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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: Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Worcestershire
PAY: Get fit and get closer to nature
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our volunteer Nature Reserve Wardens act as our eyes on the ground. They walk one of our chosen nature reserves regularly to help us foresee and locate problems. How involved you get is up to you – some people simply walk and report back to us, others carry out light maintenance and surveying too. We are particularly looking for volunteer wardens at Piddlebrook Meadows, near Pershore; Grimley Brick Pits, near Worcester and Pound Green Common, near Bewdley but many of our reserves would benefit from an extra pair of eyes / hands, so if you're interested to know more, get in touch volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.   

JOB: Volunteer Estate Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Castle Ward, Strangford
PAY: In-house training and travel expenses if required
FOR: National Trust

As part of our Land, Outdoor and Nature vision you will have the opportunity to help the team carry out a diverse range of activities, making a real difference to Castle Ward and gaining skills and experience through the seasons: Volunteer to assist the Rangers in practical countryside management tasks such as path and boundary maintenance, invasive species control, habitat restoration, forestry work, biodiversity monitoring and general maintenance; Undertake wildlife monitoring across the property to help us quantify the success of our land management strategy; Assist, and potentially lead as you develop new skills, in the organisation, development and delivery of visitor experiences across the property; Welcoming visitors and maintaining good working relationships with tenants and neighbours. You will be guided and mentored by the Castle Ward Ranger Team. Opportunities to volunteer and train across the South Down Property Group. To apply contact Kim Mcmonagle castleward.volunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Volunteer Mountain Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Murlough / Mournes
PAY: In-house training and travel expenses if required
FOR: National Trust

As a volunteer within our Land, Outdoor and Nature vision you will have the opportunity to help the team carry out a diverse range of activities, making a real difference to this part of the Mourne Mountains and gaining new skills and experience through the seasons: providing support for our existing mountain rangers in our exciting Mournes Path Improvement Project; volunteering with contractors and getting involved with the repair and where necessary, replacement of the c5km path on Slieve Donard; welcoming visitors and giving information regarding the project; helping engage with National Trust visitors to ensure they have an exceptional visitor experience & monitoring habitats and undertaking national flora surveys. Training will be provided to enable you to carry out your role safely and confidently. Opportunities for further personal development will be discussed during regular catch-ups. To apply contact Kim Mcmonagle castleward.volunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR; Beinn Eighe NNR and Rum NNR
PAY: Accommodation and training
FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery & nature. Residential volunteering opportunities are available now for our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months (restricted to max 3 months for EU citizens). Previous experience isn’t necessary but the longer you stay the more you’ll learn & you’ll gain a better understanding of what we do. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, & improve your CV. See our volunteering leaflet: https://c-js.co.uk/2Cl6NhB. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for nature & eagerness to learn new skills as to keep our NNRs in good condition, we need help with a variety of estate work & tasks including working with livestock (Highland cattle & ponies); deer management; fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring including butterfly, moth or rare bird counts; welcoming & helping visitors to our reserves, & connect people with nature. Send your initial enquiry to volunteer@nature.scot citing Alison Rowe (Beinn Eighe NNR) Linda Simpson (Creag Meagaidh NNR) Lesley Watt (Rum NNR) for further information on the reserve you are interested in.

JOB: Wigan Conservation Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Lancashire
PAY: Training / expenses
FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

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

JOB: Conservation Ranger
BE4: N / A
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: Volunteer Primate Assistant
BE4: Year round assistants accepted
IV:
LOC: Lajuma Research Center, South Africa
PAY: Training*
FOR: Primate and Predator Project

The placement is for 6 months or longer. The majority of your time will involve working with samango monkeys. You will spend lots of time out in the field, alongside an experienced and passionate team of field biologists, and it’s likely that you’ll be involved in tasks such as: Behavioural observations of habituated primates through full day follows and collection of standardised behavioural and demographic data from our study troops; Experimental titrations of predation risk based on giving-up densities or predator detection experiments using predator models; Habituation of new groups; Phenological transects and vegetation plots to estimate primate food availability; General data entry; Assisting PhD students based at PPP with their data collection as required; Volunteers may also have the opportunity to work on the predator element of the project and engage in camera trapping and community engagement. *in primate behavioural observations, the use of scientific equipment and the possibility of publishing papers. https://c-js.co.uk/37rkeKy primate.predator@durham.ac.uk.

JOB: Wildlife Survey / Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Grand Western Canal Country Park, Tiverton, Devon
PAY: Training may be possible depending on circumstances
FOR: Devon County Council

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve extends for 11 ¼ miles through beautiful Devon countryside, providing excellent habitat and a wildlife-rich corridor. Whilst some wildlife groups (such as wetland birds, dragonflies, butterflies and macrophytes) have been historically well-recorded by a few volunteers, several of these have had to give up in recent years for various reasons and new volunteers are sought to continue collating these records. Many wildlife groups have received very little survey or monitoring attention. The Canal Ranger Service is looking for volunteers who have reasonable ID skills and/or wildlife survey experience to undertake survey and/or monitoring of any wildlife groups. The findings of any survey or monitoring work will inform the ongoing management of the Country Park. Further training and development of skills can be discussed and provided as opportunities arise. Please contact Mark at gwcanal@devon.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Peregrine Watchpoint Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Norwich Cathedral
PAY: Training provided
FOR: Hawk and Owl Trust

Take part in our Peregrine Winter Roost survey. We know a lot about the breeding habits and patterns of Peregrine falcons through the work of the Peregrine Network, but where do they go in the winter months? Take part in our Winter Roost survey to help us build knowledge about these fascinating birds. We can provide you with a comprehensive pack showing you what you need to do. We also run Watchpoints across the UK where the public can see the birds close up during the breeding season (April – July) and always welcome new volunteers to help the public learn about Peregrines. We have around 30 volunteers for the Peregrine Watchpoint and could usefully have another 15-20 people. The season is longer this year as we have Dippy the Dinosaur on view at the Cathedral and they have asked if we can keep the Watchpoint open from April till October. Half a day a week. For more information about both opportunities please email: zoe.smith@hawkandowltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, North Norfolk
PAY: Training provided for most tasks
FOR: Hawk and Owl Trust

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is currently expanding its size from 45 to almost 200 acres. Set deep in the heart of North Norfolk there are always volunteering opportunities at this lovely site on the banks of the River Wensum, a beautiful and tranquil chalk stream. Our volunteers help in all areas of operation from making nesting boxes, undertaking construction or agricultural work to looking after our Highland cattle and rare breed sheep. For those who prefer an indoor job there are opportunities to greet visitors and or help with administrative work in the office. There really is something for everyone. Keen birdwatchers act as Wardens on the reserve, helping our visitors to make the most of their visit. The extended reserve means we need to increase the number of volunteers who support us, so if you have a few spare hours a week and would like to join the team, please get in touch with Seamus O’Dowd, Volunteer Coordinator on 01328 856788 or email: seamus.odowd@hawkandowltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: N / A
IV:
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: Residential Seasonal Nature Reserve Volunteer
BE4: 30-06-2020
IV:
LOC:
PAY:
FOR: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

6 month placement from Sept / Oct 2020, c 25 hpw. Suitable for someone looking to begin a career in nature conservation. Assist the reserves team in managing the north Lincolnshire reserves including practical habitat management of grassland, wetland, heathland and peatland sites, access maintenance and working with livestock. You need to be capable of using tools and enjoy working outdoors. Good team working skills and self-motivation essential. Driving licence and some experience of practical conservation work an advantage. We provide in-house training, first aid qualification and a wide range of experience in the nature conservation sector. Enthusiasm to learn and gain hands-on experience in a competitive field required. Over 18s only. Subject to 2 references and DBS check. Informal chat: Simon Wellock, 01652 634507. CV and covering letter to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Ness End Farm, Far Ings Road, Baron upon Humber DN18 5RG or farings@lincstrust.co.uk.

JOB: Residential Volunteer Rangers at Durlston Country Park
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Swanage, Dorset
PAY: Training, on site accommodation
FOR: Dorset Council

We are looking for two residential volunteer rangers at Durlston National Nature Reserve. Conservation role to include assistance to volunteer groups and practical tasks enhancing heritage, accessibility and habitats. Including dry stone walling, path maintenance, tool maintenance, stone conservation, wildlife surveys and more. Community role involves public engagement, events, surveys, interpretation, and assisting at our community work-base with woodworking, gardening, crafts, and DIY projects. Including working with children, adults with disabilities, people with dementia and more. Ideal for candidates looking to gain experience and skills to develop a career in conservation. Must be enthusiastic, motivated and passionate about conservation; Strong communication skills, verbal and written. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 5 days per week. Flexible start and end dates across three placements: 22/4/20-16/5/20 (3 weeks); 22/5/20-7/6/20 (2 weeks); 27/7/20-7/9/20 (6 weeks). For more information, contact Doug Hart 01929 424443 or email douglas.j.hart@dorsetcc.gov.uk.

JOB: Swift Surveyors in Tayside
BE4: 29-05-2020
IV: --(no interview needed)
LOC: Volunteer from home (Tayside)
PAY: N / A
FOR: Tayside Biodiversity Partnership

If you live anywhere in Tayside (Angus, Dundee or Perth & Kinross) we would be very grateful for sightings of flying swifts and knowledge of actual nest sites. This task can be undertaken from your own garden or front door - counting the number of swifts that fly over (and repeating the survey as often as you wish between May and August). Depending on social distancing policy, known or recently-discovered nest sites, plus flying swift colony numbers from elsewhere can also be logged. Not sure of the difference between a swift, house marten or swallow? The link takes you not just to the survey form, but also an ID chart - https://c-js.co.uk/2ytwhdH. Time commitment: occasional hour / half hour. If you live in either Forfar or Crieff, please contact dmuir@taysideswifts.co.uk as specific swift projects are underway there this year.

JOB: County Dragonfly Recorders
BE4: ?
IV: --
LOC: Home Based*
PAY: Training
FOR: British Dragonfly Society

Long term, time commitment dependent on volunteers' availability. You will upload records, sent to you by volunteer recorders, onto iRecord & validate & verify records on iRecord. Act as a central point of contact for local volunteer recorders, & enquires from organisations / groups (e.g. local wildlife groups) & members of the public, regarding information / advice on dragonflies & recording in the area. You will also produce a short annual update article for our Darter newsletter. Additional activities vary depending on the volunteers' skills & interests e.g. leading field workshops & talks, attending events, & setting up a local group. *Required in the following areas: Glamorganshire; Middlesex; South Hampshire, County Durham. Contact David Hepper, BDS Records Officer, records@british-dragonflies.org.uk or 01252 721053.

JOB: Trustee
BE4: 30-06-2020
IV: --
LOC: Harleston area
PAY: Training and expenses
FOR: River Waveney Trust

The River Waveney Trust, established in 2013, is a registered charity & covers the Waveney catchment. Our key objectives are to conserve, protect, rehabilitate & improve the rivers, streams, watercourses & water impoundments of the catchments comprising the River Waveney & all associated tributaries incl adjacent estuarine & coastal areas. The Trust is at an exciting time of development, seeking new trustees to help guide the future vision & strategic development of the charity. We are seeking 4 additional voluntary Trustees to join the current 5 Trustee Board members. We are looking for passionate, dedicated & committed individuals in the following areas of expertise: conservation & science; communications & revenue generation; farming in the Waveney catchment; charity governance. 3+ years commitment required. Contact Keith Lead on 01379 388031 or email CV to keithjpb@gmail.com. Further information at https://www.riverwaveneytrust.org under the “News” tab.