Voluntary Opportunities - Full and part time placements
Community and Volunteers

37 pages in total, the lead article is from TCV and details the changing face of volunteering through the seasons, although you think it’s cold and miserable outside in winter there are still plenty of tasks to be completed. The importance of Trustees is highlighted by Froglife CEO Kathy Wormald. Lancashire Wildlife Trust uses cattle, sheep, goats and ponies for conservation grazing; find out what it’s like to be a livestock checker and how this can help in a career with animals. Beth Aucott is a Warden with RSPB; find out how volunteering helped her get a paid position in the sector. Jane Shah from RSPB was kind enough to answer some questions about residential volunteering and a former volunteer introduces himself as the RSPB Regional Director for Eastern England. OPAL runs lots of citizen science projects you can easily get involved in; find out how a little bit of your time can improve your career prospects. 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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Community and Volunteers vacancies: projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer management.

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JOB: Volunteer Engagement Ranger

BE4: 31/10/18 midnight

LOC: Cockington Country Park, Paignton, Devon

PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

We are seeking 2 enthusiastic volunteers 18+ to support delivery of the visitor engagement side of the Trust’s Green Heart Project in Cockington Country Park, with the chance to gain skills & exp in areas such as: delivering environmental & heritage education; volunteer recruitment & management; event development & delivery; practical conservation; first aid & health & safety. Free accommodation, (en-suite room in refurbished cottage with communal areas) & training rel to the role is provided. 30-37 hpw, with degree of flexibility; may include occasional evenings / weekends; ideally for min. 6 months. You will be subject to a DBS check. These are volunteer positions & do not constitute employment, no employment contract or related rights will arise out of any appointment to these positions. ASK: Please visit https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/about-tcct/vacancies & complete a volunteer registration form. We will contact you for an informal chat & arrange for you to spend a day with us

JOB: Volunteer Assistant Warden Thameside Thurrock

BE4: 27/9/18

LOC: Thameside Thurrock Nature Park SS17 0RN

PAY: Training

FOR: Essex Wildlife Trust

Do you want to make a difference for wildlife in Essex? A Volunteer Assistant Warden is required to help at our Thurrock Thameside Nature Park and support the Warden. Volunteers need a willingness to be outside and to learn about the environment. You will need excellent communication skills to liaise with the reserves team and visitors to the site; a willingness to be outside in all weathers and a good level of fitness to carry out practical tasks all day (this can be built up over time); an understanding of nature reserves and conservation would be beneficial. All necessary training and assistance to perform these tasks will be provided. Working closely with the Warden on site this opportunity will be a great chance to develop skills needed to get in to the conservation ASK: Apply: email volunteering@essexwt.org.uk or telephone 01621 862940.

JOB: Assistant Project Officer

BE4: 25/9/18

IV: 3/10/18

LOC: Salford, Greater Manchester

PAY: Expenses*

FOR: City of Trees

City of Trees is pleased to offer an opportunity for motivated individual to benefit from up to 6 months’ work exp in the area of community engagement with the community forestry sector, ideally 3 days a week. The placement will involve carrying out a variety of office, site & event based work & activities. By assisting the City of Trees team, they will be asked to help with research, practical activities such as tree planting & woodland management, site assessments, maintaining tools & equipment, project management & public engagement events. At such events, the APO will also assist with the supervision of volunteers, school children & community groups. The City of Trees team has many different ongoing projects & the post holder will gain a good breadth of exp across many areas of community forestry. There will be occasional events / meetings that will fall on weekends or evenings. *A subsistence allowance of up to £5 per day is available as well as payment of travel costs of up to £5 per day. All volunteering related travel expenses will be reimbursed. ASK: Contact beth@cityoftrees.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: N / A

LOC: TCV, Hollybush, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire

PAY: Training and expenses

FOR: TCV, Hollybush

Grab your chance to volunteer with the UK's leading practical conservation charity! As a stepping stone to your career in the environment sector or as personal development, becoming a key volunteer is a unique, highly rewarding exp.  Learn practical skills working on conservation projects in & around Leeds. You will; be responsible for organising & leading tasks; gain exp in volunteer co-ordination & project management; have the opportunity to get involved with other projects & events, incl fundraising, educational activity days, publicity & marketing.  You will be trained by experienced staff & receive formal training through our training programmes. You will receive training in leadership, H&S, tools, first aid, Midas, & safeguarding. As you will be working with a diverse group of volunteers, training will also be provided in mental health first aid, working with people with learning disabilities, & equality & diversity. 3 - 5 days a week for 6 months. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Munching Caterpillars Volunteer Co-ordinator

BE4: 24/9/18

IV: 24/09/2018

LOC: Bristol

PAY: 0

FOR: Butterfly Conservation

4 - 8 hpw term time. We are looking for an organised & enthusiastic individual to fill a key volunteer role within our Education Team. This role will reward the volunteer with a huge amount of job satisfaction: not only will you begin a journey into Natural History for school children & enhance school grounds for butterflies & moths, you will gain new skills & exp working for one of the largest insect conservation charities in the world. This role will see you develop & foster skills in delivering environmental education content & in coordinating volunteers; important stepping stones for anyone considering a career in conservation. Desirable criteria: exp of working with children; huge enthusiasm for communicating with children & for motivating others; knowledge of (or a willingness to learn about) butterflies / moths & wildlife gardening; strong commitment to environmental education; patience to answer children’s questions; practical exp of planning & running children’s activities; willingness to understand H&S, child protection & risk assessments; exp of managing volunteers; good communication & presentation skills, & confidence to deliver content to school classes; exp of supervising & supporting volunteers. ASK: All enquiries to Matt Brierley, the present Munching Caterpillars Bristol Officer, mbrierley@butterfly-conservation.org

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: Event Volunteer - Wales

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wales

PAY: Expenses

FOR: Woodland Trust

In this role you will have the opportunity to utilise your communication and people skills to work alongside Woodland Trust staff and volunteers at events to engage with our audiences and support delivery of these events. This is a great opportunity for those who want to meet people in the heart of the community and for those who have an interest in woods, nature and trees. It is also ideal for volunteers wanting to develop their skills and experience in the tourism, events or conservation sector. ASK: Visit our website for further details and to apply https://c-js.co.uk/2KEy0xk

JOB: Family Activities Assistant - Arts and Crafts

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire

PAY: Training & discounts

FOR: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

1/2 - 1 day a week. You will take on a wide variety of roles in assisting with the organisation & delivery of arts & crafts during key seasonal events & smaller activities for the visiting public throughout the year. You will be assisting the learning team (staff & volunteers) to engage our visitors through the medium of arts & crafts. A key focus of your role will be to assist with the organisation & delivery of arts & craft themed activities throughout the year. Provide centre support through the preparation of arts & craft materials & resources for activities & seasonal events i.e. half-terms, Easter, summer holidays, Halloween, Christmas, weekends etc. ASK: To find out more contact Amy Hannan on amy.hannan@wwt.org.uk or 07584171420

JOB: Guided Walk Leader - Nidd Gorge - Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PAY: Expenses paid

FOR: Woodland Trust

We are looking for guided walk leaders at Hackfall to include planning, promotion & delivery of guided walks. This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory & boasts original features such as grottos & glades, rustic temples & waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebells in spring & an impressive number of woodland birds. In this role you will use your natural enthusiasm, people skills & your passion for nature, history & stories to help us engage with visitors to ensure that they have an exceptional exp during their first & subsequent visits to the woodland.  Through the delivery of your walk you will also deepen our visitor’s awareness of the work of the Trust & the opportunities available to those interested in supporting our work & visiting other Woodland Trust sites. ASK: Visit our website for further details & to apply: https://c-js.co.uk/2MjTCAC

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Waltham Forest, London

PAY: Training and expenses


3 or 4 days a week for min 6 month. Help deliver the Biodiversity Action Team programme in East London, which provides opportunities for people to keep fit & gain skills while improving & engaging with their local green spaces through practical conservation sessions. You will assist the Project Officer in elements of planning, promotion, delivery & administration of the project. The role will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on exp of practical conservation work, developing your knowledge & skills. Free training includes courses in leadership, first aid, risk assessment, H&S, safeguarding & practical conservation skills. At the end of your placement you will have a set of skills & exp that should better equip you to find paid work in the environmental sector. No prev exp required, just an enthusiasm for the environment & outdoor work. Full UK driving licence for at least 1 year & willingness to take MiDAS assessment. Over 18s only. ASK: Contact Tom Nandi t.nandi@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Living Seas Wales Volunteer

BE4: Open year round

LOC: South / West Wales area

PAY: Training / some expenses

FOR: The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

We’re looking for volunteers to become involved in the Living Seas Wales Project, an exciting new, Wales wide coastal project. Volunteer tasks can include marine and coastal surveys, attending our Living Seas Live roadshow (set locations), community engagement / education, collecting / archiving historical records and more! Some activities can be undertaken in your local area or from home. Volunteering is a great way to experience our amazing marine life, contribute towards marine conservation, gain new skills and have fun! We’re looking for wildlife enthusiasts, people with a passion for marine conservation, those interested in coastal heritage / history or individuals aiming towards a career in conservation. You don’t need a background in science to become involved!  ASK: For more information please contact volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545560224. You can also visit https://goo.gl/QknrVd

JOB: Trainee Leader/Volunteer Officer - Uxbridge Green Gym

BE4: 1/10/18

LOC: Uxbridge

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

This opportunity is ideal for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital for working in the environmental and / or community sector for at least 2 days a week for 6 months. A full training package is provided including project leadership, first aid, risk assessment, and safeguarding vulnerable groups. Within each project there is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements and you can have a positive influence on the project's development. Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients. Practical wildlife and green space management & leadership: leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete conservation tasks such as creating wildlife habitats, sowing or scything meadows and planting hedgerows. Administration & marketing: supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion. ASK: For further information email gg-uxbridge@tcv.org.uk.

JOB: Horsey Windpump Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: Horsey Windpump, Horsey, nr Great Yarmouth

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: National Trust

Min 3.5 hours a fortnight. During 2018, the restoration project of Horsey Windpump will complete & reopen to paying visitors & to our members. This is your chance to get involved right at the start, to continue the restoration project, share the story ‘so far’ & engage visitors with our local industrial heritage. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to bring alive the story of Horsey Windpump for our visitors & help maintain & look after this broadland icon. We have exciting & flexible roles in which no 2 days will be the same. ASK: Visit https://c-js.co.uk/2N2LZza or contact Alex 01263 740241, horseywindpump@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: TCV Hollybush Conservation Centre, Leeds

PAY: Training & travel


Joining TCV as a Volunteer Officer and assisting staff with the delivery of practical conservation work has a wide range of benefits to offer you. These include: developing useful and transferable practical conservation skills, using a multitude of manual and powered tools, formal courses in First Aid, leadership, safeguarding and risk assessment, developing your group leadership and project organisation skills, learning event organising and publicity skills with a national charity, improving your confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills, inclusion training to enhance your ability to support volunteers with diverse individual needs. Being supported in your role by experienced staff through an individual development plan and regular meetings. Work experience with flexible hours and responsibilities as desired and a personal budget for work clothing and travel expenses (incl. bus travel within Leeds reimbursed). 3-4 days per week. ASK: Contact ian.dowson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Grey Squirrel Control Officer, Annandale

BE4: N / A

LOC: Annandale Area of Dumfries & Galloway

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Annandale Red Squirrel Group to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale.  Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the group & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. ASK: www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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: Help Fight Corruption & Wildlife Crime

BE4: N / A

LOC: Sub-Saharan Africa

PAY: No volunteer fees, training provided

FOR: Volunteer 4 Africa

This project is looking for activists who want to be at the forefront of the fight against wildlife crime by tackling corruption & the lack of justice within society. Participants will be given training & tools to pursue the activism path, initially in wildlife related issues & later as they choose. Get involved in the fight against wildlife crime & corruption in 9 African countries. There is no cost to participate but applicants are responsible for covering their own living expenses. Time: 2 months minimum ASK: info@volunteer4africa.org http://www.volunteer4africa.org

JOB: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

PAY: Accomodation provided. Volunteering at this reserve will give you the opportunity to work in this beautiful environment with skilled practitioners, discovering new capabilities and learning new skills. This is an excellent chance to gain work experience a

FOR: Scottish Natural Heratige

To assist us with managing the reserve. Your role will be related to practical work as well as some survey work including: tree nursery work, woodland management, deer culling, path maintenance, removal of non-native plant species, visitor management, habitat & species monitoring. You'll be personable, approachable, enthusiastic, good communicator with fluent level of spoken English, strong interest in conservation & a good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage, a good team-worker, respecting others. Physically fit & have a responsible attitude to H&S, complying with procedures designed to keep you & others safe. Willing to work outdoors in all weathers, keen to learn & adaptable. At least 18 years old. There will be a small number of volunteer placements available throughout the year, each for a min of 1 month, the more time you stay with us the more jobs you will be likely to experience & the more you will learn. ASK: Further information please visit our website https://c-js.co.uk/2GWsA3K

JOB: Dragonfly Centre Volunteer for British Dragonfly Society

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Wicken Fen Dragonfly Centre, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

PAY: Full training and support will be given

FOR: British Dragonfly Society

We would like to be able to open our Dragonfly Centre at Wicken Fen every weekend and bank holiday from May-Sept every year. We need plenty of enthusiastic volunteers to help us make this a reality! If you have an interest in wildlife, like chatting to people and live within travel distance of Wicken Fen please get in touch! We would love to welcome you to our small friendly team. Full training will be given and you can do half day or full day - whatever time you can spare will be appreciated. No experience needed, all welcome! We look forward to hearing from you. Time Commitment: As much as you can give, 1 day a year or 1 day a week in the summer, it all helps us out. ASK: Contact: Fiona McKenna fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

JOB: Community Champion - RSPB Sandwell Valley

BE4: 04/04/2019

LOC: RSPB Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, Great Barr, Birmingham

PAY: Training & expenses

FOR: RSPB Sandwell Valley

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us engage with the local communities of Sandwell and Great Barr, so everyone can enjoy RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve. We have lots to offer to our community: somewhere to relax, play, enjoy nature and learn new skills. We need you to help us reach out to local people of all ages and backgrounds. Our Community Champions will lead fun activities, chat to people about nature at local events, and/or give talks to community groups. All the necessary training, support and background information will be provided and we will cover your travel expenses. This is a varied role, and you will be able to mould it to suit you, for example, if you love giving presentations but not delivering activities (or the opposite!). You will meet a wide range of people and help them reap the benefits of spending time in nature. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to urban communities and help nature! 1 day a month minimum. ASK: Find out more at https://c-js.co.uk/2GCXbPC

Full Time Volunteer Ranger x 3

National Trust

Woolacombe, Croyde & Mortehoe, North Devon

Pay: Accommodation & training

4 days a week for 6 – 12 months. You will work in the ranger team alongside experienced staff and volunteers, on this 1,000 hectare National Trust property in a beautiful part of North Devon, carrying out essential estate management, access maintenance, habitat management, wildlife monitoring and some visitor engagement through our popular events.

  • Closing Date: 05/10/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Visitor Management
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: South West
  • Posted: 20/09/2018

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.