Voluntary Opportunities


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Countryside, conservation and ecology full and part time voluntary placements including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly.

This week's additions are below or go straight to your chosen sector.


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Administration, support and IT.administration and office support roles including IT.
Arboricultureworking with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nursery.
Community and Volunteerscountryside and greenspace community work, e.g. helping with allotments or with a green gym, managing other volunteers and similar.
Countrysidecountryside work, ranger / warden type posts includes all practical and countryside conservation and management
Ecologyecology and biodiversity including fieldwork, scientific research and projects
Environmental and Outdoor Educationenvironmental education, field studies and work with children and young people 
Horticulturehorticulture, gardening, permaculture and manual estate work
Publicity and FundraisingPublic relations, marketing and membership tasks includes social media
Rights of Wayaccess and all public rights of way related work.
Visitor Managementvisitor engagement & events management
Wildlife Work and Animal Careanimal and wildlife work, including interpretation also animal care e.g. wildlife hospital and animal rehabilitation and some agricultural roles


Voluntary opportunities with an occasional commitment requirement e.g. a few hours a week, one or two days a month.

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In Depth Features. An index of articles about volunteering from CJS Focus editions dating back to 2005. Articles cover both participant and co-ordinator points of view. The adverts will most likely have closed for applications but the contact organisations can proof be useful. Click here.


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.

Vacancies advertised w/b: 23/10

Voluntary Winter Seasonal Ranger

Location: Stover Country Park, TQ12 6QG

Contract: Full Time, Voluntary role, 22 - 37 hours per week (Negotiable)

Stover Country Park is one of two Country Parks managed by Devon County Council and has 114 acres of woodland, heathland, lake and marsh. With the Park designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve, it is a significant wildlife site and is particularly important for dragonflies.

  • Closing Date: 17/11/2017
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South West
  • Posted: 23/10/2017

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

6 - 12 month placement. Are you enthusiastic about conservation, improving the environment, gaining new practical skills & working with people? Learn to deliver practical sessions to groups of volunteers with diverse needs & gain exp in administration incl event management, publicity & budgets. Excellent communication skills, enthusiasm & passion for the environment & conservation. A willingness to work with a wide variety of people. ASK: Col Powell 0113 2742335 c.powell@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Green Shoots Volunteer

BE4: 31/03/2018

LOC: Wales

PAY: Training

FOR: The British Association For Shooting & Conservation

We have a number of conservation projects in Wales as a result of our Green Shoots programme. A Green Shoots Project area is the control of invasive non-native species: mink control to benefit native water voles & other species, & grey squirrel control to benefit native red squirrels in key areas. We are seeking volunteers to assist with mink & grey squirrel control & can offer training, loan rafts & traps. ASK: Register your interest at http://c-js.co.uk/2xSpVhV Sarah Pinnell, Green Shoots Wales Officer, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL sarah.pinnell@basc.org.uk

JOB: Invitation to become a Trustee

BE4: 10/11/2017

LOC: Bristol

PAY: 0

FOR: Avon Wildlife Trust

As a member of our Board of Trustees you will be part of the strategic leadership of the Trust, helping us achieve our vision of restoring abundant wildlife & ensuring the Trust fulfils its charitable purpose, mission & values. If you are over 18 & would like to use your skills & exp to help us help wildlife then we would love to hear from you. The only requirements are enthusiasm & commitment to work in a team of others for the benefit of the Trust & its objectives. To help us develop a Board with diverse exp & skill sets we would particularly welcome: people from black, Asian & minority ethnic communities & leaders from deprived communities; significant exp of managing charity fundraising & willing to help monitor staff; architect or property developer with expertise in sustainable buildings; exp of planning & policy issues at a senior level with an understanding of the essential value of biodiversity & green infrastructure in development; deep & wide exp of developing wetlands, grasslands or a range of sites to maximise their benefits for wildlife & visitors. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2gq2wlw


Other Useful Information.

If you are unable to commit to a long term placement but would still like to do a little voluntary work have a look at the Pratical Work Days page which has details of specific tasks occurring over one or two days.

For possible sources of funding have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

For some suggestions on how to enter the countryside sector and pointers on how to get your perfect post read our Helpful Hints guide.

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KEY: Quick reference

JOB title

BE4 [Closing date ie Apply BEfore:] IV if given is the interview date


PAY rate [usually zero for volunteers but any benefits are detailed here]

FOR [name of employer organisation]

DEScription [of the job] BUT [they require applicants to have the following:] ASK [for further details and/or application form from:]

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.