Research: Potential Environmental/Conservation Volunteer Positions, Placements and Work experience (1)

For this area of research, I have started to consider potential environmental or conservation based volunteering, placements and work experience opportunities that might be a helpful starting point in becoming more involved within these fields. This includes examples of past and ongoing positions, as there will be several examples that are annually run/funded, that I can keep in mind for next year.

I started by looking at volunteering positions within the North West.

For this, I researched work days that might provide me some hands on training of either environmental/conservation areas. I felt that this might be a constructive point from which begin other aspects that will enable to me further work and access within such areas of environmental photo documentation.

Once again, I have focused upon events from May onwards as this would be the most flexible starting point.

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Jobs/workdays_northwest.html

May

Wednesday 14  Work parties

Wardle Lock, Middlewich, IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch & IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch            Contact: Bob Luscombe 07710 054848, bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

Improve the overall appearance of the Wardle Lock & the Wardle Branch Canal.  Work will include painting, vegetation clearance & litter picking.  10am to 4pm.  Please wear stout shoes & old clothes & bring waterproofs & a packed lunch if staying all day.

Saturday 17      Monthly work party on the Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal

Cheshire, IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch & Trent & Mersey Canal Society        Contact: Bob Luscombe 07710 054848,  bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

10am to 4pm. Painting & vegetation clearance.  Please wear stout shoes & old clothes & bring waterproofs & a packed lunch if staying all day.

Saturday 24      Monthly work party

Manchester, IWA Manchester Branch supporting Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce    Contact: 07971 444258,chairman@manchester-iwa.co.uk

10am to 4pm. Tasks include painting, vegetation clearance, pulling rubbish out of the canal & litter picking.

Wednesday 28  Work parties

Wardle Lock, Middlewich, IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch & IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch ­ Contact: Bob Luscombe 07710 054848, bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

Help improve the overall appearance of the Wardle Lock & the Wardle Branch Canal.  Work will include painting, vegetation clearance & litter picking.   10am to 4pm. Please wear stout shoes & old clothes & bring waterproofs & a packed lunch if staying all day.

June

Tuesday 17       Monthly work party on the Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal

Cheshire, IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch & Trent & Mersey Canal Society        Contact: Bob Luscombe 07710 054848, bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

10am to 4pm. Painting & vegetation clearance. Please wear stout shoes & old clothes & bring waterproofs & a packed lunch if staying all day.

Sunday 22    Carrs Balsam Bash

Wilmslow, SK9 4AB, Friends of the Carrs           Contact: 01625 520109, www.friendsofthecarrs.org.uk

2.00pm to 4.00pm. A chance to lend a hand at the Carrs in Wilmslow. Come & help the Friends of the Carrs to remove the fast growing, explosive, invasive weed, Himalayan balsam, from the banks of the River Bollin. Please wear suitable boots & clothing. All tools provided but please remember your wellies!

Saturday 28      Monthly work party

Manchester, IWA Manchester Branch supporting Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce Contact: 07971 444258, chairman@manchester-iwa.co.uk

10am to 4pm. Tasks include painting, vegetation clearance, pulling rubbish out of the canal & litter picking.

July

Sunday 20    Riverside Park Balsam Bash

Macclesfield, SK10 2SL, Cheshire East Council  Contact: Jim Middlemass, Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger 01625 511086,rangers@cheshireeast.gov.ukwww.cheshireeast.gov.uk/rangers

10.30am to 2.30pm. Help to control this invasive weed by pulling it up by the roots. It’s very therapeutic, but hard work. Please wear long sleeves/trousers, stout footwear & gloves (gloves can be provided if necessary). Booking in advance is essential.

Sunday 20    Carrs Balsam Bash

Wilmslow, SK9 4AB, Friends of the Carrs           Contact: 01625 520109, www.friendsofthecarrs.org.uk

2.00pm to 4.00pm. A chance to lend a hand at the Carrs in Wilmslow. Come & help the Friends of the Carrs to remove the fast growing, explosive, invasive weed, Himalayan balsam, from the banks of the River Bollin. All tools provided but please remember your wellies!

Regular days

Monday

Every Monday   Dog Kennel Wood Tree Nursery
Kendal, Cumbria, The Conservation Volunteers (Central Lakes)    Contact: Rachel Miller 01539 742612 / 077 40899596,r.miller@tcv.org.ukwww.tcv.org.uk

You can grow native, local provenance, wildlife friendly trees from seed! No previous experience necessary, you will learn everything you need to know on the day. See the fruits of your labour as trees sprout and grow! We meet most Monday mornings. Please phone to check.

Wednesday

Wednesdays     Practical conservation work days

Geltsdale, Cumbria, RSPB         Contact: Jill Jones 01697 746717, geltsdale@rspb.org.ukwww.rspb.org.uk/geltsdale
Do you like the outdoors, keeping fit, meeting people and getting involved in conservation? You might like to join our volunteer work parties. Work from 10am to 3pm on a range of practical tasks, including fencing, ditching and drystone walling. You don’t need to be RSPB member or a bird expert.

Thursday

Last Thursday of each month     Conservation Work Party

Bowness-on-Solway Nature Reserve, Cumbria Wildlife Trust        Contact: Kevin Scott 01228 829575, kevins@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

10:00am – 3:30pm. Bowness-on-Solway is an old gravel pit that has become a wonderful site for wildlife, despite its relatively small size. We will be carrying out access improvement works as well as taking time to have a look around the reserve and its wonderful array of dragonflies and butterflies.

Friday

Every Friday     Operation Groundwork: Boarshaw

Boarshaw Clough Nature Site, Middleton, Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale         Contact: 07850 310 733joanna.fullman@groundwork.org.uk  http://bit.ly/LyoDjc

Every fortnight on a Friday        Workday.

Wigg Island Island, Visitor Centre, off Mason Street, WA7 1PU, Cheshire Wildlife Trust    Contact: rgardner@cheshirewt.org.uk,http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/wigg-island-visitor-centre

Views over the Mersey Estuary and an iconic visitor centre await. Our fortnightly tasks will include woodland and meadow management and maintenance of our Wild Kids education area. 10am – 2pm

Sunday

Every second Sunday    Work Day

Bolton, Bolton Conservation Volunteers    Contact: www.boltonconservation.org.uk

BCV meet every other Sunday throughout the year to carry out practical conservation management work across Bolton. Tasks include coppicing, hedge laying, dry stone walling and pond work among others. Visit our website for more information.

Various

Every Tuesday & Wednesday    Midweek Volunteer Group
Pick up in Kendal, Cumbria, The Conservation Volunteers (Central Lakes)            Contact: Rachel Miller 01539 742612 / 077 40899596,r.miller@tcv.org.ukwww.tcv.org.uk
Our volunteer group goes out regularly to carry out a wide range of essential habitat and landscape improvement projects in some of the most fantastic parts of the countryside. Tasks and destinations vary. Tea, coffee, biscuits, transport provided. Bring lunch, warm / waterproof clothes. We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Various days     Towpath Taskforce

UK wide, Canal & River Trust     Contact: Rob Labus, Volunteer Coordinator, 07711 403479, rob.labus@canalrivertrust.org.uk,http://bit.ly/1222OvS

Tasks vary on a regular basis and can include painting, planting, weeding, litter clearance and general maintenance, depending on what’s most needed in that area.

Although, these might not represent the most adventurous method of contributing to environmental related volunteering, it is a strong starting point which to develop my CV and start to work with relevant organisations as a means of developing potential contacts.

I then started to look at other volunteer positions or related internships that might act as a more hands on, practical approach to gaining relevant training.

I searched Countryside Jobs for reference.

Within this, I noted that there were a few examples that listed preference for previous volunteer experience, which could demonstrate a connection between some of the more entry level positions, leading to more specialised work,

There were several positions that were of interest to me but required a driving licence, something I’m still in the process of resolving, this reaffirms the significance of having this flexibility and certainly will form a large part of my priority.

However, there were still a few past and present opportunities that might be flexible in the meantime or for future consideration.

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Intro/index/Jobs.html

 

REF        333-FOCUST-30/5

JOB        GREEN ANGELS TRAINEE

BE4        N/A

LOC        LIVERPOOL FESTIVAL GARDENS

PAY        Free training

FOR        THE LAND TRUST

DES        Training in horticulture, countryside management, parks maintenance, environmental education, business skills.  Courses run 6-8 weeks. Green Angels is a free environmental training initiative for people wanting to learn new skills in conservation, make friends, improve their CV & learn about running of Liverpool Festival Gardens. Role includes attending various courses in environmental subjects with practical volunteering on site with the rangers.   BUT   We’re looking for enthusiastic, keen learners with interest in or desire to learn about environmental issues. Open to residents of Liverpool aged 18+ with any level of skill & experience.   ASK   Alice Thatcher 07795 256275alicethatcher@thelandtrust.org.uk

REF        328-FOCUSR-OK8

JOB        LAND MANAGEMENT

BE4        ONGOING

LOC        SHEFFIELD

PAY        Expenses paid & training budget provided

FOR        SHEFFIELD WILDLIFE TRUST

DES        Would suit someone who is keen to engage in a range of practical conservation work, incl fencing, maintaining footpaths & managing habitats. Experience in these areas would be helpful but not essential. Would suit someone who is able to give a regular time commitment, & wants to help look after nature reserves or gain experience in land management for nature conservation. We can provide a flexible project placement enabling you to get a wide & varied experience in the conservation sector. We offer taster days to learn more about the opportunities available.  BUT   Good level of physical fitness required as the work will be mainly site based, working outdoors in often remote locations. Self-motivating, with a positive & flexible approach, enthusiasm for wildlife conservation & an ability to deal with a range of people. Ideally able to work on own initiative & as part of a team.   ASK   Jonathan Collett 0114 2634335.

REF         725-VOL-OK9

LOC        KENDAL, LAKE DISTRICT

BE4         ongoing opportunity

FOR       THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

JOB        Tree Nursery Volunteer Officer

DES        Native trees, grown from locally collected seed, must be part of our future if we are to conserve biodiversity & protect wildlife. We collect seed from some of the most scenic areas in the British Isles & propagate it at our tree nursery in Kendal. You can do this! Gain experience in plant propagation in polytunnels & outdoor beds, & learn a range of techniques to get seeds to grow. See the trees become bigger, & go out to be planted in local conservation projects. Work with & lead a wide range of interesting people & community groups. Take the initiative for planning & organising tree nursery work.   BUT   Willingness to get muddy & wet, an inquisitiveness to learn more about species ID & characteristics, inventiveness to create solutions to problems, & a friendly manner to join & lead our team.

JOB        Practical Projects Volunteer Officer

DES        Providing assistance in some or all of the following: leading vol work parties across the Lake District, maintaining equipment & grounds, tree propagation, setting up projects, administration & IT. Join a keen & experienced vol team, & have a positive influence on the project’s development. Former VOs have progressed to careers in conservation.   BUT   Willingness to manage groups or projects. Activities are rural & consequently outdoors. Minibus driving useful but not essential. Both:  BUT   Reliability, self-motivated essential. Min 4 days per week. Preferably 6 month commitment.   PAY   Training (formal & informal), PPE provided    ASK   Rachel Miller,r.miller@tcv.org.uk  07740 899596  01539 742612.

REF        1271-VOL-30/5

JOB        VISITOR EXPERIENCE & EVENTS ASSISTANT

BE4        N / A

LOC        GIBSIDE, GATESHEAD

PAY        Training, accom & living expenses

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        12 months, full time residential placement. Approx start 1/6/14, can be flexible. The role supports the planning, promoting & delivery of inspirational events, activities & customer service improvement that help bring Gibside to life for over 200,000 visitors every year. Support the wider Gibside Group with some working at Cherryburn. Accommodation provided in a shared cottage, utilities paid for & up to £20 / wk living costs. Gibside is a stunning 18th century landscape garden & a haven for wildlife – a taste of the country on the edge of the city. This role is ideal for those seeking hands on experience working in charity / heritage / event / visitor attraction work & will provide a fantastic boost to any CV & job application. Develop project & event management skills. Specific training opportunities relating to the post e.g. customer service, first aid.   BUT   Specific training given but experience in customer service, museums, events, visitor experience would be helpful. Energetic, creative team player – passionate about people & service, ready to take on new challenges, use initiative, work hard & enjoy seeing the results.   ASK / Chat   Ed Jagger, Visitor Experience & Events Officer, 01207 541833 ed.jagger@nationaltrust.org.uk

REF        1261-VOL-30/5

JOB        GREETER VOLUNTEER, TEES BARRAGE WELCOME STATION

BE4        n/a

LOC        TEES BARRAGE, STOCKTON-ON-TEES

PAY        Full induction & expenses

FOR        CANAL & RIVER TRUST

DES        Regular commitment, ideally 1dpw from spring to autumn. As a Volunteer Greeter you’ll be on hand to welcome visitors, increase understanding of the Barrage, the work the Trust carries out & the what, where, when & why of the Tees Barrage, River Tees & surrounding area. The Welcome Station will act as a waterway tourist information centre. There is also plenty of opportunity to get out & about on nearby waterways to help spread the word.   BUT   Friendly, approachable & great communicator.   ASK   0303 040 4040volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk

REF        1265-VOL-30/5

JOB        VISITOR EXPERIENCE & EVENTS ASSISTANT

BE4        N / A

LOC        CHERRYBURN, NORTHUMBERLAND

PAY        Training, accom & living expenses

FOR        NATIONAL TRUST

DES        12 months, full time residential placement. Approx start 1/6/14, can be flexible. The role focuses on delivering exceptional customer service & visitor welcome, as well as planning, developing & delivering events & aspects of the Cherryburn visitor experience. Also play a role in the wider Gibside Group, assisting with events, projects & experiences at the larger National Trust Gibside. Accommodation provided in a shared apartment, utilities paid for & up to £20 / wk living costs. Cherryburn is the birthplace of Thomas Bewick, perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver & naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England. This role is ideal for those seeking hands on experience working in charity / heritage / event / visitor attraction work & will provide a fantastic boost to any CV & job application. Develop project & event management skills. Specific training opportunities relating to the post e.g. customer service, first aid.   BUT   Specific training given but experience in customer service, museums, events, visitor experience would be helpful. Energetic, creative team player – passionate about people & service, ready to take on new challenges, use initiative, work hard & enjoy seeing the results.   ASK / Chat   Ed Jagger, Visitor Experience & Events Officer, 01207 541833  ed.jagger@nationaltrust.org.uk

REF        1211-VOL-23/5

JOB        VOLUNTEER OFFICER

BE4        19/5/14 (9.30am)  IV 27/5/14

LOC        SKELTON GRANGE ENVIRONMENT CENTRE, LEEDS

PAY        Travel expenses & comprehensive training programme

FOR        THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

DES        You could spend your time learning to teach children about the world around them & trying your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills, take part in a comprehensive training programme, & best of all join a friendly & supportive staff & volunteer team in a green oasis hidden away in South Leeds. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to four days per week (Tues to Fri), ideally for 6 months or more (we can be flexible about the length of time).   BUT   You don’t need experience, just enthusiasm & the desire to work with children.

ASK   skelton@tcv.org.uk

REF        1273-VOL-30/5

JOB        COMMUNITY & CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS x 5

BE4        ASAP (Opportunities Available May & June)

LOC        ISLE OF EIGG

PAY        Subsidised accommodation available

FOR        ISLE OF EIGG HERITAGE TRUST

DES        Opportunities to live and work on the wonderful island of Eigg.  Help the local community by undertaking a mixture of practical work such as beach cleans, marine litter monitoring, bramble & bracken management and helping with community events .BUT   Minimum 1 week stay up to 2 months.  £15 per week contribution towards accommodation running costs will be required from  each volunteer.  You will need to provide your own food.   ASK   Contact Tasha Lancaster volunteer@isleofeigg.net and see volunteer page atwww.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

REF        1218-VOL-30/5

JOB        CREATIVE INTERPRETATION INTERNSHIP – SCOTLAND

BE4        31/5/14

LOC        HOMEBASED – SCOTLAND

PAY        Training

FOR        WOODLAND TRUST

DES        The role will run from July to September 2014 & there will be up to six positions available on the project. You will contribute to the development of a brand new, exciting web-based interpretation resource which will provide the public with opportunities to learn about the rich natural & cultural heritage of Ledmore & Migdale Woods in Scotland. You will work in collaboration with a professional heritage interpretation consultant team & will have one-to-one mentoring support throughout the task. Lots of background & historical reference material will be provided to help you with the role. You will be involved in researching & then telling stories about the woods & the people who have live & worked there through the medium of web-based ‘soundslides’.   BUT   Passionate about our natural & cultural heritage & want to help us portray our messaging to the public & visitors to Scotland.   ASK   www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/internships/opportunities

I looked at this in greater depth upon the Woodland Trust internship site.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100138945/Creative-Interpretation-Internship-Scotland.pdf

Woodland Internship 1 Woodland Internship 2 Woodland Internship 3

This might prove to be a challenging opportunity in terms of access, however, it seems an excellent opportunity to work upon a large scale environmental project, in which I can develop my photography and communication skills.

 This also lead to me finding other available interships offered by the Woodland Trust, preferably more locally accessible. Of these, one felt potentially suitable for me.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100141780/Conservation-Communications-Internship.pdf

Communications Internship 1 Communications Internship 2

Overall, there were quite a few entry level positions to start from that might prove to be useful in developing different skills sets in both conservation environmental fields, as well offering opportunities to gain further access to environmental/wildlife focused sites. Although this will involve a significant amount of commitment, expenses from commuting or willingness to move around to different areas, I hope this will in the future help me establish relevant networking and/or photographic opportunities.

I will continue this area of research and update my progress,

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s