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Environmental and Outdoor Education vacancies: interpretation, field work tutors, forest school, public engagement, adventure activities instructors, could also include assisting with summer holiday activities, attending agriculture shows and events.

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JOB: Voluntary Education Intern
BE4: 31-01-2022
IV: 07-02-2022
LOC: West Cumbria
PAY: travel expenses and training provided
FOR: West Cumbria Rivers Trust

West Cumbria Rivers Trust has a crucial role to play in raising awareness and increasing understanding of West Cumbria’s rivers and lakes. We do this by connecting with people locally to make a positive difference to the health of rivers, lakes, people and wildlife. We are looking for a confident and creative person to become our Education Intern to help support our Learning & Engagement Officer with the delivery of our busy education programme. You'll have a real passion for environmental education and inspiring the next generation. You'll support with the delivery of our popular Wild About Rivers primary school programme, Forest Schools, community events and design and create education resources. Three days per week. A full driving licence and access to own vehicle is required for this post. If you think this is the post for you please send your CV and a cover letter to cathy@westcumbriariverstrust.org or call Cathy on 07494425759 for more information.

JOB: Dunnet Bay Wildlife Watch Leader (x2)
BE4: 30-01-2022
IV: --
LOC: Dunnet Bay, Scotland
PAY:
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Please note - the completion of an application to the PVG scheme is essential for this role, due to the close work involved with young people. Successful applicants will be supported through this simple application and costs covered by Scottish Wildlife Trust. What we are looking for: an interest in wildlife; creativity; good organisational skills; enjoys the outdoors; enthusiastic about helping children and/or young people to have fun discovering wildlife. Useful but not essential: experience of working with children; lives locally; first aid qualified; experience of working or volunteering for conservation. What you will get in return: a chance to be part of an excellent environmental education group; inspire the next generation to care about wildlife and the environment; get out and about and experience wildlife; an opportunity to create and lead sessions. Time: TBC - 4 hours a month. To apply and for more details, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3JPBCw7.

JOB: Aberdeen Wildlife Watch Leader (x2)
BE4: 30-01-2022
IV:
LOC: Aberdeen, Scotland
PAY:
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Please note - the completion of an application to the PVG scheme is essential for this role, due to the close work involved with young people. Successful applicants will be supported through this simple application and costs covered by Scottish Wildlife Trust. What we are looking for: an interest in wildlife; creativity; good organisational skills; enjoys the outdoors; enthusiastic about helping children and/or young people to have fun discovering wildlife. Useful but not essential: experience of working with children; lives locally; first aid qualified; experience of working or volunteering for conservation. What you will get in return: a chance to be part of an excellent environmental education group; inspire the next generation to care about wildlife and the environment; get out and about and experience wildlife; an opportunity to create and lead sessions. Time: TBC - 4 hours a month. To apply and for more details, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3JPBCw7.

JOB: Wildlife Trainees Conservation (Buckinghamshire)
BE4: 28-01-2022, 9am
IV: 2022-02-10
LOC: Buckinghamshire (North or South)
PAY: Training, travel expenses
FOR: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

Conservation is a competitive field and it can be hard to show that you have the experience needed to land your first job. If you have a real desire to work in this rewarding and satisfying field, but need to boost your skills and experience, a volunteer Wildlife Trainee position with BBOWT may be the perfect role for you. To get the most out of this opportunity, you’ll need to be available for 3 days/week over a period of 12 months. You don’t need to be especially knowledgeable, although previous relevant volunteering experience will help you know more about what’s involved. You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, feel comfortable in teams and be willing to supervise volunteers. You will benefit from a substantial amount of training and get plenty of active experience, learning from our experienced, professional employees and volunteers. You’ll also have access to outdoor first aid certification and NPTC chainsaw, and have the opportunity to develop an essential network of contacts in the sector.

Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire x 2

Based out of Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Bucks reserves, which include Finemere and Whitecross Green Woods and the Upper River Ray Living Landscape. These reserves form a stronghold of nature in an area under increasing development pressure, and host a range of species including rare wading birds, butterflies, ancient woodland indicator plants and small mammals. In this post you will learn about and complete tasks for the practical management of woodland, species rich hay meadows and hedgerows, as well as wetland and lake sites. You will also improve your species ID skills, and develop your professional network and leadership skills.

Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) College Lake & South Buckinghamshire x 2

Based out of College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG), this is a split role shared between the College Lake and South Buckinghamshire teams (your time will be evenly divided between each team). You’ll have a dedicated mentor with the experience to guide and support you through your traineeship. Joining our skilled and knowledgeable teams, you’ll learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at College Lake and across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include beautiful woodland at Dancersend, wetland at Weston Turville Reservoir, and chalk grassland at Yoesden. College Lake is also a busy site, with a thriving visitor centre and education centre, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of public engagement; an essential skill in modern conservation work. Full role description and application form here

JOB: Learning Team Voluntary Internship
BE4: 31-01-2022
IV: --
LOC: Suffolk
PAY: Level 1 Forest School, Level 3 Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator plus other training.
FOR: Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is the leading provider of wildlife and conservation learning opportunities in Suffolk, based around our network of nature reserves and centres. This role is central to achieving this with a focus on helping people to discover nature on our reserves and other local sites - inspiring people with first hand experiences of nature. The role is for 6 months, minimum 3 days a week, starting in March 2022. Up to 6 vacancies are available across the county. Closing date 31 January, interviews week beginning 7 & 14 February. SWT voluntary internship programme: explore a career that matches your interests; gain relevant knowledge skills and experience; network with other professionals in the sector; access accredited training and career development support. For further details visit https://c-js.co.uk/3yykaHg

JOB: Active Forest Volunteer
BE4: 30-12-2022
IV: --
LOC: Durham
PAY: Clothing, training, parking
FOR: Forestry England

Regular Volunteer sessions led by our Ranger Team. Tasks include practical work, trail maintenance, vegetation clearance, event support. Email contact : Laura.hull@forestryengland.uk

JOB: Wilder Coast Volunteer - Oare Marshes & South Swale
BE4: 01-06-2022
IV: --
LOC: Oare Marshes & South Swale
PAY: Role training and full support. Reasonable travel expenses.
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Wilder Coast Volunteers are ambassadors for Oare Marshes and South Swale Nature Reserves, enthusing visitors about this special place and raising awareness about how people can use the site responsibly and share it with its fantastic wildlife. You’ll be vital in increasing Kent Wildlife Trusts presence on site, helping to protect a sensitive and important reserve and acting as extra eyes and ears for the warden team. The reserves are host to very special and unique habitats and the wonderful wildlife associated with it, and the site is popular with visitors. However, an increase in recreational activities has had an impact on wildlife populations, and a wide range of wading bird species that depend on this site have experienced catastrophic declines in recent years and decades. You need to have a passion for nature and wildlife and a willingness to share the message of Kent Wildlife Trust. You should be happy to work outdoors in all weathers and willing to work alone as well as travel to these remote sites. You will need to enjoy meeting new people and not be afraid to strike up a conversation with the public. You will need to be calm and good under pressure. You will receive a full induction and training prior to undertaking the role. Full support will be given to you during the role. All health and safety and lone working procedures will be covered before you undertake the role. The role is flexible and allows you to undertake the tasks on days and times that suit you. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3E2NQNR

JOB: Wilder Coast Volunteers - Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
BE4: 01-06-2022
IV: --
LOC: Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
PAY: Role training and full support. Reasonable travel expenses.
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

Wilder Coast Volunteers are ambassadors for Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, raising awareness about how and where people can share the bay responsibly with its wildlife. We need people to understand which areas they should avoid for the good of the birds that depend upon the site and how they can help us reduce disturbance levels, as well as helping them learn about the rich wildlife found in this special place. We are also looking for people interested in volunteering who may not be so confident with interacting with the general public to record activity as you walk around the reserve. You’ll be a vital Kent Wildlife Trust presence helping to protect a sensitive and important reserve and acting as extra eyes and ears for the warden team. You need to be passionate about wildlife and the environment but no specialist knowledge is needed. You should have a cheerful, friendly and calm personality and be happy to carry out your role alone (buddy up systems can arranged if you would prefer to work in pairs). Full training will be provided. You’ll get to enthuse people about their local wildlife, helping them to get closer to nature. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/3E7cbCd

JOB: Farm Visit Supporter
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: The Country Trust

Farm Visit Support volunteers assist The Country Trust staff to take urban children out to farms, to learn about the working countryside, where their food come from, and the wider natural world. The volunteers ensure the smooth running of these visits and work alongside host farmers and staff to enhance the children’s experience of the countryside which in the long term, helps them to widen their horizons and have greater aspirations. We are looking for people who: are fit enough to cope with rough terrain on occasions; have an interest in working with children and a willingness to share knowledge of the countryside. We can sometimes provide transport to farms depending on location. If you are interested but outside the Northants/Cambs/Beds area, please get in touch as we do have roles elsewhere. Please email ahuggins@countrytrust.org.uk or ring 07926 889527. For more information on our Farm Discovery Programme, visit https://c-js.co.uk/3DBI4CS.

JOB: Forest School / Children Nature Session Volunteer
BE4: 01-02-2022
IV: --
LOC: South London
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: Nature Vibezzz

Practical nature conservation, environmental education and forest school sessions are run in South London mainly Lambeth. Ideally volunteers shall live in London and have knowledge or experience of either environmental education, forest school or horticulture. In order to work with vulnerable people and children the volunteer will be asked to take a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Environmental Education / Nature Craft / Forest School sessions are run at partner sites in South London in Streatham / West Norwood. Most of the activities run are aimed at children 3 to 12 years old and we also encourage parents to come along. The volunteer role would be to support Nature Vibezzz staff running practical activities on community projects and after school clubs, currently Nature Vibezzz project activities are mainly run on Wednesdays, Sundays, Saturdays & Mondays. Volunteers shall learn from experienced forest school and environmental education professionals regarding how to manage community projects and practical forest school / children nature sessions. Volunteers can claim London travel expenses. Email: info@naturevibezzz.org for more details.

JOB: Hive Volunteer
BE4: 31-03-2022
IV: --
LOC: Hive, Moss Bank Park, Bolton
PAY: Experience, induction, training, expenses.
FOR: Lancashire Wildlife Trust

We have a range of new, fun and varied Community Engagement Volunteering Roles with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, at The Hive in the heart of Bolton's flagship Moss Bank Park. Hopefully there is something for everyone as roles include: 1 - Guided Walk Leader 2 - Weekend or school holiday Park Visitor volunteer 3 - Weekend Family Event volunteer 4 - Hive Centre volunteer 5 - Play Engagement volunteer 6 - Story Morning volunteer 7 - Craft volunteer 8 - Fixed Upper volunteer. Should you have some free time over the summer or longer term, or are looking for some experience to help you change or further your career, then this could be for you. Up to 4 hours per week. Visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/3hWXE2O.

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