The countryside conservation sector has a long history of volunteering, from friends of groups and trustees to full time placements, half hour citizen science surveys to week long conservation holidays. The effort of this army of volunteers is what keeps our countryside and wildlife in good heart. It is also what gives our many enthusiastic youngsters their first taste of a working life in the profession setting them up for a lifelong career.
If you're looking to take that first step or are thinking of making the leap and changing career see voluntary opportunities are currently available.
What you'll find on the CJS volunteering pagesFull or part time placements, subdivided into subject areas, ie the type of work you'll be doing.
Regular or occasional requirement, subdivided according to location, see the region break down here
Volunteering Organisations: Organisations and groups which offer volunteer opportunities but might not have any current adverts.
Surveys and Fieldwork: Opportunities to help with research either by carrying out fieldwork or by recording your sightings.
Conservation Working Holidays: 'Feel good holidays': go on holiday, have a wonderful time and do some conservation work along the way.
Practical Workdays: Opportunity to help with a specific task on one or two days.
Apprenticeships and Interns: an apprenticeship has some remuneration in addition to a significant level of training leading to a recognised qualification, find details of what's available.
And of course don't forget to read CJS Focus on Volunteering here and last August's edition has lots of useful articles although the adverts will mostly be out of date, download this one here (PDF)