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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: Mapping Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training available and Travel reimbursement up to £5.00
FOR: Prospects Foundation

A volunteer is required to support PROSPECTS Foundation to map Hyndburn’s woodland spaces. The role will involve using various tools to map the borough’s woodlands to provide detailed information about woodland sites to support PROSPECTS Foundation and other organisations planning and delivery of woodland management. This is an ideal opportunity for some looking to gain experience of working in the outdoor sector and would suit a student/graduate and/or someone looking for a career change. Ideally the volunteer will have a broad range of knowledge and skills relating to digital mapping. An enthusiastic attitude and willingness to contribute to PROSPECTS as a whole and the Mapping part of the Habitats & Heritage project are essential. Knowledge and experience of GIS - Geographic Information System mapping would be advantageous. Knowledge of local geography would be a positive. 4 hpw. Contact gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk to enquire about the role and register your interest.

JOB: Habitats and Heritage Volunteer
BE4: April 2023
IV: --
LOC: Accrington, Hyndburn East Lancashire
PAY: Training & travel up to £5.00
FOR: The Prospects Foundation

Prospects Foundation manages 8 woodlands in the borough on behalf of Lancashire County Council. Volunteers are needed to support Prospects to look after these and other sites in Hyndburn through practical environment conservation activities and training. Volunteers will engage in practical environmental conservation tasks including; litter picking, Invasive species/woodland/meadow/pond management and maintenance. Training opportunities are available to gain AQA certificates along with Health and Safety and First Aid. This is a practical role and would suit people who are physically active and willing to volunteer in all weather conditions. Level of commitment; 3-4 hours on a Wednesday and/or Thursday during the daytime. There will be opportunities to take part in extra training and workshops at other times of the week. For more information please contact Gareth on 01254 230348 or gareth.muir@prospectsfoundation.org.uk.





JOB: BogLIFE Project Voluntary Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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; steve.dobbin@naturalengland.org.uk, 07826 530767.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserves Volunteer Warden
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Suffolk
PAY:
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: https://c-js.co.uk/3aVnbW6 please contact RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk to register your interest.

JOB: Friends Volunteer Roles (Various)
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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 scpch@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

JOB: Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary
PAY:
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 charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org.

JOB: Wildlife Survey / Monitoring Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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 gwcanal@devon.gov.uk for more information.

JOB: Long-term Volunteer, Skokholm Island
BE4: 01-02-2022
IV:
LOC: Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire
PAY:
FOR: Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Each season we invite four volunteers to come to Skokholm and help the Wardens manage the Island and Bird Observatory and monitor its wildlife. There are two positions running from 1 April until 30 June 2022 and two from 1 July until 30 September 2022. You will help us deliver all of the seabird monitoring work on Skokholm along with contributing to the running of the guest accommodation, the management of the Island and the work of the Bird Observatory. If you are working towards a career in conservation, with a real interest in seabirds, islands and Bird Observatories then why not consider joining us for three months next year? To find out more and to download an application form, please visit https://bit.ly/3wOGY4Q.

JOB: Research intern
BE4: 31-01-2022
IV: --
LOC: New Quay, Ceredigion
PAY:
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

Interns are invited to assist the Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) with the running of the ‘Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project’ which supports the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay. Interns will assist New Quay staff by taking part in the following tasks: land-based surveys; boat-based surveys.; photo-identification matching; data entry; public awareness; assisting in training courses and other needs of the charity. Full time role. Interns will be based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales. Accommodation is provided by a private landlord through rental of a shared house at around £74 per person per week. 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 katrin.lohrengel@seawatchfoundation.org.uk with a completed Research Intern application form (available on the Sea Watch website) and CV.

JOB: Research Assistant and Intern Co-ordinator
BE4: 17-01-2022
IV:
LOC: New Quary, Ceredigion
PAY: Accommodation provided, additional information on our website
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

Sea Watch Foundation (SWF) are looking for a Research Assistant / Intern Coordinator to assist with the running of the ‘Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project’ which supports the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay. Responsibilities will include: Coordination between the Monitoring Officer and project interns. Assisting New Quay staff in training interns in land- and boat based surveys, photo ID studies, database entry, and more. Assisting the Monitoring Officer in all phases of the research. Liaising closely with the Education Officer and Education Assistant. Optional opportunity to undertake a personal research project supervised by the Monitoring Officer. Please send your CV and Research Assistant application form (available on the Sea Watch Foundation webpage), and contact details of two referees, reporting any relevant experience you have, to Katrin Lohrengel- katrin.lohrengel@seawatchfoundation.org.uk

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