Daily Archives: September 26, 2014

Volunteer Officer

Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Haringey, London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Website: www.tcv.org.uk/haringey
Contact name: Jacquie Cox
Contact telephone: 0208 348 6005
Contact email:

Volunteer Officer wanted to help with weekly running of the Green Gym – assisting/leading volunteers on site with allotment tasks and wildlife friendly activities to maintain bio-diversity- and creation of an independent Community Green Gym.

You will be volunteering one day per week on a community allotment site. You will be trained in Tool Safety, How to deliver a warm-up and cool down exercise session, First Aid, Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, Project Leadership for Day Projects, Essentials of Green Gym.

A second day will be office based, assisting with advertising, reporting, answering e-mail and phone enquiries.

You need to be a reliable, punctual, friendly person, who enjoys learning new things and spending time outdoors in all weather. Basic computer skills are required. DBS (CRB) required. Driving license preferred but not essential. Interest in conservation and food growing is a must.

Two days per week: Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday.

Contact Jacquie Cox: 020 8348 6005 j.cox@tcv.org.uk


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Volunteer Officer – Green Gym, Watford

Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Salary: Voluntary – training provided
Location: Cassiobury Park, Watford
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Website: www.tcv.org.uk/watford
Contact name: Michele Taylor
Contact telephone: 07717494476
Contact email:

Why we need you:

The Conservation Volunteers have an opportunity for a Volunteer Officer to help lead our new Green Gym in Cassiobury Park, Watford.

The TCV Green Gym is a unique and exciting initiative to help people become mentally and physically healthier by taking part in outdoor nature conservation activities.

As a VO you will be helping volunteers to engage with and improve their environment, learn about nature conservation and enjoy healthier lifestyles. You will play an integral part in the smooth running of the Cassiobury Park Green Gym, including:

  • Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, community engagement and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients.
  • Practical nature conservation and leadership: Leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete conservation tasks such as, sowing wildflowers, scything meadows, food growing, constructing insect walls and bramble bashing etc.
  • Administration & marketing: Supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion.

Benefits to you:

Our leadership programme is second to none and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital to land a paid position working in the environmental or community sector. A full training package is provided including First Aid, Project Leadership, Risk Assessment, and Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups. Reasonable local travel expenses are covered and full support and mentoring is provided by the Project Officer. Within each project there is scope for you to tailor the role to your requirements; you can have a positive influence on the project’s development.

What you need:

Essential to this role are excellent communication / people skills and an enthusiasm for food growing and the environment. If you have an interest in gaining practical conservation skills, learning about leading groups, community engagement and organising work days, this role is for you.

Acceptance as a Volunteer Officer is subject to satisfactory DBS clearance at the enhanced level.

How much time:

To gain real benefit from the placement please be prepared to commit to a minimum of two days a week including Wednesday mornings, for 6 months.


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Community Garden Leader

Organisation: The Conservation Volunteers
Salary: Voluntary – training and local travel expenses
Location: Covent Garden, London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Website: www.tcv.org.uk/oasis
Contact name: Michele Taylor
Contact telephone: 07717494476
Contact email:

Why we need you:

The Conservation Volunteers have an opportunity for a Volunteer Officer to help lead our Green Gym food growing garden in Holborn, London.

The TCV Green Gym is a unique and exciting initiative to help people become mentally and physically healthier by taking part in outdoor nature conservation activities.

As a VO you will be helping volunteers to engage with and improve their environment, learn about growing their own food and enjoy healthier lifestyles. You will play an integral part in the smooth running of the Oasis Garden Green Gym, including:

  • Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys, community engagement and liaising with health referral partners, local authorities, and clients.
  • Practical organic food growing and leadership: Leading and assisting groups of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds on project days to complete food growing and conservation tasks such as, plant propagation, companion planting, crop rotation, making organic fertilizers, constructing trellises etc.
  • Administration & marketing: Supporting the day to day running of the project including database management, creating newsletters and promotion.

Benefits to you:

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to gain the experience vital to land a paid position working in the environmental or community sector. A training package is provided including First Aid, Project Leadership, Risk Assessment, and Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups. Reasonable local travel expenses are covered and full support and mentoring is provided by the Project Officer.

What you need:

Essential to this role are excellent communication / people skills and an enthusiasm for food growing and the environment. If you have an interest in gaining practical skills in food growing, learning about leading groups, community engagement and organising work days, this role is for you.

Acceptance as a Volunteer Officer is subject to satisfactory DBS clearance at the enhanced level.

How much time:

To gain real benefit from the placement please be prepared to commit to a minimum of two days a week including Saturday mornings, for 6 months.


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Event Assistant – Volunteer

Organisation: Trees for Cities
Salary: Voluntary
Location: Kennington Park, London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Temporary
Closing date: Sun 05 October 14
Website: www.treesforcities.org
Contact name: Rachel Spriggens
Contact telephone: 442078204413
Contact email:

We have a fantastic volunteer opportunity to give you hands on experience organising and delivering a unique charity fundraising event. Trees for Cities is organising a Christmas Fundraising event; “Freeze for Trees” – a mid- winter swim, taking place at the Brockwell Lido in Lambeth on Saturday 13th December. We are aiming to attract 150 participants to take part in this event and raise money for Trees for Cities.

You will gain experience planning and delivering the fundraising event, marketing and promoting it to encourage sign ups and delivering a customer care plan to support participants through their fundraising journey. You will provide administrative and practical support in promoting the event and increasing sign ups.

This role would start at 1 day a week and could increase to 2 days leading up to the event, depending on work load. Hours and days are negotiable. You would need to be available on Saturday 13 December to assist the Events and Marketing Co-ordinator.

How to apply: Please send your CV and a brief summary of why you are interested in the role to rachel@treesforcities.org. Volunteers being considered for the post will be invited for a (very) informal interview to discuss skills and experience, preferred working patterns and what they hope to get out of the role.

Location: Prince Consort Lodge, Kennington Park, London SE11 4AS

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Project Worker

Organisation: Sunnyside Rural Trust
Salary: £17,340 – £20,400 pa
Location: Hemel Hampstead
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Fri 10 October 14
Website: www.sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk
Contact name: Keely Charlick
Contact telephone: 07545 590 939
Contact email:

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a registered charity offering horticultural training and employment opportunities to young people and adults with learning disabilities.

We have a number of social enterprises for trainees to gain work experience and paid employment. Across our services we grow a range of fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants including a large number of bedding plants for Dacorum Borough Council, coppice wood, conservation projects and we have 2 farm shops.

We are looking for new project workers to join us at our Hemel Food Garden service. You will be offering support to groups or individuals around horticultural tasks as well as getting involved yourself and participating in the day to day running of the services.

The ideal candidate will be interested in food growing and production horticulture and/ or have experience working for people with learning disabilities. Enthusiastic and motivated, you will be working within a supportive team to deliver high quality services. Excellent communication, an open & inclusive working style and team working skills are essential. You will need a pragmatic and creative attitude with the skills to empower people. Horticulture skills are desirable but not essential. Preference will be given to drivers who hold a D1 license and will be willing to drive our minibuses.

Salary is dependent upon skills & experience and within SRT salary band £17,340-£20,400 p.a. We also offer a range of attractive staff benefits and great development opportunities.

For an application pack and to discuss any aspects of the role
please contact Keely Charlick, CEO at keely@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk or telephone 07545 590 939
Closing date for applications – Friday 10th October 2014

Sunnyside Rural Trust is an equal opportunities employer.
We welcome and support applicants with disabilities.


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Full Time Volunteer Ranger

We are currently seeking to recruit a full time volunteer to work with us at the Cliveden Property Group. The Cliveden estate has a rich history and includes 280 acres of woodland and grassland which is managed by our Ranger team. With over 400,000 visitors last year, it provides the perfect opportunity to work within a buzzing property and the chance to work closely with other departments including visitor experience and the garden team.

Maidenhead and Cookham Commons is 850 acres of open access common land which is still used by grazing Commoners today. With a variety of woodland, archaeological features, a lovely stretch along the Thames and a SSSI designated chalk grassland it offers a wide range of habitats to learn about, and lots of opportunities to work with local stakeholders.

Volunteers working with the team develop practical skills which help develop their careers and open up opportunities within the countryside management sector.

We have regular Ranger volunteers based at both sites and also a number of working holidays that run each year. You will get the opportunity to develop your leadership skills by supervising groups and also receive formal training on the management of volunteers.

There is also the opportunity to get involved with (and lead if appropriate) a number of exciting events throughout the year. These include our Wild Wednesday events that run in the school holidays, Apple Days, hedgelaying and scything.

The position comes with rent free accommodation in the Old Dairy at Cliveden, which is located at the heart of the estate, and is provided to enable you to volunteer with us. We are looking for a minimum commitment of six months and a maximum commitment of 1 year.

This is a full time opportunity so you will be working with us five days each week including some weekends for events. An average of one day a week will be set aside for personal development and this will include attending locally run wildlife courses, receiving in house training on equipment, working at other properties in the local area and working within the other departments at Cliveden. You will also receive support in applying for other positions. Out of pocket expenses will be paid by the Trust.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to a practical selection process on the property. This will consist of working on a task with the Ranger team and a short sit down discussion with the Rangers for Cliveden and Maidenhead and Cookham.

We are looking for someone who is proactive at learning and will take every opportunity to further their skills. A basic knowledge of practical tasks and conservation would be an advantage, but we will teach you everything you need to work with us. Enthusiasm and commitment to the National Trust and conservation is the most important factor.

This opportunity would ideally suit someone who is looking to start / change to a career in environmental conservation and wants to build their skills up.

The closing date for applications is: 10 October 2014
Provisional selection date: 21 October 2014

For further information please contact:
Rachel Forsyth
Rachel.forsyth@nationaltrust.org.uk
Cliveden Estate, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Bucks, SL6 0JA

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Ecologist

Wild Frontier Ecology is an independent ecological consultancy based in Norfolk. We work with a wide range of clients including statutory advisers, developers, government agencies and landowners.

We have steadily built up a broad client base over the last few years, and are now looking for a further experienced Ecologist to join our team. Currently the consultancy has six permanent staff.

Based from our offices near Fakenham, Norfolk, we serve East Anglia, the east Midlands and London, as well as further afield for renewable energy projects. Projects range from barn conversions, to renewables, to habitat enhancement; private developers to local authorities including affordable housing and schools.

The Role of Ecologist

We are currently seeking a committed Ecologist, with responsibilities for surveying and reporting (Phase 1, protected species, EIA, BREEAM/CfSH), project management, client liaison, and assisting with EPS licence applications. We will be particularly looking for someone with strong communication skills including technical report writing to a high standard. Any additional, or unusual, skills that can be brought to the position will be supported.

Key Skills and Experience:

• Associate or Full Member of CIEEM.
• Ideally, ecology specialism to a high level in at least one area, including bats, birds, or vegetation.
• Licences for protected species (bats particularly favoured).
• A minimum of two years’ experience within a consultancy business.
• IT literate, particularly with MS Office packages and GIS.
• Full UK driving licence.
• Experienced report writer with clear and concise writing style.
• Motivated to work independently, including lone working, and as part of a team.
• Experience of managing projects.
• Working knowledge of UK and EU wildlife legislation and planning policies.
• Experience of the EIA/AA process, EPS licence applications and BREEAM/CfSH assessments.

Key attributes of the successful applicant:

• Ability to liaise and communicate effectively with clients, third parties and colleagues.
• Highly organised and prepared for a busy working environment.
• Flexible and can-do attitude to work, to meet deadlines and to accommodate evening and overnight work associated with ecology surveys.
• As our office is in a rural location, car ownership (or use of a car) is essential.

The package for the role:

• Flexible working.
• Use of company vehicles for work purposes.
• Paid membership of one professional body.
• Paid attendance at relevant training courses / seminars.

More information about Wild Frontier Ecology can be found on the website

To apply for this position, please send your CV, with a covering letter to rob@wildfrontier-ecology.co.uk by Friday 10th October 2014.

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Membership Recruitment Volunteer – Slimbridge

Organisation: Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) Slimbridge
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: MRV14
Location: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Hours: Either
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Wed 31 December 14
Website: www.wwt.org.uk
Contact name: Sarah Hall Volunteering Development Officer
Contact telephone: 01453 891137
Contact email:

Are you passionate about wetlands and wildlife and could you inspire someone to support the pioneering work of WWT?

At WWT we believe the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking at our wetland centers.

As a Membership Recruitment Volunteer, you engage with visitors to make them feel part of something amazing and are motivated to make a difference; to draw people in by telling engaging stories about our work and inspiring people to support us as members of the WWT.

This involves actively engaging our visitors with our mission to save wetlands for wildlife and people, and seeking appropriate opportunities to invite members of the public to support our work by becoming members, based on the good value it represents. Training in how to do this will be provided.

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