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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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Countryside work, ranger / warden type posts includes all practical and countryside conservation and management    

Arboriculture, trees and woodland, includes tree nursery work 

Horticulture, gardening and manual estate work  

Visitor engagement & events management   

Environmental education, field studies and work with children and young people  

Community work, eg helping with allotments or with a green gym

Project work - running a project, managing other volunteers and similar 

Admin, advisory, marketing and membership tasks

Ecology & biodiversity  

Research - scientific research and projects, often overseas

Animal and wildlife work, including interpretation   

Mixed, placements covering multiple areas (or adverts with multiple vacancies) 

 

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

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button: CJS Focus now published29 pages in total, the lead article is from Keep Britain Tidy; working to promote their Great British Spring Clean they describe some of the achievements over the last year and how you can get involved in the initiative either as an individual or as an organisation. Volunteer Scotland describes their Volunteer Management Model and how it can be used in volunteer management to ensure volunteer needs are met. CIEEM talks about some of their research findings in to skills gaps & shortages in the sector and how work experience is one of the best ways to get your first job. Hedgelaying is an activity often carried out by volunteers; Derrick Hale describes how to get the best result from a volunteer group for both the hedge and the volunteer. Volunteer Fairs are a great way to promote your opportunities; the New Forest NPA outline 10 steps to a successful fair. Read it here


Vacancies advertised w/b: 20 February

REF        733-VOL-24/2

JOB        WILD ABOUT SCOTLAND VOLUNTEER

BE4        27/2/17

LOC        EDINBURGH

PAY        Training / benefits              

FOR        ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND

DES        You will assist with the successful delivery of our Wild about Scotland programme.  The programme is supported by Clydesdale Bank & is focused on engaging people with their local biodiversity.  You will help us during public events which run on occasional weekends & during the school holidays, we also set up the Wild about Scotland bus as a mobile museum for members of the public to hop on board & find out about Scottish wildlife.   BUT   Aged 18+.  Friendly, out-going & self-confident with good communication skills with both adults & children.  An interest in engaging with the general public & teaching children. Good team skills & able to act on instruction.  Keen interest in animals, conservation & Scottish species & biodiversity.  Reliability & regular attendance.  Happy to travel across Central Scotland on day trips & there will be opportunities for extended trips away, up to 5 days.  You may be stationed outdoors during all seasons with some physical activity required.   ASK   Further questions or completed application form to eduvolunteers@rzss.org.uk or post to Volunteer Coordinator, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS.  www.rzss.org.uk/volunteers

 

REF        734-VOL-3/3

JOB        RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER – SEABIRD RESEARCH

BE4        3/3/17   IV w/c 13/3/17

LOC        RSPB BEMPTON CLIFFS RESERVE

PAY        Free accommodation / training

FOR        RSPB

DES        16 weeks from mid-April to mid-July.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed residential volunteer to undertake this fundamental role in delivering a comprehensive programme of seabird monitoring & research at this internationally important site.  You will monitor species from gannets to guillemots, recording breeding productivity & colony size.  You’ll gain excellent experience in different survey techniques, data management & analysis, contribute to the annual monitoring project & discover how an RSPB reserve is run.   BUT   Enthusiastic & dedicated with an ability to work outside in all weathers.  You will need to work as part of a team as well as spending hours alone monitoring on the cliffs, so you will need good bird ID & monitoring skills.  A full driving licence is essential.   ASK   www.rspb.org.uk/residentialvolunteering

 

REF        735-VOL-24/3

JOB        RESERVE VOLUNTEER

BE4        23/3/17

LOC        MARTIN MERE WETLANDS, BURSCOUGH, LANCASHIRE

PAY        Training

FOR        THE WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

DES        Your role will involve filling bird feeding stations, strimming & hand removal of invasive species plants, surveying of butterflies, dragonflies, birds & plants.  You will also conduct swan talks & feeds for the public & participate in swan catches.  Maintain hedges & trees & clean / survey tree sparrow boxes.   BUT   Exp of working practically in an outdoor environment & have good bird ID skills.  Interested in flora & fauna & able to work alone & as part of a team.  Committed to good customer service skills & will to engage visitors with our work.  Driving licence would be useful.   ASK   http://www.wwt.org.uk/

 

REF        736-VOL-10/3

JOB        VOLUNTEER LEARNING ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP

BE4        14/3/17

LOC        SANDWELL VALLEY, BIRMINGHAM

PAY        0

FOR        RSPB

DES        Our Volunteer Learning Assistant Internship provides the opportunity to gain experience of teaching young children about the wildlife at Sandwell while spending time on our beautiful reserve. We have a nature reserve designed to engage children & young people of all ages where we offer sessions to Early Years & Primary age-phase groups.  We give them hands-on ‘connection to nature’ experiences using the range of habitats we have here.  With teaching ponds, minibeast meadows, woodland & a hide on stilts, it is a wonderful setting for memorable learning experience.    ASK   Gretel Cooper, Learning Officer, 0121 357 7395 gretel.cooper@rspb.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/2lbnfaE

 

REF        737-VOL-17/3

JOB        COALHOUSE FORT EDUCATION ASSISTANT

BE4        ?

LOC        Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8PB

PAY        Training / support

FOR        THURROCK COUNCIL

DES        We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to help deliver our Heritage & Natural History education programs in & around Coalhouse Fort.   BUT   Although ideal, no prev exp working with children is necessary as full on the job training & support is provided.   ASK   01375 842306 coalhouseenquiries@thurrock.gov.uk http://coalhousefortpark.org.uk/volunteer

 

REF        738-VOL-10/3

JOB        VOLUNTEER CONSERVATION OFFICER (NORTHAMPTONSHIRE)

BE4        12/3/17  IV 22/3/17

LOC        WT OFFICE, LINGS HOUSE, NORTHAMPTON

PAY        Expenses, training

FOR        THE WILDLIFE TRUST FOR BEDS, CAMBS & NORTHANTS

DES        3 days per week for 9 months. Ideal placement for recent graduate or someone wishing to begin a career in conservation. Contribute to the delivery of the Northamptonshire Wider Countryside Team’s Local Wildlife Sites work & other biodiversity projects. Duties involve assisting with the Local Wildlife Sites work including habitat surveys, survey reports & GIS mapping. Landowner engagement work, other biodiversity projects & planning casework.   BUT   Keen interest in & commitment to wildlife & environment issues. Some experience of species / habitat surveys & site management. Basic understanding of principles of ecology & knowledge of British Natural History. Confident with MS Office & experience of GIS desirable. Good communication skills, organised & able to meet deadlines.   ASK   Alan Smith, 01604 774046  alan.smith@wildlifebcn.org  http://c-js.co.uk/2kBPoGB

 

REF        739-VOL-24/2

JOB        COMMUNICATIONS INTERN (VOLUNTEER)

BE4        24/2/17 (2pm)  IV wb 20/3/17

LOC        VAUXHALL, LONDON

PAY        0

FOR        BAT CONSERVATION TRUST

DES / BUT   BCT works with a variety of audiences ranging from over 6,000 members through to funders / sponsors, volunteers, the general public & the media. Communication & engagement are both central parts of effective conservation action. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills whilst being part of a small dynamic team at BCT. This is an exciting opportunity in a busy charity for those wanting office experience in the conservation sector.   ASK   www.bats.org.uk/pages/vacancies.html

 

REF        740-VOL-24/3

JOB        EDUCATION ASSISTANT

BE4        N / A

LOC        WASHINGTON WETLAND CENTRE, TYNE & WEAR

PAY        Training, discounts & free entry to UK sites

FOR        WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

DES        1 or 2 days per week. Excellent opportunity to work with an internationally important wetland site. We need enthusiastic people to help deliver our education programmes to school groups & ensure they feel part of something amazing. You will lead selected guided sessions (session plans provided), supporting education lead; attend training sessions & meetings when required; be friendly & approachable to visitors, especially children; interact with children in a sensitive & responsive manner; be aware of procedures regarding child protection. We regret we are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses.   BUT   Exp in an educational setting; confident or exp in delivering enquiry based learning to school groups; able to work in a team of staff & volunteers; able to communicate well to a diverse range of audiences; familiarity with Washington centre an advantage during the initial stages.   ASK   Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer, amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

 

REF        741-VOL-24/3

JOB        ANIMAL CARE - DUCKERY

BE4        N / A

LOC        WASHINGTON WETLAND CENTRE, TYNE & WEAR

PAY        Training, discounts & free entry to UK sites

FOR        WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

DES        You will be involved in maintaining & developing exhibits within the site to enhance the visitor experience. The primary role will be assisting with recording, collecting & management of eggs, chicks & juvenile birds within the Living Collection; keep up to date with WWT activities, mission statements, updates & researching about the animals you will be working with & techniques you will be implementing. BUT   This role would suit someone looking to gain practical avian skills for a career in animal husbandry or zoo-keeping. Attention to detail, reliability, good record keeping & high standard of animal welfare & hygiene; some practical exp in animal care desirable; able to follow instructions & safely complete activities alone or as part of a team; good people skills; public speaking desirable; ability to work in all weathers & in physically demanding role.   ASK   Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer, amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

 

REF        742-VOL-24/3

JOB        ANIMAL CARE – VOLUNTEER ANIMAL PRESENTER

BE4        N / A

LOC        WASHINGTON WETLAND CENTRE, TYNE & WEAR

PAY        Training, discounts & free entry to UK sites

FOR        WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

DES        1 or more days per week Tues & Saturdays only, 11am – 4pm. You will be explaining to the public about our large collection of rare & endangered species of animals from around the world & the vital conservation work in which WWT is involved. The role would suit someone looking to gain or build upon presentation exp with animals & conservation. Provide excellent public engagement to a variety of ages, backgrounds & numbers at our daily talks & events – 2 otter talks daily, 2 flamingo talks daily, monthly Walking with Wildfowl tours, annual Downy Duckling presentations & potentially other talks & presentations. Daily feed preparation for talks, routine cleaning & record keeping. Provide occasional support when needed on other animal care tasks within the centre team. Upon completion of training, handling birds & eggs for Downy Duckling presentations. Keeping up to date with WWT activities, mission statements, updates & researching the animals about which you will be talking. We regret we are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses.   BUT   Some practical exp in animal care desirable. Able to follow instructions & safely complete activities alone or as part of a team; good people skills essential; able to work outdoors in all weather.   ASK   Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer, amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

 

REF        743-VOL-24/3

JOB        ANIMAL CARE – AVICULTURE & ANIMAL HUSBANDRY ASSISTANT

BE4        N / A

LOC        WASHINGTON WETLAND CENTRE, TYNE & WEAR

PAY        Training, discounts & free entry to UK sites

FOR        WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

DES        You will be involved with: daily feed preparation, routines & creating animal enrichment; cleaning animal rearing facilities, flamingo house, equipment, ponds & exhibits; weeding & cutting back vegetation in & around exhibits; maintaining ponds; conducting public feed talks for the otters & flamingos alongside occasional guided tours; maintaining & improving exhibit fence; assisting with animal handling & annual health checks. During breeding season: checking nestboxes, incubators & assisting in the animal rearing facilities. A variety of seasonal duties; record keeping & animal health & welfare reporting. BUT   Practical exp in animal care, horticulture or maintenance desirable; able to follow instructions & complete activities alone or as part of a team; good people skills; public speaking skills desirable; physical fitness & ability to lift heavy loads; work outdoors in all weather; driving licence desirable.   ASK   Amy Hannan, Volunteer Development Officer, amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk

 

REF        744-VOL-1/4

JOB        LEARNING & EVENTS ASSISTANT (LONG TERM VOLUNTEER)

BE4        31/3/17  IV 6 & 7/4/17

LOC        BOX HILL, DORKING, SURREY

PAY        Training (incl outdoor first aid). Accomm can be provided

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        9 – 12 months. To deliver excellent field trips to students from Reception to A level, & assist in preparation of resources, planning & helping to co-ordinate a vibrant team of educational volunteers. We will help & support you as we want to maintain an excellent standard & our good reputation, however, you just have to dive in & go for it. We also have some large & small events which you will be involved in the creation & delivery of. Shrinking violets need not apply! The exp you gain should serve you well in future career progression.   BUT   Ideally with an understanding of British nature & the natural world & with exp of working with volunteers. Confident working with people of all ages, a good communicator with a ‘can do’ attitude, highly organised & IT literate.   ASK   catherine.mccusker@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

REF        745-VOL-10/3

JOB        Volunteer Country Park Ranger (2 x Visitor Engagement & 1 x Gardening)

BE4        13/3/17 (midnight)  IV 22/3/17

LOC        COCKINGTON COUNTRY PARK, TORBAY  

PAY        Training & acccom on site

FOR        TORBAY COAST & COUNTRYSIDE TRUST

DES        Anticipated start date: 10/4/17, ideally 12 months, around 30 – 37 hours per week including occasional evenings & weekends. To support the delivery of the visitor engagement & gardening sides of the Trust’s exciting Green Heart Project. Skills & certificates for both placements: volunteer recruitment & management; event development, delivery & management; first aid & experience in H&S; office admin. For Visitor Engagement placements: developing, delivering & evaluating environmental & heritage education; event marketing & advertising; ecological & surveying skills. For Gardening placement: horticulture & countryside management within a country park; use of a range of powered tools, with appropriate training. Opportunities to get valuable hands on experience & on the job training from our experienced Education & Estates teams. Our programme has an excellent reputation with 90% securing jobs in the environmental or education sector after their placement.   BUT   18+ years of age. 4 GCSE C or above including maths, English & science; keen interest in the countryside & green spaces with some knowledge of wildlife & nature conservation; knowledge of working with children or gardening; good IT skills particularly MS Word, Excel & Outlool & use of the web & social media.   ASK   www.countryside-trust.org.uk/about-tcct/vacancies  greenheart@countryside-trust.org.uk  01803 520022.

 

REF        746-VOL-10/3

JOB        ISLE OF MAY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE VOLUNTEER

BE4        10/3/17

LOC        ISLE OF MAY, SCOTLAND

PAY        Accommodation (not food) training & some travel

FOR        SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE

DES        Mid-April to mid-August 2017, but negotiable. To assist with 3 areas of work: visitor management ,enhancing the 12,000 visitors’ experience by explaining the wildlife spectacle; species monitoring & population counts, especially of ground nesting birds including Arctic terns; practical maintenance of the reserve including habitat management & basic maintenance tasks. This is the chance of a lifetime opportunity to live & work on this special seabird island. We provide training, ongoing support, field equipment & can lend you waterproofs. Subsidy towards food costs for those on long term volunteer scheme.   BUT   At least 18 years old. Personable, approachable, enthusiastic, a good communicator with excellent spoken English. Able to fit into a small island community, work in a team or alone. Strong interest in conservation, good knowledge of SNH & lots of enthusiasm for the Isle of May. Physically fit, responsible attitude to H&S, willing to work outdoors in all weathers.   ASK   www.snh.gov.uk/about-snh/working-for-us/volunteering/  return expression of interest form with CV to david.steel@snh.gov.uk or 46 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife  KY15 5HS

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Cost Free Training in Canary Islands

“Unemployed? Under 25?A few places still available on NO COST taught course in environmental studies, survey work, cv and interview skills.

Provided by Operation New World Ltd to help unemployed young people to get a job in the environmental sector.

Teaching is by leading professionals. One week March 2017.

Delete Date: 15/3/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: International

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 5/1/17

 

 In depth features

CJS has been producing CJS Focus since 2004. Consequently, we've built up a very impressive library of articles across a wide range of subjects: marine and coastal environments, environmental education, the urban environment, working with wildlife and animals, countryside skills traditional and modern and most recently Overcoming Barriers in association with Outdoor Recreation Network. Every year we produce two editions looking specifically at volunteering.  This has grown to over 70 different articles covering everything from the benefits of volunteering to how organisations can best set up volunteering programmes.  We have now collated all the volunteering features together.

Articles are checked on a regular basis and many have been updated since they were first published.

Browse through the library here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/in-depth-volunteers.html

 


back to topMixed, placements covering multiple areas (or adverts with multiple vacancies).

 


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 occuring over one or two days.

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

If you're unemployed read the article on page six by Lauren Kilbey from Jobcentre Plus which explains some of the advantages of volunteering below and some of the rules you need to be aware of if you are claiming benefits and volunteering at the same time.

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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