Graduate Volunteers

Organisation: Bee Collective
Location: Central London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Fri 16 May 14
Contact name: Caroline
Contact email:

Opportunities for Graduate Volunteers

Bee Collective is an exciting new social enterprise based in Central London. We provide honey processing services to beekeepers and work to promote better urban landscapes for bees and wild pollinators.

Bee Collective is seeking two self-motivated graduate volunteers to work together, support the directors, to help develop key aspects of the enterprise, and gain valuable skills and experience to help them progress into work. You will need to be highly self-motivated, able to take initiative and work well within a team. Bee Collective is run and led by board of directors and advisors who will be available for support and guidance, but you will need to be able to work autonomously on a daily basis. The roles are part time (1-3 days per week) and for a minimum of 3 months. You will be based at Bee Collective office near London Victoria, or home-based if preferred. You must be able to attend a team meeting one evening per week (day to be agreed) with Bee Collective Director(s) and other Graduate Volunteers.

The key duties of the roles are:

Graduate Volunteer – Volunteer Coordinator

  • Develop and maintain contacts database
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Plan and deliver volunteer honey and wax processing and bee craft sessions
  • Maintain records of volunteering
  • Contribute ideas for further development and improvement of services and activities
  • Researching and preparing funding applications
  • Represent Bee Collective at events and meetings

Graduate Volunteer – Communications

  • Developing Bee Collective key messages
  • Developing and update the website
  • Create and maintain Bee Collective’s social media profile
  • Develop a communications forward plan
  • Prepare press releases and communications
  • Research and prepare funding applications
  • Represent Bee Collective at events and meetings

The following requirements apply to both roles:

  • An interest in beekeeping, nature conservation, local food and/or volunteering
  • A degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Sustainable Development, Environment Science etc.)
  • Competence in office based ICT software and equipment
  • Ability to work independently, accurately, efficiently and methodically demonstrating effective self-management, organisation and administrative skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to express and present information accurately, clearly and concisely.

To apply:

Please send your CV and a covering email indicating which role you prefer to The deadline for applications is Friday 16th May, informal interviews will be held 19-23rd May. If you have any queries please contact Caroline at

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Drought Analyst and Modeller

Based in Wallingford,
Band 6
Salary £26,715 – £30,000

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed hydrologist to join the CEH Hydrological Status and Reporting Group, to develop and support scientific research on drought and to become a recognised drought expert at CEH, nationally and internationally.

You will contribute to a range of science initiatives, including the strategic development of analysis and modelling tools to support drought research across CEH, as well as emerging research projects focused on drought. In the first instance, this will include two high profile Research Council UK funded projects on historical droughts and the seasonal forecasting of drought in the UK.  

Specific responsibilities and activities:

  • Undertake hydrological modeling of drought in the UK, including calibration and assessment of a number of hydrological models.
  • Assess the ability of different approaches for forecasting UK drought at seasonal to decadal lead times.
  • Reconstruct historical drought time series using hydrological models.
  • Develop methods and computer codes to derive hydrological and meteorological drought indices in order to quantify the severity, drivers and impacts of historical droughts in the UK.
  • Ensure good management of large datasets and computer codes.
  • Contribute and to technical reports and scientific papers, including taking a lead role where appropriate.

Skills and qualification required:

  • PhD in a relevant research area or a Masters degree in earth/environmental sciences, geography, statistics or mathematics, alongside some experience in hydrological science.
  • Excellent numeracy skills.
  • Good knowledge of programming language, preferably Python, R or Fortran.
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team, good organizational skills, able to deliver under tight deadlines, good communication skills.
  • Knowledge and proven skills in drought research and/or hydrological modeling would be advantageous

Closing date: 20th May 2014
Interview date: 20th June 2014
Hours: Full time – 37 hours

This is a permanent position

Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Business Services; for further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC140473.  If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Course: Introduction to River & Pond Invertebrates

Organisation: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Location: Blashford Lakes
Course type: Short Course
Date: 18th May 2014
Cost: £45
Contact telephone: 01489 774406
Contact email:

Ever wondered about the animals live in our ponds and rivers? Freshwater invertebrates are vital to the good health of the pond and river environments. Would you like to be able to identify the invertebrates and learn simple surveying techniques for freshwater invertebrates?

Join the Trust’s Ecologist, Dr Ben Rushbrook for a beginners course covering the identification and surveying techniques for freshwater invertebrates. This is a one-day course which provides an introduction to some of the key macroinvertebrate groups found in freshwater habitats. This course is aimed at beginners and includes a classroom based introduction to some of the groups and explanation of survey techniques. We will then head out onto the reserve to collect samples from flowing and still water habitats around the site, before returning to the classroom for identification using hand lenses and microscopes.

By the end of the course attendees will have a basic understanding of the different survey techniques used for sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates, and be confidently able to identify key groups to Order and / or Family level as appropriate. Attendees will receive a course pack including printed copies of presentations and an FSC Freshwater Name Trail guide.

Date & time

Sunday 18th May, 9:30am to 4pm


Blashford Lakes Education Centre, near Ringwood in Hampshire.

Full details can be downloaded by clicking on the ‘More information’ link below.

Booking & Payment

Online payments (preferred option) or card payments over the phone.

If you cannot find the information you require or have a query, please email or call us on 01489 774442 on Tuesdays or 01489 774406 on all other working days

Please note that we will only refund your payment if we cancel the course or if you cancel your place at least 2 weeks before the start of the course. Full confirmation of the course will be send out 2 weeks before the start date.

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Resources Administrator

Organisation: Forum for the Future
Salary: £19,963 – £22,134 plus £3,550 London weighting
Location: London, EC1V
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Fri 02 May 14
Contact name: Sophie Kennedy
Contact telephone: 442073243630
Contact email:

Based in London
£19963 – £22134 plus £3550 London weighting

This exciting and varied role provides office administration and PA support to the Resources Team. The wide range of duties works towards improving office aesthetics as well as ensuring the safe and effective running of the London office work environment, in accordance with Forum for the Future’s Environmental Management System. The role also provides PA support to the Director of Finance and Operations. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of one of the UK’s leading sustainable development organisations.

Application pack, which can be downloaded from the website, includes:

Letter to applicants
Job description
Application form
Equal opportunities form
Staff benefits
Annual report

Applications should be in the form of a completed application form and equal opportunities form. Equal opportunities forms will be separated from application forms and not referred to in the shortlisting process. Applications should be emailed to, or posted to Helen Saunders, Human Resources Officer, Forum for the Future, 19-23 Ironmonger Row, London EC1V 3QN. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK

Closing date for applications: 9.00 am, Friday 2nd May 2014
Telephone interviews: Thursday and Friday 8th and 9th May 2014
Final Interviews: Monday 12th May 2014

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to reply to all candidates. If you do not hear from us by close of business on Wednesday 7th May please assume we are not taking your application further.

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Chair, South East Regional Group

Organisation: Campaign to Protect Rural England
Salary: Voluntary, reasonable expenses
Reference: Chair-SE
Location: South East Region
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Wed 28 May 14
Contact name: Sandra Farrington
Contact email:

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is a leading voice on countryside campaigning. We are one of the longest established and most respected environmental groups, influencing policy and raising awareness ever since we were founded in 1926. CPRE campaigns for a beautiful and living countryside. CPRE regional groups support our national and local policy work by influencing decision makers and bring our county branches together to share information and experiences.

We are now looking to recruit a Regional Chair to lead, inspire and provide strategic direction to our South East Regional Group. You will work with volunteers, National Office and branches. Candidates will need management skills, experience of planning and monitoring projects and a commitment to the protection of the countryside.

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV and a supporting letter addressing the skills and experience outlined in the Person Specification together with any other information relating to your ability to carry out the role described in the role description to: or by post to: Sandra Farrington, HR Admin, CPRE, 5-11 Lavington Street, London, SE1 0NZ by midday on the closing date.

This is a voluntary role, reasonable expenses will be paid

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Marine Research Assistant

We are urgently seeking one full time volunteer to start ASAP and work through to 28th June. Only serious applications please apply.

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch are a NGO based in Peel on the Isle of Man, with the aim of conserving and managing cetaceans in the Isle of Man through research and education. If you are passionate about whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks and are keen to experience seeing them and studying them in the wild, then this could be the opportunity for you.

The majority of your time here will be split between four activities: land based surveys, boat based surveys, office tasks and public outreach.

Land-based surveys are at the core of what we do and form the majority of the effort based cetacean and basking shark data that we collect. The surveys will always be carried out by at least two people and may last for two or three hours, during which sightings data on cetaceans and basking sharks will be collected, as well as environmental data.

Boat based surveys predominantly take place from our research boat “Girl Pat” based in Peel. These surveys allow us to calculate relative abundance of cetaceans and basking sharks and also are when we obtain the majority of our images for photo-identification. We also carry out surveys from The Isle of Man Steam-Packet Company ferry “Manannan”, running between the Isle of Man and Belfast or Dublin. These surveys, as well as allowing us to collect data on cetaceans, also provide us with an opportunity to talk to the public about the marine environment as a whole and the amazing fauna that live in the Irish Sea.

The principal office activities you will participate in are data entry and photo identification. You will be taught how we enter and process the data we record on our surveys, including the addition of tidal data and the method used to calculate the distance surveyed during a boat survey. We also carry out photographic identification on cetaceans to keep a record of re-sightings of individuals and to give us another derivative of abundance.

You will also spend part of your time working at public events. This will involve interacting with members of the public at events to further the causes of marine conservation.

You will be spending the summer in the lovely city of Peel on the Isle of Man. Peel is a lovely place to live with a nice beach, impressive castle, entertaining pubs and the chance of seeing basking sharks from the breakwater. Accommodation is in a shared house with the rest of the team, rent is £40 per week plus bills. We do not have a typical working week, as we have to take advantage of good weather when it is available, but we will normally have two days off per week. Our website( down at the moment, but please find our facebook page to have a look at some of the things we are doing.

To apply, please send us a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to come and volunteer with us.

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Parliamentary and Policy Assistant

Organisation: Campaign to Protect Rural England
Salary: £21,623 – £23,984 pa
Reference: PPA
Location: London SE1
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Wed 28 May 14
Contact name: Sandra Farrington
Contact email:

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in both environmental issues and parliamentary and policy work. The role will support our activities in Westminster, as well as helping delver publications and events. As a charity with a national network you will also help support our branches.

You will need good communications skills both verbal and written as well as strong organisational ability and be passionate about achieving positive change for the countryside.

With the General Election in a year it’s a busy and exciting time to be campaigning in and influencing Westminster. We are looking for a hands-on candidate who will thrive being part of the dynamic parliamentary and policy teams.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England fights for a better future for the English countryside. We work nationally and locally to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. We enjoy a high reputation for campaigns that influence the fast-changing world of countryside, planning and environmental policy.

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Logistics Intern

Organisation: Healthy Planet
Salary: Voluntary, expenses paid
Location: West London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Fri 02 May 14
Contact name: Chin Cheng
Contact telephone: 02034052485
Contact email:

Job Title: Logistics Intern

Reporting to: The Property and Logistics Manager

Location: West London, Brentford

Hours: 3 – 5 Days per week

Salary: Voluntary, expenses paid

Start Date: ASAP

The Purpose of the Logistics Intern

The main purpose of the role is to support the logistics department, co-ordinating the interaction between suppliers, volunteers and partners.

The selected candidate will have a keen interest in commercial property and the retail sector, helping the logistics department achieve their daily operations within budget. Understanding the importance of stakeholders, balancing the relationship between property /facilities management, commercial landlords, volunteers and local authorities.

Key Responsibilities


  • Manage the relationship with suppliers
  • Source Books for Free (BFF) and Stuff for Free (SFF) furniture and items
  • Source books and build relationship with book suppliers
  • Manage the efficient and effective delivery of pallets of books, BFF furniture & items with suppliers and volunteers
  • Manage the efficient and effective removal of pallets of books, BFF furniture & items from units that are closing down
  • Negotiate low-cost logistic solutions

Health & Safety

  • Coordinate health and safety activities and fire safety checks
  • Supply and maintain equipment to ensure safe functionality
  • Ensure and maintain the cleanliness of units


  • Stock management – BFF centres, warehouses and suppliers
  • Respond to book requests from BFF centres, partner organisations, grassroots organisations, national & international charities, and schools
  • File and maintain a proper record of invoices and Book Delivery Order Forms
  • Complete and disseminate property forms, maintain copies on file
  • Populate and update property database
  • Raise emergencies with Logistics Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, ensuring documentation of issue, resolution, and follow up.
  • Respond to problems with deliveries, stock, and installations
  • Research surrounding business development to improve services
  • Maintain relationships with volunteers

What you will need…

  • Computer literate
  • High level of attention for detail and follow tasks through to completion
  • Excellent research skills
  • Good writing, analytical and problem?solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to work well either alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to work to last-minute deadlines

What you will gain:

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced, creative office environment as part of a busy and successful team in a dynamic and innovative charity and social enterprise
  • Experience in developing professional relationships with partners across the fields of commercial property, logistics, book distributors and others
  • Opportunity to contribute your creativity and vision to a team of dedicated professionals
  • Networking opportunities and access to a wide range of stakeholder contacts throughout the environmental and charity sector.

Interested candidates should email CV and cover letter to Chin Cheng at by Friday, 2nd May, 2014.

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Partnership Officer

Organisation: Solway Firth Partnership
Salary: £23,000 pro rata, £13,800 for 21 hours/week
Location: Dumfries
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Tue 20 May 14
Contact name: Clair McFarlan
Contact telephone: 01387 702161
Contact email:

Solway Firth Partnership is seeking applications for a Partnership Officer to support the Partnership Manager. The Partnership Officer will be an enthusiastic, positive and self-motivated person who will provide support to the Partnership Manager on a range of tasks including identifying and securing project funding, developing and delivering projects, representing the Partnership on forums and producing Tidelines magazine and other publications.

The successful candidate will have a relevant degree (equivalent qualifications) or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a related field, a wide understanding of coastal and marine issues, excellent organisational and communication skills, good IT skills, a flexible and enthusiastic approach and a full driving licence with use of a vehicle.

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Waste Minimisation Officer

Organisation: West London Waste Authority (WLWA)
Salary: Starting salary £26,549 pa
Location: Hounslow, London
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Wed 07 May 14

The best waste simply doesn’t exist

36 hours a week on a 20 month fixed term contract
Scale SO1 spinal point 29 – 31 starting salary £26,549

WLWA are looking to recruit a Waste Minimisation Officer to work in a small, ambitious team delivering a challenging waste minimisation programme. The right person will be a highly organised professional with the skills, experience and passion to drive down waste arisings and encourage both residents and other stakeholders that reducing and re-using is the best option.

With at least one year experience in the waste or resource sector the successful candidate will devise, deliver and manage projects to implement the West London Waste Prevention Strategy and action plans. Using their skills the successful candidate will build lasting partnerships with stakeholders and engage hearts and minds with well-informed projects and innovation.

Find out more about waste prevention activities in West London at

The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 7th May.

For an application pack, please visit our website Please note that we do not accept CV’s instead of an application form.

Completed application forms can be emailed to You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission. You can also post your application to WLWA, Pavilion AF, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN.

Interviews will take place on Friday 16th May.

WLWA will consider applications from individuals who would be interested in job sharing for this post. For an informal discussion about this role please contact Sarah Ellis, Waste Minimisation Co-ordinator on 020 8814 9801.

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