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Voluntary Opportunities: Environmental and Outdoor Education

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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: School 'Wildlife Assembly' Volunteers
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Across Worcestershire
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Our school team is looking for more volunteers to join us and help deliver fun and engaging wildlife assemblies for primary schools. Last year our team delivered over 50 assemblies and we are now looking to expand our offer and reach more schools. Short assemblies are pre-prepared for you and will cover clear topics including our Bzzy Bee assembly about wild bees and our assembly based on the ‘Lost Words’ book. The assemblies are interactive and will include games, props and an element of performance. As a School Assembly volunteer you will have the support of the Engagement Officers. You will have the chance to learn new skills. *You will receive health and safety and child safeguarding training, storytelling training as well as any other training needed such as first aid. Time commitment to suit you, Monday-Friday, school hours. To find out more email volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.

JOB: Volunteer Leader: Youth Group
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Worcester
PAY: Training*
FOR: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Leaders to work alongside our Youth Engagement Officer to help supervise our up & coming youth group ‘Outdoor Origins’. You will be helping us to provide exciting skill-building opportunities for young people between the ages of 14-19. You will be responsible for helping to supervise, guide & encourage groups of young people whilst they undertake a variety of practical & non-practical tasks. Sessions are designed to try & give the young people the best & most varied experience possible so can involve anything from undertaking practical tasks on our nature reserves to skill building sessions incl wildlife ID & green woodworking. *Training in leadership, first aid & tool use as required. You don’t need much experience - just an infectious enthusiasm for our natural world & a willingness to get stuck in.  Time commitment to suit you - monthly / weekly. Interested or want to know more? Get in touch volunteer@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org.

JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Opportunities across Scotland
PAY: Training, garden visits
FOR: Scotland's Gardens Scheme

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714 julie@scotlandsgardens.org.

JOB: Sustrans Schools Cycling Volunteers – I Bike Scotland
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Various across Scotland
PAY: Training*
FOR: Sustrans Scotland

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to help inspire young people to be more active? We're currently looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer with our fantastic I Bike schools projects in Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Dumfries; Edinburgh; Inverness; Perth & West Lothian. You would be supporting activities for children aimed at encouraging more cycling, walking and scooting. What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time! You don't need to be an expert cyclist - we're looking for people who are enthusiastic, committed, reliable, patient and good communicators. We offer an induction and training package for volunteers to develop your confidence in working alongside our I Bike officers in schools. We also provide regular support and opportunities to socialise with other I Bike volunteers, and you will be part of the wider Sustrans volunteering network. *All training provided, including Cycle Ride Leader, bike maintenance and NSPCC Child Protection. Time commitment: at least once a month. Please contact annie.cousins@sustrans.org.uk for more information or visit https://c-js.co.uk/36AOtOH.

JOB: Visitor Engager
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: WWT Slimbridge
PAY: Training, travel expenses & discounts
FOR: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

At Slimbridge Wetland Centre visitors can explore unique wetland habitats and the amazing array of birds, mammals and amphibians that inhabit them. Visitor Engagers are out and about in the grounds, on hand to provide opportunities for visitors to learn about WWT, and help them have a great day out whilst at Slimbridge Wetland Centre. They bring to life the work of our researchers at our Arctic Adventure exhibit and explain our conservation techniques in our new walk-through duckery. They inspire visitors with the breadth of wetland species in the Waterscapes Aviary, and carry out spotlight talks about our collection birds, leaving visitors with a deeper understanding of our centre. Ideally at least one half day a week. Volunteer in an inspiring environment and get closer to nature. Great way to learn new skills. Make a real contribution to the conservation work of WWT. Free entry to all WWT wetland centres throughout the UK. For more information: https://c-js.co.uk/39eq96g.

JOB: Park Explorers Leaders
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
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. For more information visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer or contact the Learning Assistant on 0208 5456853 or mordenhallparklearning@nationaltrust.org.uk with any enquiries.

JOB: Outdoor Adventure Volunteers
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Wiltshire & Swindon
PAY: 0
FOR: The Youth Adventure Trust

We are a charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 years old. Through a series of residential camps & day activities they build resilience, self-esteem & develop social & life skills. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support young people get the most out of their camp experiences. You will take part in all the activities alongside the young people, encouraging & supporting them, overseeing their welfare & guiding them to work together. Activities are all delivered by qualified instructors. Volunteers must be over 21 years old. Enhanced DBS check & references required. Experience of outdoor activities & working with young people are useful, but not essential. We also need volunteers to support our fundraising challenge events. Volunteers support staff with a range of tasks, incl team registration, marshalling & offering support & encouragement to those taking part. For further information contact jon@youthadventuretrust.org.uk or visit www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk or call 07469886523.

JOB: Education Officer
BE4: June 2020
IV: --
LOC: Falkirk & Stirling
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Under The Trees Ltd

An exciting opportunity to join Under the Trees team. Working in the beautiful outdoors whilst gaining experience working with and supporting children and young people. Under the Trees run fun educational outdoor sessions for children and young people. We operate within the Falkirk and Stirling areas and our sessions are outdoors. A Volunteer Education Officer will assist in planning and implementing outdoor sessions including school sessions, family events and nature clubs. Volunteers will be responsible for assisting in maintaining a safe and tidy environment and assisting the staff member. Volunteers are required to have good communication skills, be able to work on their own initiative and have an active and enthusiastic approach. Approx 5 hpw for 1 year. Benefits include training opportunities including child protection, 1 to 1 support and travel expenses. A Disclosure check will be required. Email interest to lesley@underthetrees.co.uk www.underthetrees.co.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

JOB: Volunteer Outdoor Leaders - Youth
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex
PAY: Expenses & training
FOR: Wilderness Foundation UK

Volunteer Outdoor Leaders required for our environmental youth programme at our Essex base. Placements include: school visit group leaders (week days), forest school assistants (Saturdays), holiday day camps leaders (school holidays). Time commitment to suit, can be 1 - 5 days per month. Applicants should have: an interest in nature and the outdoors, an approachable and welcoming demeanour suitable for working with children aged 5 - 10yrs, ability to work safely and responsibly with children in the outdoors. Excellent opportunity to engage young people with the natural world, build experience and skills and get some quality outdoor activity for yourself too. Please contact jenna@wildernessfoundation.org.uk 0300 123 3073 for a volunteer form. A DBS will be processed through us, and you will be asked to complete basic child protection training.

JOB: Events Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Sevenoaks
PAY: 0
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We’re looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers who can help us deliver events at various locations. The tasks are as varied as our events program, and you will always have a lot of fun! Kent Wildlife Trust's events program offers a diverse range of county-wide events for all to enjoy throughout the year, from walks and talks, to workshops and family days out. These events help to support Kent Wildlife Trust's work in conservation and projects to protect wildlife across the county. If you enjoy working with people, are looking to gain experience in a fun atmosphere, or looking to expand your skills and knowledge this is the role for you. Volunteers are welcome on a weekly, monthly or ad-hoc basis, working across multiple locations or sticking to just one if you prefer. There are also opportunities to take up team leader roles and learn to deliver events yourself. Volunteers must be over 16 and confident to talk to members of the public. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/30sfFfN

JOB: Parks in Mind Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Bournemouth, Dorset
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

We’ve created ecotherapy volunteer groups in Parks across Boscombe & Bournemouth to help improve participant’s health & wellbeing while enjoying being outdoors. With a focus on nature conservation, green exercise & other activities, you’ll enhance your own wellbeing while making improvements to local parks for people & wildlife. The project includes elements of nature study, art in the environment, relaxation & confidence building workshops. The emphasis is on providing a relaxed & friendly atmosphere while taking part in practical & sociable outdoor activities to improve the environment. You chose the activities you want to take part in & work to your own limits, between 2 hours to 20 days a month it’s completely up to you! No prior knowledge required, with the chance to learn from both the project leaders & the other people taking part. If you like to be outdoors, enjoy meeting new people & doing light manual work this is the perfect role for you! https://c-js.co.uk/2yNn3pU

JOB: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Stour Valley Nature Reserve, Bournemouth
PAY: Full training provided
FOR: Bournemouth Parks Foundation

An exciting opportunity to support our Visitor Centre at Kingfisher Barn, the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. With over 90,000 visitors a year you'll be welcoming people to the Centre, letting them know about the local area & showing them round the Centre exhibition. Can you provide a warm welcome to all visitors, hand out information & make a good cup of tea? Full training given, & don't worry - you don't need to be a 'font of all knowledge' on the area, although some local knowledge would be beneficial. For those with green fingers, there is plenty to be done in the wildlife garden too. Whether you can help with a morning a month or become a regular weekly volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Find out more here: https://c-js.co.uk/2JuOauf 01202 451548 stour.valley@bournemouth.gov.uk

JOB: Learning Volunteer
BE4: Open
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LOC: Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG
PAY: Full training & travel expenses
FOR: National Trust

National Trust Gibside are growing their Learning Activities Volunteer Team this winter. Starting in November with our very popular Christmas Trails for primary schools & winter birthday parties programme. We aim to train new volunteers over the winter period to prepare & deliver a range of educational activities to school & community groups throughout 2020. The opportunity to be a volunteer with the Learning Team is a fantastic opportunity to develop outdoor education skills & would be ideal for anyone who has worked in education or is interested in developing the skills necessary for a career in education. This volunteer role is open to people from lots of backgrounds. For example, you may be looking to share a skill from your prev education / employment or be looking to develop new skills & experience, or just eager to be outdoors in a busy activity focused environment.  Time commitment: full & half days. For more information: gibsidestablesldc@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Schools On Reserves Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG
PAY: Training
FOR: RSPB

Do you remember finding your first ladybird? Share in the excitement as a volunteer and you will have the opportunity to deliver our education programme to visiting schools where typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. Essential skills / exp needed: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children; the confidence and ability to lead or facilitate a fun and active day's education programme, both in the field and the classroom, with a group of students and their teacher. We'll give you training and exp to build your confidence in helping children have a wonderful hands-on exp with nature. 1 day a week especially between April-July. Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Forest School Volunteer Assistant
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Exeter, Devon
PAY: Travel expenses & in house training
FOR: A Touch of the Wild

We are looking for volunteers to help on weekdays and weekends at our holiday club, education groups, family events and birthday parties. Volunteers will be supporting the Club leaders to deliver fun days in the woods for children aged 5-14 years, packed with opportunities to take part and learn some amazing skills. Volunteers will need some exp of working with children or young people or feel confident in supporting groups of children in nature based activities. If you are interested in delivering outdoor learning, have enthusiasm, dedication and excellent communication skills this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable exp. In house training will be provided with opportunities to learn bushcraft, green woodwork, plant ID and many more skills. A love of the great outdoors and own transport is essential! Volunteers working with vulnerable adults or children will need to take a DBS check that will be paid for by A Touch of the Wild. Volunteers are not required to make a commitment to regular days a week, although this would be helpful. Contact Hannah Standen, info@atouchofthewild.co.uk

JOB: Community Outreach Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

Help us help our local community by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and leading fun activities! We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people and share their love of nature. You will attend local venues (museums, children’s farms etc.) and community events, as part of a small team. You’ll be chatting to people, inspiring them about nature and RSPB Sandwell Valley. You’ll deliver fun nature-inspired crafts or activities such as making bee homes or leaf crowns, bird bingos and scavenger hunts. 1 day a month. Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Community Talks Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

Help us help our local community, by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and giving engaging presentations. RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. You will deliver engaging and inspiring talks about RSPB Sandwell Valley to local community groups, inspiring them to come and visit. The talks will cover a range of topics relating to the nature reserve, such as nature and wellbeing, the history of the site, and the wildlife in Sandwell Valley. Commitment flexible / as needed. Contact cathy.taylor@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Sandwell Swans Assistant Youth Group Leader
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY:
FOR: RSPB

You will work as part of a team to enthuse children with the outdoors and wildlife. Your duties will include helping run a variety of craft activities and outdoor activities. Knowledge of wildlife is not essential as this can be built up over time as you go forward with your new role. A DBS check will be carried out for this role. 4 hours on one Saturday afternoon per month. Contact colin.groves@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Event & Activities Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY:
FOR: RSPB

We have a packed calendar full of events and activities on the reserve, from bat detecting events to wild art days to wildlife friendly gardening events. All of which are designed to get people closer to nature and interested in the work of the RSPB. We need event volunteers to help deliver the activities, but also work with setting up and packing away afterwards. 1 day a month. Contact: alex.sharrod@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Baby Birds Parent & Toddler Group Volunteer
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Sandwell Valley, Birmingham
PAY:
FOR: RSPB

Baby Birds meet every Wednesday for parents and toddlers to discover more about nature and have fun sharing time together. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor play activities with an emphasis on connecting with nature. The sessions run for 2 hours in the morning and afternoon. Experience of working with young children in outdoor activities is essential. School term time, every Wednesday except May and June. Contact lucy.fleming@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Events & Activities Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire
PAY: Travel expenses*
FOR: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Brockholes has a packed & varied programme of events & activities running throughout the year for visitors of all ages from tots to grown ups! We run lots of children’s activities, walks, talks, theatre performances & even Santa comes to Brockholes in December. Events & Activities Volunteers assist us with event set up, meeting & greeting, delivering the sessions & packing away at the end & helping to ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience! The majority of our events & activities are held at weekends & school holiday periods, so you will need to be available to volunteer then. *Free parking, restaurant & shop discount, 20% discount at Cotswold Outdoors, induction programme. Go the https://www.brockholes.org to find out more

JOB: Local Outreach Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
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LOC: Homebased and local area – England and Wales only
PAY: Training & some expenses
FOR: British Dragonfly Society

Do you love dragonflies? Would you love to share your passion for these iconic insects with others? As a Local Outreach Volunteer you will be an ambassador for our charity and for dragonflies and their conservation. Duties may include giving talks to local groups in your area about our work and the wonderful world of dragonflies, representing us at local events, taking leaflets to local venues, running dragonfly identification courses, or leading guided walks at local nature reserves/parks to see dragonflies. We can provide templates and content for talks, materials for event displays and all the support you will need to make the role your own. The role is very flexible and it is totally up to you which type of events you cover and how much time you can give. Please get in touch with Conservation Outreach Officer Fiona to find out more and to apply for the role: fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

JOB: Handa Long-Term Volunteer Assitant Ranger
BE4: 24-02-2020
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LOC: Handa Island, Sutherland
PAY:
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We have a 23 week residential opportunity on Handa Island from March to September giving you an exciting opportunity to live on a remote island & learn how our wildlife reserve is managed. You will have the chance to assist the Seasonal Ranger with practical tasks, landing visitors & seabird monitoring. Placements on Handa are widely recognised as important field experience & provide excellent networking opportunities with Trust & RSPB staff, & several seabird researchers. Many former volunteers have gone on to paid employment on Handa & other reserves, & the majority are now employed full-time within the conservation or academic sectors. An interest in wildlife; good level of health & fitness; flexible attitude towards working hours & communal living; enjoy the outdoors; practical experience with a variety of hand tools; good communication skills. Please see: https://c-js.co.uk/2CbvDQs.

JOB: Inspiring People Volunteer
BE4: 01.03.20
IV: --
LOC: Living Seas Centre, Flamborough
PAY: Training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Our marine wildlife is amazing and we want to tell everyone! Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is creating a county rich in wildlife and we need passionate, inspiring volunteers to share the wonders of nature with people across Yorkshire. From the Living Seas Centre the Trust runs regular events from education sessions with local schools to Living Seas Safari boat trips and Seashore Safaris for the public. We are looking for people who can inspire others and help us to delivery these events throughout the year, once a fortnight – once a month. All training will be provided and volunteers also have access to a free volunteer training programme, which runs throughout the year. For more details of the role and to apply please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2NdXndz.

JOB: Welcome Volunteer
BE4: 01-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Living Seas Centre, Flamborough
PAY: Training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Our Living Seas Centre is a gateway to the wonderful marine wildlife found on Yorkshire's east coast. Here you will find a warm welcome, lots of passionate volunteers and staff to enthuse visitors about the marine environment and what they could see on their visit to the east coast. We'd like some new people to join the team and help make our visitors day special. If you enjoy talking to people and being in a busy and friendly environment, whilst making sure people have an inspiring visit in a well-run centre, we would like to hear from you. All training will be provided and volunteers also have access to a free volunteer training programme, which runs throughout the year. Time commitment: we’re flexible and any time you have to help during opening times is great, if it’s only a few hours to a whole day we’d like to hear from you. For more information on the role and for details of how to apply and the volunteer open day visit https://c-js.co.uk/307uZPi.

JOB: Living Seas Ambassador
BE4: 01-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Various events in North and East Yorkshire
PAY: Training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you a people person that loves wildlife? Across North and East Yorkshire we are looking for support at events to inspire people about the marine environment and the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We’re looking for Living Seas Ambassadors who will help us to reach even more people. You’ll be teamed up with staff at events to talk to the people we meet there. You will be sharing your passion for wildlife with the people you meet by talking to them and telling our stories and also involving families in simple craft activities. All training will be provided and volunteers also have access to a free volunteer training programme, which runs throughout the year. Time commitment: weekly/once a fortnight /once a month- the role can be flexible to suit volunteer / events the team are attending. For more information on the role, our volunteer open day to apply please visit https://c-js.co.uk/2NamUE7.

JOB: Learning and Engagement Volunteer (Immersive)
BE4: 02-03-2020
IV: --
LOC: Brancaster Activity Centre, Brancaster Staithe
PAY: Training, expenses & accommodation
FOR: National Trust

You will be volunteering as part of a well-qualified and experienced team of staff and volunteers, delivering a wide variety of outdoor activities and environmental studies.  As part of the National Trust, Brancaster Activity Centre offers active and engaging outdoor activities to residential schools as well as self-catering accommodation. The role is varied; including helping lead outdoor activities, helping with the day to day running of the centre, assisting with session development and representing us at events. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in outdoor learning, environmental education and visitor engagement with a well-respected conservation organisation. All required training relevant to your role such as first aid is provided. We'll cover agreed expenses for your travel between home and Brancaster (to be agreed in advance). Room available within a shared cottage in Burnham Overy Staithe, if needed. Time commitment, less than 30 hpw. For more information or to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/373aGVZ.

JOB: Wildlife Watch Group Leader
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: FSC Slapton Ley, TQ7 2QP
PAY: 0
FOR: Field Studies Council

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to take over the leadership of our family wildlife watch group. We meet once a month in different places around the south hams (and sometimes further afield) and do activities such as pond dipping, woodland conservation, bird watching, studying owl pellets among many other things. (no meetings August and December). Tasks that the leader would be responsible for: planning and creating a programme of events for each month (with assistance from assistant leaders); taking bookings for the event, via emails (there is a dedicated email address); preparing for events - recce's, risk assessments, preparing resources (supported by assistant leaders); leading events (welcoming members, introducing the event, sometimes leading the events); co-ordinating the assistant leaders (they assist with the events, sometimes lead the event and deal with finance). If you would like to know more email volunteer.sl@field-studies-council.org.

JOB: Inspiring People Trainee, Doncaster
BE4: 24-02-2020
IV: 05-03-2020
LOC: Potteric Carr, Doncaster
PAY: Training budget & travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Potteric Carr nature reserve runs an extensive and successful education and events programme, which is supported by volunteers and trainees. The programme provides an opportunity to gain both experience and knowledge, for someone who is looking to expand on or improve their experience in this area. It is a rewarding and enjoyable role, which will keep you engaged and excited about what each day will bring. The Inspiring People voluntary trainee will be supporting the Inspiring People team in developing and delivering a broad range of educational activities, classes and events. Types of sessions that are run here range from school and community group visits, Forest Tots, home education sessions, half term family events, open days, training events and outreach work. 6 month placement, starting early April 2020. 3 days a week with some weekend days. For more information and an application form, please visit our website: https://www.ywt.org.uk/voluntary-traineeships.

JOB: Education Volunteer
BE4: 31-03-2020
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LOC: Mainly Leicester, Oakham and Hinckley areas also other sites in Leicestershire and Rutland
PAY: Training and reasonable travel expenses
FOR: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Do you enjoy wildlife & being outside? Would you like to inspire the next generation about nature? We are looking for committed & enthusiastic volunteers to support our Education Team to run our activities with children (mainly 5 - 12 year olds) & families. Various volunteer opportunities including Wildlife Watch monthly Group Leader; Event Helper & Education / Membership Admin Support. 12 month commitment for 2 days per month average over spring / summer months. Wildlife Watch Leader - monthly on weekend plus planning time; Event Helper – weekends & school holidays; Admin Support - week days, office hours. What’s in it for you? Gain new skills; meet new people; friendly team; training including first aid for those leading children; reasonable travel expenses; volunteering support Want to know more? Go to https://www.lrwt.org.uk / contact Rachel Ibbotson, Education Officer ribbotson@lrwt.org.uk for info, application form & friendly interview.

JOB: Spurn Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee
BE4: 02-03-2020
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LOC: Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The role is based at Spurn, runs for 6 or 12 months, covering 3 days a week, with some weekend days. It comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. The role will start in early April 2020. Are you passionate about wildlife and nature? Do you love using that passion to inspire others? Do you need to gain experience and make your CV or application stand out to potential employers? Then read on to find out about the Inspiring People Voluntary Traineeship at Spurn National Nature Reserve, which is currently open for applications. You will spend your days delivering events, offering a warm welcome to people visiting, ensuring a high standard of publicity and engaging with visitors, to ensure that everyone who comes to us has a fantastic experience. Please see our website https://www.ywt.org.uk/voluntary-traineeships for more information, role description and application form. Completed application forms should be emailed to volunteering@ywt.org.uk.

JOB: Pond Dipping Supervisors
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LOC: Rodley, Leeds.
PAY: Full training given
FOR: Rodley Nature Reserve

Join our team of volunteers. Rodley Nature Reserve need you! Are you interested in nature and want to get more involved? Can you spare a couple of hours on either a Saturday or Sunday between May and September? To enable us to keep the dipping ponds open in 2020, we need a new team of volunteers to supervise pond dipping sessions. The whole nature reserve is run by volunteers, but we do not currently have enough to supervise pond dipping two days a week. We’re asking for people to help by joining our new pond dipping volunteer team. Full training will be provided. To apply, for more information or for any questions, please contact our Events Coordinator Denese Swann at events@rodleynaturereserve.org   Please provide your daytime contact number, email address and times when you could be available.

JOB: Wild Exmouth Pledge Co-ordinator
BE4: N / A
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LOC: Exmouth
PAY: reasonable expenses
FOR: Wild Exmouth (East Devon Council)

My Patch for Nature campaign is our ambitious vision to create a network of wild places across Exmouth. We are looking for 4000 households to pledge to make a part of their patch better for wildlife. Residents could come up with their own ideas or create hedgehog highways in boundaries, bug hotels, new ponds, window boxes of flowers for pollinators, new apple trees etc. We are seeking a highly motivated & energetic volunteer to co-ordinate & bring the My Patch for Nature project to life across Exmouth. This new initiative, supported by the Heritage Fund, aims to galvanise grassroots action to save Exmouth’s biodiversity for future generations. You will work with East Devon District Council’s Wild Exmouth Team & partners to develop & oversee calls to action that engage the community in online pledges to assist nature’s recovery & map submitted pledges onto the pledge map. Min. 2 days a month, (Mon-Fri.) Contact Debs Rylands, drylands@eastdevon.gov.uk  07812652336.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer- Countryside Ranger
BE4: 28-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear, South Devon
PAY: Travel expenses, and on the job practical training
FOR: National Trust

As part of our Land, Outdoor & Nature vision you will have the opportunity to help the team carry out a diverse range of activities, making a real difference to the English Riviera portfolio & gain new skills & experience through the seasons. You will assist the Rangers in all practical countryside management tasks across the property. Assist in the organisation, development & delivery of some our varied events, guided walks & working days that we run throughout the year. You will receive training in & undertake wildlife monitoring across the property to help us quantify the success of our land management strategy. To help you develop within this voluntary role you will be guided & mentored by the English Riviera Portfolio Ranger Team. Induction & training will be provided to enable you to carry out your role safely & confidently. Opportunities for further personal or professional development will be discussed during regular catch-ups. 2-4 days per week for maximum 12 months. Contact Laura Rugg 07467336811, laura.rugg@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre/.

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Engagement Officer
BE4: 29-02-2020
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LOC: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum
PAY: Relevant training
FOR: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

This is a voluntary position giving you the opportunity to put your skills into action & gain more experience of working in outdoor play, outdoor learning & forest school delivery. Activities will include supporting staff & other volunteers in the preparation & delivery of Nature Tots sessions, schools education, Wildlife Watch & other wildlife & sustainability themed events as well as outreach sessions in the community. We are looking for someone who can commit to at least an eight month traineeship starting April 2020 or earlier, full or part-time. If you are interested, complete the application pack & diversity form & return to k.roberts@queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org or send to: Karen Roberts, Family Engagement Officer, Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, Leominster HR6 0PY. We are also looking for Engagement Volunteers who are unable to commit to the traineeship, but would like to contribute to & assist engagement activities throughout the year. Contact k.roberts@queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org or 01432 356 872 for information. https://c-js.co.uk/38rL6uh.

JOB: Volunteer Citizen Scientist
BE4: 08-03-2020
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LOC: Bangor, Gwynedd
PAY: Training
FOR: Sea Watch Foundation

The Sea Watch Foundation is seeking a National Whale and Dolphin Watch Assistant for the 2020 season. This position will suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation and recognises the importance of educating and raising awareness by involving the public. The Assistant is required to stay from May 1 to September 4 and will be helped in finding suitable accommodation. The Assistant is responsible for their own travel and living expenses. Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience you have, as well as contact details of two referees, to Dr Chiara G. Bertulli chiara.bertulli@gmail.com. Please specify NWDW Application into your subject title. https://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk.

JOB: North Cumbria Student Placement
BE4: 26-02-2020 5pm
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LOC: Gosling Sike, Houghton, Carlisle
PAY: 2500 bursary & travel expenses
FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

The successful student will work on our nature reserves; on our newly established wildlife garden at Gosling Sike and the Get Cumbria Buzzing project; people engagement including delivering events; species and habitat monitoring, including working with Red Squirrels Northern England. The work will be highly varied and across a range of disciplines so the successful candidate will be well placed for a future career in nature conservation. Full training will be given to carry out a range of reserve tasks including ecological surveys, monitoring, practical site management and facilities maintenance. It is expected that the placement will start around May 2020 and each student will work four days per week and remain in post for at least nine months to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their degree. Full driving licence and your own transport are essential. Please see our website https://c-js.co.uk/2wff7PT. For further information regarding the role please contact Jamie Normington, Senior Education and Volunteer Officer by email jamien@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or phone on 01539 816300.

JOB: Apprentice Outdoor Activity Instructor
BE4: 24-02-2020
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LOC: Longtown, Hereford
PAY: 7719
FOR: Longtown Outdoor Learning Trust

Full time for 18 months. Here is an opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications and to develop professional skills as an Outdoor Instructor, whilst earning a wage. The successful applicants can expect to work from March 2020 until June 2021. Progression opportunities are available subject to aptitude, skills, qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will assist with the delivery of high quality social and personal development through residential outdoor education. Applicants must have some personal experience of outdoor and adventurous activities and be keen to develop personal skills and leadership skills in a range of outdoor activities. Good organisation, communication and ICT skills are expected and the successful candidates will need to demonstrate their initiative and resourcefulness. Apprentices will work towards a Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship and a range of relevant outdoor skills and leadership awards. Application pack, job description and person specification: https://www.longtownoutdoorlearning.co.uk/pages/jobs.aspx. Applications will only be accepted through our online application form.

JOB: WWOOFing opportunity
BE4: 01/03/2020
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LOC: Cheshire
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Mere Brow Farm

Mere Brow are delighted to announce that we are now signed up as WWOOF Hosts. WWOOF stands for WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A worldwide movement linking visitors with organic farmers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange thereby helping to build a sustainable community. We have a new purpose built bunkhouse that sleeps 6 dormitory style, with separate bathroom and kitchen/diner/lounge area. Most importantly it is toasty warm in the winter months! Availability: 8/9/19 – 27/10/19 (sharing with a WWOOFer) & from 9/2/20 onwards. 5 days per week. We will consider families. Previous experience of WWOOFing or volunteering is preferable. We are an organic farm and undertake all our work to permaculture principles. You will need to request a placement through wwoof.org.uk our membership ID is #1004105 so you can find us on the Find a Host page. For any other questions you can contact us on volunteering@merebrowfarm.co.uk

JOB: Education & Engagement Volunteer Trainee
BE4: 01-03-2020 5pm
IV:
LOC: Sevenoaks and Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Kent
PAY: Training & travel allowance
FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

This is an 11 month position. We are looking for someone to help us in the delivery of our exciting education and engagement programmes. As a trainee, you will gain valuable experience in all aspects of people engagement including education, community engagement and visitor centres. Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. We are all working to protect wildlife and to find better ways to run an efficient and effective organisation. Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. To find out more and to apply, visit https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk to download an application pack.

JOB: Nature Guide Volunteer
BE4: 30-04-2020
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LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

With over 100,000 visitors a year, Bempton Cliffs is a very busy reserve. We deliver a range of 60-minute wildlife walks throughout the year and need walk leaders to help us do this. The walk subjects are puffins, butterflies, shipwrecks, geology and cultural history. Opportunity to spend your days out on the sea cliffs surrounded by up to a quarter of a million nesting seabirds, to pass on your passion for nature to enthuse others and to be part of the country’s largest nature conservation charity. Become part of a friendly, supportive team and use and develop skills and personal initiative. The skills you need: approachable, with a friendly demeanor; love of the outdoors; ability to walk along cliff top paths in all weathers. Own transport. Enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation. Willingness to learn and relay accurate information (which will be provided). Contact: Dave O’Hara, Senior Site Manager, dave.ohara@rspb.org.uk, 01262 422201.

JOB: Nature Activity Leader
BE4: 30-04-2020
IV:
LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

Do you remember your first wildlife experience - maybe it was finding your first ladybird or seeing a baby bird leave its nest for the first time? We believe all children and young people should have the same opportunity to connect to nature. Visiting school and youth groups at Bempton Cliffs explore our clifftop habitats and learn all about our amazing seabirds as part of our inspiring outdoor learning programmes. With bags of enthusiasm and a love for wildlife, you will lead our outdoor sessions using resources, games and play to engage children at one of Europe’s most important seabird colonies and top wildlife spectacles. Email bempton.cliffs@rspb.org.uk for more information.

JOB: Seabird Cruise Volunteer
BE4: 30-04-2020
IV:
LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs
PAY: 0
FOR: RSPB

As you sail out of the harbour & alongside the towering chalk cliffs; soaring gannets, flapping puffins, splashing water & a cacophony of seabird chatter greets you. Sound like your sort of thing? RSPB Bempton Cliffs is home to almost half a million seabirds over the spring & summer months, incl puffins, gannets & kittiwakes. From May to September we run a series of very popular weekend seabird cruises from Bridlington harbour to show visitors our ‘Seabird City’ at close quarters. We are looking for knowledgeable volunteers for these three-hour cruises to help ensure that passengers have an amazing experience. Our cruises attract passengers of all ages & ability, so if you’re happy engaging with a range of people & you have a love of wildlife (& good sea legs!), we’d love to hear from you! Contact Dave O’Hara, Senior Site Manager, dave.ohara@rspb.org.uk.

JOB: Live Seabird Interpreter
BE4: 31-05-2020
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LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs
PAY: Safeguarding training, reserve-specific training
FOR: RSPB

Bempton Cliffs is home to one of Europe’s most important seabird colonies & top UK wildlife spectacles. Visitors flock here to see the iconic puffin & giant gannets as they raise their families on the towering chalk cliffs. Live seabird interpreters enhance the experience by interpreting what visitors are seeing out on the cliffs - why do guillemots nest in large groups, where do the puffins go in winter - visitors love chatting to a friendly face out on our viewpoints. With over 100,000 visitors to the reserve each year, you’ll have plenty of people to talk to! If you have a passion for nature, a willingness to learn & can give regular time to the role we'd love to hear from you. Contact Dave O’Hara, Senior Site Manager, dave.ohara@rspb.org.uk.