Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements
Environmental and Outdoor Education

18 pages in total, the lead article is from the Ancient Tree Forum on the importance and management of veteran trees. Having discovered the difference between veteran & ancient trees we also find out from the Woodland Trust how managing an ancient woodland is different from any other woodland. Forest Research provide an update on tree health describing some of the new threats. The Tree Council discuss their work with Ash Dieback and the threat it poses to non-woodland trees. The Orchard habitat and how to manage orchards is provided by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). Building your career in forestry from Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the importance of education and learning. Dr James Walmsley at Bangor University talks about the differences between commercial forestry work and a career in arboriculture. Rounding off nicely with a ‘day in the life’ of Amelia Williams, a Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus


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Environmental and Outdoor Education vacancies: interpretation, field work tutors, public engagement, adventure activities instructors also higher and further education roles.

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: Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service Positions

BE4: 26/11/2017

LOC: Malta

PAY: 0

FOR: Birdlife Malta

Join our international team protecting birds & their habitats & inspiring & educating people about birds & nature in the Maltese Islands, based in our offices & at our nature reserves in Malta. ASK: www.birdlifemalta.org Download & complete the application form, making it clear which department or position you are most interested in & return to info@birdlifemalta.org with subject ‘Application for EVS Assistants (Position)’ together with an updated CV. Please note CVs without the application form filled in will not be considered. Those who have previously participated in the scheme are not eligible to apply.

JOB: Waste Reduction Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Cheshire

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

No min length of commitment, this is a fully flexible role. Events & talks take place during the week, weekends & evenings & you can attend as little or as many of these whenever you are available. Help us to reduce waste across Cheshire West & Chester by doing any of the following: attending events, local shows, fetes & fairs, giving individual advice; delivering workshops in schools; working with community groups; writing articles for press or websites; delivering talks & presentations to local groups & organisations; working with waste management departments at larger events; or anything that suits their skills! Benefit from developing communication skills in a variety of settings with a wide range of people, whilst helping local people save money & help the environment. Age 18+. Driving licence & vehicle may be necessary to attend events. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2ivAWDs Margaret Warren, Project Coordinator margaret.warren@keepbritaintidy.org 07583 019497

JOB: Woodland Management Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders (Central Area)

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Nature Unlimited

A minimum commitment of half a day per week over a 12 week period is desirable. We require volunteers for our employability skills programme. We will support disadvantaged young people & vulnerable adults to develop skills in working as a team, basic woodland management, growing & cooking healthy food & green woodworking techniques. You will be part of a friendly team & receive regular training & support. Sessions take place in a woodland in all weather & will be based mainly in the Galashiels area. No exp required as you will receive necessary training but you should enjoy working with people in the outdoors in all weathers. ASK: Jan 07711 837485 info@natureunlimited.scot

JOB: Education & Outreach Role

BE4: ?

LOC: New Quay, West Wales

PAY: 0

FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

The role is broad & varied, from designing flyers & posters to planning events - there is a lot of planning & preparation involved, but this is often as fun as the final event. National Whale & Dolphin Watch is a major part of the role, ten days over July & August during which there is a push to get as many members of the public involved with watching for whales, dolphins & porpoises as possible. There are events to plan for every day but you will get plenty of help from staff & interns. There is the opportunity to get involved with the data collection side of Sea Watch, conducting land watches, & boat surveys. ASK: http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/internships/

JOB: Natural England Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

PAY: Mileage expenses & personal protective equipment

FOR: Natural England

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available from practical habitat & estate management work to assisting with public events & school visits. No experience necessary but must be willing to work as part of a team. Due to the physical nature of some tasks & the terrain, a good level of fitness is required. ASK: emma.king@naturalengland.org.uk

JOB: Education - Formal Learning Session Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetlands, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

We believe that the best way for people to understand & 'connect' with wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. You will be directly involved in shaping children's unforgettable experience through the warm welcome you give them, your interactions with them & the information that you provide. We need enthusiastic people to help deliver our education programmes to school groups & in doing so ensuring that they feel part of something amazing. You will help out with school groups, lead selected guided learning sessions & interact with children in a sensitive & responsive manner. Attend training sessions & meetings & be aware of procedures regarding child protection. Friendly & approachable to visitors, especially children. Exp in an education setting, confident / exp in delivering enquiry based learning to school groups. Ability to communicate well to a diverse range of audiences & work well in a team of staff & volunteers. Familiar with Martin Mere Centre. Own transport. ASK: Amy Hannan amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

JOB: Education - Learning Support

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, BT23 6EA

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Term time weekdays, public holidays & occasional weekends. We believe that the best way for children & adults to understand & connect to wetlands is to exp them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close. School children & teachers should feel part of something amazing & be motivated to make a difference. You will support the learning team in organising & running the delivery of our learning programmes throughout the year & help to run logistical & practical elements of schools visitation. Good communication skills & an outgoing personality. A willingness & ability to talk to teachers & all age groups of school children. An interest in learning rel activities & enthusiasm for the work of WWT & the natural world. To be a good listener, with the ability to adapt your approach to suit your audience. The ability to work on your own initiative under the direction of the Learning Manager & their staff. You must be able to get yourself to & from the centre. We regret that we are not in a position to reimburse expenses incurred for travel to the site. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891224 http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

JOB: Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

BE4: 23/11/2017

IV: 05/12/2017

LOC: Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield

PAY: Some travel expenses & competitive training budget

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

12 months, 2 - 3 days per week. Stirley Community Farm is all about connecting local people with nature & food! Through our growing education & events calendar the farm’s Inspiring People team delivers a wide range of activities throughout the year, incl school visits, family activities & evening talks for the public. Whether it’s getting stuck in with muddy crafts or exploring how vegetables go from seed to soup we want to engage our local community with the amazing things growing & living on their doorstep in West Yorkshire. If you’d like to gain experience in outdoor learning & environmental education while combining farming & conservation themes this is the role for you! You will gain experience in all aspects of the events programme from designing activities & schools sessions, marketing events to local communities & onto delivering events & leading volunteers. Whether it’s enthusing children to grow their own food or showing visitors newly born calves this role offers a stunning place to volunteer in West Yorkshire as well as brilliant development opportunities. We are looking for someone with a passion for nature they can use to inspire others. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/1TpZtlK

JOB: Environmental Education Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

PAY: Local travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

2 to 4 days per week (Mon - Fri) for 6 months or more. Do you want to work in the environmental sector, but lack the experience to land your first job? Do you want to share your passion for the environment with the next generation? You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them, & try your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skils, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all jpin a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. Previous volunteers have gone on to work for organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Groundwork, BCEP, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Trainee Ranger

BE4: 26/11/2017

LOC: Branscombe, East Devon

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: National Trust

1 year. This role focuses on practical countryside work & you will receive on-the-job training & develop new skills in conservation as you carry out coppicing, hedgelaying, step-building, vegetation clearance & fencing works. You will get involved in local events & educational activities, giving you the opportunity to develop a full set of ranger skills. Sponsored by Sid Vale Association, you will receive first aid at work training & NPTC cert in chainsaw, brushcutter & pesticides as well as a trailer licence. Passion for nature & the outdoors & willing to work outside with volunteer teams whatever the weather. A good level of fitness & full driving licence. Rel volunteering exp desirable. Must be 18+ & live in East Devon. ASK: CV & covering letter detailing why you are applying & any rel exp you have lucy.buckingham@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Storytelling Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, BT23 6EA

PAY: Training, free entry to WWT sites & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

3 - 6 hours per day. Engage visitors, both young & old, during seasonal events throughout the year. We are seeking volunteers for school holidays & you may also be called upon for some weekend storytelling sessions. Deliver storytelling sessions to young children & families using entertaining stories rel to the season or subject matter, bringing the stories to life through the use of different voices, costumes, props & pictures, preparing in advance by helping to source & adapt stories & equipment to be used in the delivery of the sessions, weaving in WWT's key wetland conservation message. Outgoing & friendly with some rel exp of working with children & performance, or demonstrable skills in these areas. Able to work independently & proactively to manage an audience & capture the attention of families & children in an outdoor setting. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891224 http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts & Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, BT23 6EA

PAY: WWT benefits & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Assist the Learning Team (made up of staff & volunteers) to engage visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation of, & delivery of, arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Providing centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events. Liaising with the Learning Manager on all aspects of what is required to carry out arts & crafts activities i.e. ordering stock, material preparation, storage of material etc. An interest in arts & crafts & those relating to children specifically; working knowledge of artistic mediums; good artistic skills & exp of arts & craft prep for small & larger public events; exp working with a variety of age groups; exp of craft resourcing & material preparation with attention to detail & creativity; confident friendly attitude &/or exp of successful face-to-face contact with the public; an interest in & enthusiasm for the work of WWT & the natural world; good listening skills, with the ability to adapt your approach to suit your audience; ability to work on your own initiative under the direction of the Learning Manager. ASK: Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk 01704 891224 http://c-js.co.uk/14HPJyH

JOB: Instructor Training Gap Year Opportunities

BE4: N / A

LOC: Staffordshire, Shropshire & Northamptonshire

PAY: £200 per month spending money, training, accommodation & food


Free 12 month training scheme. The Firm Foundations Instructor Training Scheme is run at our 3 ACUK centres: Whitemoor Lakes is our watersports centre in Staffordshire; Pioneer Centre is our outdoor centre set near the Wye Forest in Shropshire; Benham Sports Arena is a busy indoor sports centre in Northamptonshire. We offer various qualifications across the 3 centres. You can earn nationally recognised qualifications from the British Canoe Union, British Fencing Association & many more awards ranging from watersports to climbing, archery to first aid. On top of this you will also receive centre-specific training. 2nd year option available for full salaried position & extra training. ACUK is the wholly owned operating company of registered charity Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). Operating upon a foundation of Christian principles & offering service regardless of race, religion or creed, NAYC has over 50 years’ experience in providing people with opportunities. Open to 18-24 year olds across the UK. ASK: http://www.acuk.net/firm-foundations

JOB: Forest School / Wild Play Volunteer

BE4: 01/12/2017

LOC: Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Bath BA21NW

PAY: ?

FOR: Bath City Farm

Our mission is to build a caring, healthy & cohesive community through the involvement of local people especially those who are disadvantaged, in the development & maintenance of a productive green space, where they are able to learn about sustainable farming & food growing, acquire new skills & develop new friendships. Our projects use food-growing, looking after animals & exploring the natural world to instil a sense of community & develop self-belief. You will help with our outdoor farm clubs for children & young people, incl our: after school club, outdoor toddler group, bush craft youth group & our farm club. Exp of working with children & interested in playing outdoors, feeding the animals, cooking on a campfire & pond dipping. ASK: Kilda Meadows kilda@bathcityfarm.org.uk incl details of exp & availability. http://www.bathcityfarm.org.uk

JOB: Family Event Helpers

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB South Stack Cliffs (LL65 1YH)

PAY: Training & expenses


We hold a number of small events for families & adults throughout the year as well as three larger events. We are looking for people to help out with different elements such as craft making, mini-beast sessions, dressing up as a puffin or pointing out birds. If you like people & would like to help please get in touch. The South Stack reserve is quite remote & so own transport is useful as there is no public transport to the reserve. Exp of working with families & young people would be an advantage but not essential. A passion for wildlife & enthusiasm for the work of the RSPB & willingness to share this passion is vital. ASK: Eva Vazquez-Garcia, Community & Volunteer Development Officer - North Wales Tel: 01248 672850 Email: Eva.VazquezGarcia@rspb.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/2iVEHSY

JOB: Roaming Engager - Martin Mere

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Centre

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

One or two days a week during school holidays & / or weekends. You will be moving or positioning yourself around the site in order to talk to visitors about what is of interest there at that time; greet visitors, understand their need, empathise with them, show them what you have to show them & then tell them 'what else is on'. Engage with visitors using a range of appropriate techniques, i.e. talking about flamingos with a telescope set up & focussed on the nest site, as an interactive prop; involving children & their families by using a series of simple wetland busks to ‘draw a crowd’. No previous experience required as training will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site which is also a major visitor attraction. Ideal for those considering a career in environmental education or the leisure & tourism sector. Own transport; experience in either an educational setting or an environment involving children an advantage. Friendly & approachable manner, confident talking to members of the public of all ages; ability to work in a team of staff & volunteers under the direction of a team manager. ASK: http://www.wwt.org.uk Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer, 01704 891224 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Welcome Team -Visitor Services

BE4: N / A

LOC: Martin Mere Centre

PAY: Training

FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

e day per week, 10 - 4. Act as first point of contact for all visitors, providing them with a warm welcome along with appropriate information to aid their visit; conduct specific talks to the public – scripts & training provide; conduct guided walks of the grounds & the reserve, training provided; recruit new members through conservation & specific messages & stories; act as a roving communicator within the waterfowl collection, providing guidance & information to visitors. This is an excellent opportunity to work within an internationally important wetland site; suitable uniform provided & discount in the shop & café on the day of volunteering.   Own transport; confident or experienced in delivering talks; able to work in a team of staff & volunteers; experience in a customer related role advantageous; familiar with Martin Mere centre. ASK: http://www.wwt.org.uk Amy Hannan, Volunteering Development Officer, 01704 891224 amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Various Volunteer Roles

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Exe Estuary, Exeter

PAY: 0


Help to make a difference on the amazing Exe Estuary reserves. We have a variety of roles such as practical conservation, assisting with events, manning the Bowling Green Marsh hide, data recording, dragonfly surveys & more. We aim to find a role that suits you & fits around other commitments. Great chance to meet like-minded volunteers / make new friends. Flexible, 1 day a week would be ideal. No special skills required, just enthusiasm & willingness to work with others. ASK: 01392 833311 eleanor.gifford@rspb.org.uk or tom.pace@rspb.org.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.