses

FOR: Natural England

6 hours per month. A monthly practical task day is launching this autumn to increase community involvement in the management of Goss Moor NNR. Tasks will vary from cutting scrub & maintaining the multi-use trail, to creating charcoal, & livestock management. Your input will help to diversify the landscape of the moor, & improve the habitats for notified species like the marsh fritillary butterfly. All are welcome to come along & pick up a hand tool - no prior experience is required; just a passion to be part of a team & a love of the outdoors, working in all weather. ASK: For further information email crystal.edwards@naturalengland.org.uk.

JOB: Truleigh Hill Project Volunteer - 'Pondscapes' Champion

BE4: N / A

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

PAY: Training

FOR: South Downs National Park Authority

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

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: 31/10/19

LOC: Edinburgh

PAY: Regular training opportunities and travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

TCV is looking to recruit an enthusiastic Volunteer Officer to support the delivery of all practical conservation work in Edinburgh. When fully trained, you will often be out at our partner sites around Edinburgh (in all weathers) helping to run a TCV project for volunteer groups conducting a variety of conservation activities.  You will be helping with pre-project planning (including risk assessments), running projects as well as with the required administration that accompany and compliment all our activities. You will also get to contribute to our local operational and strategic plans. Looking ahead, TCV also recognises the benefits to project continuity that the possibility of recruiting those with previous experience, practical skills and a working knowledge of the organisation provides. 1 day a week for at least 6 months. ASK: If you’d like to apply, please send a CV and a short covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and what skills you would bring to will.george@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Long term - Visitor experience - Loch Lomond

BE4: Please apply ASAP

LOC: Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses


With visitor numbers increasing each year, exciting plans and iconic wildlife on your doorstep it is a really an amazing time to be part of the team. Loch Lomond is a very busy site. We aim to deliver a first-class visitor experience at all times, as well as giving an outstanding home to nature.  Although the main focus of the role will be on visitor experience, you will regularly assist with the survey and practical work on site and we aim to develop your skills to make you a competitive candidate for nature conservation roles. You will be an integral part of our small and friendly team and assist with all aspects of our work. 6-12 months commitment required. ASK: For further details at https://www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering or call Emma Martinelli 01389 830670. Applications should be sent in the form of a CV to emma.martinelli@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 24/10/19

IV: 7/11/19

LOC: York and nature reserves across North Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out front line nature conservation through practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved with helping to look after a suite of nature reserves across central North Yorkshire with varied habitats including wildflower meadows, wetlands and rivers. As the range of sites that we manage varies so much in this area, you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations with this opportunity. Commitment: 12 months, 3 days a week. ASK: To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website www.ywt.org.uk

JOB: Nature Reserves Trainee- South Yorkshire

BE4: 28/10/19

IV: 13/11/19

LOC: Potteric Carr Doncaster

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 11/11/2019

LOC: North York Moors

PAY: Training

FOR: National Trust

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

JOB: North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee - Skipton Area

BE4: 31/10/19

IV: 14/11/19

LOC: Skipton

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Work Experience Placements

BE4: ?

LOC: Portaferry, Northern Ireland

PAY: 0

FOR: Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of work experience placements, providing training in animal husbandry, conservation & seal rehabilitation. Unique opportunity to develop your skills across a variety of departments. There is also the opportunity to complete research projects & dissertations. Gain valuable experience to add to your CV, showing future employers that you are committed to a career in animal welfare & conservation. Applications are open from mid-September. We are flexible & placements can be either short or long term. Uniform provided. Accommodation can be provided. ASK: To apply please send a CV & covering letter to Gerard@explorisni.com Please provide as much information as possible relating to placement length, areas of interest & whether you are required to complete a project or dissertation whilst completing your work placement. For further information please contact Gerard Toner, General Manager, 02842 728062 or via email.

JOB: Volunteer Conservation Traineeship

BE4: 31/10/19

LOC: Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring

PAY: £111 / week bursary, training & travel

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

12 months, 4 days per week. (Tues to Fri, plus one weekend day per month. To support Living Landscape Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves & planning & leading volunteer tasks. Applicants will gain practical exp in conservation skills co-ordinating & leading tasks & assisting with education events plus significant ecology training. Full training is provided including access to external courses: chainsaw, pesticides, first aid, off road, ATV, safe use of brushcutters. You should be an enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation & working with people. Applicants must hold a full clean driving licence, have good communication & people skills & a willing ness to learn. ASK: Applications / chat: Chris Jones, Living Landscapes Officer (North) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 01388 488728.

JOB: Coast and Countryside Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 15/11/19

LOC: Botallack TR197QQ

PAY: £750 training budget for the year

FOR: National Trust

This is an opportunity involved in the conservation & management of the West Cornwall estate including areas of SSI, WHS, AONBs & over one hundred scheduled monuments within a landscape of an intensity of archaeology that is rivalled by few places in Western Europe. This role will suit people who: enjoy working on the coast & in the countryside; are looking to learn new skills & want hands-on experience for a future in conservation; enjoy being part of a dedicated team & enjoy engaging with members of the public; have a full UK driving licence; are good communicators; are looking for a detailed & immersive experience of the National Trust or the sector & interested in understanding how we care for our places at National Trust over time; interested in volunteering 4 days a week for 12 months to give you a well-rounded experience. ASK: Please contact jasmin.odell@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01736 785 903 for more information & an application form.

JOB: Natural Heritage Traineeship - Volunteer

BE4: 4/11/19

IV: 7/11/19

LOC: Leeds

PAY: Travel expenses and £1500 value training package

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Trainees will help deliver our programme of nature education, bushcraft, wild play days, & even help lead a wild camping adventure for children during the summer. We require people aged 16-25 who can commit 3 or 4 days a week for 6 months. We can consider people who can only do 2 days a week, though they would have to choose whether to focus on practical conservation work or working with children. You don’t need any previous experience, but you must be keen to learn & try something new. References for prospective volunteers will be followed up & an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out. ASK: To apply visit our website & complete an application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2J8k6F2.

JOB: Walled Garden Volunteer Supervisor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stowmarket, Suffolk

PAY: Training in small garden machinery

FOR: The Museum of East Anglian Life

Helping the museum to run its walled garden, growing a range of vegetables, trained fruit trees, soft fruit and flower, for sale in the shop and for planting around the museum. Main duties include maintaining the garden, helping to plan plantings and to help supervise other volunteers. No qualifications are needed, but should be a keen gardener and able to work on own initiative, exp with small garden machinery would be helpful. ASK: Please contact me at shaun.wolton@eastanglianlife.org.uk.

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.

PAY: Tea and cake

FOR: Field Studies Council

An opportunity to be part of a busy Field Studies Centre by helping to look after the surrounding grounds; creating wildlife friendly habitats and doing biological surveying work. Flexible hours to suit. No experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to work outdoors and be physically fit. ASK: To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent


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. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent


FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the exciting ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project in The Swale. The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is an ambitious project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including wardens on sites and wildlife monitoring. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30ukeqj

JOB: Parks in Mind Volunteer

BE4: N / A

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! ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2yNn3pU

JOB: Conservation volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: West Dunbartonshire*

PAY: Training

FOR: West Dunbartonshire Council

We are looking for more volunteers to join us on our practical conservation workdays (weekly) and our wildlife surveys (3 a month June - September across the 3 sites) *Balloch Castle Country Park, the Saltings LNR, Brucehill Cliffs pLNR.  Around 5 hours commitment per week. Benefits: lunch / refreshments / travel reimbursement / PPE / on job training. No particular training necessary, just a willingness to join in and learn on the job. All dates and locations are published on our website and there is an online booking form there.  We are also looking for people willing to help with data input so we can update our biological records and contribute to the local records centre.   ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2HZazjX

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Totnes, South Devon

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: The Sharpham Trust

If you like gratifying, physical work outdoors, you can help us with the conservation of Sharpham’s breath-taking parkland - thought to have been laid out by England’s most famous landscaper Capability Brown - which surrounds Sharpham House, a Grade 1-listed Georgian villa. This summer the group will be helping to restore some of the paths and steps around the Estate and building some new fencing near the orchards. The volunteers have just finished creating a new oak circular bench beside the River Dart amid the reed-beds. Our conservation volunteers meet by the coach-yard at the back of Sharpham House. No experience is necessary as guidance will be given by group leader Martin Beat from our partners Ambios ASK: Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org to find out more information

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: 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: 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: Conservation Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Danebury Hill Fort Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stockbridge, Hampshire


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. ASK: For more information please contact us on: 01962 860948 or centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

FOR: Surrey Countryside Partnerships (Hosted By Surrey County Council)

Gain a wide range of practical conservation experience working to maintain/restore a diverse range of habitats, in particular rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. We work closely with volunteers of all ages, plus school & corporate groups so excellent communication skills are required & you need to be able to work confidently as part of a small busy team.  Physically demanding at times and involves working outdoors in all weathers. Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle essential. An ideal first internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: Myplace Ecotherapy Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / Expenses

FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Up to 4 hours per week. Myplace works with people who have physical or mental health issues and / or are experiencing long-term unemployment. We aim to empower people, encouraging them to take action, participating in environmental activity that has positive benefits for their own health and mental wellbeing, as well as for their local community. We do this through the delivery of 5 themes of Ecotherapy: Conservation, Growing, Nature Walks, Mindful Environments and Bushcraft. Volunteers are needed to help support our weekly sessions which are delivered across East, West and Central Lancashire for all ages (13+). This role will suit people who are empathetic with good interpersonal skills and are able to work with people from all walks of life. ASK: If you would like to make a difference in a person’s life whilst developing new skills and knowledge then get in touch: myplace@lancswt.org.uk 01772 872007

JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY: Travel expenses / Training

FOR: Marches Mosses Boglife Project

A great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further experience in the conservation sector. Applicants must be reliable & enthusiastic, have a keen interest in wildlife & conservation and be physically fit & prepared to work outdoors. ASK: Apply to Steve Dobbin, Reserve Manager and Volunteer Adviser; steve.dobbin@naturalengland.org.uk, 01948 880362

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

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.   ASK: Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: Go to https://www.brockholes.org to find out more.

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Forest National Park

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, surveying historic routes & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. ASK: Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

JOB: Showing People Wildlife Volunteer

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: 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

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: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: 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: Practical Volunteer

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: For more information and to register contact Holly on holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk or visit https://www.penwithlandscape.com.

JOB: Wigan Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Lancashire

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Our Conservation Volunteers get stuck in with a variety of practical conservation tasks such as path work, fencing, coppicing and wetland work on sites in the Wigan area. Volunteers need to be enthusiastic with a reasonable level of physical fitness.  Full training and supervision by LWT staff. ASK: To find out more please email volunteer@lancswt.org.uk 01772 318374.

JOB: Nature Reserve Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: Contact the Rangers at countryside@hounslow.gov.uk

JOB: Woodland Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

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.  ASK: Please email volunteer@penllergare.org or call 01792 344 224 for further information. Thank you.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire


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. ASK: If you are interested, please contact the Central Sites Team on: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk for more information.

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.