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: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats
BE4: N / A
LOC: Manchester
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

With over 30 years' experience of working with bats, I'm looking for help with dusk and dawn surveys around the Manchester area, from April to October inclusive. Travelling expenses are paid. Applications are accepted throughout. This casual work is a learning opportunity that can be done around your other commitments, possibly including weekends. You may switch to being paid on a freelance basis when suitably experienced. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. Existing experience of watching bats in flight and/or using a heterodyne detector is useful, but not imperative. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills and a professional approach are vital. 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 to gain experience of other aspects of bat survey work. Please supply your name and e-mail address for an application pack. 07710 184142.

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

A great opportunity to assist with the restoration of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The National Nature Reserve is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Role is varied & can include practical estate & habitat management tasks, surveying / monitoring, assisting with events / guided walks & office projects. Protective clothing & some formal courses & in-house training provided. Suitable for a student looking for a work placement or someone wanting to gain further experience in the conservation sector. Applicants must be reliable & enthusiastic, have a keen interest in wildlife & conservation and be physically fit & prepared to work outdoors. To discuss, please contact Steve Dobbin, Reserve Manager and Volunteer Adviser;, 07826 530767.

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

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

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Sites in St Neots / Huntingdon Area
PAY: In-house training
FOR: Huntingdonshire District Council Sites

Join our weekly work parties and help with practical conservation work at our Green Flag Award winning sites in Huntingdon and St Neots. With us, you can gain experience in tool use and habitat management within woodland, grassland and wetland areas, whilst having fun in the great outdoors! We undertake a wide variety of tasks including vegetation clearance, hedgelaying and fence maintenance. You can also get involved with wildlife surveying. We are looking to survey as many different wildlife groups as we can, including insects, birds and fungi. No experience is needed for this, just enthusiasm for learning about wildlife! Plus, if the outdoors isn’t for you, why not help in one of our visitor centres? We are always looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to get involved! Please contact Robyn Staddon at or on 07704 019620 to arrange an informal chat about the opportunities available.

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

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

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: Durlston Country Park
PAY: Training opportunities provided
FOR: Dorset Council

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to build their skills and experience in conservation. Durlston Country Park is set in the beautiful countryside of Purbeck. It is a 320 acre National Nature Reserve on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site that contains SSSI calcareous grassland, wildflower meadows, downland and woodland. During the week to 6 month placement you will work alongside the Rangers and other volunteers on a variety of tasks across the park, including wildlife surveys, visitor engagement and habitat work. Find out more from Catherine Carter at

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

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

JOB: Wildlife Survey / Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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 for more information.

JOB: Records Centre General Assistant
BE4: Ongoing
LOC: County Hall, Norwich
PAY: Training
FOR: Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service

We are seeking keen volunteers to joins us at Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service at County Hall. The required tasks vary throughout the year but will include; data collection and collation, GIS mapping, event preparation and attendance, research and helping with various other records centre activities. From half a day per fortnight to one day per week. Find out more from

JOB: Nottingham Ecology Towpath Taskforce
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: The Notts Beeston Canal, Nottingham
FOR: Canal and River Trust

Join us for a practical day of volunteering in Nottingham along the Notts Beeston Canal. Works during these sessions will focus heavily on ecology, helping us to bring the Notts Beeston Canal to life, and provide Nottingham with a waterway teeming with life, nature and interest. Volunteers will help us to enhance the Notts Beeston Canal whilst safeguarding and encouraging the canals nature and wildlife. Volunteering tasks will vary and may include removal and monitoring of invasive species, pond work, pruning, looking after habitats for native species, wildflower & bulb planting, and much more. Task days are held every Thursday between 10am and 2pm. Some additional sessions may be added as required. For more information and to sign up please visit:

JOB: Wildlife Surveyor
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Berkshire
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre

Are you a nature enthusiast? Do you have experience in species identification and wildlife surveys? Would you like the opportunity to visit protected sites, contribute to TVERC’s records, and play a role in the success of the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project? You may be able to help us! Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) are looking for enthusiastic volunteer naturalists with good identification skills and an ability to work alone in the field to help out with additional species surveys on a range of Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) across Berkshire. The LWS’s cover a range of habitat types including woodland, wetland, heathland, bog and grassland, and have the potential to support a variety of rare species. Benefits: you will have the opportunity to visit notable sites which may not be accessible to the general public, gain experience of recording and enhance your field skills and contribute to a valuable resource for conservation! Travel expenses will be reimbursed (up to £20/day). Time commitment is flexible. Please note: Surveys and procedures are constantly being reviewed and will be undertaken in line with the UK government’s and CIEEMs latest advice on Covid-19. To register your interest, please contact Caitlin Coombs

JOB: Volunteer Officer - Uxbridge Green Gym
BE4: 01-06-2021
IV: --
LOC: Uxbridge, Hillingdon, UB8 1ES
PAY: Full training (leadership, first aid, risk assessments, etc). Reasonable local travel expenses.
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Gain experience leading practical conservation tasks. The Green Gym helps people become mentally and physically healthier by taking part in nature conservation activities. Uxbridge Green Gym meets weekly on Wednesdays. We manage a large wildflower meadow, pond, surrounding hedgerows and copses and go further afield to manage meadows, lay hedges and remove invasives. As VO, you will help volunteers of mixed ability to improve their environment; and will play an integral part in the running of the Gym: planning sessions (risk assessments, site surveys, liaising with partners), leading tasks on site; and supporting management (database, newsletters, promotion). A full training package is provided and there is scope to tailor the role. An enthusiasm for the environment and working with people is essential, as is an enhanced DBS. To benefit from the placement be prepared to commit to Wednesdays and, if possible, a second day, for a minimum of 6 months. Full training (leadership, first aid, risk assessments, etc.) 1-2 days/week for 6 months. Email to request an application pack.

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Long term placement-Franchises Lodge
BE4: Please apply ASAP
IV: --
LOC: The New Forest
PAY: Accommodation, training and expenses

We are looking to recruit a Residential Volunteer to become a vital member of our team on one of our newest and most exciting reserves. We are offering the chance to volunteer on Franchises Lodge reserve within the beautiful setting of the New Forest. The reserve is in its early stages of set up. This allows for the exciting opportunity to learn all that is involved in these early stages and for you to help shape the long term vision for the site. There will be a lot of survey opportunities during the Spring and Summer as well as gaining first-hand experience of reserve operations. Housed in a beautiful cottage deep within the woods, surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife, you will have the chance to develop skills you have learnt elsewhere, as well as being provided with further training and experience to improve your CV. Accommodation (including bills), appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. Time commitment, 6 months.

JOB: Bradford Urban Discovery Voluntary Trainee
BE4: 20-05-2021
IV: 28-05-2021
LOC: Bradford and Huddersfield
PAY: Training and Travel Expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The Bradford Urban Discovery (BUD) project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, delivers community engagement activities across green spaces in Bradford. We have an exciting opportunity for a voluntary trainee to join the team! You will have a unique opportunity within the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to work with both our Nature Reserves Team and our BUD project Inspiring People Officer. The role will be a fantastic mix of practical conservation tasks and creative and playful engagement activities within a project team with lots of experience and passion for working in urban greenspaces and with diverse and hard to reach communities. As a voluntary trainee you will be supported to develop your skills in land management, practical conservation and community engagement. Time commitment, 6 months, 3 days a week. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a DBS check. For more information or to apply for this role visit our website or email

JOB: Monitoring Dragons
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: South Wales
PAY: Training in survey techniques
FOR: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

If you’re keen to get back out into the countryside and meet some of Wales’ real ‘dragons’, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s new Monitoring Dragons project could be for you! We’re seeking citizen scientists for training and mentoring in amphibian and reptile surveys - and then to carry them out. We aim to establish long-term monitoring of all herpetofauna species, with a focus on adder, common toad and great crested newt. We have identified a wide range of target survey sites in all local authority areas in southern Wales - we just need volunteers to take them on! Contact

JOB: Spurn Ranger Volunteer
BE4: 31-05-2021
IV: --
LOC: Spurn National Nature Reserve
PAY: Travel expenses and training for the role
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Spurn has had many different uses by humans over the years and you can see the rich history of the landscape right before your eyes, not to mention the abundance of wildlife. As there are so many interesting features on this site that is 3 miles in length, we need volunteers out and about on the reserve to talk with visitors at certain points, including the wash-over at high tides and to help keep people safe. You'll be part of a team of volunteers who help to make Spurn a fantastic place to visit, you'll enjoy spending time talking to people and helping them to have an inspiring day. Full training and induction to the role will be given, you'll just need to bring lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to make each visitor’s trip to Spurn a memorable one! Time: ongoing role and flexible to suit. For more information and to apply:

JOB: Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee - North Central
BE4: 26-05-2021 9am
IV: 08-06-2021
LOC: York and Harrogate area
PAY: Training and travel budget
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days a week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out front line nature conservation through practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. You’ll be involved with helping to look after a suite of nature reserves across central North Yorkshire with varied habitats including wildflower meadows, wetlands and woodlands. As the range of sites that we manage varies so much in this area, you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations with this opportunity. To find out more information or to apply please download an application form from our website