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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: Mapping Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training available and Travel reimbursement up to £5.00
FOR: Prospects Foundation

A volunteer is required to support PROSPECTS Foundation to map Hyndburn’s woodland spaces. The role will involve using various tools to map the borough’s woodlands to provide detailed information about woodland sites to support PROSPECTS Foundation and other organisations planning and delivery of woodland management. This is an ideal opportunity for some looking to gain experience of working in the outdoor sector and would suit a student/graduate and/or someone looking for a career change. Ideally the volunteer will have a broad range of knowledge and skills relating to digital mapping. An enthusiastic attitude and willingness to contribute to PROSPECTS as a whole and the Mapping part of the Habitats & Heritage project are essential. Knowledge and experience of GIS - Geographic Information System mapping would be advantageous. Knowledge of local geography would be a positive. 4 hpw. Contact gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk to enquire about the role and register your interest.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N/A
IV: --
LOC: Winchester
PAY: In-house training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

The Central Countryside Sites Team are looking for volunteers to assist the Rangers in the management of several countryside sites. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, to enhance your CV and to get active. Tasks include traditional conservation techniques such as coppicing and hedge laying as well as site maintenance such as fencing or hanging gates. Our current volunteer opportunities are: Friends of Central Sites - Meets weekly on a Wednesday, carrying out practical conservation/site maintenance work throughout the year. 10am to 3pm. Bishop's Waltham Group - Fortnightly on a Tuesday, carrying out practical work on our countryside sites around Bishop's Waltham. 10:30am to 3pm. Coppicing Group - Weekly on a Thursday between September and March, using traditional methods of coppicing at Crab Wood, near Winchester from 10am. Ashford Hangers group - Meets on an ad-hoc basis, throughout the year. In-house training on a variety of hand tools. For further information, please contact the Rangers at: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk.

JOB: Rewilding Volunteer
BE4: October 2022
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training & travel up to £5.00
FOR: The Prospects Foundation

Take part in weekly activity sessions, sowing wildflower meadows, laying hedges, planting trees among other activities! All materials are provided, enthusiasm, a willingness to learn & share your skills with the community are all that are needed. Woodworking, gardening & practical environmental conservation skills are welcome, although these will be developed whilst volunteering with the project. A love of nature & willingness to contribute to planning & delivery of activities are a bonus! Level of commitment; 3 hpw on either a Monday or Tuesday during the daytime plus opportunities to take part in extra training & events. For more information please contact Gareth on 01254 230348 or gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk.



JOB: Habitats and Heritage Volunteer
BE4: April 2023
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training & travel up to £5.00
FOR: The Prospects Foundation

Prospects Foundation manages 8 woodlands in the borough on behalf of Lancashire County Council. Volunteers are needed to support Prospects to look after these and other sites in Hyndburn through practical environment conservation activities and training. Volunteers will engage in practical environmental conservation tasks including; litter picking, Invasive species/woodland/meadow/pond management and maintenance. Training opportunities are available to gain AQA certificates along with Health and Safety and First Aid. This is a practical role and would suit people who are physically active and willing to volunteer in all weather conditions. Level of commitment; 3-4 hours on a Wednesday and/or Thursday during the daytime. There will be opportunities to take part in extra training and workshops at other times of the week. For more information please contact Gareth on 01254 230348 or gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk.





JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. To discuss, please contact Steve Dobbin, Reserve Manager and Volunteer Adviser; steve.dobbin@naturalengland.org.uk, 07826 530767.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserves Volunteer Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Suffolk
PAY:
FOR: Suffolk County Council

Suffolk has a network of 116 Roadside Nature Reserves which support rare and unusual plants and fungi, and species rich grasslands unique to Suffolk. This is an exciting opportunity to help conserve these important sites and join a dedicated team of volunteer wardens. The role involves keeping a regular eye on your verge/s and letting us know if anything happens to them, as well as raking the cuttings off once a year, to remove nutrients. We would also welcome contributions to our regular newsletter. Equipment and training will be provided, and you will be supported in your role by the Ecology Team. You will need to live locally to your verge. For more details about the role and to see our interactive map of RNRs: https://c-js.co.uk/3aVnbW6 please contact RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk to register your interest.

JOB: Friends Volunteer Roles (Various)
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Home Based / Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hampshire
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Friends Of Staunton Country Park

Do you care about the future of your local Country Park? We are a local group committed to supporting Hampshire Countryside Service in the preservation & conservation of Staunton Country Park. Our projects seek to educate the public about the Park’s history, its flora & fauna and to support the Park’s positive development. The Friends of Staunton Country Park group are looking for new members to help with its various projects, including fundraising appeals, social media promotion and website building. Time commitment flexible, ongoing. Email scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
PAY:
FOR: Wildwood Escot

At Wildwood Escot in Devon, we thrive through generous volunteers donating their time and talents. We have a wide variety of opportunities including regular positions for individual volunteers, college work placements, university internships and special event days more suited to teams. We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals who are happy to be outside in all weather conditions. Volunteers are welcome to apply to help in various areas of Escot within various teams such as the keeper team, education team, maintenance team and gardening team. We also have fantastic opportunities on various projects such as our wetland restoration project, our Anglo Saxon village experience, seasonal events and our gardening for wildlife project. Find out more from Charlotte Mead on charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org.

JOB: Residential Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset
PAY: Accom. incl meals & training
FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. Experience and interest in horticulture is essential and we hope that you have a passion for and experience in looking after animals. We will teach some animal care skills, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved. Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: 2 x Practical Conservation Trainees
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: York
PAY: Training budget available
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Are you looking to grow your career in the environmental field? If so then we would like to hear from you. The Conservation Volunteers has a history of helping people get a foothold on the conservation and environmental career ladder. We are looking for 2 passionate and motivated people to join our team. We require people who wish to build up a portfolio of practical skills, people management knowledge and a sound basis to start a career in the environmental field. The placement is flexible but ideally for a minimum of six months with an attendance of 2 to 3 days a week. Training budget available linked to commitment. Apply today and start your journey. Find us on Facebook @TCVYork to see the work we undertake. Application requests york@tcv.org.uk 01904 414927.

JOB: Site Maintenance Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Iver Environment Centre, Iver Heath, SL0 0EB
PAY:
FOR: Iver Environment Centre, Groundwork South

To provide horticultural support to Iver Environment Centre (IEC). Main Tasks: horticultural support to help maintain and improve the site; watering plants; weeding and pruning; propagating plants; harvesting produce; footpath maintenance; associated garden maintenance tasks such as repairing fencing, painting or building gabions; tidy site with all tools away at the end of each visit. Skills / experience required: plant / horticultural knowledge or interest; experience of completing tasks outdoors; environmental awareness or willing to learn; an interest in the aims of Iver Environment Centre. 1 day per week, flexible.  Please contact iver.environment@groundwork.org.uk.

JOB: Green Recovery Volunteering
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Kettering, Northamptonshire
PAY: 0*
FOR: Groundwork Northamptonshire

Working alongside disadvantaged young adults on work placements, the Natural Neighbourhoods Green Team build more resilient communities through exciting environmental regeneration projects. Volunteer for 15 weeks, up to three days per week (Tues to Thurs), learn new landscape construction and conservation skills with a focus on environmental improvement, boost your wellbeing, confidence and teamwork skills, and increase your employability. Based at The Greenpatch Community Garden and Allotment site in Kettering and at Twywell Hills and Dales Nature Reserve / Country Park. *CSCS card training will be offered if 15 weeks is completed with the team. For more information please contact: francine.rainbow@groundwork.org.uk.

JOB: Long-term Volunteer, Skokholm Island
BE4: 01-02-2022
IV:
LOC: Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire
PAY:
FOR: Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Each season we invite four volunteers to come to Skokholm and help the Wardens manage the Island and Bird Observatory and monitor its wildlife. There are two positions running from 1 April until 30 June 2022 and two from 1 July until 30 September 2022. You will help us deliver all of the seabird monitoring work on Skokholm along with contributing to the running of the guest accommodation, the management of the Island and the work of the Bird Observatory. If you are working towards a career in conservation, with a real interest in seabirds, islands and Bird Observatories then why not consider joining us for three months next year? To find out more and to download an application form, please visit https://bit.ly/3wOGY4Q.

JOB: Volunteer Towpath Ranger - Nottingham
BE4: 17-12-2021
IV: --
LOC: Notts Beeston Canal
PAY: Full induction, on-going training, reasonable out of pocket expenses, Trust clothing and equipment.
FOR: Canal and 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. This opportunity is flexible so will suit someone with a few hours to spare each week. We welcome interest from families as well as individuals - this task is a great way to get fit, meet new people and see some great wildlife at the same time! Time: minimum of 1 hour a week. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3cFeG3h





JOB: Volunteer Towpath Ranger - Leicester
BE4: 17-12-2021
IV: --
LOC: Leicester
PAY: Full induction, on-going training, reasonable out of pocket expenses, Trust clothing and equipment.
FOR: Canal and 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. This opportunity is flexible so will suit someone with a few hours to spare each week. We welcome interest from families as well as individuals - this task is a great way to get fit, meet new people and see some great wildlife at the same time! Time: minimum of 1 hour a week. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3FLP0yJ

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