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A list of countryside, conservation and ecology voluntary opportunities including wildlife work and environmental education, updated weekly.

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For Full or part time placements, subdivided into subject areas, ie the type of work you'll be doing, click here.


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: 21/1

JOB: Greeter Volunteer at Red Bull Welcome Station

BE4: 31/3/19

LOC: Kidsgrove, nr Stoke on Trent


FOR: Canal & River Trust

1 -2 days / week. This is an opportunity to be the 'face' of the Canal & River Trust, playing a key role in the enjoyment of the visitor experience & ensuring visitors leave with a greater understanding & affinity to the waterways. It will involve being on hand to talk to visitors, increasing their understanding of the exhibits, enlightening them to the work that the Canal & River Trust carries out & informing them about the what, where, when & why of your local waterway, surrounding area & the charity as a whole. We're not looking for people who are experts in the nation's waterways, but we are looking for people who are friendly & approachable & know who to ask if they don't know the immediate answer. If you've got a passion & interest in the waterways, you can share it with others or if you enjoy pointing people towards the local pub or chippy, you'll no doubt be able to do this as well. This role could work well for couples or friends to work together. ASK: See more: https://c-js.co.uk/2VUJROu

JOB: Anderton Boat Lift Event Steward

BE4: 31/3/19

LOC: Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, Cheshire

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Canal & River Trust

2 - 3 days / month We are looking for volunteers to help out at events that take place in or around Anderton Boat Lift, activities range from help setting up and clear down, craft days, fun days, safety rangering. We are looking for volunteers to either lead or support others on some of our event days, these will be spread throughout the year and will vary in nature. Your participation can be arranged around personal commitments, if you are available on any of the event days then fantastic, if not you may be available for a future event. We are looking for volunteers that are outgoing in nature and are willing to work with varying age groups depending on the nature of each event. ASK: Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2QUjQLv

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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