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: Conservation Grazing Voluntary Trainee
BE4: 11-12-2020
IV: --
LOC: Pickering, North Yorkshire
PAY: Travel Expenses and training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

This is a baa-rilliant role if you would like to gain experience working with livestock within the conservation sector. As a Conservation Grazing Voluntary Trainee you will gain skills and experience in all aspects in conservation grazing, livestock management, plus the opportunities to learn about conservation in general. The role is based from Low Carr Farm, near Pickering with travel across the county. This is a 100-acre grassland farm where most of lambing and welfare checks takes place for our 600+ flock of Hebridean sheep. This is an exciting and varied role which promises to give you a great mix of skills! Former voluntary trainees in this role have gone on to great careers in both the farming and conservation sectors. This role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. Interviews to be confirmed for the follwoing week. To apply please download an application form from our website

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: Animal Keeper Placement - Living Collections Assistant
BE4: 21-12-2020
IV: --
LOC: WWT Washington, NE38 8LE
PAY: Training & experience
FOR: The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We are looking to recruit volunteers for a 6 to 12 month period for 4 / 5 days a week. These placements will help the Living Collections team. The practical experience and knowledge gained in a placement here at Washington would be invaluable for any animal or conservation based career in the future. Many of our volunteers have gone on to work in this field, within collections, on wild reserves and in conservation projects around the world. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site. Gaining invaluable animal husbandry knowledge and hands on experience. Working in the fresh air with friendly, like-minded people. Exercise and all-round fitness. You will be able to become part of the small but friendly grounds team. Training in use of tools, maintenance vehicles, animal care/handling and safe working practices on site. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the day. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK.

JOB: Land Management Trainees - several vacancies
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Near Sevilla, Spain
PAY: Food, accommodation and training
FOR: Fundacion Monte Mediterraneo

Private charitable trust producing organic meat and cork and funding work into traditional/sustainable land management, seeks volunteers willing to help with tasks such as tree/vegetation management, gardening, erosion control measures, livestock care and biodiversity surveys. Minimum stay one month. Weekends off. Arrange your own transport here (we will provide you with advice on transport and COVID-related matters). In return you will get a private room and all food and training. Visit the website first ( Then, if interested, email Jay ( with some information about yourself, your motivation for applying, any special needs (we are an equal opportunities organisation), when you hope to come and how long you expect to stay. Salud!

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: Conservation Volunteering
BE4: 01-12-2020
LOC: Catar Park, Kidbrooke Village, London, SE3 9DL
PAY: Travel and lunch expenses paid
FOR: London WildLife Trust

Volunteering is on a Saturday most weeks. We work on three sites - two are wild parklands and one nature reserve. Volunteering tasks will vary from removal of invasive species - pond work - pruning - looking after habitat for reptiles - to possible involvement with events. There is no interview for volunteer days. Time commitment 4 hours per week. Booking is essential, to book contact Fay Smith Kidbrooke Village London Wildlife Trust Volunteer Officer: