Conservation Team Member Volunteer Roles in Glasgow
BCT's National Bat Helpline provides easily accessible & accurate information to almost 15,000 enquirers a year. We need your help to answer bat care calls we receive, from members of the public who've found grounded, injured or lost bats.
Dates: May - Sep
Deadline: Midnight, Monday 1st April
Bats are amazing animals and an important part of our natural environment. There are 18 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law. The Helpline’s role in advising and supporting people who encounter bats is an important part of BCT’s work towards our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.
We are approaching the time of year when bats become more active, and our Helpline becomes very busy with many calls about bats in need of help. To help as many bats as possible during this critical time, we are now recruiting volunteers to the Volunteer Bat Care Helpline.
About the role
As a volunteer you will answer calls from the public, provide advice on bat care calls, and put them in touch with local bat care volunteers where possible. During our emergency service, volunteers will also be advising on calls relating to bat crime. We consistently receive feedback from volunteers to say that this role can be challenging at times due to the volume of calls, but the support from the team and the knowledge that they are helping bats and advising members of the public makes it such a rewarding role. Many enjoy it so much that they return to volunteer the next season! Volunteers took about 4,754 calls between May and September 2023.
You do not need experience in conservation to volunteer, anyone who is interested in helping bats is welcome. Volunteering for the Helpline is a great way to get involved in conservation from the comfort of your home during your spare time.
We hope volunteers will be able to sign up to 3 Bat Watches per month between May – September.
A Bat Watch is up to 4 hours (including a 30-minute break), please see below for Bat Watch times:
9:30 – 13:0013:00 – 16:30 18:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 14:0014:00 – 18:0018:00 – 22:00
All you need is:
· A computer/laptop with internet access (or a tablet, although a computer is preferable).
· A speaker/mic or headset to use with your computer, as phone calls will be received using an app on your device.
· A phone with reliable reception for contacting support staff where needed.
Skills and abilities
· Competent in using computers and entering data onto an online form
· Accurate record-keeping
· An interest in UK wildlife, conservation, and/or animal welfare
· Affective communication skills and ability to reassure members of the public during calls
· Additional time reading training materials and keeping up to date with communications from the project coordinator
Training and support
Volunteers are provided with full training and must attend an online training day in April as well as complete some introductory online training in their own time. This year’s training dates are:
- Monday 8th April
- Thursday 11th April
- Saturday 20th April
Training days will run from 10:30 to 14:30 with breaks.
Volunteers also receive a comprehensive manual and full support from BCT staff during their assigned bat watches and throughout the season. During the online training day, we'll provide an induction explaining what we do and how volunteers fit within our organisation. We'll also provide training training to help you meet the standards we expect from volunteers.
BCT will reimburse certain "out of pocket" expenses where required.
Benefits of volunteering with BCT
- Supporting & learning about the work of the leading NGO in the UK solely devoted to the conservation of bats
- Developing transferable skills that can help enhance your CV
- Developing confidence in speaking to members of the public
- Learning about opportunities to get involved in other aspects of bat conservation
- Learning more about bats
This is a voluntary position that supports the work of the Helpline services and is not replacing the work of a paid member of staff. This role description does not form part of any contract of employment. We are unable to take applications from individuals under the age of 18.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.
We are looking for two enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about nature’s recovery to join our Board of Trustees.
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside’s Board of Trustees brings a wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging experience from a variety of sectors.
Our Trustees are the governing body of the Trust and play key roles in all aspects of our work and the strategic direction that we need to take in times of financial and environmental uncertainty.
Each one has a particular skillset and is able to offer support and invaluable advice to our Wildlife Trust.
Being a trustee is a rewarding experience. You would be joining a welcoming group and you will add to your own skills and experience, particularly in strategy and policies. You will need to be a champion for wildlife however please don't feel that you need to be a wildlife expert to apply.
We are recruiting two new trustees, with the following skillsets:
- A trustee with expertise in fundraising. Whilst the Trust has an experienced and successful team of fundraisers, we seek a trustee with the relevant experience past or present coupled with knowledge of fundraising who can be available to support our fundraising team and to guide fellow trustees in this specialist area, in addition to making a more general contribution across the range of LWT activities.
- We would also welcome someone with a strong community engagement background, who may not necessarily feel that they are a conservation "expert" but is passionate about nature, to help us in our journey to diversify and transform the way we engage with new community groups in our region.
Trustees – who must be members of The Lancashire Wildlife Trust - serve for an initial period of three years with opportunities thereafter for reappointment. The current Board is 16 strong and meets 5 times a year, usually on a Thursday afternoon, at Brockholes Conference Centre. The trustee role is a voluntary position.
The Wildlife Trusts work to engage and empower people of all identities, cultures, backgrounds and abilities, supporting them to value, enjoy, speak up and take action for wildlife. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures. We believe that a diverse team will help us create our vision of people close to nature, with land and seas rich in wildlife.
This is a varied and exciting voluntary position with the opportunity for someone to use their skill set to help the Trust deliver its strategy and join this ambitious team to make a real difference to local wildlife in Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
All our Trustees are volunteers and members of the Trust. Membership is open to everyone and you can sign up to join here. You can also read more about our current Trustees here.
Deadline for Applications: 9am Thursday 28th March 2024
Interviews: To take place between Monday 22nd April and Friday 3rd May 2024
EQUAL AQUA is an award-winning NGO providing equal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Uganda. Equal Aqua is managed by an international team of volunteers, based mainly in the UK and Uganda. Our mission is to tackle inequalities in access to WASH by providing safe and sustainable WASH facilities and services to those that need it most.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: We are recruiting a new Fundraising Manager in order to grow the charity's income and impact, enabling us to reach more communities and transform more lives. Specifically, we are looking for a person with good experience in fundraising or income generation - ideally in the WASH and international development sectors - to develop and deliver a fundraising strategy to grow EAU into a NGO with a seven-figure annual income. We are seeking someone that is able to give a substantial time commitment and ability to manage an international fundraising team.
ROLE: Fundraising Manager (volunteer; part-time: 1-2 days a week)
The role of the Fundraising Manager:
- Oversee development and implementation of Equal Aqua's fundraising strategy in line with business objectives, and the vision and values of EAU;
- Lead an international team of volunteers to execute the fundraising strategy, delegating and managing responsibilities as appropriate;
- Lead EAU Fundraising team to raise income through multiple channels: grant and charitable foundation applications, corporate sponsorship, individual and community giving, and creative fundraising events;
- Manage EAU’s multi-country campaign(s) to secure new donors;
- Manage a portfolio of existing supporters, providing exceptional supporter care and building relationships, stewarding and nurturing existing donors;
- Improve supporter retention and maximise donors’ lifetime value to EAU;
- Monitor developments in the funding world/landscape and identify opportunities to bid for funding.
- Coordinate applications to grant givers and foundations whose criteria match Equal Aqua's aims and activities;
- Develop and implement a stewardship programme including regular newsletters, mailings, and online activity.
- Develop and coordinate web-based fundraising;
- Develop imaginative fundraising activities, including events;
- To recruit for an expanded Fundraising Team, lead and line manage staff and volunteers as required;
- Be a key player in preparing the annual budget, tracking income and expenditure, and achieving the annual targets agreed for individual giving, mid-level giving, and wider voluntary funding.
- Report to the Equal Aqua Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.
ABOUT: ‘Equal Aqua’ is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in the UK; it operates equally and in unison with ‘Equal Aqua Uganda’, a registered Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Uganda (‘EAU’ refers to both).
The objectives of EAU are, in Uganda, to:
- Improve access to safe and sustainable drinking water in communities.
- Expand access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
- Take action to promote conservation of the natural environment; improve water quality by reducing pollution; protect and restore water-related ecosystems.
- Increase water-use efficiency to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
- Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.
- Improve education around water and sanitation issues in schools, youth groups and community centres.
- Collaborate with other organisations with similar objectives both within and outside Uganda to achieve these objectives.
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS to date:
- 21,842 people provided access to safe, sustainable water
- 10,327 people trained in Equal Aqua's WASH skills workshops
- 2,670 people trained in Menstrual Hygiene Management sessions
- British High Commission award winner
VALUES: At Equal Aqua we champion youth-led innovation and grassroots change. To make this possible, we have created a proactive and friendly environment, which strives to create practical and lasting solutions to WASH-related issues. Each member of Equal Aqua is passionate about WASH inequalities, and our values are a central basis for inspiration and the culture of the organisation.
Working together – Each member of Equal Aqua has specific expertise and experiences which enhance the work we do. Our vision, policies and programmes are established by the team in Uganda, making them specific to the local need. The UK team provides the support functions to help deliver this vision.
Innovation – We are an evolving organisation which is open to change and continuous improvement. We have near zero fixed costs in Uganda and no money raised is spent in the UK, meaning all funds contribute directly to our projects in Uganda.
Commitment to the cause – We are committed to alleviating WASH disparities throughout Uganda and enhancing the lives of others. We earn the trust of communities and develop relationships by providing a perceptive and effective service.
Everyone is Equal (Aqua) – We cherish every person involved in Equal Aqua – whether volunteers, international partners or community members. We actively listen and learn from those around us and value each contribution. Team members are empowered to design and run their own projects, supported by the wider team.
Improving lives – We aim to provide equal water access for all and enhance the livelihoods of the most marginalised in society, with focus on women and girls. We also act as stewards of the Earth and strive to be environmentally friendly in all of our operations.
About British Exploring Society
British Exploring Society is a world class youth development charity with a unique heritage, founded on the belief that challenging experiences can transform lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.
We prepare and take young people on expeditions to remote locations where they face challenges, gain skills and learn about themselves - as well as acquiring knowledge relevant to their lives and to the fragile environments that they explore.
What is a Knowledge Leader?
The role of a Knowledge Leader is to inspire the curiosity of young peopl in science, media and the environment throughout the expeditition. Our leaders give young people the tools to explore their curiosity through the development of skills and practical techniques. To achieve this, it is the responsibility of the Senior Knowledge Leader, Knowledge Leaders and the collaboration of all leaders to design and deliver a programme of inspirational, educational projects.
We are looking for applicants who are:
- Able and passionate about leading, inspiring, and facilitating sessions with young people.
- Comfortable spending extended periods in remote and sometimes harsh environments.
- Able to commit to all pre-expedition training events.
- Available for expeditions for 2 to 6 weeks from mid July.
As a charity, all Leader positions are undertaken on a voluntary basis and Leaders join for the intrinsic value of adventure, education, and personal development of young people. You do not have to fundraise to lead on our expeditions.
Benefits of being a volunteer Leader with us:
Prior to expedition all volunteer Leaders will receive training and support. We ask that first time Leaders cover the cost of their flights as part of the group booking booked by British Exploring Society, who will then reclaim the cost from Leaders. Flight costs will be covered for all returning Leaders. Leaders will need to provide their own personal kit as well as vaccinations and visas (if applicable). Leaders may claim expenses for UK training events. All other expedition costs are covered, including insurance, specialist equipment, expedition food and accommodation.
Community - Our Volunteer Leader community come from a variety of backgrounds, ages and professions bring a diverse range of skills and experiences. Not only will you become a Member of British Exploring Society after leading with us but will leave with strong bonds and shared memories.
Courage - Set in wild, remote and sometimes harsh environments that young people aren’t used to. Working in this environment and supporting young people requires Leaders to show courage and be adaptable and dynamic, allowing for a unique and new experience - 100% of Leaders said they had acquired new skills.
Challenge – Our expeditions can be challenging. To prepare Leaders we provide high quality training and personal development. This offers Leaders the opportunity to develop & stretch their skills, such as youth work, technical, leadership and facilitation - 74% of Leaders said that volunteering with us had furthered their career.
Self-belief - From beginning to the end, you will be supported whilst developing their confidence. - 90% of our Leaders said they were more confident after expedition.
Upcoming opportunities for Knowledge Leaders in 2024
Science and media play an integral role on our expeditions, as such British Exploring Society recruits passionate, skilled volunteer Knowledge Leaders. These Leaders bring with them experience working with young people in remote settings and can inspire and facilitate the personal development of young people through curiosity in science, media and the environment they are in. You can read the Knowledge Leader role description here.
Working in partnership with other expedition Leaders, they will be responsible for safety, wellbeing and development of 8-12 Young Explorers. They will take lead on designing and delivering activities and projects including the John Muir Conservation Award, scientific fieldwork and creative media activities. Our aim is to recruit multiple Leaders, with expertise across these areas and allow Leaders to play to their strengths and expertise to design and deliver engaging, relevant and meaningful projects for our Explorers.
Previous projects on expedition have included biodiversity surveying in the Amazon, environmental change in the Himalayas or expedition filmmaking, journaling and painting. Previous Knowledge Leaders have been academics and scientists with fieldwork or expedition experience, educators experienced in delivering environmental education (e.g Forest Schools) or have been creative professionals including filmmakers, animators and journalists. This list is not exhaustive and would strongly encourage applications from other specialities and disciplines.For more information, please see the job description attached.
Expeditions are between 2 and 5 weeks long and take place during academic holiday periods. We are currently recruiting volunteer Leaders for all our expeditions for Summer 2024 and 2025.
Our committment to inclusivity
We are committed to building an executive and volunteer team that together represent a diverse variety of backgrounds, skills, and perspectives on the world. The more inclusive we are, the better we think we’ll be at delivering our charitable aims.
We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, or age.
If you are interested in applying and require any accessibility adjustments to the interview process, please do let us know when you apply.
Leader Recruitment Pack
For more information about what volunteering with us looks like, please refer to our Leader Recruitment Pack that can be found on our website.