Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements
Publicity and Fundraising

36 pages in total, the lead article is from the Woodland Trust detailing how they aim to plant a quarter of a million trees in a mass youth engagement project to create the UK’s first Young People’s Forest. Student Volunteering Week runs from 11 – 17 February. It’s a fantastic way for charities to work with students. South Downs National Park has around 300 active volunteers; they discuss the different ways they get people involved. This year the Forestry Commission is celebrating 100 years of forestry, as part of the celebrations they are promoting staff a volunteering scheme. Until 2016 RSPCA didn’t involve volunteers in the work of their Inspectorate; following a successful pilot they now recruit Wildlife Casualty Volunteers – find out what’s involved. Volunteering isn’t all manual labour; find out what the Events & Publicity Volunteers get up to with the Mendip Hills AONB. Volunteers’ Week runs from 1-7 June every year, organised by NCVO it’s a chance for organisations to celebrate the millions of volunteers who give their time; find out how you can get involved. 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.

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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.


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JOB: Volunteer Forum Members

BE4: 22/2/19

IV: 22/02/2019

LOC: Exeter

PAY: Generous mileage rate

FOR: Devon County Council

The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000. It has 17 members who advise on the ‘improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation & the enjoyment of the area’. We are currently appointing members to the Forum & would welcome applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access. Formal meetings are held 3 times a year. There are occasional small working groups & a yearly training day. All applications will be considered & we would love to hear from landowners & managers, access users & people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport & business. Applications from walkers, horse riders, tourism providers & those with a knowledge of the definitive Map review process would be particularly welcome. ASK: For details & an application form please see www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf

JOB: Volunteer Park Ranger

BE4: 22/2/19 12pm

LOC: St Nicks Local Nature Reserve

PAY: Training / local travel expenses

FOR: St Nicks

6 months, 3 days a week (Tuesday -Thursday). With our support and ‘on the job’ training, you will help the St Nicks team to look after our unique and diverse nature reserve through a variety of tasks such as wildflower planting, scything, invasive species control, tree planting / transplanting; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access and maintaining signage; engaging with nature reserve users; and helping out at events. With various habitats to manage over 24 acres and diverse groups of volunteers to lead and supervise, the Volunteer Park Ranger role presents and exciting and challenging opportunity for those looking to embark on a career within the sector. There will also be opportunities to take on and lead LNR projects such as improving and monitoring riparian habitats, helping us to create educational resources for visitors and volunteers and developing methodologies for habitat or species surveys to help us better monitor our wildlife. ASK: Apply: https://stnicks.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/ or email volunteer@stnicks.org.uk

JOB: Assistant Ranger

BE4: 19/2/19 10.00hrs

IV: Skype interviews likely to be held on 26/2/19

LOC: St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve, SE Scotland

PAY: Training / shared accommodation*

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

We are looking for an Assistant Ranger to come and join our Ranger Team at St Abbs for 7 months from April to October; would suit recent graduates or someone starting a career in nature conservation.   The role involves assisting the Rangers with the daily management of the nature reserve including biological monitoring, visitor liaison (including education and policing), practical management of habitats and countryside estate infrastructure and membership recruitment. This is a live-in position in shared accommodation and includes regular weekend working.  * On the job training, experience and shared accommodation including utilities & Wi-Fi. Some knowledge / experience in the relevant field is required, but enthusiasm, flexibility and a desire to learn is what is really essential. An ability to work under own initiative and good communication skills necessary, as will a willingness and ability to undertake physical work (sometimes strenuous) in all weathers, and be comfortable working near cliffs. ASK: For more details and an application form please contact Liza Cole at lcole@nts.org.uk. No CVs please.

JOB: Publicity Officer

BE4: 28/2/19

LOC: Cuxton, nr. Rochester, Kent

PAY: Reasonable expenses

FOR: West Kent Downs Countryside Trust

We are a small registered charity which partly owns & manages the Cuxton & Cobham Woodland for the local community. This is 100 acres of mixed woodland near Strood, Kent. We need someone to take on the task of raising awareness of the project, encouraging attendance at our monthly workdays & to encourage membership of the charity, using local resources & social media. Occasional hours to suit you. You will have a good knowledge of the natural world & a flare for creating interesting content which will appeal to a variety of audiences. Familiarity with Twitter, Facebook & Instagram will also be an advantage. ASK: Please email the Secretary, Mike Adams at mike@mikeadams12.plus.com with details of how you could help us.

JOB: Trustee

BE4:

IV: 01/03/2019

LOC: Eastnor, Herefordshire

PAY: 0

FOR: Vincent Wildlife Trust

Due to the retirement of one of our long-standing trustees, there is a vacancy on the Vincent Wildlife Trust Board. We are looking for someone to complement the skills of the existing 6 trustees & help move VWT through a new period of growth based on the 10-year strategy being developed. We are looking for a person with skills in business management & one or more of the following: investment management; fundraising / major donor networking; financial systems / accountancy; digital marketing. Whilst an interest in the conservation of wildlife is important, there is no requirement for experience or specialist knowledge of wildlife or conservation. Preference will be given to those with good connections in their field & who can bring a new perspective to help navigate the Trust through the challenges ahead. ASK: For a recruitment briefing pack & further information please contact: Chief Executive, Lucy Rogers, lucyrogers@vwt.org.uk 01531 636441.

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: 1/3/19

IV: 01/03/2019

LOC: Isle Of May NNR off Fife, Scotland

PAY: Training, accomm (not food) & some travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

Start mid-April to August 2019 but length & starting date can be discussed (short term opportunities are available). To assist with three areas of work on the island: visitor management, meeting & providing information to daily visitors, help run events & manage visitor facilities; species monitoring – ringing, monitoring & population counts; practical maintenance of the reserve including habitat management & basic maintenance tasks. We provide training, ongoing support & field equipment. You need to be at least 18 years old. You’ll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, a good communicator with excellent spoken English. Able to fit into a small island community, working in a team or alone. Strong interest in conservation, a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage; physically fit with a responsible attitude to H&S. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. ASK: More information: https://c-js.co.uk/2tdxgcl Apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2RDYJgJ Return completed form with CV to david.steel@snh.gov.uk or David Steel, SNH, 46 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife KY15 5HS

JOB: Social Media Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Newcastle Upon Tyne

PAY:

FOR: Natural History Society of Northumbria

We are looking for someone to join us as part of our ‘Towards 2029’ project and work alongside NHSN staff to plan and deliver exciting natural history content across our existing social media channels. The ideal candidate will have: a sound knowledge of the natural world; good organisational and planning skills; great written skills; a flare for creativity; familiarity with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; strong IT skills; self-motivation; a firm grasp of the type of content that appeals to different audiences. ASK: Should this role interest you, please email a CV and short introductory email (no need for a cover letter) to james.common@newcastle.ac.uk. A drop-in session will be on Wednesday 9 January to allow candidates to meet the staff.

JOB: Arundel Welcome Team

BE4: N / A

LOC: WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PB

PAY: Uniform and training provided where necessary. Free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days.

FOR: WWT

At WWT Arundel Wetland Centre we want to ensure that our visitors receive a warm, friendly welcome to ensure they have a comfortable and enjoyable visit. In this role you’ll be part of the team providing a helping hand to ensuring that our visitors have a great day to remember from start to finish. You’ll also be a key representative and champion of WWT actively engaging our visitors, providing them with information and advising them on our latest conservation initiatives and the benefits of our membership scheme. You receive free entry to all WWT centres, and a discount in the cafe and shop on volunteering days. Time commitment: one day per week, between 10am & 3pm, with breaks. ASK: For more information and to apply, please visit: https://c-js.co.uk/2RHq96q

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Marketing Assistant

BE4: 28/2/19

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY: Accommodation provided including all bills

FOR: RSPB

5 days a week for 6 months (negotiable). Every year over 100,000 visitors come to Bempton Cliffs, & around half of those have never been before so we have to work hard to get them here. You will be the eyes & ears of one of the busiest nature reserves in the UK - finding marketing opportunities around every corner & stories in everything, you’ll help to drive footfall to England’s largest mainland seabird colony. Main duties: create daily posts / tweets for our vibrant social media platforms that maintain targets on reach / engagement; work with the Communications Officer to write press releases, news articles & liaise with the media, including radio & TV interviews; producing posters & publicity materials; collecting & collating information to expand an email database; working with other marketing volunteers & reserve volunteers. ASK: For more information: please contact Maria Prchlik, Communications Officer at maria.prchlik@rspb.org.uk or call 01262 422202, all enquiries are welcome.

JOB: Marketing Assistant Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY: 0

FOR: RSPB

We need to spread the word about Bempton Cliffs far and wide. New ways of communicating with our audiences are springing up every day and we need to make the most of these free tools. That’s why we’d like assistance with populating / monitoring social media and developing online promotional opportunities, for example, What’s On listings. So if Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are some of your favourite places to be, we’d love to hear from you. ASK: Contact: Maria Prchlik, Communications officermaria.prchlik@rspb.org.uk 01262 422202.

JOB: Volunteer Membership Recruiter

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire

PAY:

FOR: RSPB

With over 100,000 visitors a year, Bempton Cliffs is a very busy reserve. We aim to deliver first class customer care at all times, as well as giving an outstanding home to nature. We are looking for someone to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors, providing them with the information they need to make the most of their visit. We need you to be able to enthuse people about wildlife & the RSPB, & actively encourage non-members to join. Other duties include promoting pin badge sales & promoting events / activities. ASK: Contact: Scott Smith, Visitor Operations Manager scott.smith@rspb.org.uk 01262 422210.

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: Independent Events Team Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Across Norfolk

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: Norfolk Wildlife Trust

On average one day per month. We are building a team of enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills to represent the Trust at a variety of events throughout Norfolk. You will be supporting NWT and raising awareness of our work by providing friendly face to face contact and distributing information and events leaflets.  ASK: For more information about this opportunity please visit the webpage https://c-js.co.uk/2IUbPCv where you will be able to download a role description and an application form or contact Alan Marchbank alanm@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or on 01603 598360.

JOB: Visitor Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

Our visitor volunteers work across the visitor centre & the lakeside viewpoint, making a large flexible team whose focus is great customer service & promoting this special nature reserve. We know that wildlife inspires people, so interpreting the wildlife here is important, whether it’s pointing out swans or swallows, hoverflies or hawthorn. The visitors centre will have basic refreshment facilities & equipment to hire, you will help visitors get what they need. Collect car parking payments at the till & help with keeping the welcome area clean & tidy.   RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the society & underpins every single thing we do. Introducing visitors to the idea of membership is important too. You will have the confidence to strike up a conversation with strangers & a desire to help, an enthusiasm for conservation & wildlife; but most importantly of all you will need a friendly demeanour & a ready smile. Full induction & training for the role will be provided as well as the opportunity to attend a whole host of training opportunities, such as H&S, wildlife ID courses & even face painting training. Commitment 3 hours per week. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Events and Activities Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Great Barr, B43 5AG

PAY: Training

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We regularly hold events on the reserve to encourage visitors to get closer to nature and learn more about the wildlife at Sandwell.  Annual events include bat and moth nights, bird ringing and family favourites like Easter egg hunts. You will be helping our visitor experience team by helping us deliver events on the nature reserve. You might be welcoming visitors, pond dipping or taking payment. The event activities vary every time and you will help us make them a success. You will also help by setting up activities in the first place and then helping us clear away afterwards.  We just need you to come with bags of enthusiasm and an interest in wildlife and the outdoors; we can supply and training you might need.  Experience of working with children would be helpful as our events are often family focused. ASK: Contact: sandwellvalley@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Fundraiser (Pin Badges)

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: South West - Home Based

PAY: Training / equipment

FOR: RSPB

Do you want to do something rewarding for nature? It only takes a couple of hours a month! It doesn't matter if you are retired, employed, unemployed or just looking for something to do by becoming a pin badge volunteer in your area, looking after our pin badge boxes you will be able to raise vital funds for nature. Managing the boxes is easy & flexible working around your lifestyle giving you the chance to get out & about in your area, developing your fundraising & communication skills which can be added to your CV. Gaining you useful skills while being part of the movement to save nature. Everything you need will be provided & you will have the support of the area community fundraiser to guide you on your volunteering experience.    ASK: Contact: Anna Canvin 01392 453753 anna.canvin@rspb.org.uk

JOB: Event Volunteer - Mass Engagement

BE4: N / A

LOC: Birmingham, Hereford, Oxford, York

PAY: 0

FOR: Woodland Trust

The Events Programming Team work nationally across the Woodland Trust to deliver mass audience events which raise brand awareness of the Woodland Trust. The aim is to engage and inspire those audiences about the aims and work of the Woodland Trust and to encourage them to get involved and support our cause. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at events in 2019 in the following locations: Birmingham; Hay-on-Wye, Hereford; Oxford; Castle Howard, York. You will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills, to volunteer alongside the staff at the event, to engage with large audiences and support our delivery of events. As part of our events team you will: be part of the staff rota for an event; attend pre-event briefing calls over the telephone / video conferencing; engage with the public and deal with questions and queries at the event; give post-event feedback so each event can be evaluated going forward; collect names and addresses of members of the public, adhering to data protection / GDPR; help with tidying up after the event. Please only apply if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the above locations. ASK: For further details and to apply visit https://c-js.co.uk/2CqpRw7

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: 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: 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



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