Volunteer vacancies

Volunteer vacancies

Ade Clarke

Volunteer with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Whether you can spare a few hours or a full day, volunteering is a chance to make a real difference to local wildlife, while learning useful skills, making new friends and increasing your knowledge of wildlife conservation. The time you give makes a huge difference.

Take a look below at our current vacancies and for how to apply.

You'll make loads of friends, you'll get fit and you'll have a warm sense of

achievement at the end of the day that comes from physical exercise and seeing

a good job done!

Wayside Wardens

Our Wayside Warden volunteers look after and monitor the Trust's Roadside Nature Reserves (RNRs), surveying periodically and ensuring any damage is reported. The Trust has 65 RNRs which total a distance of over 80 kilometres (50 miles). Each verge is appointed it's own voluntary Wayside Warden to help look after the biological interest in liaison with the Divisional Surveyors and landowners.

Botanical expertise is an advantage, but not essential, and there is an opportunity to participate in one or more of three Roadside Nature Reserve training evenings held each summer to sharpen identification skills.

Duties:

  • Monitor Roadside Nature Reserves and verges
  • Periodically clear litter
  • Report any problems (such as fly-tipping or damage)
  • Complete a simple annual report

Available locations:

  1. Holywell to Careby (TF 006 160 - TF 009 161) Holywell to Careby Road, opposite east end of Holywell Lake

Contact:

Sue Curtis, Reserves Administrator
01507 528373
scurtis@lincstrust.co.uk

2020 Volunteer Seal Wardens

We are looking for friendly people with good organisation and communications skills, who are willing to work in all weather conditions in sometimes pressurised situations, and with experience or knowledge of cash handling.

Duties:

  • Patrolling the viewing area and enforcing the visitor guidelines
  • Answering visitors questions accurately
  • Helping to run our small gift shop 

Location: 

Donna Nook National Nature Reserve
Marsh Lane
Donna Nook
Louth
LN11 7PD

To apply, please see the Job Information below and complete our short application form. Email your applications to info@lincstrust.co.uk on or before Saturday 1 August 2020. 

Far Ings Seasonal Education and Visitor Centre Volunteer

March – September 2020, c25 hrs per week, training and accommodation provided.

Join our friendly Centre Team and assist in the day-to-day running of the Education & Visitor Centre at the heart of Far Ings National Nature Reserve.  
The role will include assisting with a busy educational events programme, school visits, in the shop and exhibition area.
This opportunity will allow successful applicants to gain experience within the sector with a particular focus on environmental education and customer service.
The Centre is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday during the summer period so some weekend and evening work will be required, including opening and closing the Centre.
There is the potential for a further six month extension working on the nature reserve with the warden.

Location:
Far Ings National Nature Reserve
Far Ings Road
Barton-on-Humber
DN18 5RG

To apply, please see the role description below. Application is by CV and covering letter.
Deadline: 20 March 2020

Sea Watch Observer

Are you passionate about protecting marine wildlife? Do you have a special interest in cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)? Could you help us to learn more about Lincolnshire’s cetacean populations by regularly carrying out surveys?

By becoming a SeaWatch Observer you will provide important information about how, where and when cetaceans use Lincolnshire coastal waters, enabling us to better protect these animals using conservation measures. Anyone can be an Observer: all you need is enthusiasm, a pair of binoculars and a little patience. If you enjoy spending time by the coast regularly, why not take time to record what you see – and what you don’t?!

We will provide full training on how to undertake dedicated cetacean surveys for all volunteers. Liaising with the project co-ordinator, you will decide on a ‘watching station’ on the coastline from which to regularly conduct surveys.

Attendance at Sea Watch Observer training course is essential. The course takes place in North Sea Observatory, Chapel Point on Saturday March 28th and will be a full day course from approximately 9am until 5pm, including time spent in the field sea watching.

If you're interested in becoming a Sea Watch Observerser download the Role Profile below and complete our short application form. Email your applications to davemiller@lincstrust.co.uk on or before Friday 20 March 2020. 

Little Tern Volunteer

Want to do you bit to actively help wildlife in Lincolnshire? Do you enjoy talking to and inspiring people about wildlife and birds? We're looking for volunteers to help us to protect Lincolnshire's last remaining colony of little terns at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve.

Duties:

  • Daily monitoring of little terns
  • Engaging with the general public

Location:

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Gibraltar Road
Skegness
Lincolnshire
PE24 4SU

Contact:

Richard Doan, Coast and The Wash Assistant Warden
rdoan@lincstrust.co.uk

Information Volunteers at Gibraltar Point

Do you have an interest in wildlife? Enjoy talking to and meeting new people? Could you inspire visitors about the wildlife and landscape of Gibraltar Point? Then join our team of Information Volunteers!

Duties:

  • Assisting Wildlife Trust staff
  • Promoting Wildlife Trust events
  • Setting up displays and equipment for events and activities
  • Talking to and passing on information to the public
  • Engaging with the general public – answering questions about wildlife related issues
  • Displaying up-to-date information on local wildlife sightings 

Full training will be given. 

Location:

Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre and Old Coastguard Station
Gibraltar Road
Skegness
Lincolnshire
PE24 4SU

Contact:

01754 898057
gibvc@lincstrust.co.uk

Visitor Centre Volunteer at Far Ings

Do you enjoy chatting to people? Would you like to help visitors enjoy their visit to Far Ings? Are you happy to handle money and use a till to sell items in our small shop? Then get in touch and ask about joining our friendly team of volunteers!

Duties:

  • Talking to and passing on information to the public
  • Engaging with the general public – answering questions about wildlife related issues
  • Promoting Wildlife Trust events
  • Working in the gift shop and using the till

Till training will be given.

Location:

Far Ings Visitor and Education Centre
Far Ings Road
Far Ings
Barton-on-Humber
DN18 5RG

Contact:

Leanne Smart, Education and Community Officer
01652 637055
faringscentre@lincstrust.co.uk  

Reserve Volunteer at Far Ings

Our Reserve Volunteers help patrol the reserve, meeting and greeting visitors and answering any of their queries. If you're passionate about wildlife and want to help out on our reserves, then join our friendly team of volunteers!

Duties:

  • Talking to visitors on the reserve and answering any queries
  • Checking the hides and reporting any damage or disturbance
  • Keep an eye on the wildlife and maintain an up-to-date tally of sightings

Location:

Far Ings National Nature Reserve
Far Ings Road
Far Ings
Barton-on-Humber
DN18 5RG

Contact:

Leanne Smart, Education and Community Officer
01652 637055
faringscentre@lincstrust.co.uk

Buildings Maintenance Volunteer at Far Ings

Do you enjoy DIY and a bit of gardening? Would you like to help maintain the facilities so visitors can make the most of their visit? Are you happy to use hand and power tools to get the job done? Then get in touch and ask about joining our friendly team!

Duties:

  • Assist Trust staff with general maintenance and upkeep of visitor facilities and overall premises
  • Occasional assistance with practical conservation work and preparation of outdoor learning facilities
  • Use of hand and power tools, gardening, decorating and general building maintenance
  • Some basic plumbing knowledge would be an advantage

Location:

Far Ings Visitor and Education Centre and Ness End Farm Offices
Far Ings Road
Far Ings
Barton-on-Humber
DN18 5RG

Contact:

Emma Wilmot, Senior Education & Community Officer
01652 637055
faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk

Voluntary Reserve Manager

The Voluntary Reserve Manager is ‘the eyes and ears on the ground’ and a crucial support to the Trust’s Regional Warden.

Duties:

  • Keeping a regular watch on the reserve - ensuring it is safe and well maintained
  • Keeping an eye on the reserve wildlife which may include maintaining a record of sightings
  • Reporting any problems (such as fly-tipping or damage) to the Reserve Warden
  • Completing a simple annual report

Natural history knowledge is an advantage, but not essential.

Location:

Sorry we don't currently have any vacancies for Voluntary Reserve Managers.

Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project

The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project is looking for volunteers! Throughout the year the project will be organising community stream clean days, practical volunteer days and survey training.

If you are interested in protecting Lincolnshire's rare chalk streams you can contact us and find more information here:

Facebook: @LincolnshireChalkStreams
Twitter: @LincChalkStream
Email: chalkstreams@lincolnshire.gov.uk 
Tel: 01507 609740

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Voluntary Wildlife Watch Leaders

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, and is one of the UK’s leading environmental clubs for young environmentalists. Children aged approximately 8-12 can take part in wildlife projects by getting involved with Wildlife Watch groups, and join as subscribing members of the Trust to receive magazines and posters. 

There are currently 10 Wildlife Watch groups across Lincolnshire, NE Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire. Each Watch group is run by three fully registered Wildlife Watch Leaders (or two with one registered helper).

Duties:

  • Helping to deliver an exciting and inspiring programme of Wildlife Watch meetings for children in your area
  • Recruiting children to your local group and organising a programme of activities
  • Running safe and enjoyable meetings, ensuring child welfare and safety policies are put into practice
  • Promoting Watch membership and liaising regularly with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Watch Organiser

Full training will be provided.

Person Specification:

  • You will have an interest and enthusiasm for wildlife and working with children (you don't need to be a 'wildlife expert'!)
  • It is essential that you have a sense of responsibility and discipline
  • You will need to complete a full DBS check (which will be paid for on your behalf) and obtain two references
  • You will have strong communication skills, sound judgement and a mature, pragmatic and flexible approach

Available locations:

Boston, Bourne, Coningsby, Gainsborough, Horncastle, Scunthorpe, Spilsby, Stamford

Contact:

Mary Porter, Lincolnshire Wildlife Watch Organiser
01507 526667
watch@lincstrust.co.uk

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