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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

To see all of this week's new additions, not just for this area - click here. Adverts are listed in chronological order, most recent at the top.


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.


Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.              Explanation of the headings here.



JOB: Data Processors

BE4: N / A

LOC: Vogrie Country Park, near Gorebridge, Midlothian

PAY: Full training, reasonable mileage expenses paid

FOR: The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC)

Due to our expansion into central Scotland, additional office volunteers are needed to support the processing of biological records for the TWIC area. Volunteers will be responsible for processing datasets from a variety of sources, incl computerising Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Local Wildlife Sites data for Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working for an environmental charity. We are looking for volunteers to commit a minimum of 1 day per week. Applicants must be competent in using Excel, have an eye for detail and be able to work well as part of a small team. An ecology-related degree and good knowledge of the UK flora or other species group would be an advantage. ASK: CVs should be sent to Natalie Harmsworth, Records Ecologist, natalie@wildlifeinformation.co.uk or phone 01875 825968 for a chat. You can download the job description and person specification on our website: https://www.wildlifeinformation.co.uk/about_volunteering.php

JOB: RSPB Residential Volunteer Interns

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Across the UK

PAY: Free accommodation and training

FOR: RSPB

1 year, some 6 month internships available. Are you looking for a career in practical conservation or are you a people person looking for experience in a public facing role? We have a range of opportunities offering structured training and development in locations across the UK for which we are now recruiting. There are internships on offer for Practical Conservation, Visitor Experience, Specialist Surveyors and All Rounders, all including a full training package with hard and soft skills built in (please note this will vary from location to location). We will give you free accommodation and the chance to live and volunteer in some spectacular locations, immersing yourself in RSPB reserve life, and offering the skills and experience to equip you for your chosen career in the conservation sector. Come and join us in our mission to save nature. ASK: For details please go to our website at https://c-js.co.uk/2IyrBCw

JOB: Residential Volunteer Internship - Central Highland Reserves & Loch of Strathbeg

BE4: 11/1/19

LOC: Inverness (Central Highland Reserves or Crimond, Aberdeenshire (Loch of Strathbeg)

PAY: Accommodation & training

FOR: RSPB Scotland

We are looking for 4 people that want the opportunity to develop their skills & exp with the goal of achieving employment in the conservation sector. 5 days per week for 12 months. *2 people will be based at Central Highland Reserves (Inverness) & 2 at Loch of Strathbeg (Aberdeenshire). You will be involved with the running of the reserves, surveys, habitat management, working with volunteers & office based tasks.  We will provide you with training, incl certified courses, each internship will provide opportunities for you to take advantage of to gain skills, knowledge & exp. Free accommodation (incl utility bills), training rel to the role (specific training will vary on the location of the internship) & opportunities to further develop your skills & exp. You must be 18 or over, have a full manual driving licence & a demonstrable interest in conservation. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2TU9vSC or contact isabel.morgan@rspb.org.uk. Your application will be sent to both reserves for shortlisting.

JOB: Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee x 2

BE4: 7/1/19

IV: 17/1/19

LOC: York and reserves across North Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses and Training

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

3 days per week for 12 months. Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups & carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance & protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for two new voluntary trainees to gain valuable experience within this team & develop skills in all aspects of habitat management. Both roles will be split between office-based tasks & practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire, with most time spent at our nature reserves. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites & part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. There are the following roles available: role one - Harrogate & Ripon Reserves with York head office as a base & role two - Hambleton, Ryedale & Scarborough Reserves with York head office as a base. ASK: For more information visit https://c-js.co.uk/2KGcmdv

JOB: Cardiff Conservation Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cardiff

PAY: Training

FOR: Cardiff Conservation Volunteers

6-7 hpw. We hold conservation tasks every Sunday in different locations in & around Cardiff. Every task is different & we teach skills such as dry stone walling, woodland maintenance, pond building / clearance, footpath / step / boardwalk building, coppicing trees, planting etc. You don't have to commit to every Sunday so it's completely up to you what task is suitable for you to join. We also go away for the weekend a couple of times a year. We're always looking for volunteers so we welcome everyone to join when they can. It's a great way to meet new people, get some exercise, learn new skills & discover the countryside around Cardiff & South Wales. Our primary aim is to promote the conservation, protection & improvement of the physical & natural environment anywhere, whilst having an enjoyable time doing so. Just bring a packed lunch & come in old clothes. ASK: Visit our website www.cardiffconservation.org.uk for more information or contact 07450700214 (Our CCV hotline).

JOB: MammalWeb Spotter

BE4: N / A

LOC: Anywhere

PAY: 0

FOR: MammalWeb

We're looking for people to help us classify images from a large camera trapping survey. Classifying photos on MammalWeb is easy and open to everyone! Register on MammalWeb here https://c-js.co.uk/2Rrsbas. Once you’ve made your account, you can log in from the spotter tab, and select the ‘County Durham Survey’ from the drop down project options box. Look through the whole image sequence using the arrows and then decide what species is in the sequence from the right hand panel. If you would like more information on spotting, then head over to the ‘Learn’ tab, where you’ll find a detailed guide to spotting. You can read more about the project by heading over to https://c-js.co.uk/2Qm64Fk. ASK: Feel free to email us: info@mammalweb.org

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member

BE4:

IV: 28/12/2018

LOC: Stoke Wood, Bicester, Oxfordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to join a friendly Woodland Working Group at Stoke Wood?  We are looking for local volunteers (within 30 miles) to assist with practical conservation tasks at this attractive woodland.  Located just outside Bicester, Stoke Wood is a peaceful 35-hectare ancient woodland with a mix of conifer and native broadleaves.  The local volunteer group play a really important part in making this site a haven for wildlife, nature and people. Tasks include assisting with the maintenance and restoration of the woods, scrub clearance, coppicing and path repairs.  This role supports our aim of protecting, restoring and creating woodland for people and wildlife. ASK: For further details and to apply please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2B86Nl9

JOB: Living Seas Volunteer Positions 2019

BE4: 6/1/19 23:59pm

LOC: New Quay, West Wales

PAY: Training

FOR: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

We’re looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to join our Living Seas team as seasonal volunteers. Based at our centre in New Quay, volunteers help us to collect data on marine mammal populations and inspire the public through our visitor centre & community engagement events. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience Wales’ amazing marine life and contribute to marine conservation whilst gaining valuable experience. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available between 25 March - 4 November 2019. Living Seas Volunteers conduct land / boat based marine mammal surveys, run our visitor centre, enter / check data, help with engagement events and beach cleans. ShoreFin and SeaSeal volunteers assist with our bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic grey seal photo-ID projects. Applicants should have a passion for marine conservation and be committed to volunteering. ASK: To find out more about the roles please visit https://goo.gl/nPRu9m or contact Laura Evans on volunteer@cbmwc.org.

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 12/2/19

IV: 12/02/2019

LOC: Skokholm Island, SW Pembrokeshire

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Each season we invite 4 volunteers to help the wardens manage the Island & monitor its wildlife. 2 positions run 1/4/19 to 30/6/19 & 2 from 1/7/19 to 30/9/19. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of Britain’s most spectacular islands & gain experience in a wide range of survey techniques. You will also be integral to all aspects of island management from providing clean visitor accommodation to boat deliveries & helping with physical management such as pond digging. Each volunteer has their own bedroom & shares facilities with our paying guests. No qualifications or specific experience required as training given, but candidates working towards a career in conservation preferred. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for UK wildlife & a desire to learn & get involved in a range of tasks. Must be of a hardy nature as working days can be long & in a range of weather conditions. ASK: Please see our website to apply: www.welshwildlife.org/volunteer/long-term-volunteers/

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 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: 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: Conservation Volunteering

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Edinburgh

PAY:

FOR: Lothians Conservation Volunteers

We carry out practical nature conservation work every weekend in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians for the benefit of wildlife, people and the environment. This can range from woodland management, removing non-native invasive plant species, pond work, meadow creation or even path maintenance. No previous experience is required and we only ask you commit to a single day task, so it’s a perfect opportunity for someone who is curious about the conservation sector and wants to find out more. ASK: For further information about our current tasks and how to get involved please visit www.lcv.org.uk

JOB: Ranger Volunteer

BE4: 1/2/19

IV: 01/02/2019

LOC: Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

By getting involved, you could: help look after important landscapes for future generations; use your passion for the outdoors and share your knowledge with visitors; work alongside passionate countryside management professionals and learn new skills along the way; join a friendly and varied team and make some new friends. What's involved? Help the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition, dry stone walling, scything hay meadows, improving our ancient woodland, footpath maintenance, construction tasks, invasive species removal, timber extraction and general estate repairs. Act as information assistants for the National Trust, communicating with the public whilst onsite, maintaining exceptional standards of customer service as part of delivering the visitor experience. Maintenance of vehicle and cleaning tools and maintaining a clean and tidy workshop, container and yard. Make each visitor feel welcome and help people understand why we need to take care of special places and thinking about the needs of all visitors. Let staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths etc and maintain good relationships with people who share the land. ASK: Contact: Emily Taylor, 01535 607075, emily.taylor@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

PAY: Training & fuel expenses

FOR: National Trust

Join our team of wildlife enthusiasts as we survey flora and fauna on the Brockhampton Estate. Take part in bat and bird surveys, butterfly transects and a wide variety of other wildlife and habitat monitoring programmes. Training and experience in identification of flora and fauna. ASK: Apply through myvolunteering on the National Trust website http://bit.ly/2Eq2Dos or contact craig.cooper@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

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: Nature's Calendar Champion - Lead Student Recorder

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: UK Wide

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

Lead and coordinate student recording for our Nature's Calendar project. In this role volunteers will be working with the conservation team to create support for Nature’s Calendar within their university. The lead student will be expected to coordinate and oversee the recording of their fellow students. We see this as an opportunity for lead students to develop their skills and knowledge. This role is ideal for volunteers who want to use initiative, plan and identify how their university can contribute to Nature’s Calendar. Nature’s Calendar is a Woodland Trust citizen science project which tracks species responses to climate change. We have biological records that date back to 1736.  By becoming a lead recorder you’ll be contributing to this long dataset, while also helping scientists to answer important questions regarding the effects of climate change in UK wildlife. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2MSO17M for further information.

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / Uniform / 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, waterway-related and environmental workshops in schools and guided walks. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

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 principally 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

FOR: Marches Mosses Boglife Project

Great opportunity to assist with the restoration of part of Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised peat bog as part of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project. The NNR is 690ha & straddles the English / Welsh border, 4 miles from Whitchurch, Shropshire & 10 miles from Wrexham. Volunteer work parties take place every Thursday, tasks carried out include estate management, fencing, habitat management and some monitoring works. Protective clothing & in-house training provided.  The role is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is physically fit & prepared to work outdoors.   ASK: Apply with David Tompkins, Volunteer coordinator david.tompkins@naturalengland.org.uk 01948 880362 or visit https://c-js.co.uk/2LMgfS1

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: 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: 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: Trustee

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Gwent, South Wales

PAY: Training and expenses reimbursed

FOR: Gwent Wildlife Trust

Approx 1 day per month. Do you have a passion for wildlife conservation and expertise in the field of ecology, environmental education or charity and business management? With a new 5-year strategic plan in development and significant investment being made in fundraising and project development, this is a particularly dynamic time to join Gwent Wildlife Trust's Council as a trustee. We'd particularly like to hear from anyone with a background in fundraising, charity finance, ecology or law. ASK: Visit www.gwentwildlife.org/jobs or email info@gwentwildlife.org for more info.

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: Far Ings Reserve Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Far Ings National Nature Reserve

PAY: 0

FOR: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Half day to a day weekly or when available. Volunteers help the warden to carry out the management plan, maintaining and creating habitats on the reserve and helping with general maintenance of facilities. You will need to be friendly, enjoy working in a group with people of all ages and backgrounds, be prepared to work outside and get mucky. Some tasks can be physically demanding. Training will be given for the use of tools, volunteers with carpentry and mechanical skills would be very welcome. ASK: Please contact the warden Simon on 01652 634507 or farings@lincstrust.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: Roadside Nature Reserves Volunteer Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Dover, Swale, Medway & More

PAY: Training*

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Roadside Nature Reserves link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. 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. You'll get to see the wildlife and their habitats in a totally new way! *& practical conservation experience, develop knowledge of the ecology, reasonable expenses covered, flexible around your commitments, beneficial for health & wellbeing. ASK: To apply visit www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities or call 01622 662012

JOB: Resilience for Natives - Volunteer Mid Wales, Ceredigion & Gwynedd

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home Based

PAY: Training and equipment loaned

FOR: British Association for Shooting & Conservation

Time: Weekly to daily. The project, continues BASC conservation work with trusted partnerships and collaborations including the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Bangor University. The project is looking to recruit local people, including BASC members, to establish networks of volunteers to monitor and remove mink in four key areas for water vole in Ceredigion and one in Gwynedd adjacent to the Menai Straights, and improve habitat for water vole in key locations. The project will also continue to support the Mid-Wales Red Squirrel Project by further developing the grey squirrel control network around the Tywi Forest area, and assessing the effectiveness of using volunteer surveys to assess the level of tree bark damage from grey squirrels.  ASK: See https://basc.org.uk/conservation/green-shoots/green-shoots-in-wales/ for further details and registration form.

JOB: Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Swale, Kent

PAY: Training / reasonable expenses*

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

1+ days per week. Making a Buzz for the Coast is an ambitious new project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including practical tasks on sites and wildlife monitoring. *Training, practical conservation experience, develop knowledge of the ecology and habitat requirements of bees, reasonable expenses covered, great team environment, beneficial for health & wellbeing. ASK: To apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2NoGSfS, or call 01622 662012

JOB: Volunteer Ranger

BE4: N / A

LOC: High Wycombe, Bucks

PAY: Some internal training

FOR: Chiltern Rangers CIC

Weekly, monthly, yearly - the choice is yours!  Longer term placements are available. Come and join our award-winning Ranger team.  Have fun outside and gain new skills whilst learning about the management of woodland, chalk grassland and chalk streams.  Feel the benefit of being in the outdoors surrounded by nature – we make a good cup of tea too.  No experience required.  Applicants must be 16 or over.  ASK: Contact steph@chilternrangers.co.uk for more information.

JOB: Habitat Restoration Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

IV: 28/12/2018

LOC: Forres

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild things!

4 - 8 hours a month. We need enthusiastic volunteers to help with our Habitat Restoration Programme removing Giant Hogweed and other invasive non-native species from the River Findhorn. ASK: Find out more from Elspeth Nawrocki on enquiries@wild-things.org.uk

JOB: Beinn Eighe NNR Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accommodation

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Stay for a month or come for up to six months. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities & learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience. Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland, make new friends, improve your CV & exp Highland life at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for the nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. We need help with a variety of estate work incl woodland management, path maintenance, deer management, species monitoring & help with visitor management incl working in our Visitor Centre (open Easter to late October). ASK: More information about Beinn Eighe & Loch Maree Islands NNR can be found at: https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K. For more information or to apply email alison.rowe@nature.scot or phone 01463 7001660.

JOB: Voluntary Survey Assistant (Casual), Bats

BE4: N/A

LOC: Manchester area

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

I'm looking for voluntary assistants in & around the Manchester area to help with dusk emergence & dawn return-to-roost surveys, from April / May to September / October inclusive. Applications accepted throughout but please apply as early as possible. This casual work can be a useful addition to the CV of anyone interested in ecology & wildlife conservation. It can be done around your other commitments, perhaps once or twice a week, possibly incl weekends. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful. With 30 years' exp of working with bats, I offer a learning opportunity for anyone interested in working with bats. Existing exp of watching bats in flight & / or using a heterodyne detector is useful. Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills & professional approach are vital. The closer to BL9 you live the more opportunities you are likely to have. Most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary. Please supply your name, e-mail address, 'phone number & summer address for an application pack. There may be an opportunity for you to gain exp of other aspects of bat & bird survey work. ASK: bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171

JOB: Tree Team Volunteer - Thursdays

BE4: N / A

IV: 28/12/2018

LOC: Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, Kent

PAY: Full training provided

FOR: Forestry Commission

A new & exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of a small team undertaking practical work in Bedgebury Pinetum, an internationally renowned conifer collection. Work includes clearing scrub & weeds around specimen trees. Exp of working in a horticultural or arboriculture environment is desired, & you need to be a keen team player with a positive & friendly outlook. A commitment is required to work Thursdays, 10:00 - 15:00, throughout term time & some holidays. Full training is provided as well as the opportunity to partake in other volunteer events at Bedgebury such as annual picnics, awaydays & Thank You Barbecue. Free pass to Bedgebury Pinetum after seven sessions. ASK: Email liz.randall@forestryengland.uk for more details.

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 julia.colpus@nature.scot or volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Dunsmore Living Landscape Volunteering

BE4: N / A

IV: 18/01/2019

LOC: Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, CV3 3GW

PAY: Travel expenses / training

FOR: Warwickshire Wildlife Trust / Dunsmore Living Landscape

The Dunsmore Living Landscape scheme, run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, aims to link up Warwickshire’s ancient woodlands, hedgerows, grasslands and ponds, and reconnect people with their local wild places. We work on nature reserves, farms and country parks throughout the Living Landscape area. Join us to get stuck in with practical habitat management and surveying in this beautiful area. Tasks include hedgerow restoration, coppicing, meadow management and wildflower surveying. ASK: Email anna.jennings@wkwt.org.uk to get involved. See www.exploredunsmore.org for more info.

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: RSPB Sandwell Valley Young Volunteers Group

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

1 day per month. Our young volunteers group is aimed at 13 to 18 year-olds who want to help nature. The group meets once a month and contributes to keeping the reserve in great shape for both people and wildlife, delivering conservation work under the guidance of our group leaders. Activities might involve habitat management, wildlife surveys, creating wildlife homes and more. The aims of the group are: to contribute to the maintenance of the reserve, to gain experience, skills, confidence and to have fun! We're looking for enthusiastic and energetic young people with an interest in wildlife and the outdoors. You will need a willingness to get stuck in, learn new things and get work done in (almost) all weathers. You do not need any previous experience of volunteering or any knowledge of wildlife or conservation: we can help you pick this up after you start. ASK: Please contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk 0121 3577395.

JOB: Ancient Tree Recorder

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Homebased

PAY:

FOR: Woodland Trust

Would you like to get involved with recording ancient, veteran and notable trees? Ancient trees are important culturally and ecologically. Their many niches provide vital habitat for wildlife and many of our most famous ancient trees have links to famous people from our history. The Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) - https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ - is a living database of ancient, veteran and notable trees. So far over 170,000 trees have been added to the ATI, but there are still lots of amazing trees to be discovered. The growing database gives us a much better understanding of where our most important trees are. Recording them is the first step towards getting ancient trees the protection they need. ASK: For further details and to register, please visit our website here : https://c-js.co.uk/2RLKisC

JOB: Urban Buzz Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Bristol

PAY: Expenses and some training

FOR: Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

Seeking volunteers to assist in the creation of pollinator friendly habitats in parks & green spaces across Bristol. Tasks will incl practical habitat management, plug planting, meadow creation, tree planting & bulb planting. Seeking help on Wednesdays & some Mondays too. Time Commitment: Urban Buzz project ends March 2019. ASK: Contact: hayley.herridge@buglife.org.uk

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: Student Work Experience Placements

BE4: 31/12/18

IV: 31/12/2018

LOC: Jersey

PAY: Training

FOR: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Durrell is delighted to be able to offer a number of work exp placements which will give you a unique understanding of working for an international conservation organisation. Develop your skills across a variety of departments, incl the mammal, bird, herpetology, lab & veterinary, education & marketing departments. There is also the opportunity to complete research projects & dissertations during your placement. Please download the guidelines here https://c-js.co.uk/2PPssD0. We will be taking applications from mid-September 2018 for: summer placements (min eight weeks) - starting May / June 2019 to September 2019; short-term placements (min eight weeks) - starting September 2019 to May / June 2020; long-term placements (9-12 months) - 1st September 2019 to August 2020. If you are selected for interview we will arrange to contact you via Skype or telephone in early January 2019. If you are required to complete a research project during your placement please indicate this at the time of your application. ASK: To apply please send a CV & a letter of application to eluned.price@durrell.org. Please indicate which placement & your preferred department(s). Chat: Eluned Price, eluned.price@durrell.org, 01534 860044

JOB: Water Quality Monitor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: River Thame Catchment (Aylesbury, Thame, Dorchester-on-Thames)

PAY: 0

FOR: The River Thame Conservation Trust

Clean, unpolluted water can support rich and diverse wetland plant and animal communities. Sadly it only takes a little pollution to cause the loss of much of this wildlife. With increasing pressures on the freshwater landscape it is important to monitor the water quality of streams, rivers and ponds to pick up harmful pollution and to ensure we continue working towards good water quality in which wildlife can thrive. We are looking for volunteers to help monitor the water quality of the River Thame and its hundreds of surrounding waterbodies by using quick and simple kits to measure the levels of two widespread nutrient pollutants, nitrate and phosphate. These two nutrients are invisible to the eye, but within a few short minutes and a colour change reaction you can make the invisible visible, and contribute to a catchment wide survey.     Choose as many sites as you would like - time commitment is up to you ASK: For more information please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2nEmxVf

JOB: Reserves Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Washington Wetland Centre, Tyne & Wear, NE38

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1 - 2 days per week. A very rewarding experience and ideal for those considering work within the conservation sector. Discount is available in the cafe and shop on the days of volunteering. By working as part of the reserves volunteer team you will assist with the management of all aspects of the nature reserve. This will help to provide our wildlife with the most beneficial of habitats and provide visitors with a great day out and encourage them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people. You will be: removing invasive plant species; assisting with maintenance of hedges and trees; assisting with maintenance of meadows; creating and maintaining infrastructure such as pathways and hides; creating and maintaining wildlife habitat including ponds, woodland and meadows; assisting with wildlife and wildflower surveys. ASK: To find out more please contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420.

JOB: Woodland Working Group Member

BE4: N / A

LOC: Londonthorpe Wood, Grantham, Lincolnshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Woodland Working Group at Londonthorpe Wood are seeking new members to perform practical tasks at this attractive wood.  Londonthorpe boasts a range of habitats including an area of mature woodland and a pond, divided into three parts by roads. Grass pathways meander through the trees and open meadow areas ablaze with wild flowers in spring and summer. 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 site in line with the management plan and as agreed with the Woodland Working Group Leader and the Volunteer Manager. Time commitment: once a month, Sundays, October to March. ASK: For further details and to apply, please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2NOaGiA

JOB: Seed Collection Volunteer - Wales

BE4: N / A

LOC: Various sites, Snowdonia, Wales

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for a seed collector to join a small team of volunteers undertaking a large scale collection of local provenance Welsh tree seed and cuttings.  You will be assisting the Volunteer Manager in planning and delivering the collection of native tree seed and cuttings on a seasonal basis from woods in North West Wales, particularly Meirionnydd Oakwoods, Coed Felinrhyd & Llennyrch, Maentwrog, to improve the availability of local provenance Welsh trees for planting in the region. This may involve the use of simple hand tools and equipment. If you have a genuine interest in wildlife conservation and woodlands, especially Western Atlantic Oakwoods, and the ability to identify different native tree species we would be very happy to hear from you.  You will also need an awareness of the importance of biosecurity. ASK: For further details and to apply please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2K0qaOi

JOB: Gems in the Dunes Regular Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ainsdale, Merseyside

PAY: Training

FOR: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

1-2 days per week. We are looking for volunteers to assist with habitat management for our rarest species including sand lizards, natterjack toads, northern dune tiger beetles and petalwort. The habitat management work is varied and will involve removing invasive scrub, creating areas of bare sand and digging new breeding pools. You will also assist with the monitoring of these species and will receive training in identification and survey techniques. You need to be hard working, willing to work outdoors in all weathers and work well in a team. We also run volunteer weekends every third weekend of the month. ASK: To find out more, please contact us at gems-in-the-dunes@arc-trust.org or call 01704 571575.

JOB: Wild Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Pigneys Wood (near North Walsham)

PAY: Training

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help the wildlife of NWT’s Thorpe Marshes through assisting with habitat management. This runs once a month on a Friday & is part of the Broads Landscape Partnership project Water, Mills & Marshes, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). We also require volunteers on a Wednesday, once a month, at Pigneys Wood to assist with habitat management, increase our knowledge of wildlife on the reserve through assisting with wildlife surveys, & to help visitors enjoy this site by helping with keeping pathways open & improving access. This activity is run in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers, funded by the HLF. ASK: Contact Mark Webster 07843 069567 markw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.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: Conservation Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: All over Scotland!

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

NTS is always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Conservation Volunteer Groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen & Inverness. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills & work in beautiful gardens & stunning countryside throughout Scotland. Must be over 18 & reasonably fit. ASK: Contact Julie Bond, 0131 4580315, jbond@nts.org.uk



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