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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: Community Outreach Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV: --
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: Sandwell Swans Assistant Youth Group Leader
BE4: N / A
IV: --
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
IV: --
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
IV: --
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: Outdoor Education Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Wood Lane Nature Reserve, Ellesmere
PAY: All relevant training given e.g. First Aid, DBS Check etc.
FOR: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to help deliver our outdoor education sessions for primary school classes. The sessions typically take place on weekdays between 9am and 3pm at Wood Lane Nature Reserve (transport from Shrewsbury can be arranged). Topics covered in these sessions include recycling, rocks & fossils, conservation and wildlife. Subject knowledge is not essential, an ability to engage and inspire young people is much more important. This role offers very flexible hours: the volunteer will be contacted as school bookings are made in order to see if they are available. Find out more from Jenna Shaw at jennas@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Early Years Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PAY: All relevant training given e.g. First Aid, DBS Check etc.
FOR: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people that are able to engage young children and their families to help run our weekly Wildlings group every Wednesday morning during term-time in Shrewsbury. These sessions are for 0-5 year olds to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and exciting area. Activities include mud play, water play, bug hunting and campfire cooking. Find out more from Jenna Shaw at jennas@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: 'Make Your Weekend Wild' Group Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Various Locations In Shropshire*
PAY: All relevant training given e.g. First Aid, DBS Check etc.
FOR: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to help facilitate the 'Make Your Weekend Wild' sessions for 11 – 24 year olds. The sessions take place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am until 3pm. The group carry out tasks such as coppicing, hedge laying and wildlife surveys. Subject knowledge is not essential, an ability to engage and inspire young people is much more important. *Transport can be arranged from Shrewsbury if needed. Find out more from Jenna Shaw at jennas@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Showing People Wildlife Volunteer
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: Across Norfolk
PAY: Training and expenses
FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

On average 1 day per month. We are looking for friendly, outgoing people who have knowledge of & enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation, have good communication skills & are confident in dealing with people of all ages to raise interest & awareness of Norfolk’s wildlife by showing members of the public / visitors to sites some of Norfolk’s most spectacular wildlife events. These could include great crested grebes’ courtship displays, marsh harriers passing food to each other, swallowtail butterflies emerging, or other wildlife spectacles that you have knowledge of or interest in. To download a role description & application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 01603 598360.

JOB: Oral History Roles
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys
PAY: Travel expenses can be claimed
FOR: Elan Valley Trust

Elan Links is a Heritage Lottery funded scheme which aims to secure the heritage and boost the opportunities available in the Elan Valley for the future.

Oral History Transcriber Making the stories and memories of people who live, work and visit this unique place accessible requires a hard copy of what was said during the oral history as well as the recording. We need people who can use a word processor (not fast but accurately) to proof read, format and edit recordings to create an accurate record of what was said during interviews. Training on the easy-to-use Speechmatics system and all necessary equipment is available. This is an ongoing opportunity over the life of the project (Dec 2020) so it could take up as much or as little time as you can commit whenever you can do it.

Oral History Recorder Oral histories are a vital part of this project full of local social and historic interest and you get to meet some fascinating people. We need to capture the stories and memories of people who love this unique place whether they live or work here, have a family connection or are just visiting. In order to do this, we need help recording. This isn’t as scary as it sounds as the equipment is easy to use and you will be fully trained to use it. Time commitment is flexible and depends on how much you can spare to the project. For more information, contact Stephanie 01597 811527.

JOB: Schools and Early Years Outreach Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Various across England, Wales and Northern Ireland*
PAY: Travel expenses
FOR: RSPB

One day a fortnight. Do you remember the thrill of finding your first ladybird? We're looking for volunteers with a real passion for enthusing children about the natural world to play a key part in our Schools Outreach Project. Following training and with ongoing support you will be given the opportunity to lead structured sessions with classes of children (aged 3-12 years). These workshops are aimed at inspiring children to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. Teachers will always be present. The sessions are fun and interactive, allowing plenty of opportunities for first-hand experiences of nature whether it be bug hunting, birdwatching or finding daisies. You’ll enjoy this role if you have bags of enthusiasm, are a great communicator and have a keen interest in wildlife. *We have opportunities in Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Belfast. https://c-js.co.uk/36IdGGf.

JOB: Ranger Service Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
PAY: In-house training
FOR: Hopetoun House Preservation Trust

One day a week. Hopetoun House is a 5-star visitor attraction open to the public from Easter to September. Supported by the Seasonal and Permanent Rangers full training and guidance is ongoing. You could gain experience of: working with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; planning, managing and evaluating events of all sizes; producing interpretation; delivering formal and informal education; developing practical skills; conducting biological surveys and data input; developing observational and problem solving skills; improving natural history ID skills; working in a small team; managing your own time. There are no public transport links so own transport is essential. Benefits include: discount in our gift shop and “The Stables Kitchen”; complimentary admission to Hopetoun House for you and your family; social club with planned events and outings; meet new people and make new friends. If you’re interested in this role please email ranger@hopetoun.co.uk.

JOB: Nature Force Group Volunteers
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Wakefield
PAY: All training tools & PPE provided
FOR: Open Country

We run every Tuesday throughout the year. The Nature Force Group is run by the disability charity Open Country's 'Wild about Wakefield' project. The Yorkshire-based charity enable people with disabilities to access the countryside more, mainly through a series of outdoor activities. Every Tuesday we carry out fun conservation tasks with adults with learning disabilities across the Wakefield District. We need your help assisting these disabled adults to do tasks such as tree planting, scrub clearing, wildflower planting and more! We are based at Thornes Park near the centre of Wakefield but go out for the full day with minibus provision and a range of hand tools to use. No experience is necessary. Contact Ella, Project Officer, on 07426 716677 for an informal chat or email wakefield@opencountry.org.uk to find out more!

JOB: Guided Walks Volunteer at RSPB West Sedgemoor
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: RSPB West Sedgemoor, Near Curry Rival, Langport, TA10 0PH
PAY: Full training will be given
FOR: RSPB

2 days a month minimum November - February. Early and mid-morning. We are looking for friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about sharing wildlife experiences with visitors out on the reserve during guided walks to parts of the reserve, not usually open to the public! You will be a member of the guided walks team, telling visitors the story of RSPB West Sedgemoor and showing walk participants the wildlife spectacle the reserve has to offer, primarily during the winter season from November to February. You will be leading or backing up early and mid-morning guided walks during our Winter Walks programme. For more information: https://c-js.co.uk/2GI9hbH.

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
IV:
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: Wellbeing Volunteer
BE4: 21-07-2020
IV: --
LOC: Scottish Borders
PAY: Training and travel expenses
FOR: Nature Unlimited CiC

Nature Unlimited run sessions in woodlands across the Scottish Borders, ranging from employability programmes, community projects, mental health sessions to events such as team building & birthday parties. Join our volunteer team and make a difference. Help us to support wellbeing, resilience and community, working with disadvantaged groups in woodlands around the Scottish Borders. “The difference volunteering has made to my own wellbeing, as well as to those we support, has been incredible. This experience, along with the training I have received, has literally been life changing”. Time commitment of 5 dpw for a 12 week period. Contact volunteering@natureunlimited.scot or call Tara on 07579 217794 http://www.natureunlimited.scot.

JOB: Forest Walking Guide
BE4: 03-08-2020
IV: --
LOC: Burton upon Trent
PAY: Training
FOR: Sinai Park House Trust

We are a charitable trust (Charity # 1172341) which manages Sinai Park House and the grounds surrounding it. We make the site accessible to the general public by running guided tours and guided walks of the site and through the National Forest which surrounds it. Tours and walks are focused around the Heritage Open Days festival in September and the National Forest Walking Festival in May but opportunities for more may arise in the near future. We are looking for people who are able to lead guided walks through the Forest and onto the site. Training on the key topics we aim to cover and the health and safety issues will be provided. We have other volunteer opportunities available so ask us for more about these when we have our initial chat. Time commitment: 10-20 hours per year. Visit https://www.sinaiparkhouse.co.uk for more on the site and email laura@sinaiparkhouse.co.uk for more information about this opportunity.