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: Conservation Placement Volunteer
BE4: April 2021
IV: --
LOC: Wokingham
PAY: Travel and lunch expenses paid.
FOR: Wokingham Borough Council

Wokingham Borough Council Countryside Service are seeking 3 enthusiastic volunteers wanting to gain practical conservation experience to help them develop a future career in the countryside sector. You will work alongside the Ranger team enhancing our wonderful Country Parks, maintaining our Public Right of Way network and helping to safeguard the borough’s nature reserves and wildlife. Starting Aug / Sep for a 3 days a week, 44 week placement. You’ll be given a range of skills and training to manage a variety of habitats including large wetland and ancient woodland areas, SSSI heathlands and conservation grazed grasslands. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to gain qualifications and experience in chainsaws and tractor driving operations. Requirements: 18+; driver’s license (preferable). Note: Seasonal casual paid work is available during the placement period. Please contact 07738855329.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 16-04-2021
IV: --
LOC: Glasgow
PAY: All training provided
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Do you want to get outdoors & help improve your local green space? Join our regular volunteering group & help transform Glasgow’s green spaces. From planting trees & building raised beds to constructing paths & sowing wildflower meadows we will provide all the training & tools you need. It is a great way to get active, meet friendly people, learn new skills & take pride in enhancing your City for people & wildlife. For more information please contact:

JOB: Research Intern
BE4: 31-01-2021
IV: --
LOC: New Quay, Ceredigion
PAY: Training
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

Please note that internships will be subject to whatever COVID restrictions are in place at the time. Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) with the running of the ‘Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project’. Interns’ tasks include: land-based surveys; boat-based surveys; photo-identification matching; data entry; raising public awareness; education initiatives and events. Interns are required from early April until October 2021. The research season is split into four periods: Period 1: April 12 - May 30; Period 2: May 31- July 18; Period 3: July 19 - September 5; Period 4: September 6 - October 24. All interns will be trained in cetacean observation and identification, in boat survey protocols, and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins. If you are interested in this position, please contact Katrin on with a completed application form (available on the Sea Watch website and CV.

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: Volunteer Assistant Ranger x 4
BE4: 08-02-2021
IV: 2021-02-15
LOC: Handa Island, Highlands
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We have four residential opportunities on Handa Island for 2021 season lasting approximately 22 weeks. These are exciting opportunities to live on a remote island, learn how our wildlife reserve is managed and to monitor the vast seabird colonies. You will have the chance to assist the Ranger with a wide variety of different tasks such as practical tasks, landing visitors and seabird monitoring. Placements on Handa are widely recognised as important field experience and provide excellent networking opportunities with Trust and RSPB staff, and several seabird researchers. Many former volunteers have gone on to paid employment on Handa and other reserves, and the majority are now employed full-time within the conservation or academic sectors. Must have experience of communal living and have an ability to get on with others in a remote setting over an extended period. Must be willing to work in all weathers, have an interest in wildlife, a flexible attitude towards working hours, enjoy the outdoors, ideally have practical experience with a variety of hand tools and possess good communication skills. These roles will be physically demanding. For further information please see Handa page on our website

JOB: Paid Research Intern
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: UK Wide
PAY: Travel, living and project costs*
FOR: People’s Trust for Endangered Species

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species Wildlife Conservation Internship Programme ( is looking for interns to help investigate whether tunnels underneath roads are a viable conservation tool to protect hedgehogs. The species is considered ‘vulnerable’ to extinction and thousands of hedgehogs are killed on UK roads annually. This exciting role involves hands-on hedgehog population surveys, measuring biometrics (e.g. sex, body weight), GPS-tracking and radio-telemetry. Camera-trapping will be used to quantify tunnel use by hedgehogs. Surveys will take place around the UK between April and October (inclusive) in 2021 and/or 2022. Applicants must be a recent (within three years) bachelor or masters graduate, obtaining a first or 2:1 at a UK university, must be comfortable with working at night and potentially alone, and have a full UK driving licence. *The PTES Wildlife Conservation Internship Programme will provide funding not exceeding £5,000 to successful applicants to cover all travel, living and project costs. We will provide practical training and experience in several research methods that are fundamental in conservation, such as radio-tracking and camera-trapping, and that are transferable to a huge variety of species. This unique opportunity offers experience in a professional research environment, collaborative teamwork and animal handling. See here and here for further details and how to apply. If you are interested, email for assistance with the application form and a letter of support.

JOB: Living Seas Volunteer
BE4: 07-02-2021 23:59pm
IV: --
LOC: New Quay, West Wales
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

We’re looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Living Seas team for the 2021 field season. Volunteers will gain valuable experience whilst helping us to collect data on the marine mammals of Cardigan Bay, run our visitor centre and inspire the public through community engagement events. Volunteer positions are available from 15 March - 12 July 2021 or 12 July - 1 November 2021. For more information and details on how to apply Due to the ongoing pandemic we are unable to guarantee that volunteer placements will go ahead in 2021.


JOB: Love Your River Cole Trainee Roles x 3
BE4: 05-02-2021
LOC: Hams Hall, Brandon Marsh, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
PAY: 9000 bursary
FOR: Wildlife Trust For Birmingham & The Black Country

Full time placements. Duration: 12 months. Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practical and willing to learn new skills? Ever thought about a career in nature conservation? The Love Your River Cole (LYRiC) project aims to transform the Cole Valley, enhancing natural spaces and training local people to look after this important natural river corridor. If you are looking to start your conservation career, this 12 month trainee placement will give you the skills and experience you need, including a City & Guilds Level 2 Work Based Certificate in Environmental Conservation. Further details and link to application documents: