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Voluntary Opprtunities: Ecology and Biodiversity

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Ecology voluntary roles: covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy; may include tasks as such helping with fieldwork and surveys

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JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent
PAY: 0
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Kent
PAY:
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Grounds and Surveying Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Williton, West Somerset.
PAY: Tea and cake
FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking volunteers to help us maintain our wildlife garden, extensive grounds and be part of our long-term wildlife surveying programme around the centre. Nettlecombe Court is a Tudor and Georgian mansion, which is now a residential field centre nestled within fantastic oak parkland, in a secluded valley on the edge of Exmoor. Knowledge of gardening and maintenance work beneficial. Regular volunteer days held on the last Friday of each month. To find out more email: education.nettlecombecourt@field-studies-council.org or call Verity Jones on 01984 640 320.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire
PAY:
FOR: Hampshire County Council

Hampshire Countryside Service are looking for volunteers to help maintain and improve four of our sites around Bishop's Waltham. These sites are: Claylands, The Moors, Dundridge Meadows and the Rail Path; each covering a variety of different habitats to manage. Our tasks run twice a month, on a Tuesday, from September to March and once a month through the rest of the year. Tasks begin at 10:30am and run until about 3pm. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in conservation work and to meet like-minded people. The work can vary from scrub control to infrastructure repairs and surveys. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge, as are all tools and equipment. If you are interested, please contact the Central Sites Team on: centralcountrysidesites@hants.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Surrey Countryside Partnerships Voluntary Internships
BE4: Ongoing
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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). 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
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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. Apply to Steve Dobbin, Reserve Manager and Volunteer Adviser; steve.dobbin@naturalengland.org.uk, 01948 880362

JOB: Practical Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Across Penwith, Cornwall
PAY: Travel expenses & training available
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Come & learn more about the work we do across Penwith in practical conservation, archaeology, ecology improving public access & farming practices. We are running volunteer sessions to clear vegetation to uncover some of Penwith’s archaeological treasures, restore Cornish hedges & improve access along trails connecting ancient sites. We need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves & get stuck in, embrace learning new skills & enjoy working outside in all weathers. The sessions are fascinating days out with friendly people - a great way to boost your health & wellbeing. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch & waterproof / outdoor clothing.  All training, tools, equipment & refreshments (tea / coffee & biscuits!) provided. Other volunteering opportunities are available for a range of different tasks. For more information and to register contact Holly on holly.berwick@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk or visit https://www.penwithlandscape.com.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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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.   Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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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, surveying historic routes & 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. Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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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. Find out more from Chris Bond, plymouthenvironmentalaction@hotmail.co.uk https://www.pea-volunteering.co.uk

JOB: Dragonfly Recorder
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. Visit https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/get-involved

JOB: Practical Conservation Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV:
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. 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
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LOC: Staunton Country Park, Havant
PAY: Parking, refreshments, training
FOR: Hampshire County Council

This role will work alongside other volunteers and Staunton Country Park Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation tasks. This is an exciting time for Staunton Country Park, which has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to restore Staunton’s Regency heritage, enhance community facilities for visitors and to increase our volunteer offer. Dependent on the seasons, conservation tasks could include; clearing overgrowing vegetation over paths or fence lines, installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches, coppicing, scrub management, wildlife surveying /monitoring and keeping the park tidy and litter free.  No specific skills are needed for this role, although, as most of the work is based outdoors, an interest in the countryside and a willingness to volunteer in all weathers is desirable. A basic level of fitness is needed, as conservation tasks require physical activity on uneven terrain. Volunteers must be able to follow instructions and comply with our health and safety procedures. Flexible time commitment. Email stauntonhlf@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Voluntary River Steward
BE4: N/A
IV:
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. Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 13/12/19
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LOC: Mid & West Cornwall
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

4 days a week for 9 - 12 months. Join the Mid & West Cornwall Nature Reserves Teams as a trainee & gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife & countryside sector. You will learn practical conservation & land management across a range of habitats & develop your wildlife knowledge & volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to include chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter & pesticides application. Species ID & surveying courses are also available. We have an excellent track record of trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Rel quals are desirable but not essential. Applicants must enjoy working outdoors & be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. Full UK driving licence essential. Send CV & covering letter to rich.moore@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

JOB: Biodiversity Surveyor
BE4: 8/1/20
IV:
LOC: Various locations in Charnwood Borough
PAY: Travel expenses reimbursed where needed
FOR: RSPB

The RSPB is partnering with idverde, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance company, to conserve biodiversity in parks and green spaces managed by idverde on behalf of Charnwood Borough Council. To help wildlife in our green spaces, we need to know which species are present. Help us survey the wildlife in Charnwood’s green spaces, so we can better conserve them, and to monitor the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.   This a great opportunity to assist the RSPB in biodiversity conservation and make a real difference in your local area. It’s also a chance to spend time in nature and possibly discover a local or national rarity! You’ll gain useful experience of survey work and improve your identification skills. Flexible and reliable, you will need to have a decent amount of identification knowledge in either birds or insects ... or other! Time commitment: flexible, from a few days a month to a few days a year. Contact: Rita Gries, 07881615080 or rita.gries@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger
BE4: 10/12/19
IV: 17/12/19
LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham
PAY: £1000 training budget & free on site accommodation
FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

Start date: Jan 2019. 9 to 12 month placement. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. The successful applicant will initially assist then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon.   Visit http://c-js.co.uk/2spra6v

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers
BE4: 10/2/20
IV:
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 1/4/20 to 30/6/29 & 2 from 1/7/20 to 30/9/20. 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. Please see our website to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2CL0ROZ

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/20
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LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Built in the 1720s, in its hey-day Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem. It will be your role to work within a team of fellow volunteers and undertake woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking, fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures, and work outside on uneven ground in remote locations under variable weather conditions. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance. To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.

JOB: Woodland Conservation Volunteer Facilitator, Volunteer
BE4: 29/2/2020
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LOC: Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: English Heritage

Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. The site is surrounded by diverse woodland and we are looking for passionate, reliable volunteers to help conserve and maintain this precious ecosystem.  It will be your role to facilitate a team of fellow volunteers in undertaking regular woodland conservation tasks. Some of these tasks may be small-scale whilst others may require preliminary training and commitment, such as; tree planting, weeding, coppicing, green woodwork, surveying, habitat and hedgerow management, step, bridge and path making, way marking and fencing. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals who are willing to work as part of a team, use appropriate PPE and adhere to H&S procedures. Previous experience in woodland conservation and/or leadership would be desirable. Time commitment flexible. Dates and times of activities to be pre-agreed in advance.   To apply contact sophie.hearn@english-heritage.org.uk/ 0191 269 1252 or visit our website.

JOB: Conservation Evidence Placement
BE4: 13/12/19
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LOC: WWT Slimbridge HQ, GL2 7BT
PAY: Accommodation, training & discounts
FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

We are looking to recruit a full-time volunteer for a 12 month period who will help provide support in all of the work undertaken by our Conservation Evidence Department. This will include desk & field based research, laboratory work & data analysis supporting us in our work to save wetlands for wildlife & people. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in conservation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the science & research activities within an internationally renowned & multidisciplinary research department. If undertaking volunteering as a student placement, guidance for your personal research project is provided by friendly staff with significant experience in their field & strong links with students at a number of universities. As one of the UK’s leading wetland conservation organisations we have a long history of managing wetland sites & species as well as conducting research into wetland wildlife. To apply: https://c-js.co.uk/31D2qtx

JOB: Living Seas Volunteer
BE4: 5/1/20 (23.59 pm)
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LOC: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, 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 2020 research 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 opportunities include Living Seas, ShoreFin and SeaSeal positions and dates vary depending on the role. Interested? Visit www.cbmwc.org for more information and details on how to apply. You can also contact volunteer@cbmwc.org for further information.