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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: Gardens Residential Volunteer
BE4: 05-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology
PAY:
FOR: Centre for Alternative Technology

Volunteering with us is an excellent opportunity to gain new skills and work experience, explore this beautiful area of mid Wales and the Snowdonia National Park, and meet a range of interesting and friendly new people all working together on solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency. In this exciting residential placement, you’ll be helping to keep the gardens and pathways around our Visitor Centre presentable and helping to look after the educational display areas. We garden with a focus on regeneration and biodiversity. Time: 6 months. More information: https://cat.org.uk/latest/volunteer/

JOB: Woodlands and Water Residential Volunteer
BE4: 05-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology
PAY:
FOR: Centre for Alternative Technology

Volunteering with us is an excellent opportunity to gain new skills and work experience, explore this beautiful area of mid Wales and the Snowdonia National Park, and meet a range of interesting and friendly new people all working together on solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency. In this exciting residential placement, you’ll be helping to manage our woodlands, our off-grid water and sanitation systems and make improvements around site using our natural resources. Time: 6 months. More information: https://cat.org.uk/latest/volunteer/

JOB: Trustee
BE4: 16-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Cumbria
PAY: Training and expenses provided
FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the local environmental charity, and one of 46 independent Wildlife Trusts across the UK working to bring back wildlife and restore habitats, deliver nature-based solutions to help address the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity, and to re-connect people with nature wherever they live, work and play. The Trust benefits from the support of 15,000 members, over 1500 volunteers and currently employs around 70 staff. Whether you’re an experienced trustee or are looking to take on your first trustee role, and think you could help to shape and inform the future direction of our organisation, we’d love to hear from you. Following a recent skills review of our board, we’re particularly looking for new trustees with experience in farming /land management or ownership/business/finance/nature conservation/ecology/marketing/communications/campaigning. The Board meets 6 or 7 times per year (usually for 2.5 hours) and in addition most trustees volunteer for a sub-committee or other area of work, and attend training as required. Board meetings are held at our offices in Kendal or at Gosling Sike, near Carlisle or via Zoom. Find out more and apply

JOB: Protected Areas Researcher
BE4: 02-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: WWT Slimbridge
PAY: Free entry to all WWT Wetland Centres, Discount available in cafes & shops
FOR: WWT Slimbridge

Protected Areas are proven to be successful for safeguarding nature: they are the front line of defence against growing pressures from human activity and climate change and are vital for securing the future of some of our most important species and habitats. Who are we looking for? Home-based for six months (one day a week minimum) a laptop will be provided. What will you be doing? Reviewing of how areas qualify for Protected Area status in the UK. Contacting experts; providing reports; working directly with the Director of Conservation. We are looking for someone who is passionate about nature conservation, has some experience of desk-based research, excellent literacy skills, an eye for detail, and who is happy to communicate with experts. How to apply: via online application form on our website no later than Friday 23rd December 2022. If you would like any more information, please email us at volunteering@wwt.org.uk.

JOB: Reserves Intern - Pulborough Brooks
BE4: 25-11-2022
IV: 28-11-2022
LOC: RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve
PAY: Some training will be provided such as 4x4, ATV and Brushcutter. Possible additional training includes Tractor, Chainsaw and Pesticide. Out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel to and from the reserve) will be reimbursed
FOR: RSPB

We are looking for volunteer interns to join our wonderful team at Pulborough Brooks. Regular duties will include wetland, woodland, and heathland management, assisting and leading groups of volunteers, species monitoring, machinery use and maintenance, and working with livestock. This role will provide you with practical conservation experience on a range of habitats, professional training in machinery use and power tools, first aid training, experience working in a team and leading others, ongoing mentoring, and access to our internal job vacancies list along with CV and interview coaching. This position is a non-residential, 3-day-a-week post for a 6-month period. Essential requirements: 18 years or older, available for the entire 6 months, achieved A-levels or have relevant practical experience, full driving license, have enthusiasm and willingness to undertake strenuous manual labour in all weathers. For more information and to apply, please go to https://c-js.co.uk/3T70kM3

JOB: Cemetery Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Cemeteries inthe Leeds area
PAY: Meeting people, helping maintain and preserve the cemetery, looking after the wildlife and flora, keeping healthy and fit. Can claim travel expenses up to daily limit.
FOR: Leeds City Council

Volunteering to help maintain cemeteries, vegetation management, path work, planting, weeding, litter picking, meadow maintenance and more. From a few hours to a few days each month. Please contact (Rangers Heather or Nick) heather.wagstaff@leeds.gov.uk 07562439631 or Nicholas.denman@leeds.gov.uk

JOB: Conservation Placement Volunteer
BE4: 22-01-2023
IV: --
LOC: Wokingham
PAY: Training, travel and lunch expenses paid.
FOR: Wokingham Borough Council

WBC 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/Sept 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). Please email your CV to Scott Hudson, Scott.Hudson@wokingham.gov.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteers- Geltsdale
BE4: Please apply ASAP
IV: --
LOC: Brampton, Cumbria
PAY: Accommodation (including bills), appropriate training will be provided
FOR: RSPB

Volunteers required between Monday 7th November- 5th December, minimum commitment 2 weeks please. We are looking for two enthusiastic residential volunteers to assist us with fence removal and maintenance as part of the management plan on this internationally important reserve. During your stay, you will become a member of the reserve management team and contribute to practical conservation. You will get to volunteer in the dramatic landscape of the North Pennines amongst giant heather-clad hills under huge skies! This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation as part of Europe's largest conservation charity. For more information and how to apply please visit our website here

JOB: Residential Volunteer 6 months
BE4: 01-05-2023
IV: --
LOC: Exe Estuary, Exminster, Devon
PAY: Accommodation, Lantra/NPTC skills training
FOR: RSPB

RSPB Exe Estuary is part of the Exe Estuary SSSI/SPA and attracts internationally important numbers of wintering and passage waterfowl and the largest concentration of breeding waders in Devon and Cornwall. Working with us on our reserves you will gain the skills and experience needed to progress your career in nature conservation. Assisting in all aspects of our work, you will learn practical habitat management, livestock/estate work, wildlife monitoring and surveying & helping with visitor engagement. Make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation, gaining a valuable insight into the UK's largest nature conservation charity. You must be enthusiastic, work well in a team with a keen interest in wildlife & conservation. Minimum age 18, with a driving licence. For more details contact: rob.johns@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Wilder Reserves Volunteer Trainee Warden
BE4: 11-11-2022
IV: 22-11-2022
LOC: Sevenoaks Area
PAY: Travel Expenses Paid
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are looking for a Wilder Reserves Volunteer Trainee Warden to work alongside experienced Area Warden to assist with the day-to-day management of a range of important conservation sites, whilst gaining practical conservation experience and training. The role would be ideal for someone seeking a career in conservation or nature reserve management. Valuable experience will be gained in practical habitat management, volunteer supervision and using livestock to deliver conservation grazing. You will demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for practical wildlife conservation work. A relevant environmental qualification is desirable, but NOT essential. This role comes with an extensive package of training opportunities and represents an ideal apprenticeship for those seeking a career in nature conservation. Time: 11 months. For more information https://c-js.co.uk/3DFrbKs

JOB: Volunteer Conservation Leader
BE4: 22-11-2022
IV: --
LOC: Plymouth
PAY:
FOR: Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA)

We are looking for four Conservation Leaders to join our friendly and supportive team. You will lead practical conservation events for our volunteers, in and around Plymouth, and work with the team to plan new projects and assist in the running of the organisation through monthly committee meetings. Training in leading practical conservation activities will be given and you will be able to access relevant training courses. A passion for the environment and excellent communication skills are essential. You must also have held a clean driving licence for at least two years and be willing to take joint responsibility for driving our minibus. Experience in managing groups outdoors and working with volunteers are beneficial, but not essential. Time: 1 event per month plus monthly committee meetings. Please email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would make a great Conservation Leader to plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk. See https://c-js.co.uk/3DiYe7d for more information.

JOB: Stream Biomonitoring Programme
BE4: 15-01-2023
IV: --
LOC: Talamanca/Bocas Del Toro region of Costa Rica and Panama
PAY:
FOR: Volunteer Latin America

This program is looking for international volunteers to assist staff in carrying out biological assessments (fish, benthic macro-invertebrates and habitats), including in-stream visual surveys with mask and snorkel. Volunteers are required during the main monitoring season of mid-January to mid-May, 2023. This program is unique because of its blend of scientific research and applied conservation, working with indigenous and campesino communities. It is based in one of the world’s premier biodiversity ‘Hot Spots’. This is a free volunteer program and participants receive free accommodation, field trips, lunches during field work days and in-country transportation. Find more information about the Stream Biomonitoring Program on the Volunteer Latin America website, including reviews from ex-volunteers. Please contact info@volunteerlatinamerica.com or visit www.volunteerlatinamerica.com.

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger x 4
BE4: 04-11-2022
IV: 2022-11-16
LOC: South Devon
PAY:
FOR: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

This is a fantastic 9-12 month training opportunity set in the beautiful countryside of South Devon. We are recruiting for 4 Long-term Volunteers with 2 based at Occombe Farm and 2 at Berry Head National Nature Reserve. The placement gives the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites and habitats, including SSSI calcareous grassland, LNR Woodlands and the stunning South West Coast Path. The Berry Head site is a National Nature Reserve. The main focus will be on delivering the practical countryside management programme. To apply for the position please visit our recruitment page www.countryside-trust.org.uk/vacancies/ where you will find the job description and an application form. For further details about the role, please email Chris Smallbones at smallbones@countryside-trust.org.uk

JOB: Immersive Countryside Volunteer
BE4: 31-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Box Hill / Headley Heath
PAY: A room in a shared house close to the role site is provided. Acredited training will also be provided.
FOR: National Trust

We are looking for two Immersive Volunteers to join an energetic and innovative teams at Box Hill and Headley Heath. Both sites are home to some extremely important and rare habitats, and an experienced and enthusiastic team of volunteers and rangers. Gaining experience working on an SSSI, SAC and AONB. Assisting with the day to day running and maintenance of a busy site, with over 1 million visitors a year and large-scale events such as Ride London. Management of rare chalk grassland, heathland and woodlands as well as leading volunteers on practical conservation days. Time: min 3 days max 4 days per week for min of 9 months. Please contact surreyhills@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Paid Traineeships (x5) for young people (aged 16-25)
BE4: 11-11-2022
IV: --
LOC: London
PAY: Tax-free training bursary of £6076
FOR: London Wildlife Trust

Looking to kickstart your conservation career? As part of the Keeping it Wild project, we are offering x5 paid traineeships for young people aged 16-25. Keeping it Wild trainees will have the opportunity to work across multiple London Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the capital. 5 full time 4-month placements starting Monday 16th January 2023. Unique opportunity to spend time working with the London Wildlife Trust team, learning valuable practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement and communications. To apply: https://c-js.co.uk/3oAi5G5

JOB: Community Woodland Voluntary Trainee
BE4: 30-10-2022
IV: --
LOC: Scarborough
PAY: You will receive on-the-job training to develop your practical experience and receive a £600 training budget to obtain formal qualifications and certificates.
FOR: Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise

Contract Length: 6 month (3 days per week). A fully immersive vocational work placement in the conservation land management, community and social enterprise sector at England's largest community-managed woodland. This role will involve a variety of working outside supporting habitat management, events and talking to visitors/volunteers, and desk-based tasks including event planning and communications. To support Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise staff in the delivery of projects; developing your skills in conservation land management, forestry, event coordination, media and communications, volunteer leadership and ecological monitoring. Responsibilities could include practical woodland management, supporting social media activity, photography, liaising with community partners, coordinating events and organising volunteers. You can expect to receive continuing staff support, the opportunity to learn and develop new skills including volunteer leadership and first aid, a £600 training budget to support your professional development, the opportunity to meet new people and a varied and interesting work programme. To apply please email a CV and cover letter outlining why you are applying for the role to enquiries@raincliffewoods.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 21-10-2022
IV: --
LOC: Mid & West Cornwall
PAY: Training and travel expenses
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Join the Mid & West Cornwall Nature Reserves teams as a trainee and gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife and countryside sector. You will have an active hand in practical conservation and land management across a range of habitats and develop your wildlife knowledge and volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to include chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter and pesticides application. Species identification and surveying courses are also available. We have an excellent track record of trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Relevant qualifications are desirable but not essential, however applicants must enjoy working outdoors and be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. A commitment of 4 days a week for 12 months and a full UK driving licence are essential. Please complete the application form on our website https://c-js.co.uk/3dSIKgd and return to Volunteering@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk. Please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Northern Living Landscape Voluntary Trainee - Rivers and Wetlands
BE4: 24-10-2022 9am
IV: --
LOC: York/ North Yorkshire
PAY: Competitive training programme and travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

If you have a passion for rivers and wetlands are looking to pursue a career in this area, then this traineeship is perfect for you! Yorkshire Wildlife Trust seeks to create ‘Living Landscapes’ in which wildlife can thrive. Protecting these living landscapes and species within them takes time and effort and our living landscapes staff benefit from the help and support of trainees to make our vision a reality, whilst providing a first-rate training and development opportunity for people wanting to focus on a career in nature conservation. The role of the Living Landscapes trainee is to support and be involved in the management of conservation projects in North Yorkshire, which includes 30 nature reserves! Working alongside a team of knowledgeable staff, you will help in planning, development, and the practical delivery of this work. 3 days per week. For more information and to apply, please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website

JOB: North Reserves Voluntary Trainee - Spurn NNR
BE4: 24-10-2022 9am
IV: --
LOC: Spurn Nature Reserve, HU12 0UH
PAY: Competitive training programme and travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you looking to kick-start your career in conservation? If so, then our Nature Reserve Voluntary traineeship at Spurn would be perfect for you! As a Spurn National Nature Reserve Trainee you will carry out and be involved with a broad range of tasks. This role encompasses every area of our work so you will be involved with the habitat management and conservation work, learn about grazing and how to work grazing animals, carry out habitat and species survey work, engage with visitors and assist at events, monitor of some of the historic features on site, complete infrastructure maintenance work and learn about the running of a visitors’ centre. There are also many options for you to explore and make the traineeship tailored to you. 3 days per week. This role can come with free accommodation (bills included). For more information and to apply, please visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website

JOB: Practical Conservation & Creative Arts Volunteering
BE4:
IV: --
LOC: London
PAY: Travel in zones 1-6 will be covered
FOR: London Wildlife Trust

Nature Nurtures is a new cross-sector project led by London Wildlife Trust with partners Spread the Word, Black Girls Hike CIC and London Youth. We’re running a practical conservation volunteering + creative arts club hosted at nature reserves exclusively for young people (16-25). Whether you’re a nature novice, seasoned writer, or have never even flexed a creative muscle - Nature Nurtures invites you to join us for our next workshop! Why join? We’re creating an inclusive space to explore and develop practical conservation and creative skills which we want to be led by young people. By becoming a regular member of our community; we’ll tailor future workshops to your interests, and you’ll have access to OCN accredited Youth Leadership/Volunteer Management training. Excitingly you’ll also have the chance for your creative work to be professionally published in a nature anthology. More information https://c-js.co.uk/3Sq2J4Z. Any questions? Pop me a message at cnwanodi@wildlondon.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Gardener and Landscaper
BE4: Flexible
IV: --
LOC: Goodwood, West Sussex
PAY: Travel expenses covered
FOR: Amy Stoddard Ajayi

We have a large country house in the middle of the Goodwood estate West Sussex, which has 3 acres of land to take care of. There are ongoing projects including landscaping, garden design, keeping a vegetable patch, and general maintenance including some building. We would be very happy to provide a placement for an apprenticeship or Volunteer position. We are around most of the time and also do some of the work in the garden, so there is a collective of friendly, helpful people to call upon. Time: 2 days a week. Apply to amy@amystoddardajayi.com

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Ranger Cliveden Estate
BE4: 04-11-2022
IV: --
LOC: Cliveden Estate
PAY: In-house training & Accommodation
FOR: National Trust

We are recruiting an Immersive Volunteer Ranger to work with us at the Cliveden Portfolio, offering a broad experience of Ranger work at a pay-for-entry property and open access countryside. The 384-acre Cliveden estate has a rich history and includes woods, riverbank and grassland which are managed by our Ranger team. With over 525,000 visitors last year, it provides the perfect opportunity to work at a buzzing property enabling you to develop a wide range of countryside skills. The Maidenhead and Cookham Commons also forms part of our portfolio with 843 acres of open access common which include a variety of woodlands, village greens, archaeological features, a lovely stretch along the Thames and a SSSI designated chalk grassland offering a wide range of habitats to learn about. The role is inclusive of rent free accommodation and in-house training, Time: 30 hours per week. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to josh.turner@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteer- Forsinard
BE4: 29-09-2022
IV: --
LOC: Forsinard Flows, Highland, Scotland
PAY: Accommodation (including bills), appropriate training will be provided
FOR: RSPB

At Forsinard we manage the largest (and still expanding) RSPB reserve in the UK. We undertake a variety of survey and monitoring programmes all year round, some of which even extend into the neighbouring areas of the Flow country. We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer warden (from the start of November until the end of February) to assist with our busy habitat restoration and monitoring programme, wildlife surveys and practical management works. This is a good opportunity to learn about a variety of aspects of reserve management as we are only a small team of staff. We will provide relevant training in different ecological survey and monitoring techniques, navigation and hill skills and 4x4 off-road driving. You will need to be at least 18 yrs old, preferably with a clean driving licence and have a keen interest in conservation. For more information please visit our website here

JOB: Assistant Warden Intern - RSPB Middleton Lakes
BE4: 30-09-2022
IV: --
LOC: RSPB Middleton Lakes, Staffordshire
PAY: Training and travel expenses budget avaliable
FOR: RSPB

We are looking for a volunteer assistant warden intern at RSPB Middleton Lakes! Our internships help people gain the training, skills and experience needed to start a career in conservation. This role forms a vital part of the wardening team and includes assisting with practical habitat management, biological surveying and visitor engagement. This placement is for 2 days a week for a minimum of 6 months, with the option of staying for up to 12 months. For further information please visit our website: Intern (Assistant Warden Intern, RSPB Middleton Lakes) | RSPB Volunteering

JOB: Practical Reserve Management
BE4: 01-03-2023
IV: --
LOC: WWT Caerlaverock
PAY: Various
FOR: WWT Caerlaverock

WWT Caerlaverock is a reserve with many different habitats and wildlife of national and international importance. We aim to maintain and enhance the wetland habitats that make Caerlaverock special. We are looking for a Practical Habitat and Reserve Volunteer to help maintain our nature reserve. Where will you be based? WWT Caerlaverock Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock. DG1 4RS Grid reference: NY050656. Time Commitment: 10:00am-15:30pm weekly (Preferably Wednesday). Various Tasks include: vegetation & Scrub Management; assisting management of bird feeders, nest boxes; installation and repair of hides and other infrastructure. Looking for Volunteers who are? Enthusiastic; friendly personality; comfortable working outdoors in every season; reasonably fit - work done will be physically demanding. How will you benefit? An opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site; suitable uniform is provided; training; free entry to all WWT wetland centres; discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. https://c-js.co.uk/3Qb981O

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Hertfordshire, Essex or London
PAY: Training and travel expenses provided
FOR: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Our rangers run weekly conservation volunteering tasks (mostly on Wednesdays) and we are looking for more people to join our team. Tasks are varied and include scrub removal, pond clearance and meadow maintenance. Our rangers will meet volunteers on site, give an introduction to the project and show you how to use the tools safely. Booking is essential. If you are interested in lending a hand please register via this link: https://c-js.co.uk/3AzdrQa or email: volunteers@leevalleypark.org.uk or call 01992 709 867 to find out more.

JOB: Work Party Leader (Litter Picks, Hayle Estuary)
BE4:
IV: --
LOC: Hayle Estuary, Cornwall
PAY: Full training given, travel expenses reimbursed.
FOR: RSPB

RSPB reserves are special places for people and wildlife. We rely on volunteers to help keep the habitats, paths, benches and fences in good shape. We need a Litter Picking Work Party Leader to ensure that our volunteer group undertakes the right work at the right time and does this safely. This rewarding role offers the chance to meet new people and make a positive impact for nature. We are looking for a Work Party Leader to re-establish our Sunday litter picks, allowing us to engage with audiences that are unavailable during the week. You do not need to be a wildlife or nature expert to do this role. Time: Litter picks are held on the first Sunday of the month, covering the Ryan's Field, Carnsew pool & Copperhouse pool areas of Hayle Estuary. For more info and to apply, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3C0sV0t

JOB: Work Party Leader (Trainee, Cornwall Reserves)
BE4:
IV: --
LOC: Marazion Marshes, Hayle Estuary - Cornwall
PAY: Full training given, travel expenses reimbursed.
FOR: RSPB

Work Party Leaders play a crucial role in ensuring that our volunteer group undertakes the right work at the right time, and does this safely. They are the friendly face, the motivator, and the one that ensures the work is done whilst having fun at the same time! As a Trainee, you will be mentored by our two existing Team Leaders and Assistant Warden, working alongside our Work Party volunteers to gain all the skills necessary to step up into the position of Team Leader. You will also be provided with formal training in such things as Safeguarding and First Aid. You do not need to be a wildlife or nature expert to do this role. Time: Work parties run 10am-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays September to March, reducing to 10am-3pm on one day only April to August. For more info and to apply, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3w5SetG

JOB: Residential on Reserve
BE4: 01-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Titchwell, Norfolk
PAY: Accommodation provided, relevant training will be given and expenses can be paid where appropriate
FOR: RSPB

2 to 6 month placement working as part of the North West Norfolk reserve team at 2 internationally important nature reserves (Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham) undertaking and gaining experience in a wide variety of practical tasks, habitat management and surveys. For more details and to apply online, click here

JOB: Green Gym Casual Volunteer
BE4: 24-12-2022. No Interview necessary.
IV: --
LOC: Bristol
PAY: Practical conservation skills experience
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Help improve greenspaces for wildlife by joining the Green Gym at Lockleaze, Bristol. Sessions run every week on Thursdays and occasional other days, 10:30am-1:30pm. We are looking for casual volunteers to attend sessions and help improve the environment, with no minimum commitment. Sessions take place at a variety of greenspaces and community areas in and around Lockleaze, and include activities such as coppicing, removing invasive species, creating wildflower meadows, footpath building and raised bed construction. What is a Green Gym? Imagine an outdoor exercise class where you're not just working on your own health, you're also creating greenspaces and transforming local parks and woodlands. Green Gym sessions last for 3 hours and are open for anyone to attend for free. You do not need any experience, and all tools and training are provided. To sign up to our mailing list and see what is running each week, contact gg-lockleaze@tcv.org.uk or contact 07739447968

JOB: Residential Volunteer - 6-12months
BE4: 27-11-2022
IV: --
LOC: Aylesbeare Common, East Devon
PAY: Accommodation, Lantra/NPTC skills training
FOR: RSPB

RSPB Aylesbeare Common is part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SSSI and NNR. Work with our volunteers, partners & other heathland managers to help with the management of this internationally important reserve. Gain the skills & experience that will help you get a job in nature conservation. Assisting in all aspects of our work, you’ll learn practical habitat management, livestock/estate work, wildlife survey & help with visitor engagement. Make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation, gaining a valuable insight into the UK's largest nature conservation charity. You must be enthusiastic, work well in a team with a keen interest in wildlife & conservation. The ability to undertake strenuous manual labour & work outdoors in all weathers helps! Minimum age 18, with a driving licence. For more details and to apply: Residential on Reserve (More than 4 weeks) (Long term placement - Aylesbeare) | RSPB Volunteering Contact: Fiona.daggett@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Habitats and Heritage Volunteer
BE4: 01-04-2023
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: Cemetery Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Hunslet, Holbeck, Cottingley, Harehills, Armley, Otley, cemeteries in these areas
PAY: Meeting people, helping maintain and preserve the cemetery, looking after the wildlife and flora, keeping healthy and fit. Can claim travel expenses up to daily limit.
FOR: Leeds City Council Ranger Team

Volunteering to help maintain cemeteries, vegetation management, path work, planting, weeding, litter picking and more. From a few hours to a few days each month. Please contact Heather Wagstaff (Ranger Heather) heather.wagstaff@leeds.gov.uk 07562439631.

JOB: Residential Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset
PAY: Accommodation including 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: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Sharpham, Devon
PAY: Expenses
FOR: The Sharpham Trust

To assist in the restoration of the Sharpham home farm parkland. The role will include maintenance or building of fencing and tree guards, creating wildlife habitats including building and erecting bird boxes on the Sharpham Estate, under the direction of the Wild for People Ranger. Main tasks/activities: To help with tree planting To help with building tree guards To work on improving wildlife habitats and landscape on the Estate. To assist in other ad-hoc duties and projects relevant to the role including preparing for events at Sharpham. Time: Tuesdays (weekly) 10:30am – 3:30pm, twice per month minimum. Please contact Lucy Bell, volunteer@sharphamtrust.org 01803 731802.

JOB: Nature Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Dover / Folkestone / Romney Marsh
PAY: 0
FOR: White Cliffs Countryside Psrtnership

Join our weekly volunteer tasks helping the nature, coast and countryside around the Dover and Folkestone Heritage coasts, chalk downland, river Dour, Greatstone Dunes, Dungeness National Nature Reserve and many more! You will join a friendly group of local volunteers and at the same time gain experience in all aspects of countryside management, including wildlife surveys and livestock checking. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm. Please email us on wccp@dover.gov.uk or call us on 01304 241806 for more information.

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
PAY: 0
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: Park Maintenance Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Looking to volunteer outdoors and support your local Country Park? This group role works alongside volunteers and ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Dependent on the season this could include clearing overgrowing vegetation, scrub management, installing and maintaining gates, fences, and benches, as well as keeping the park tidy and litter free. No specific skills are needed but a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is appreciated! A basic level of fitness will be needed as tasks are physical and on uneven terrain. Flexible time commitment. Email scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships: Voluntary Countryside Management Training Placements
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Based at Caterham, Surrey (Downlands Partnership) or Epsom, Surrey (Lower Mole Partnership), but required to work/travel across the partnerships' area (principally North/NE Surrey and into Croydon, Sutton & Kingston areas)
PAY: Formal training courses can be funded/offered as required (e.g. brushcutter use). Support with travel expenses can be discussed.
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 chalk grassland & woodlands. You would be joining in on scheduled volunteer task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices, helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry and opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership conservation grazing service (stock moves, animal welfare). 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 voluntary training placement during/post countryside management studies. Principally weekdays; we can be flexible on placement duration and number of working days per week. Please email your interest and outline CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more about our work: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreycountrysidepartnerships.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserves Volunteer Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Suffolk
PAY: 0
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 please visit https://c-js.co.uk/3aVnbW6 please contact RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk to register your interest.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR
PAY: Accommodation provided
FOR: NatureScot

We have several three month residential volunteering opportunities available at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteering on our NNRs will give you valuable experience in the management and conservation of our natural heritage. You’ll work with experienced and skilled people, gain skills that will give you valuable practical work experience. Come and volunteer in the Highlands of Scotland, make new friends, explore new places, improve your CV & learn about land management. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland and a willingness to learn new skills. Due to the nature of the work, a good level of fitness is essential. Work you may be involved with includes: General site maintenance, path work, woodland management. Deer Management. Visitor engagement, helping with NNR events, education and walks programme. Habitat and wildlife surveying/monitoring,(including bird surveys and habitat surveillance). Animal husbandry with livestock used for conservation grazing. Contact Linda.simpson@naturescot or phone 01463725219.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing dates
IV: --
LOC: Cumbria
PAY:
FOR: Restoring Hardknott Forest

Restoring Hardknott Forest is a partnership between the University of Leeds and Forestry England. We are restoring a 630 hectare former conifer plantation to native woodland, bog, heathland and other habitats. Tasks include removal of non-native trees, tree planting, monitoring and seed collection. Volunteer days are open to all. Volunteer day sign up page: https://c-js.co.uk/3HsPJGd. Restoring Hardknott Forest website: https://c-js.co.uk/3gluni7.

JOB: Active Forest Volunteer
BE4: 30-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Durham
PAY: Clothing, training, parking
FOR: Forestry England

Regular Volunteer sessions led by our Ranger Team. Tasks include practical work, trail maintenance, vegetation clearance, event support. Email contact : Laura.hull@forestryengland.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.

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