Place: Reading, Berkshire
Why we need you:
NB This opportunity is specifically targeted at people who live in the area outlined below but do get in touch if you are interested even if you do not live in that area. this map. We are looking for two trainees to join our small team based in central Reading. These voluntary positions support us in delivering a range of community and biodiversity focused projects in and around Reading. We need enthusiastic and hardworking people to assist/lead groups of volunteers on practical conservation and community projects within Berkshire. These roles will include preparing and organising environmental volunteering activities as well as supporting other volunteers, demonstrating new practical skills, ensuring the health and welfare of volunteers, and working to the project specifications. Practical Conservation Activities will include; woodland management, hedge laying, footpath construction, along with small construction projects within schools creating wildlife gardens and food growing areas.
Benefits to you:
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone contemplating a career in environmental conservation. The role will provide experience of leading and supervising teams of volunteers, carrying out practical conservation work on a range of different sites, liaising with land owners and managers, promoting our work and working with partners. You will also gain vital experience in running promotional events and producing publicity. Trainees will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of practical, conservation skills, gained through informal, on-the-job training and by attending in-house and external courses. These will include first aid, preparing risk assessments, project leadership and others. There will also be an opportunity to undergo a two-week placement with another, local conservation or community organisation.
What you need:
Essential to this role is enthusiasm, excellent communication / people skills and a commitment to environmental issues. Ideally you will have held a driving license for at least two years and be over the age of 21. Knowledge of practical environmental conservation not essential as training provided.
How much time:
2.5-3 days per week for a minimum of 6 months
For further details please contact Buffy Harris- Jones on 01189568959.
You will be supported in your role by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided. You will have all reasonable expenses covered (foreign travel excepted) so will not be out of pocket through your volunteering. You will be insured and expected to comply with the policies and procedures of The Conservation Volunteers.
Where roles will be responsible for others, we need to check your references. When the role involves young people and vulnerable adults, we will need to ask for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau, Central Registered Body in Scotland or appropriate body in Northern Ireland.
Many people who work in the Environmental Sector have used a Volunteer Officer role as a stepping stone in their career.