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Voluntary Opprtunities: Ecology and Biodiversity

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Ecology voluntary roles: covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy; may include tasks as such helping with fieldwork and surveys

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JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: N / A
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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. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Kent
PAY:
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. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.
PAY: Tea and cake
FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking volunteers to help us maintain our wildlife garden, extensive grounds and be part of our long-term wildlife surveying programme around the centre. Nettlecombe Court is a Tudor and Georgian mansion, which is now a residential field centre nestled within fantastic oak parkland, in a secluded valley on the edge of Exmoor. Knowledge of gardening and maintenance work beneficial. Regular volunteer days held on the last Friday of each month. To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire
PAY:
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. If you are interested, please contact the Central Sites Team on: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Practical Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. For more information and to register contact Holly on holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk or visit https://www.penwithlandscape.com.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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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.   Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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. Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Dragonfly Recorder
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Homebased
PAY: Training
FOR: British Dragonfly Society

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) needs your help in protecting Britain’s dragonflies. Join the DragonflyWatch and record dragonflies at your local wetland sites. Your records will help the BDS monitor the health of dragonfly populations across the county, identifying important sites, and influencing conservation action. Beginners are always welcome and advice, and support, is available to those who need it. BDS recorders are also encouraged to pursue other volunteering activities for dragonflies, depending on their personal interests, including fundraising, engagement, research, and practical habitat management. Visit https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/get-involved

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. 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: Conservation Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
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. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Ranger - Student Placement
BE4: 31-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: North Coast, N. Ireland
PAY: Expenses
FOR: National Trust

Are you enrolled on a higher education course with a course requirement to gain relevant work experience? Require a placement longer than 4 weeks and not longer than 1 year? Are you interested in gaining valuable experience in habitat and land management in Northern Ireland with Europe’s largest conservation charity? We have placements available at: North Coast Central (incl White Park Bay, Giant’s Causeway), Cushendun (incl Rathlin Island and Carrick-a-Rede), Downhill Demesne (incl Portstewart Strand and Grangemore dunes). All equipment necessary will be provided. Reimbursement of out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering location (up to 40 miles per day), in accordance with National Trust policy and agreed with the National Trust manager. Get in touch with your CV to volunteernorthcoast@nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more.

JOB: Countryside Ranger Immersive Volunteer
BE4: 27-01-2020
IV: --
LOC: North Devon
PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses*
FOR: National Trust

An amazing opportunity to enjoy the stunning North Devon Coast. Based in Bideford Bay you will have the opportunity to develop invaluable skills in countryside management and assist our Ranger team in habitat management, wildlife surveys, estate maintenance, community projects and events, becoming fully immersed in everything we do. You will be closely supported by the Ranger team, with practical skills training provided externally and in house. There will be opportunities to join National Trust staff across the North Devon property which stretches from the Cornish border to Exmoor. You will need a full clean driving licence and will have the opportunity to volunteer up to 4 days a week. *Free shared accommodation is provided, along with out of pocket expenses. 4x4 off road driving, Lantra brushcutter, first aid and more subject to funding. To apply, email a covering letter and CV to gregg.wilson@nationaltrust.org.uk. Please email if you require a more detailed role profile.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Ecology) x2
BE4: 31-01-2020 9am
IV: 12-02-2020
LOC: Littlemore, Oxford
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As well as surveying on BBOWT’s nature reserves, you will assist the Trust’s Water Vole Recovery Project by carrying out water vole surveys & monitoring mink activity. Office-based activities will involve the management of survey data with an emphasis on data entry. Trainees committing to the full 12 months will have the opportunity to undertake survey data analysis. You will have extensive internal training, a budget (subject to confirmation) for external training courses & have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress & help with personal development throughout your placement. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation. Rel volunteering exp is desirable. There will be a short interview at Littlemore, Oxford. The successful applicants will be asked to start their traineeship mid-March 2020. Commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. For an application form & more information: https://c-js.co.uk/35Da2wY. CVs will not be accepted.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) Buckinghamshire x 3
BE4: 06-02-2020
IV: 14-02-2020
LOC: Buckinghamshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

We are looking for three voluntary Trainees who are eager to develop a career in conservation and would like to learn alongside our professional team in Buckinghamshire - two based at Meadow Farm near Bicester and one based at College Lake near Tring. Whether you are at the start of your career or looking for a new direction, becoming a Trainee with BBOWT will equip you with relevant experience and qualifications to take that next step. As a Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable. A commitment of 3 days per week for 6 or 12 months is essential. For an application form and more information please visit our website: https://www.bbowt.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities?type=189

JOB: Countryside Management Trainee
BE4: 21-02-2020
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LOC: Ashford, Kent
PAY: Training budget of £1500; travel expenses
FOR: Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership

An opportunity to gain experience with a well-established, not-for profit Countryside Management Team. Training in Countryside Management tasks - running volunteer tasks, meeting landowners, wildlife surveys, funding applications, producing advice on land management, producing publicity material, equipment maintenance. Trainees will lead on at least one smaller project – they will be offered several to choose from. Requirements: qualification in countryside management or similar; good communication skills; keen interest in the environment/wildlife; commitment to 3 days per week for 12 months; driving licence; some experience of practical/outdoor work; computer literacy. For an informal chat please contact: Jon Shelton 03000 410900 or 07740 185224. To apply please email your CV to: kentishstour@kent.gov.uk.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) College Lake, Buckinghamshire x2
BE4: 10-02-2020 9am
IV: 17-02-2020
LOC: College Lake, Buckinghamshire
PAY: Limited expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

As a volunteer Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management. You will take part in a comprehensive training programme, tailored to your role (including first aid and NPTC chainsaw certification) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Based at College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at this wonderfully diverse site. Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering or work experience is desirable. 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. For an application form and more information please visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2uW7IEt.

JOB: Countryside Ranger Immersive Volunteer
BE4: 27-01-2020
IV:
LOC: Saltram
PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses
FOR: National Trust

An amazing opportunity to enjoy the stunning Saltram Portfolio. Based just outside Plymouth you will have the opportunity to develop invaluable skills in countryside management and assist our Ranger team in habitat management, wildlife surveys, estate maintenance, community projects and events, becoming fully immersed in everything we do. You will be closely supported by the Ranger team, with practical skills training provided externally and in house. There will be opportunities to join National Trust staff across the Trust’s ownership in the south Devon. You will need a full clean driving licence and will have the opportunity to volunteer up to 4 days a week. *Free shared accommodation is provided, along with out of pocket expenses. There is a set budget for some additional, external training. To apply, email a covering letter and CV to douglas.munford@nationaltrust.org.uk Please email if you require a more detailed role profile.

JOB: Volunteer Reserves Trainee
BE4: 24-01-2020 8.30am
IV: 03-03-2020
LOC: Hertfordshire & Middlesex
PAY: Training
FOR: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

31/3/20 – 31/3/21, Tues, Wed & Thurs. An opportunity to gain experience and training in practical conservation work on over 40 different nature reserves to further a career in conservation and make a positive contribution to the conservation of Hertfordshire and Middlesex’s habitats and species. Training will include NPTC chainsaw units 201-3, Brushcutter, First Aid as well as in-house training in habitat management, ecological surveying and monitoring, tree safety surveying and management planning. Assist the Reserves Team with daily reserve work and work closely with volunteers. There will be opportunities to undertake other aspects of reserve management such as surveying species, livestock husbandry, guided walks and helping with events. You’ll be a committed conservationist educated to degree level or equivalent in a biological/environmental science and ideally have some experience of practical habitat management. A driving licence is required. DBS checked. If you would like to discuss the role, please call Josh Wells on 01727 858901 ext 229 or 07876 508 036. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2QZVcwh.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 22-06-2020
IV:
LOC: North Cornwall
PAY: Accommodation & NPTC diploma*
FOR: National Trust

Vacancies available on the spectacular North Cornwall coast. Work in the Boscastle to Morwenstow area, undertaking a wide variety of practical management & estate maintenance. Includes coastal management, footpaths, fencing, walling, wildlife conservation tasks, interpretation, patrol tasks, environmental education, leading events & working with vol groups. Contribution to bills in shared house. *NPTC diploma in work based environmental conservation. Min 6 months commitment gaining ‘on the job’ experience. Full clean driving licence essential. Interest in & / or qual in rel environmental subject such as countryside management, conservation or environmental science would be useful. Would suit those of a very practical nature, who are physically fit & willing to work outdoors in all weathers. CV & short letter (no more than 2 side A4) explaining why you think you are suitable for the post to jennifer.herbert@nationaltrust.org.uk or Jenny Herbert, National Trust, Boscastle to Morwenstow property office, Stowe Barton, Kilkhampton, Bude EX23 9JW Chat: 01288 331372 or 07854935900.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger Assistants
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Spend a month on Eigg working with the seasonal ranger on a variety of practical, surveying & visitor engagement tasks. We are looking for volunteers from May to August to live & work on the island. Great opportunity to boost your CV or to undertake worthwhile tasks in a “get away from it all” location. Must be able to commit to 4 weeks and be willing to live & work with fellow volunteers in shared accommodation. Must be committed to nature conservation. Tasks are mostly outdoors and can be physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/35RbLi4.

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers
BE4: 10/2/20
IV:
LOC: Skokholm Island, SW Pembrokeshire
PAY: Training
FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Each season we invite 4 volunteers to help the wardens manage the Island & monitor its wildlife. 2 positions run 1/4/20 to 30/6/29 & 2 from 1/7/20 to 30/9/20. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of Britain’s most spectacular islands & gain experience in a wide range of survey techniques. You will also be integral to all aspects of island management from providing clean visitor accommodation to boat deliveries & helping with physical management such as pond digging. Each volunteer has their own bedroom & shares facilities with our paying guests. No qualifications or specific experience required as training given, but candidates working towards a career in conservation preferred. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for UK wildlife & a desire to learn & get involved in a range of tasks. Must be of a hardy nature as working days can be long & in a range of weather conditions. Please see our website to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2CL0ROZ

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/20
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LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Built in the 1720s, in its hey-day Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem. It will be your role to work within a team of fellow volunteers and undertake woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking, fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures, and work outside on uneven ground in remote locations under variable weather conditions. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance. To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer Facilitator, Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/2020
IV:
LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem.  It will be your role to facilitate a team of fellow volunteers in undertaking regular woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking and fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures. Previous experience in woodland conservation and/or leadership would be desirable. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance.   To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk/ 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.

JOB: Volunteer Park Ranger
BE4:
IV: --
LOC: St Nicks Environment Centre, York
PAY: Local travel expenses
FOR: St Nicks

This is the perfect opportunity for keen, enthusiastic individuals to gain vital experience needed to start a career in conservation. Assist with the rich and varied day-to-day tasks involved in managing a Local Nature Reserve and monitoring our incredible wildlife. With ‘on the job’ training, you will help our team look after our unique and diverse nature reserve through a variety of tasks such as seed sowing, scrub control, coppicing with standards, tree planting; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access; engaging reserve users; and helping out at events. You will be supported in the role by our Volunteer Coordinator and Natural Habitats Manager who between them have 15 years’ experience managing and developing St Nicks LNR as well as a range of other wildlife habitats across York. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays for 6 months. More information: https://stnicks.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/ or contact Maria Gill, volunteer@stnicks.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Assistant
BE4: 31-1-20 3pm
IV: --
LOC: Goss Moor National Nature Reserve, St Austell
PAY: Protective clothing, training, mileage & expenses
FOR: Natural England

Natural England is looking for passionate volunteers who are keen to get outdoors and manage the Goss Moor National Nature Reserve. Tasks include: installing stock fencing, post and rail, livestock management, scrub clearance, operating the charcoal retort, habitat management, ecological surveying, and multi-use trail maintenance. We are looking for anyone at any level of experience who is eager to gain skills in conservation, land management, and habitat restoration. Training will be provided on using hand tools and conducting species monitoring surveys, and there is scope for machinery training. Volunteers must be relatively fit and able to take part in practical tasks. Your own vehicle would be an advantage, however as long as you’re able to travel to site, we will reimburse your mileage, public transport tickets, etc. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided and other expenses are reimbursed. Please email a short covering letter to crystal.edwards@naturalengland.org.uk to apply.

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger x 3
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Glencoe, Scotland
PAY: Shared accommodation & on-the-job training
FOR: National Trust for Scotland

23 March 2020 to end of October. In these exciting opportunities, you will learn about practical countryside management as part of the Ranger team. Tasks may include footpath maintenance, tree nursery work, ecological surveys and visitor engagement (e.g. leading walks and visiting schools). Applicants available for the whole season will be favoured. Some relevant knowledge and experience are expected, but a passion for wildlife and a willingness to learn are essential. Volunteer Rangers must be able to work under their own initiative and have good communication skills. Strenuous hill walking and working outdoors in all weathers are part of the roles. You should be happy working and living in a remote place. A full clean driving licence is required. The positions are subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. Please contact James Banks: jbanks@nts.org.uk or 01855 812018 for further details. https://www.nts.org.uk/volunteering/opportunities/.