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

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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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Vacancies advertised w/b: 18/11

Immersive Volunteer Role

National Trust Ranger team, Black Down Estate, Haslemere, Surrey.

c.30 hours per week for a period of 6-12 months (maximum 12 months).

The successful candidate would get an opportunity to develop their experience of countryside conservation on an estate with a variety of habitats including woodland, grassland and heathland as well dealing with small herds of in-hand cattle. This role will suit people who are looking to develop a career in the countryside management or conservation sector and want to gain practical experience on the ground in a variety of areas.

  • Closing Date: 26/11/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 05/11/2019

Voluntary Traineeships x 3

Looking to kick start your career into the environment sector?

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is offering three voluntary traineeships: Hedgehog Officer (Engagement), Conservation (Reserves Management) and Species Monitoring (Surveying).  

A training budget of £1,500 is available.

Each voluntary traineeship is three days a week for 12 months. You will gain practical experience and training that will boost your chances of successfully gaining paid employment on completion.

  • Closing Date: 05/12/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 19/11/2019

JOB: Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer

BE4: 13/12/19

LOC: Mid & West Cornwall

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Cornwall Wildlife Trust

4 days a week for 9 - 12 months. Join the Mid & West Cornwall Nature Reserves Teams as a trainee & gain skills vital for starting a career in the wildlife & countryside sector. You will learn practical conservation & land management across a range of habitats & develop your wildlife knowledge & volunteer leadership skills. Formal training package to include chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter & pesticides application. Species ID & surveying courses are also available. We have an excellent track record of trainees going on to find employment in the conservation sector. Rel quals are desirable but not essential. Applicants must enjoy working outdoors & be physically fit to undertake practical tasks. Full UK driving licence essential. ASK: Send CV & covering letter to rich.moore@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk, please quote Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer.

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: Volunteer Warden Internship

BE4: 6/12/19

IV: 16/12/19

LOC: RSPB Otmoor, Oxfordshire

PAY: Training / travel expenses available.


If you want a career in conservation then this internship can really help you on your way. It will give you great insight into how nature reserves function and help you to gain and develop the management and practical skills required. You'll gain valuable experience of managing wet grassland, reedbed and hedgerow habitats on an important wetland reserve and gain lots of experience in species identification and carrying out a range of surveys. What's more, you will gain appropriate practical training and qualifications e.g. chainsaw, brushcutter, tractor operation and ATV use; (depending on seasonal needs). We'll give you training and experience of using specialist computer software and opportunities to meet key RSPB staff. Time commitment, 3 days per week for 6 months. ASK: For a full job description, go to: https://c-js.co.uk/2Rd4GpD. To request an application form, email fergus.mosey@rspb.org.uk or to discuss this great opportunity, you can ring on 01865 351163.

JOB: Visitor Volunteer - Farne Islands

BE4: 2/2/20

IV: 13/2/20

LOC: Farne Islands

PAY: Training & free travel from Seahouses

FOR: National Trust

Visitor assistants help deliver the day to day management and conservation of the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve, a small island group off the coast of Northumberland. We are offering an opportunity for three people to join our team, volunteering alongside our rangers to experience working in one of Europe’s foremost seabird and seal colonies. We’re looking for three people able to help us three or four days a week either on a 9am - 2pm shift, or 12.30 - 5pm. We hope this will make it possible for our volunteers to carry out paid work when not volunteering. Dates are 20/4/20 - 31/7/20, incl an induction week for the first week. Induction & training given in first aid. You will be: engaging visitors in the work we do, ensuring our birds are well protected and chatting to our visitors; learning safety and risk management through training and study, such as emergency procedures, fire training and biosecurity procedures. ASK: Contact gwen.potter@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteering Learning Assistant Internships - Various Locations

BE4: 18/1/20

LOC: Various locations*

PAY: Training & expenses


Looking to get some quality experience with Europe's largest conservation charity, engaging with young people and delivering environmental education? We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages and abilities. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain experience working with families and adults. You’ll get: training in delivery, local species ID, equipment safety and first aid, mentoring, lots of first-hand experience, a uniform as required and expenses. You will need: a keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment; an enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills; a resourceful/flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities; good communication skills. Must be 18 years old or over and have achieved A-levels or equivalent. Time Commitment: 2 to 3 days a week from 9am to 5.15pm for 3 months or more (March to September 2020). *Locations: Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Leighton Moss in Lancashire, Conwy in North Wales, Old Moor in South Yorkshire, Sandwell Valley in west Midlands and Saltholme in Middlesbrough. ASK: For further information visit https://c-js.co.uk/32Ksrq3

JOB: Farne Islands & Northumberland Coast Volunteer Ranger

BE4: 2/2/20

IV: 13/2/20

LOC: Farne Islands & Northumberland Coast

PAY: Training & free travel from Seahouses

FOR: National Trust

Our two Volunteer Rangers will help deliver the day to day management and conservation of the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve and Northumberland Coast carrying out the following tasks: managing visitors effectively on a daily basis through welcoming visitors to the jetty, shop and visitor centre, checking tickets and sharing our conservation work with our visitors; applying a range of ecological and land management techniques and skills, such as seabird monitoring, boardwalk repair and vegetation management on the islands from March-October. Volunteer to assist the Rangers in practical countryside management tasks November-March such as invasive species control, coastal habitat management and restoration and general maintenance and repair. Four days per week. Fire, first aid, RYA powerboat, induction training provided. ASK: To apply and for more detail, visit the National Trust website (search for 'Farne Islands') or contact gwen.potter@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 10/12/19

IV: 17/12/19

LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham

PAY: £1000 training budget & free on site accommodation

FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

Start date: Jan 2019. 9 to 12 month placement. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. The successful applicant will initially assist then eventually lead events such as Bat Walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon.   ASK: Visit http://c-js.co.uk/2spra6v

JOB: Trustees

BE4: 2/1/20 5pm

LOC: London

PAY: Expenses

FOR: The Orchard Project

The Orchard Project is looking for two new trustees to join our friendly & lively board. We are particularly interested to recruit trustees with experience in any of the following: marketing & communications; fundraising & income generation for charities/social enterprises; strategic understanding & application of digital technologies. Get under the hood of our ambitious & dynamic charity & help us with our mission. As a national charity we have reach, but are also small enough to be very agile with decision making. Your input will make a huge difference to our development. The roles are unremunerated, although reasonable expenses are paid. The annual commitment will be based around 4-6 Board meetings. ASK: For more information & to apply, please download the job description https://c-js.co.uk/2nbGtC3. Chat: Kath Rosen CEO, The Orchard Project on 07977457395 or email ceo@theorchardproject.org.uk.

JOB: Skokholm Long Term Volunteers

BE4: 10/2/20

LOC: Skokholm Island, SW Pembrokeshire

PAY: Training

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Each season we invite 4 volunteers to help the wardens manage the Island & monitor its wildlife. 2 positions run 1/4/20 to 30/6/29 & 2 from 1/7/20 to 30/9/20. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on one of Britain’s most spectacular islands & gain experience in a wide range of survey techniques. You will also be integral to all aspects of island management from providing clean visitor accommodation to boat deliveries & helping with physical management such as pond digging. Each volunteer has their own bedroom & shares facilities with our paying guests. No qualifications or specific experience required as training given, but candidates working towards a career in conservation preferred. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for UK wildlife & a desire to learn & get involved in a range of tasks. Must be of a hardy nature as working days can be long & in a range of weather conditions. ASK: Please see our website to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2CL0ROZ


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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