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

37 pages in total, the lead article is from TCV and details the changing face of volunteering through the seasons, although you think it’s cold and miserable outside in winter there are still plenty of tasks to be completed. The importance of Trustees is highlighted by Froglife CEO Kathy Wormald. Lancashire Wildlife Trust uses cattle, sheep, goats and ponies for conservation grazing; find out what it’s like to be a livestock checker and how this can help in a career with animals. Beth Aucott is a Warden with RSPB; find out how volunteering helped her get a paid position in the sector. Jane Shah from RSPB was kind enough to answer some questions about residential volunteering and a former volunteer introduces himself as the RSPB Regional Director for Eastern England. OPAL runs lots of citizen science projects you can easily get involved in; find out how a little bit of your time can improve your career prospects. This edition also carries lots of voluntary vacancies and work day opportunities. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus


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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.

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: Volunteer Engagement Ranger

BE4: 31/10/18 midnight

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Paignton, Devon

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

We are seeking 2 enthusiastic volunteers 18+ to support delivery of the visitor engagement side of the Trust’s Green Heart Project in Cockington Country Park, with the chance to gain skills & exp in areas such as: delivering environmental & heritage education; volunteer recruitment & management; event development & delivery; practical conservation; first aid & health & safety. Free accommodation, (en-suite room in refurbished cottage with communal areas) & training rel to the role is provided. 30-37 hpw, with degree of flexibility; may include occasional evenings / weekends; ideally for min. 6 months. You will be subject to a DBS check. These are volunteer positions & do not constitute employment, no employment contract or related rights will arise out of any appointment to these positions. ASK: Please visit https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/about-tcct/vacancies & complete a volunteer registration form. We will contact you for an informal chat & arrange for you to spend a day with us

JOB: Volunteer Eco-Schools Assessor

BE4: 14/1/19

LOC: England

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Keep Britain Tidy

Are you passionate about environmental education? Would you like to help encourage your young people to become more environmentally responsible? Would you like to help create great community cohesion in your Local Authority? Would you like to encourage schools to become more sustainable and environmentally aware? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be interested in becoming an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor. The Eco-Schools programme is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an international standard that schools attain to show their commitment to the environment. To gain the Green Flag, the school must be assessed by an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor. This process involves the assessor reading the school’s Green Flag application documents, and then visiting the school to meet the Eco-Committee and Eco-Coordinator to assess whether the Eco-Schools ethos is embedded throughout the school.  ASK: Please see: https://c-js.co.uk/2Mr5Y9z for further details.

JOB: Assistant Project Officer

BE4: 25/9/18

IV: 3/10/18

LOC: Salford, Greater Manchester

PAY: Expenses*

FOR: City of Trees

City of Trees is pleased to offer an opportunity for motivated individual to benefit from up to 6 months’ work exp in the area of community engagement with the community forestry sector, ideally 3 days a week. The placement will involve carrying out a variety of office, site & event based work & activities. By assisting the City of Trees team, they will be asked to help with research, practical activities such as tree planting & woodland management, site assessments, maintaining tools & equipment, project management & public engagement events. At such events, the APO will also assist with the supervision of volunteers, school children & community groups. The City of Trees team has many different ongoing projects & the post holder will gain a good breadth of exp across many areas of community forestry. There will be occasional events / meetings that will fall on weekends or evenings. *A subsistence allowance of up to £5 per day is available as well as payment of travel costs of up to £5 per day. All volunteering related travel expenses will be reimbursed. ASK: Contact beth@cityoftrees.org.uk

JOB: North Downs Way Ambassador

BE4: N / A

IV: 21/09/2018

LOC: Surrey / Kent

PAY: Training

FOR: Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Do you like walking, storytelling and have good local knowledge of the history and countryside in Surrey / Kent? We are looking to recruit and train a small group of Ambassadors to lead guided walks on the North Downs Way. You will be provided with maps & resources to help you plan your events to encourage people with little or no experience of countryside walking. If you think you would make a good ambassador and have the capacity to lead periodic walks (4-6 per year) please visit our web site to book and send an email to peter.morris@kentdowns.org.uk briefly describing why you think you’d be a good ambassador and what kind of walks or events you would deliver to engage more people with the North Downs Way. The first training session will take part during our Pilgrims Festival in Wye on Thursday 27th September 2018 at the New Flying Horse Pub in Wye. The event is free and will run from 11am – 4pm with lunch included. Other training sessions will take place later in the year so please get in touch if you are interested but cannot make this date. ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2oosSVl

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts and Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1/2 - 1 day a week. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. You will be assisting the learning team (staff & volunteers) to engage our visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation & delivery of arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Provide centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events i.e. half-terms, Easter, summer holidays, Halloween, Christmas, weekends etc. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Nidd Gorge - Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Hackfall to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory & boasts original features such as grottos & glades, rustic temples & waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebells in spring & an impressive number of woodland birds. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional exp during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2MjTCAC

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Hackfall - Grewelthorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire

BE4: N / A

LOC: Ripon, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Nidd Gorge to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This woodland, near Knaresborough clings to a dramatic steep-sided valley. Its patchwork of habitats supports a wealth of wildlife & flora, with relics of an intriguing history dating back to the Iron Age. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional experience during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Please visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2KvT7BC

JOB: Roaming Engager

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

PAY: Suitable uniform provided*


What will you be doing? Moving or positioning yourself around the site (outdoors) in order to talk to visitors about what is of interest there at that time; Greeting visitors, understanding their needs, empathising with them, showing them what you have to show them, and then telling them ‘what else is on’; Engaging with visitors by using a range of appropriate techniques. Who are we looking for? No previous experience is required as training will be provided.  However this role will suit you if you have a love of wildlife and the outdoors; Experience either in an educational setting or in an environment involving children would be an advantage; A friendly and approachable manner, confident in talking to members of the public of all ages. *Discount available at cafe and shop on volunteering days. One or two days a week during school holidays and/or weekends. ASK: For further details and to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2uCalbx If you have any questions please send them to: sam.hodgkinson@wwt.org.uk

JOB: Living Seas Wales Volunteer

BE4: Open year round

LOC: South / West Wales area

PAY: Training / some expenses

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

We’re looking for volunteers to become involved in the Living Seas Wales Project, an exciting new, Wales wide coastal project. Volunteer tasks can include marine and coastal surveys, attending our Living Seas Live roadshow (set locations), community engagement / education, collecting / archiving historical records and more! Some activities can be undertaken in your local area or from home. Volunteering is a great way to experience our amazing marine life, contribute towards marine conservation, gain new skills and have fun! We’re looking for wildlife enthusiasts, people with a passion for marine conservation, those interested in coastal heritage / history or individuals aiming towards a career in conservation. You don’t need a background in science to become involved!  ASK: For more information please contact volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545560224. You can also visit https://goo.gl/QknrVd

JOB: Event Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Tring, Hertfordshire


FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for active and enthusiastic people to assist at events at Tring Park. Tring Park is one of Hertfordshire's most important ecological areas and one of the Woodland Trust's most exciting and diverse sites. In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside other volunteers, to engage with the public and support event delivery. You will be using your natural enthusiasm, practical and people skills and your passion for nature to help us interact with the public to encourage them to become engaged with the Woodland Trust's work. ASK: Please see our website for further details and to apply via a short form. https://c-js.co.uk/2LRn93V

JOB: Park Explorers Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: National Trust Morden Hall Park, South London

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust

Mondays during school term times. You will help to lead an innovative programme of weekly activities for children aged from 18 months to 4 years and their parents / carers. Bring Morden Hall Park to life for families as they learn through outdoor activities, storytelling, crafts & songs.   Friendly & enjoy working with families; enthusiastic about being outdoors, developing & leading activities that get young children hands on to explore & learn about the natural world. Enjoys storytelling, leading songs, creating & leading craft activities. Strong communicator with good customer service skills, enjoys being part of a team & comfortable leading & giving directions to others. Suitable for somebody looking to improve their CV & gain hands-on early years exp. ASK: For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: Schools on Reserves Learning Support & Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve

PAY: Training & expenses


Here at Conwy, school groups book onto Sessions in which they learn all about and are inspired by the beautiful and amazing wildlife on the reserve. You will help us inspire children and their accompanying adults, assisting with the games and lessons and supporting children as we go. During school terms, but mainly April to July. Training and support will be given, and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. Relevant RSPB clothing and equipment will be provided, and you will be treated as part of the team at RSPB Conwy. ASK: Learning Support Volunteer: read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2q8cZU2 Learning Assistant Volunteer: read more at https://c-js.co.uk/2H08xk4

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, Sustrans, Leeds City Council & The Conservation Volunteers! ASK: http://www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange/volunteering

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Benefits include Training, expenses


Are you able to inspire people about nature? We are looking for people to chat, help and have fun! We want to make Farnham & Hazeley Heath reserves a wonderful place for everyone. Although we do not have a visitors centre we do attend local activities and are looking for people like you who can bring the personal touch to the world of nature and be able to enthuse people about wildlife and the RSPB locally.   Your tasks will be varied but will include: assisting with guided walks; helping to set up, run a small event stand and pack away afterwards; chatting to people about our heathland reserves and the work of the RSPB; assisting with creating promotional work; creating information displays.   This is a seasonal role but we tend to be busier during the spring and summer. Time commitment: At least 1 day per month. ASK: Contact: Mary Braddock, RSPB, c/o Rural Life Centre, The Reeds, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL, 01252 795632, 07714 271024 mary.braddock@rspb.org.uk

Volunteer Farm Officer / Tutor

Location: Water Orton, North Warwickshire

The role will require the farm officer/tutor to lead small groups of vulnerable people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and autism, in a range of animal related activities based on our educational farm. These include- horse care, agricultural animals, conservation and small animal care. Outside of the tutor role you will also help to look after the small farm, its animals and facilities. 

  • Closing Date: 03/10/2018
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 05/09/2018

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.