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Ecology vacancies: roles covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork such as bat surveys and EIA.


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Volunteer Trainee Nature Reserve Warden - Sevenoaks x 2

Salary Range: This is an unpaid voluntary role however, travel expenses and a tailored training programme will be provided.

Based at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector as a Nature Reserve Warden? We are looking for someone to help us with the general and practical management of Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, whilst gaining experience working with and leading volunteer tasks, working with stock graziers and Trust livestock, carrying out surveys and monitoring and gaining certificates for various practical skills such as brushcutter and chainsaw.


  • Closing Date: 29/04/2019
  • Sector: Arboriculture Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 29/03/2019

JOB: Wildlife Survey Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Eglinton Country Park and other sites around North Ayrshire

PAY: Training

FOR: North Ayrshire Ranger Service

1 day a week or month depending on survey. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park and surrounding North Ayrshire sites.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert surveyor there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.   Report what you see whilst out walking or take part in a regular survey. Lots of support and training available.   1 day a week or month depending on survey ASK: Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service on 01294 551776 or email eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

JOB: Reserves Volunteer

BE4: 1/6/1901/06/2019

LOC: WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Rd, Comber, Newtownards BT23 6EA

PAY: 0

FOR: WWT

Assist in providing the highest standards of management & conservation on site & support our staff in ensuring we manage the habitat at Castle Espie to the highest standards, as well as ensuring the centre is helping provide the visitor with a great day out & encouraging them to engage with & support our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. This will involve assisting wardens on the daily running of the reserve, incl daily checks & maintenance & practical habitat management, managing & monitoring a range of habitats, & contributing to wildlife monitoring & recording. ASK: For more information & to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2WGPIHy

JOB: Volunteer Warden - Long term placement

BE4: End of April 2019

LOC: Insh Marshes Reserve - Cairngorms National Park. Scotland

PAY: Accommodation, some training

FOR: RSPB

Ideally 6 to 12 months; please enquire if you are interested but unsure how long you can commit. Full time, but we are flexible to allow volunteers to seek part time work to fund this position if needed. This volunteer warden position is an ideal opportunity for someone with an aspiration to work in conservation and reserve management. With only three full time staff members on the 1030 ha reserve, long term residential volunteers are crucial in assisting with the work programme and implementing the reserve management plan on this internationally important site. You will contribute to practical conservation and learn about running and managing a nature reserve. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a passion for conservation and wildlife. Skills needed - enthusiasm, ability to work as part of a team, ability to carry out strenuous manual labour, interest in conservation. You need to be at least 18 years old and have a full clean driving licence.. ASK: Please contact Cat Owen-Pam on 01540 661518 for further details

JOB: Voluntary Marine Assistant Placements

BE4: N / A

LOC: Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge

PAY: 0

FOR: Dorset Wildlife Trust

This opportunity would suit a student or young person, with an interest in marine conservation, the marine environment and / or environmental education. The placement is available from April, throughout the summer, is unpaid and involves working one weekend per month. However, there would be the opportunity to extend this if the placement wishes to be involved in further weekend activities. Own transport and accommodation are essential. All posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Check. ASK: To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PE. Tel: 01929 481044. Email kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2XoB4VX

JOB: Spring Voulunteer Intern

BE4: 1/6/19

LOC: Bardsey Island

PAY: Training and experience

FOR: Bardsey Bird Observatory

Spring internships available!! Two intern placements have become available for spring & early summer for 1 month. An excellent opportunity for young birders who want to work in Bird Observatories or conservation. Helping run the Award Winning Lodge & Bird Observatory on Bardsey. Ideal for people looking for exp in bird research. Tasks are varied & will incl helping with censusing migrant birds, Manx Shearwater monitoring, seabird monitoring, cleaning, gardening, visitor liaison & data entry. Ideal candidate will have some exp in counting birds & some practical exp.. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2SRaJMO

JOB: Wild Weymouth Internship

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, Weymouth, Dorset

PAY: Travelling expenses, people engagement and occasional practical work

FOR: Royal Society for Protection of Birds

Interested in starting a career in conservation? The RSPB in Weymouth, Dorset are offering internships at Radipole Lake & Lodmoor Nature Reserves. We're looking for someone to be a friendly and welcoming face for visitors who come to experience the incredible wildlife on our Weymouth reserves. You will be an integral part of the team, and be trained up to help run our Discovery Centre as a Duty Manager, leading a team of volunteers, planning and running events and getting to know the nature on the reserves really well! This role has the opportunity to be extremely flexible, offering you the chance to pursue your own projects, and gain experience in a variety of areas including working with our practical and survey team. This role will give you the confidence and training required to make that first step into a career in conservation. Time commitment: 3-5 days a week. 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. ASK: Read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2NYTt7v

JOB: Wildlife Recording Assistant

BE4: N / A

LOC: Williton, West Somerset

PAY: Uniform, discounts in café & shop on volunteering days

FOR: WWT

We are looking for a small team of volunteers to support our staff in helping with surveys and collecting data (ecological and geomorphological) for the ‘Two Valleys - Slow the Flow’ project in West Somerset. We will be providing all the training needed for this and so while some background knowledge would be helpful, an interest in nature and conservation and an enthusiasm to learn is most important. The main focus of the team’s work will be river habitat surveys mainly through the identification of a number of key invertebrate species in the Monksilver and Doniford stream catchments. Minimum commitment of 1 full day per month.  ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2TEIOVB

JOB: Residential Volunteer Warden

BE4: 17/5/19

LOC: RSPB Arne - Dorset

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB

You will be part of a busy team covering 9 reserves across Dorset. These include Arne heathlands, Weymouth wetlands and Garston ancient woodland developing skills and knowledge dealing with this varied range of habitats. Duties are likely to include gorse coppicing, scrub management, ride & glade management, footpath maintenance, fencing, installing & maintaining visitor infrastructure and assisting with surveys. Training will be provided for key tasks to be carried out, this may include chainsaw, brushcutter and survey techniques. Relevant qualifications and previous experience within the environmental sector would be a benefit. We are looking for someone who is keen to learn, shows initiative and happy to work within a busy & varied team. Key species include Dartford warbler, nightjar, smooth snake, ladybird spider, marsh harrier, bearded tit, white admiral and ancient woodland flora. Time commitment: 6 - 12 months. ASK: Please contact Stewart Milburn for more information on 01929 553360 or stewart.milburn@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Little Tern Warden

BE4: June 2019

LOC: South Swale Nature Reserve, Seasalter Road, Faversham, Kent CT5 4BP

PAY: Training will be provided on wildlife identification. Reasonable Travel expenses will be reimbersed

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We need your help to help the little terns successfully breed. You can do this by talking to the public about little terns and encouraging them not to walk on Castle Coote where they breed. Informing the public about the reserve and monitoring the colony of rare birds as well as other birds and wildlife found there. If you love being outdoors and keeping active, this role is for you. You will be monitoring a small group of little terns and other sea birds found on the reserve. Engaging with members of the public about the reserve and how to enjoy it without disturbing the little terns. Ideally it would be once a week throughout May, June and July with bookable shift patterns. ASK: To Apply: 01622 662012 volunteering@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved

JOB: Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 29/4/19

LOC: Spurn NNR

PAY: Accommodation, Travel expenses and Training budget provided

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months for 3 days week. Do you enjoy learning in a fast paced setting and enjoy being part of multi-faceted team? If you'd like to learn the various aspects of managing a National Nature Reserve that includes habitat management, visitor engagement, surveying and much more, then this could be the perfect training and development opportunity for you to get stuck into. We’d like a new Voluntary Trainee to join the team at Spurn that is enthusiastic, dynamic and a real people person that can help us with our work, while learning plenty of new skills for yourself. You will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge centred on reserve management, visitor engagement and running a programme of events at a large visitor centre. A driving licence is essential for this role. ASK: For more information or to apply for this role email volunteering@ywt.org.uk

JOB: Eco-Ranger Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

PAY: Training / lunch voucher / uniform

FOR: Zoological Society of Hertfordshire/ Paradise Wildlife Park

Help us achieve our mission in encouraging sustainable behaviours in our visitors. If you love to take action for wildlife & all things conservation; this is the role for you! The role involves, engaging visitors in fun activities linked to topics such as recycling, climate change & poaching; participation in annual animal fundraiser events where all money raised is donated to wildlife conservation projects around the world; carrying out events & activities designed around annual conservation holidays such as World Oceans Day. There the potential to assist with other on-site & off-site education events. ASK: If you are 18+, confident in speaking to the public & have an interest in conservation email Barbara & Jenna on volunteer@pwpark.com

JOB: Engagement Volunteer

BE4: 17/5/19

IV: 17/05/2019

LOC: Slapton Ley Field Centre, Devon

PAY: Accom, food and relevant training

FOR: Field Studies Council

6 weeks. This role will involve: Observing and assisting with educational events and activities working towards leading events and activities for visitors such as fire lighting, shelter building, pond dipping and bat walks. Engaging with visitors, providing them with information and helping them discover what Slapton Ley has to offer. Assisting the ranger in management of the nature reserve including assisting with various monitoring projects. There may also be an opportunity to carry out your own independent project. ASK: Find out more from Alice Henderson on 07734 781374, volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org

JOB: Full Time Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 25/4/19

IV: 1/5/19

LOC: North Cornwall - Tintagel to Holywell

PAY: Training & accommodation

FOR: National Trust

Want to be a Ranger but need to increase your skills & knowledge first?  Working 4 days a week alongside staff & volunteers, gaining the knowledge, skills & experience to help you get that perfect job. Live in shared accommodation which is walking distance from the rangers’ base & the South West Coast Path. Three bedroom house rent free just money towards bills to pay. The work is predominantly hands-on practical estate management work, access work & habitat conservation work. You will also assist with events & surveys. As your experience increases, so too will your opportunities & responsibilities. You will use a wide variety of tools, machinery & equipment.  A full driving licence is essential. This will suit those of a very practical, friendly nature, are good communicators, physically fit, enjoy working outdoors & looking for a career in nature conservation. 6-12 months’ time commitment required. ASK: Contact Sarah Stevens sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Old Hall Marshes

BE4: ASAP

LOC: Old Hall Marshes, Essex

PAY: Training / accommodation / expenses

FOR: RSPB

6 months. We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our small warden team at Old Hall Marshes, an internationally important wet grassland with a centuries-old grazing tradition. We want you to be involved in all aspects of reserve management and to play a part in improving how the reserve is managed for the diverse range of wildlife it supports.  The reserve programme is very varied and will allow you to gain a wealth of experience necessary for pursuing a career in nature conservation. You will need enthusiasm, a positive attitude and the ability to work as part of team. You should have a keen interest in nature and a commitment to nature conservation. You must be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers. You must be over 18 and have a full clean driving licence.  ASK: For further details https://c-js.co.uk/2I1obfQ or contact rachael.carson@rspb.org.uk, tel 01767 680551.

JOB: Young Volunteers Group Leader

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: RSPB

One Saturday a month. RSPB Sandwell Valley’s young volunteers (13 to 18-year-olds) contribute to keeping the reserve in great shape for both people and wildlife, whilst learning new skills and having fun. We need adult volunteers to lead the group, ensuring it remains a safe, welcoming and fun space for teenagers. You will work as a team with other leaders to plan, organise and deliver the sessions, ensuring RSPB policies are followed.  We are specifically looking for someone with previous experience of practical conservation work and knowledge of safe working methods including tool use. You need to be able to understand and apply Health and Safety policies. You will be making a meaningful difference in the life of young people, empowering and enabling them to volunteer. Help create the next generation of conservationists and contribute to essential work on the nature reserve. ASK: Contract sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk for further information.

JOB: Braintree Local Group Volunteers

BE4: 1/6/19

LOC: Braintree

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

Committee Chairperson You will act as a spokesperson for the local group, chair the quarterly meetings & respond for the local group where required. The group also organise fundraising events & local walks & talks. It would be an advantage if you have a good knowledge of the local area & are used to dealing with people from all backgrounds. Volunteer Warden Working independently, you will visit the site on at least a weekly basis to act as the Trust’s eyes & ears on the reserve. You will be supported by our North West Area Reserves team who will be on hand to provide you with advice & guidance. You will patrol & inspect the reserve & deal with any problems as appropriate & carry out yearly site audits & feed this back to the team. Suitably fit to work outside & able to walk across uneven terrain & be comfortable working on your own. Outdoor Events Co-ordinator Help manage, co-ordinate & promote the programme of outdoor events on behalf of the Trust. ASK: Further information: volunteering@essexwt.org.uk

JOB: Local Group Volunteers

BE4: 1/6/19

LOC: Locations across Essex

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

Are you a member of Essex Wildlife Trust? Would you like to volunteer in your local area? Our local groups are small teams of active local members of the EWT who want to get involved further. Local Groups members can help raise funds for EWT core functions, they can help with delivery of magazines & newsletters, they can help manage our reserves & they can help organise local talks & events to engage people in their area with the work of EWT. The role is hugely varied & the level of involvement also varies. ASK: Further information: volunteering@essexwt.org.uk

JOB: Wildlife Trainee: Conservation (West Berkshire)

BE4: 23/4/19 9am

IV: 30/419 & 1/5/19

LOC: Greenham and Crookham Commons , Burys Bank Road , Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 8DB

PAY: Limited expenses

FOR: Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

You will be involved in managing a suite of sites including extensive areas of heathland, ancient woodland, lakes and reedbeds and a variety of grasslands across the whole of Berkshire, but predominantly the west of the county. The Trainee position is a voluntary role, with the largest part of the time involving practical, outside, physical tasks on nature reserves, to help restore and improve habitats for wildlife, and maintaining the infrastructure like gates, signs and fencing. The management of these reserves is strongly supported by volunteers, including a weekly volunteer team which you will lead. The role would suit anyone at the beginning of a career in conservation or the environmental sector. You will need a good level of physical fitness and be willing to supervise volunteers. You should be happy to engage with a range of people. 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. ASK: For more information about the role please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2Z40Ob1

JOB: Trustees

BE4: 18/5/19

IV: 18/05/2019

LOC: Newcastle

PAY: 0

FOR: Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is inviting members of the public to join its board of trustees. Three vacancies have arisen through trustees having served their maximum permitted three-year tenure. Following a review of the skills of its current board of trustees, the wildlife charity would really welcome applications from people with expertise in conservation, farming / land management or public health. Throughout the course of a calendar year, trustees generally attend four board meetings, two half day ‘away-days’ & one AGM. ASK: Anybody over the age of 18 can apply by requesting an information pack from Paula Turner, Northumberland Wildlife Trust HR & Payroll Officer on 0191 2846884 or via email at paula.turner@northwt.org.uk

JOB: RSPB Fairburn Ings - Reedbed Monitoring Volunteer

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: RSPB Fairburn Ings, The Visitor Centre, Newton Lane, Ledston, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 2BH

PAY: Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary.

FOR: RSPB

Once per week - March to August. We need knowledgeable people to help us to monitor the breeding activity of some of the reserve's most iconic species, whilst helping the visitors to the reserve enjoy the wildlife spectacle, & minimising disturbance. An opportunity to develop field skills & make a great contribution to conservation. Gain valuable experience in specific species monitoring as well as public engagement skills. You will hone your existing skills with the support of the warden & visitor experience team & inspire visitors with your passion for wildlife. You need a genuine interest in birds, wildlife & conservation. Some basic bird identification skill is essential, but no previous survey experience is necessary.  You also need to have good people skills & be happy to approach & talk to a wide range of visitors to the reserve. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2D7ANhA

JOB: Yorkshire Peat Partnership Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 13/5/19

IV: 28/5/19

LOC: Skipton

PAY: Travel expenses and training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Peat Partnership’s objective is to increase the amount of peatland restoration activity in Yorkshire’s uplands through a combination of restoration, management and monitoring. Through our work we want to preserve the peat that remains and help to reinstate functioning, peat forming ecosystems. This will help restore the hydrological processes, increase biodiversity and reduce the amount of carbon loss. In this role you will be working alongside the YPP Research Officer to feed into the three-year research project investigating the ecosystem service impacts of peatland restoration. If you like the idea of being out in the field collecting data (vegetation, hydrological and greenhouse gas flux surveying) in some of Yorkshires most beautiful landscape, combined with analysis of the data when you’re back in the office, this could be just the role for you. ASK: To apply please download an application form from our website https://www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Martin Mere - Reserve volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, L40 0TA

PAY: 0

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We create and conserve wetlands and save species. Here at Martin Mere we have 214 hectares of wild nature reserve which are managed by our wardens and are a haven for wildlife. We are looking for a keen volunteer to help out with practical reserve management work! We are currently recruiting for a Tuesday / Wednesday volunteer. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2WGPIHy

JOB: Wildlife Planning Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 13/5/19

IV: w/c 20/5/19

LOC: York or Doncaster

PAY: Travel expenses and training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days a week for 6 months. Our Conservation Policy and Planning team comment and give advice on a range of planning applications; from small scale housing developments, to huge new housing estates with hundreds of homes in the offing. New roads, new power stations and railways are all developments that are increasing, which impact on Yorkshire’s wildlife and put enormous pressure on our wild places. We give expert advice to developers, local authorities and businesses objecting to any development that will have a detrimental effect on wildlife but also advise how development can be sympathetic towards and make gains for wildlife and our natural environment. The team would like an enthusiastic and passionate new voluntary trainee to join their team to help with this vital work. You’ll assist the team with prioritising which applications you will comment on, carry out research associated with applications, and attend meetings with developers, Local Authorities and other stakeholders. ASK: Apply: https;//www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Bird Ringing Camp Volunteer

BE4: 10/5/19

LOC: Kuznica, Poland

PAY: High-quality certified vocational training

FOR: Wild Areas Network

Volunteers welcome on a bird ringing camp on the wild Polish Baltic Coast this Spring, 6 days. You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes of the World - Operation Baltic. You will help to handle caught birds, identify and ring them as well as with measuring and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact! This is a hands-on experience for Birders, Bird Ringers and Nature Lovers from all walks of life. You don't have to be an expert - training is provided on site. ASK: For more information, email Joanna at wildareas@gmail.com - you will receive a detailed Infosheet with available dates and an application form. More information: www.wildareas.net www.facebook.com/wildareas

JOB: Butterfly Survey Co-ordinator

BE4: 11/7/19

IV: 11/07/2019

LOC: Home Based or from a Regional Office

PAY: Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Each year, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust carries out transect surveys of butterflies on many of its nature reserves. The information is gathered by a team of volunteer surveyors & the results are used to inform our reserve management plans & passed to the UK Butterfly Conservation Trust as part of their nationwide monitoring effort. We’re looking for an individual that is an organised coordinator, great at communicating & has an eye for detail that can coordinate the team of surveyors, deal with associated admin of the project & liaise with the Butterfly Conservation Trust to deliver an event once a year. This opportunity would be perfect some someone who loves nature, people & being organised. You can be homebased & flexible to fit around your other commitments. ASK: Apply: download an application form from our website www.ywt.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

JOB: Volunteer Bat Box Checkers

BE4: N/A

LOC: Grafton Flyford and Suckley, Worcestershire

PAY: Training

FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Learn about bat ecology & experience wild bats up close. We are looking for a small number of volunteers to help check the bat boxes at Grafton Wood and Blackhouse Wood. These surveys are led by licenced bat handlers, you’ll be helping with initial checks and gathering data.  You may have the opportunity to see bats up close whilst they’re being handled.  We have bat boxes located across these two sites. These boxes need to be monitored to record whether they are being used and if so, by what species.  The days and times of the checks vary, time commitment variable – you decide.  Ladder training may be given as needed.  ASK: Places are limited, so to find out more visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/volunteer or contact our team at: volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or call 01905 754 919

JOB: Reserve Assistant – RSPB Conwy

BE4: N / A

LOC: Conwy

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB

We require volunteer help in the areas of habitat management, wildlife surveying & reserve maintenance. All tasks are vital for conservation of the site & for retaining good access to, & around the reserve. Enthusiasm & an interest in conservation are essential. A variety of skills are needed from surveying, research, habitat management, estate maintenance, A good level of fitness is essential. You will need an up-to-date tetanus injection & to enjoy working in a team. We have an opportunity to join our Monday or Wednesday team. Hours are generally 9.30am-3.30pm but this is negotiable. Benefits include: working as part of the reserve team & learning more about the reserve; the opportunity to build up skills; this is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity. ASK: Contact: Tim Wallis, Conwy, 01492 584091, tim.wallis@rspb.org.uk or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2On5E0B

JOB: Conservation Volunteer – The Faughan Valley – Derry

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Londonderry, Northern Ireland

PAY: Expenses (up to 30 miles)

FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to use your passion for the environment to help conserve the natural beauty of the Faughan Valley by assisting the Faughan Valley project team with the practical management of the landscape with varied tasks from woodlands in Killaloo to farmland in Kilcreen?  Tasks incl woodland maintenance, tree planting, invasive species control, wildflower seed collection & meadow creation / maintenance.  The Faughan Valley runs from the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains along the beautiful River Faughan to the outskirts of Derry, Londonderry, covering some 80 square miles.  Pockets of precious ancient woodland, a habitat even rarer in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK, have been the inspiration for us to build a project around their protection. ASK: For further details & / or to apply please visit our website: https://c-js.co.uk/2Q7QSbv

JOB: Environment Monitor - The Faughan Valley - Derry

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Londonderry, Northern Ireland

PAY: Expenses (up to 30 miles)

FOR: Woodland Trust

You will be helping to conserve the natural beauty of the Faughan Valley by assisting the project team with the practical management of the landscape.  Surveys are an important part of this as the results determine what management plans to put in place to help conserve, protect, maintain & enhance the sites in the Faughan Valley.  This is primarily a seasonal role to support the development of a major landscape-scale woodland project across the Faughan Valley. Surveys are varied, covering anything from generic hedgerow, woodland or habitat surveys to more specific: bat, lizard or frog orchid surveys. These tasks will cover the whole of the Faughan Valley from Ness Wood to Claudy Country Park & will feed into our plans for delivery. Anyone who is capable of a little light work & enjoys spending time outside is welcome to join us regardless of age, ability & motivation.  Some background knowledge of the flora & fauna to be surveyed would be preferable. This role also supports our Heritage Lottery Funded Project. You will need to live locally (within 30 miles).  ASK: For further details & to apply please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2PBtaYe

JOB: Volunteer Biological Records Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Court Hey Park, Huyton-with-Roby, Knowsley. L16 3NA

PAY: Experience / training

FOR: Merseyside BioBank

We need office based volunteers to help capture wildlife information which is shaping conservation and decision taking across North Merseyside, including St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley and Liverpool. This role is essential for keeping information current and our service users up-to-date with the latest available information. Better data leading to better decisions for our local environment. The role is open to anyone, no previous experience of qualifications necessary and may be of particular interest to people looking to develop basic skills in IT, demonstrate their data handling and accuracy or gain work experience in an office environment. Ideally working at least 1 day a week (Tues-Fri). ASK: More on us: https://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk. Contact Ben at ben.deed@merseysidebiobank.org.uk for more information and to express an interest.

JOB: Wildlife Monitor - Londonthorpe Wood, Belton Estate (Bellmount)

BE4: N/A

LOC: Grantham, Lincolnshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

In partnership with the National Trust team at Belton House we have exciting plans for Londonthorpe Wood and the eastern side of the Belton Estate, referred to as Bellmount. Come along and join our amazing team of volunteers and help us to monitor a range of species within Londonthorpe and Bellmount. This will assist us to determine a baseline for species present on the site and enable us to establish whether our work in woodland management and the maintenance of other habitats across the estate is benefiting wildlife in the area. You will visit the site regularly (approximately two hours per week), identifying, recording and monitoring species and ensuring the results are recorded in accordance with set guidelines.  You will have a genuine interest in wildlife conservation and woodlands with the ability to identify different species. ASK: For further details about this role please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2DHwOci

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: N/A

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses

FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Woodland working group member - Swan and Cygnet Woods - Stock - Essex

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stock, Essex, CM4 9QW

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active enthusiastic people to join our Woodland Working Group at Swan and Cygnet Woods in Essex.  The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management and conservation of Swan and Cygnet Woods. Old blends nicely with new at Swan Wood and its appropriately named smaller recently planted neighbour, Cygnet Wood. Swan Wood is an ancient site with both a distinctive and delightful character. As a Woodland Working Group Member you will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form: https://c-js.co.uk/2Kmc9hY

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member - Canal Wood - Poyntzpass

BE4: N / A

LOC: Poyntzpass, County Armagh

PAY: Expenses will be paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

Your local wood needs you! We are the UK’s leading conservation charity, caring for the long term management & conservation of Canal Wood, a low lying wet woodland site forming a linear wedge between the old canal to the east & the mainline railway to the west. You will form part of a working group of volunteers that focuses on performing practical tasks within the Woodland Trust’s site in line with the management plan & as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader & the Volunteer Manager. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply via a short form https://c-js.co.uk/2txrtyG

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: 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

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 recently been awarded a £2.75 million Heritage Lottery Funded grant to enhance its physical environment and upgrade community facilities for visitors. Dependent on the seasons, typical conservation tasks include:  coppicing, woodland management and dead hedge laying and scrub management; installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches; keeping footpaths accessible by clearing overgrowing vegetation and maintaining the surface; wildlife surveying and monitoring. No specific skills are needed, although most of the work is based outdoors so an interest in the countryside and a willingness to work in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Flexible time commitment. ASK: Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Murlough Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Murlough National Nature Reserve

PAY: In-house Training

FOR: National Trust

The volunteer positions here at Murlough are essentially practical conservation based but there are opportunities to get involved in environmental education, flora / fauna surveys & guided walks. You would be involved in scrub clearance, habitat management, path maintenance, litter clearing. You will learn outdoor practical skills, gain an understanding of how habitats are managed, improve your communication skills & get your hands dirty while enjoying the great outdoors. If you have a friendly & enthusiastic manner & enjoy working outside in particular, this role may suit you. This role can be physically demanding & you may be on your feet all day in all types of weather. Why not become part of a friendly & dedicated team & gain invaluable exp working on a nature reserve. ASK: There may be other activities where we could use your help, have a look on our Join In web page for more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2AsPpai or email murlough@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, BT92 8AJ

PAY: Accommodation*

FOR: National Trust Fermanagh

25 - 30 hpw for up to 1 year. Assist in the management of Crom Estate, working on a wide range of practical conservation skills. Monitoring work including compilation of fauna surveys & botanical quadrats / transects. Invasive species control. Environmental education & interpretation work including website articles & press releases. Maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbours, other voluntary organisations, local communities & local authorities. Welcoming & liaising with visitors by providing information & guidance, which may include public speaking & guided walks. Undertaking such other appropriate practical & administrative tasks. This role will suit you if you: enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions; work well as part of a team; have an appreciation & enthusiasm for the wildlife & the outdoors; prepared to undertake physical work; full driving licence essential. *Various household bills, travelling expenses, on the job training, & potential certified training (as & when needed by property). ASK: Email jade.blair@nationaltrust.org.uk for more info.

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Based at Caterham (Downlands) & / or Epsom (Lower Mole)*

PAY: Experience

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 rare chalk grassland & woodlands. Principally weekdays; we are flexible on duration/days of week. You would be joining in on scheduled task days, gaining essential on-the-job experience learning about targeted countryside/rare habitat management practices; helping to prepare for tasks, carpentry & opportunities to work with our Downlands Partnership grazing service; some formal training (brushcutters etc.) could also be made available. 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 internship during / post countryside management studies. *but required to work across partnerships' area (principally North / NE Surrey and in to Croydon, Sutton, Kingston). ASK: Please email your interest and CV to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk. Find out more: https://c-js.co.uk/2wttDTU.

JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses NNR, & NNR Base (N Shropshire)

PAY: Travel expenses / Training

FOR: Marches Mosses Boglife Project

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. Reliable & enthusiastic, keen interest in wildlife & conservation, physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.   ASK: Apply with Pete Bowyer, Senior Reserve Manager peter.bowyer@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

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.   ASK: Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer - North East

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dundee - to Cover North East Scotland

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management.   Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Contact Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk for details

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Forest National Park

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, monitoring water quality & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. ASK: Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

JOB: Hedgerow Surveyors

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Maidstone Area, Kent

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Old Chalk New Downs Project, Kent County Council

We are looking to recruit a small team of dedicated volunteer surveyors to work on a hedgerow survey project. The survey is part of a bigger Heritage Lottery funded project called Old Chalk New Downs. The aim of the hedgerow survey is to ground truth a previously completed desktop study of historic hedgerows. The project will be using the “Hedgerow Survey Handbook” which is a nationally agreed methodology for recording the wildlife and cultural significance of hedgerows. ASK: For further information please contact matthew.pitts@kent.gov.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

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. ASK: Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Dragonfly Recorder

BE4: N / A

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. ASK: Visit https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/get-involved

JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Hounslow Heath Conservation Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Hounslow, Middlesex

PAY: Local tool box talk training

FOR: Lampton Greenspace 360

1 day per week min. Various volunteer roles available including work with grazing herds (cattle / goats / sheep), survey work (adders / birds / butterfly / moth), and practical habitat management across a number of countryside sites within Hounslow. ASK: Contact the Rangers at countryside@hounslow.gov.uk

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats

BE4: N / A

LOC: Manchester area

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

To help with dusk emergence and dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April / May to September / October inclusive. This casual work can be a useful addition to your CV. It can be done around other commitments, perhaps one to three times a week, possibly incl weekends. You have the option of switching to being paid on a freelance basis when suitably experienced. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With over 30 years' experience of working with bats, I offer a learning opportunity for anyone interested in working with bats. Existing experience of watching bats in flight and / or using a heterodyne detector is useful. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills and a professional approach are vital. Otherwise most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary.  There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat and bird survey work. ASK: Applications are accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. Please supply your name, e-mail address, phone number and summer address for an application pack to bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171.



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