Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements

Advertise your volunteer opportunities - it's free.



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.

Horticulture vacancies: gardening and plant health vacancies.

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: 6 month Garden Intern

BE4: 31/7/19

LOC: Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey

PAY: Some travel expenses

FOR: National Trust

22.5 hpw. Become a key part of the Garden Team at Polesden Lacey and help the gardeners’ maintain and enhance the 30 acre Edwardian gardens. Working alongside our garden team you will be directly involved in leading on at least one exciting project as well as assisting with the day to day work in the gardens here.  We will have a selection of projects available for you to choose from including design work, replanting projects, propagation and machinery use.  We have two specific intern roles working in teams - the Kitchen Garden as well as the General Garden. In addition with the gardeners’ guidance you will help to deliver a high standard of practical work across the gardens. You will assist us in providing outstanding conservation work, sometimes leading, supervising the work of volunteers and ensuring that your work complies with all plans and regulations to protect the environment and the health and safety of yourself and others.   ASK: Contact plvolunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk.

JOB: Seasonal Reserve support - London

BE4: 23/6/19

LOC: WWT London Wetland Centre

PAY: Training & discounts*

FOR: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

1 day a week (Tuesday or Wednesday). Maintaining & developing a large nature reserve requires a lot of practical, hands-on physical tasks. Your role will be to provide regular support to the reserves team, between July & March, to provide our wildlife with the most beneficial of habitats, increase species biodiversity & ensure the reserve is functioning at its best by maintaining visitor access & on site facilities. Tasks may include the following, but are not limited to: tree & shrub work (small felling, brushwood processing, hedge cutting, pollarding, pruning, pulling up saplings & roots, bramble hooking, cutting stumps); removing island vegetation (incl boat use); pruning willow screens; reedbed raking & barrow work; refurbishing of shingle island using barrows & boats *Benefits: uniform & training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, & discount in the cafe & shop on volunteering days. ASK: For more information & to apply, visit https://c-js.co.uk/2JC5aBt

JOB: Horticultural Therapy Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

IV: 30/06/2019

LOC: Ryton Gardens, Coventry

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Ryton Organic Gardens

We have provided ‘Growth’, an overarching social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) programme, for more than 20 years at Ryton Organic Gardens. Our specialist, trained and experienced staff and volunteers work with individuals to establish what their interests are and the skills and outcomes they hope to achieve by working with us. We design and provide organic, therapeutic and social activities in our specifically designed gardens. We also develop broader life skills including; team work, communications, building positive relationships and managing boundaries. We currently work with adults with disabilities / autism, disadvantaged young people and more recently those living with dementia and those with a caring role. Our volunteers support the Education Officer / Horticultural Therapist in delivering a meaningful experience to young people or adults with a range of Special Educational Needs and / or challenging behavioural needs. ASK: Chat: 024 7630 8208. For further details and an application form email hr@gardenorganic.org.uk. Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2Bpx5Py

JOB: Nature Park Team - Gardening

BE4: N/A

IV: 21/06/2019

LOC: Tyland Barn, Sandling & Sevenoaks

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We are fortunate to have a well-established wildlife garden which is enjoyed by school groups and visitors. These beautiful gardens take a lot of upkeep from our highly committed volunteers. Tasks range from grass-cutting, tree clearance, feeding the birds and creating bug homes and working on our pond, all aiming to inspire those who visit us to get involved with wildlife. You’ll be spending time outside, learning about wildlife and organic gardening and will inspire our visitors to take up wildlife gardening. We’re looking for volunteers with an interest in gardening (you do not need to be an expert in wildlife gardening!), who are fit and active to spend time in our garden. You need to be over 18 and have great communication skills with colleagues and members of the public and enjoy working as part of a team. The work in our nature garden is very hands-on and you must be comfortable using hand tools. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2Hyrjyp

JOB: Volunteer Roles

BE4: 30/6/19

IV: 30/06/2019

LOC: Various


FOR: Garden Organic

Our volunteers are a key part of the charity. There are many ways in which you can volunteer - from supporting the many departments within our Head Office at Ryton, including the gardens and the Heritage Seed Library, to supporting projects within your local area. If you would like to offer your time, skills and expertise, then please take a look at our current volunteer roles ASK: https://c-js.co.uk/2W7laxr

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Orchard Origins Officer

BE4: ?

LOC: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Herefordshire

PAY: Training

FOR: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

12 months, 3 days per week to include Thurs & Fri. This is a unique opportunity for an individual who is looking to start a career in conservation. Naturally, being hosted by Orchard Origins (the part of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust specialising in all things orchard) training in traditional orchard management is offered, as is the opportunity to help us demonstrate our conservation impact. You will also get practical experience in food production from field to final product. Within these contexts, we offer exposure to the requirements of grant funders & revenue generation within a registered charity, which are vital skills for the sector. Training opportunities in field-based skills within Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & the opportunity to tailor the role by developing additional skills from among the range of the activities we undertake are also part of this training placement. ASK: Contact details: Laurence Green, 01432 356872, l.green@herefordshirewt.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2WMdXHr

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

LOC: North Cave, East Yorkshire

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: Mires Beck Nursery

The estate team manage our 14 acre conservation site comprising of a commercial plant & tree nursery, 5 acre woodland & soon to be wildflower meadow open to the public, working with adults with learning difficulties. We also maintain an unadopted access road to the nursery which runs alongside the beck the nursery was named after. As part of the charity's aim to bring life skills & improve social abilities, the trainees work with staff & volunteers who make up the team & we are always open to welcome new people to our nursery. ASK: If you are interested in joining the estate team please contact lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk 01430 421543 or applications by post to Mires Beck Nursery, Low Mill Lane, North Cave, HU15 2NR https://www.miresbeck.co.uk

JOB: Horticultural Therapy Volunteer

BE4: 30/6/19

IV: 30/06/2019

LOC: Ryton Gardens, Coventry

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Garden Organic

Our volunteers support the Education Officer / Horticultural Therapist in delivering a meaningful experience to young people or adults with a range of Special Educational Needs and / or challenging behavioural needs. Simply enjoy using your horticultural knowledge and communication skills to support our students, or use your time with us as a stepping stone into work or college. This role will suit people who: have some experience and knowledge of organic gardening; have excellent communication and listening skills, are patient and trustworthy; have previous experience of working with people with SEN or in a teaching / caring environment, although this is not an absolute necessity; are prepared to commit to volunteering on a regular weekly basis. This role is subject to a DBS check. ASK: For further details and an application form please email hr@gardenorganic.org.uk or telephone for an informal chat on 024 7630 8208. More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2Bpx5Py

JOB: Voluntary River Steward

BE4: N/A

LOC: Sheffield

PAY: Training / reasonable travel expenses

FOR: River Stewardship Company

2 or 3 days per week for a continuous 9 month period. The Voluntary River Steward will assist the RSC Landscape team to deliver a variety of waterway maintenance tasks and habitat improvements on Yorkshire’s waterways. The successful post holder will gain experience in tasks including: felling, coppicing and pollarding trees; planting trees, shrubs and other flora; habitat creation such as the erection of kingfisher perches and otter holts; invasive species control and litter and debris management within the river channel, banks and riverside footpaths. There will also be an opportunity to assist in the delivery of a variety of community engagement activities, such as running practical volunteer days. ASK: Contact Sarah Emberson sarah.emberson@the-rsc.co.uk

JOB: Rochdale Green Volunteers

BE4: N / A

LOC: Rochdale Borough - Greater Manchester

PAY: Training

FOR: Rochdale Borough Council

It’s the skills, time and passion of our volunteers that make our borough special. Whether you want to try your hand at hedge-laying, sowing meadows or creating a sensory garden, we have something exciting for you to get involved in close to home. With no previous experience necessary, we offer guided practical activities for a wide variety of fun environmental tasks. You can even access accredited training and qualifications to expand your employment opportunities. We make sure that you’re kitted out with everything you need from uniform and protective equipment to travel expenses. To be a Green Volunteer you need to be over 16. ASK: Get in touch and register your interest on 01706 373421 or email adam.clayton@rochdale.gov.uk. www.rochdale.gov.uk/volunteering

JOB: Garden Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Totnes, South Devon

PAY: Expenses paid and lunch provided

FOR: The Sharpham Trust

If you want to learn more about gardening, tree-care and horticulture, you might like to join our team of garden volunteers. You can stay all or half a day, joining in all kinds of active, hands-on tasks to be done in our 18th century walled kitchen garden, our formal gardens (designed by Percy Cane) or our sublime woodland gardens.  You don’t need experience - our gardener Bryony Middleton will give guidance each week. Plus you’ll enjoy a warm lunch with the Sharpham team. ASK: Contact Lucy Bell on 01803 731802 or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org to find out more information

JOB: Residential Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Magdalen Farm, Winsham, Chard, Somerset

PAY: Accom. Incl Meals & Training

FOR: Magdalen Environmental Trust

A 132 acre organic educational & therapeutic centre that welcomes c. 4,500 visitors of all ages & abilities in a residential & day visit capacity. For the last 25 years we have engaged with & educated visitors using nature & the farming environment as our resource; it is fun, inspirational & innovative. Most of the help required is horticultural. There is also animal care which involves feeding up & putting our lovely poultry to bed! We always have the need for help with conservation & construction such as building wooden bridges. Time: 3 weeks to 2 months. We teach volunteers basic animal care, seasonal horticultural skills & organic vegetable growing. Experience not essential as we can teach you. As we are in a rural setting & not a community you will need to be fairly self-sufficient & being sociable is really important too. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, committed & willing to get involved.   ASK: Contact rebecca@magdalenfarm.org.uk to request a volunteer application pack.

JOB: Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Cornwall

PAY: Training

FOR: Wild Futures The Monkey Sanctuary

Minimum stay is two weeks & maximum three months. Help clean the monkey enclosures, prepare their food & enrichment. Help with children's workshops & in the café, gardening & help in the day to day running of the sanctuary. No quals or experience required, just a willingness to be involved. ASK: More details from Antony Williams will@wildfutures.org

JOB: Canal & Lock Maintenance Project Leader

BE4: N / A

LOC: Nottingham

PAY: Training & travel costs

FOR: Groundwork Greater Nottingham

To assist the Volunteer Co-ordinator to facilitate the maintenance & upkeep of a 2 km stretch of the Beeston Canal including lock, maintained for boaters, walkers & the local community. The role includes: contacting potential volunteers; supporting volunteers on the day; co-ordination of activities on site. Volunteer Project Leaders will show a commitment to the aims of GGN & improving outcomes for the environment. You will not be required to have exp, however, it may be useful of you have any experience of: gardening; planting; maintenance; team management. Volunteers will be asked to complete a minimum of 3.5 hpw, Monday to Friday. ASK: For more information please phone 0115 9788 212 or email gn@groundworknottingham.org.uk

JOB: Our Past, Our Future Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: New Forest National Park

PAY: Travel expenses

FOR: New Forest National Park Authority

The Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme volunteers can take part in archaeological digs, botanical surveys, digitising historical documents, recording the history of commoning, clearing invasive plants, monitoring water quality & much more. The range of activities are supported by 11 different partners to inspire a new generation to champion & care for the New Forest. Volunteers can give as much time as they would like. No previous experience or qualifications required, just a desire & passion to learn about, improve & enjoy the New Forest National Park. ASK: Contact Richard Austin, richard.austin@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

JOB: Green Aiders

BE4: N / A

LOC: Herts, West Essex, Cambs & Beds

PAY: Training & travel

FOR: Groundwork East

Want to volunteer outside & help vulnerable residents? Then join Groundwork’s Green Aiders team! Put your skills into action with weekly gardening sessions in gardens across Hertfordshire. Get buckets of exp – two new gardens every time. Free training in gardening & power tool use. All PPE, tools, equipment, lunches & travel costs covered. ASK: To book a place, arrange a taster day or for more info Sarah Holloway, 01707 255177 sarah.holloway@groundwork.org.uk https://www.groundwork.org.uk/east

JOB: Volunteering in the Highlands of Scotland

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR, Aberarder, Kinlochlaggan, PH20 1BX

PAY: Accommodation / training provided

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Min one month, up to twelve months. Make new friends, improve your CV & have a great time at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Volunteers should bring enthusiasm for the Nature of Scotland, a willingness to learn new skills & a good level of fitness would be an advantage. Exp not necessary. You will help with: variety of estate work including working with our livestock, sowing seeds for the field bird trail, fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring which could include counting rare birds, trapping mink or pond dipping in the summer checking for invertebrates; talking to & helping visitors at the reserve; deer management. ASK: Check out YouTube to see what a previous volunteer says about Creag Meagaidh: http://c-js.co.uk/2orbxun. For more information or to apply email Linda Simpson on volunteer@nature.scot

JOB: Walled Garden Volunteer Supervisor

BE4: N / A

LOC: Stowmarket, Suffolk

PAY: Training in small garden machinery

FOR: The Museum of East Anglian Life

Helping the museum to run its walled garden, growing a range of vegetables, trained fruit trees, soft fruit and flower, for sale in the shop and for planting around the museum. Main duties include maintaining the garden, helping to plan plantings and to help supervise other volunteers. No qualifications are needed, but should be a keen gardener and able to work on own initiative, exp with small garden machinery would be helpful. ASK: Please contact me at shaun.wolton@eastanglianlife.org.uk.

JOB: Roadside Nature Reserve Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Roadside Verges, Kent

PAY: 0

FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for volunteers to join our Roadside Nature Reserves Team across the county. Our volunteers help us on task days, and keep an eye on our roadside verges throughout the year. Fortnightly commitment. Roadside Nature Reserves can link existing wildlife areas, helping to reconnect and restore landscape so that wildlife is no longer struggling to survive in isolation. This supports a living landscape, which benefits both people and wildlife and makes nature more resilient to future change. They provide vital wildlife corridors for many species, particularly reptiles such as slow-worms and viviparous lizards, and mammals such as badgers.  Our Roadside Nature Reserve Volunteers help us by participating in task days, carrying out essential work on the verges and roadside alongside our staff team.  Volunteers can join us for a full or part day, and you don't need any previous experience in conservation work, so long as you are enthusiastic and willing to learn. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

JOB: Roadside Wardens

BE4: N / A

LOC: Kent


FOR: Kent Wildlife Trust

We're looking for Volunteer Roadside Wardens who can help us to keep an eye on the roadside verges and roads close to their homes.  We're currently looking for volunteers in the Dover, Swale and Medway areas, as well as some other areas across Kent (please see the application form for more information). This is a flexible role, and monitoring can be carried out at your convenience during daylight hours.  We'll need you to monitor the verges on at least a monthly basis.  You will be provided with full and on-going training and you will be provided with a point of contact to report any issues or concerns. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2HwF53y

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.