Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements
Publicity and Fundraising

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


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Full and part time voluntary placements, updated weekly.

To see all of this week's new additions, not just for this area - click here. Adverts are listed in chronological order, most recent at the top.

Publicity and Fundraising vacancies: public relations, promotion including social media, grant applications and administration and fundraising. This section also includes membership promotion and recruitment roles.

Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.              Explanation of the headings here.

JOB: Assistant Project Officer

BE4: 25/9/18

IV: 3/10/18

LOC: Salford, Greater Manchester

PAY: Expenses*

FOR: City of Trees

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

JOB: Wildlife Writer

BE4: N / A

IV: 28/09/2018

LOC: Homebased

PAY: 0

FOR: New Nature Magazine

New Nature is a youth e-magazine featuring articles written by young people aged 30 and under, as well as interviews with industry professionals and celebrities. We hope to offer a fresh perspective on topical issues in conservation and highlight the beauty to be seen year round in the British countryside. The magazine can be downloaded free of charge from www.newnature.co.uk. We are looking for writers aged 30 or under to contribute articles to the magazine. A love for nature/conservation and good communication skills are needed. Please note the magazine is currently run by a team of volunteers so we unfortunately cannot pay contributors. Articles submitted will also be edited before being published. Features can be written on a subject of your choosing, although please discuss this with the team first before emailing submissions. Regular contributors will also be considered for our online blog. ASK: Email editorial.newnature@gmail.com

JOB: Community Talks Volunteer

BE4: ?

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Support, training & travel expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Help us help our local community, by spreading the word about RSPB Sandwell Valley, and giving engaging talks! RSPB Sandwell Valley is an enchanting urban green space located in the middle of a vibrant and diverse community. We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to local people working 1 day every 2 months minimum commitment. You will deliver 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 of Sandwell Valley. We are looking for someone with the “gift of the gab”! If you enjoy meeting new people, being in the spotlight, and are a confident speaker, this is the role for you. You will be making a meaningful difference in your local community and support the work of RSPB Sandwell Valley. ASK: Contact Rita Gries rita.gries@rspb.org.uk for further information and to apply.

JOB: Event Volunteer - Wales

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wales

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside Woodland Trust staff and volunteers at events to engage with our audiences and support delivery of these events. This is a great opportunity for those who want to meet people in the heart of the community and for those who have an interest in woods, nature and trees. It is also ideal for volunteers wanting to develop their skills and experience in the tourism, events or conservation sector. ASK: Visit our website for further details and to apply https://c-js.co.uk/2KEy0xk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Waltham Forest, London

PAY: Training and expenses


3 or 4 days a week for min 6 month. Help deliver the Biodiversity Action Team programme in East London, which provides opportunities for people to keep fit & gain skills while improving & engaging with their local green spaces through practical conservation sessions. You will assist the Project Officer in elements of planning, promotion, delivery & administration of the project. The role will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on exp of practical conservation work, developing your knowledge & skills. Free training includes courses in leadership, first aid, risk assessment, H&S, safeguarding & practical conservation skills. At the end of your placement you will have a set of skills & exp that should better equip you to find paid work in the environmental sector. No prev exp required, just an enthusiasm for the environment & outdoor work. Full UK driving licence for at least 1 year & willingness to take MiDAS assessment. Over 18s only. ASK: Contact Tom Nandi t.nandi@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Events Coordinator

BE4: 31/12/18

LOC: Essex

PAY: Expenses


Role includes: representing CPRE Essex at events; organising content for the event; event planning. We are looking for a passionate individual who has a passion for the countryside and must also have an approachable, positive attitude. A driving licence is not essential, but is recommended ASK: Please contact me at mrsamuels@live.co.uk

JOB: Visitor Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Rainton Meadows or Low Barns Nature Reserves

PAY: 0

FOR: Durham Wildlife Trust

We are looking primarily for individuals for weekends and school holidays. You will support the income generation team and visitor centre assistants with their events. Be an ambassador for Durham Wildlife Trust, promoting and impassioning the wildlife and wider benefits of the nature reserve. Attend events, helping with car parking, sign-in, entrance fees and general tasks. Talk to members of the public about membership, signposting them and being a welcoming face for the site. Help to keep entrance areas and bathrooms clean and tidy and keep the visitor centre looking welcoming. Focus on weekends and schools holidays, when the site is busiest. Daily site upkeep, including litter picking, emptying of bins and upkeep of signage. What will you get out of it? Learn about different wildlife and the work of Durham Wildlife Trust; gain confidence in speaking to people; helping to raise income for wildlife conservation from Tees to Tyne ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2L1pDwG for more info.

JOB: Trainee Leader/Volunteer Officer - Uxbridge Green Gym

BE4: 1/10/18

LOC: Uxbridge

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

This opportunity is ideal for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital for working in the environmental and / or community sector for at least 2 days a week for 6 months. A full training package is provided including project leadership, first aid, risk assessment, and safeguarding vulnerable groups. Within each project there is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements and you can have a positive influence on the project's development. Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients. Practical wildlife and green space management & leadership: leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete conservation tasks such as creating wildlife habitats, sowing or scything meadows and planting hedgerows. Administration & marketing: supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion. ASK: For further information email gg-uxbridge@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Visitor Centres Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Holme Dunes or Ranworth Broad

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Several opportunities for volunteers to help in our busy seasonal visitor centres at Holme Dunes & Ranworth Broad, both of which are fabulous locations. You will be the welcoming face of NWT, sharing your enthusiasm, handling money & promoting our work. They are open 7 days a week, so there are a variety of flexible roles to fit into the rotas, incl regular commitments or more occasional cover, with a particular need for weekends & school holidays. We are keen to find more volunteers to help out at our Information Centre on Malthouse Staithe, near our Ranworth Broad Visitor Centre, especially on Sundays. ASK: For a full role description & to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv & send your application forms to alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Horsey Windpump Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Horsey Windpump, Horsey, nr Great Yarmouth

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

Min 3.5 hours a fortnight. During 2018, the restoration project of Horsey Windpump will complete & reopen to paying visitors & to our members. This is your chance to get involved right at the start, to continue the restoration project, share the story ‘so far’ & engage visitors with our local industrial heritage. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring alive the story of Horsey Windpump for our visitors & help maintain & look after this broadland icon. We have exciting & flexible roles in which no 2 days will be the same. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2N2LZza or contact Alex 01263 740241, horseywindpump@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Press / Media Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England Buckinghamshire

2-4 days per month. CPRE is a national charity which fights to protect & enhance the English countryside for everyone to value & enjoy. We are looking for a volunteer to help us raise awareness of our work by handling media enquiries, writing press releases and contacting the local press about our work.  Must have some exposure to the media, experience in writing, be computer literate, well organised & can work to deadlines. Care about protecting the countryside & the environment & are able to communicate with confidence. ASK: Contact: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

JOB: Trustee

BE4: N / A

LOC: Home or Monks Risborough

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Campaign to Protect Rural England Buckinghamshire

4-6 meetings per year. Do you care about protecting the Buckinghamshire countryside? Are you a champion for affordable, sustainable housing - but in the right places? Please consider joining CPRE Buckinghamshire as a trustee. This is an ideal opportunity for people who live in and love Buckinghamshire and who want to support environmental and conservation campaigns. You will be part of the local branch of a highly regarded, national charity and feel part of a friendly and highly-engaged group. Experience in planning, media or fundraising would be especially appreciated. ASK: Contact: F Lahiguera, CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustee, falahiguera@gmail.com

JOB: Event Assistant

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Tring, Hertfordshire


FOR: Woodland Trust

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

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Community Engagement Volunteer

BE4: N/A

LOC: Glenkens Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training, mentoring & travel expenses of 35p/mile

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ideally one day per fortnight. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in the Glenkens area. Help us raise awareness of the project by arranging & attending public events in the area. Tasks will include helping to increase the number of active volunteers by engaging with the public, mobilising the project’s network of volunteers in the area to attend public events, booking event stalls, arranging volunteer rotas, stall set-up, & volunteer engagement & support.   Passionate about red squirrels & want to spread the word about our exciting project. Good communication skills, enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels, diplomatic & tactful, able to explain project strategy & persuade others to get involved, well-organised with a good eye for detail, adaptable & flexible.   ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Spurn Ranger Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Spurn, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire

PAY: Training & help towards travel expenses

FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

There’s lots of see and do at Spurn and as there are so many interesting features on this site that is 3 miles in length, we’d like volunteers to help us engage with visitors at specific features of the site and also to help keep people safe at high tides. You’ll be part of a team of volunteers who help to make Spurn a fantastic place to visit, you’ll like spending time talking to people and helping them to have an inspiring day. Full training and induction to the role will be given, you’ll just need to bring lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to make each visitors trip to Spurn a memorable one! Various times available and flexible to suit the volunteer. ASK: Contact 01904 659570 or email voluntering@ywt.org.uk for an application form or more information.

JOB: Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Assistants

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Farnham & Hazeley Heath RSPB Reserves

PAY: Benefits include Training, expenses


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

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.