Vacancies, paid and voluntary
 Position  Brief description  Closing date
Bike Back to Work
Cheshire West and Cheshire Council are offering
6-month bike loans to unemployed people starting work or training. (Conditions apply) Excellent idea apparently terminated.
Volunteer Local Organiser
Warrington Friends of the Earth. Other participants welcome.
No closing date given
Local Volunteer - Campaigning and Events Friends of the Earth North West. With the Govt planning to redesign the country’s electrical system over the next year and a half, your rôle will be to engage the public in the discussion. Just here for interest! (posted 21/6/11)
Waterway Restoration Volunteers Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), UK wide. WRG runs week-long residential volunteering opportunities, known as ‘Canal Camps’, to restore the derelict canals of England and Wales to their former glory. A chance to do your bit whilst having a fun holiday. They have 28 Canal Camps planned for 2017 giving volunteers the chance to get involved in various activities. Most run for seven days, each volunteer is asked to contribute £70 for the week for accommodation and three meals a day. Most accommodation, which is best described as basic, is in sports centres, schools or village halls. Anyone is welcome, but they must be over 18. No previous skills or experience are required. See Camp dates. edited 10/1/17
Masters by Research in Wood Fuel for Renewable Energy Bangor University, Bangor. 12 months from 1st Dec 2013 (so expired, held here for interest). Tax-free scholarship and generous research allowance for a 1st or good 2:1 graduate. To develop from previous research: so overview, research paper (interesting!).

Warmer Homes Ambassadors  volunteering for Weaver Vale Housing Trust advising on reducing fuel bills. Must be an unemployed Cheshire resident over 19 years old. Training available. Next intake expected in September. Contact Natalie or Toni, 01606 813546, workteam[at]  Updated 7th Aug 2015
  Volunteering with Groundwork. Groundwork Cheshire is no more, but a part of the Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside region. So things may involve travel beyond their Northwich office. Volunteering opportunities include:
Volunteers for Events and Festivals, Wildlife Watching, Canal Heritage and Conservation See Groundwork website.
Community Engagement Volunteer, assisting the delivery of variety of heritage and conservation based events. See Groundwork website.
Updates and new opportunities on the Groundwork website.

checked 16th May 2017
Farm Start Kindling Trust, High Legh. Your chance to try farming. If you’ve been small-scale growing, maybe on an allotment or community plot, with Kindling Trust you get an affordable plot, shared equipment, training and a ready market. Year one is training and growing on shared land at Abbey Leys organic farm, High Legh (and from 2016, protected growing in Stockport), discovering if farming suits you and to put your ideas to the test. Year 2 you get a quarter acre plot to develop growing skills and business ideas. Thereafter you can expand further. Annual fee £500 to cover costs (judging by previous years). See Kindling Trust website: course details, Farmstart info. updated 2nd August 2016
Conservation Volunteer  Saltscape Landscape Partnership, Central Cheshire. Part time, permanent. To help on regular practical workdays on local nature reserves doing practical tasks such as hedge laying, coppicing, reed bed cutting, scrub bashing and invasive species removal to name just a few examples! You can volunteer as an individual or as a small group and are welcome to join every workday, or come along once a month, once a year or once every so often. Programme of opportunities on VREN website.  Posted 7th Dec 2015 
Volunteers Red Cross, Winsford Industrial Estate (Pineapple Park, Road One). To sort and de-brand new clothes. Contact Gail or Di on 01606 550824. Posted 21st Jan 2016
Volunteers St Luke’s Hospice, Winsford Industrial Estate. To assist at the furniture warehouse and with house clearance: drivers, drivers’ mates, sales, sorting, ebay. Contact: Pam Ford, Volunteer Support 01606 555690 Pamela_Ford[at] Posted 21st Jan 2016
Frack Free Upton Information Point  Volunteers needed, couple of hours a week starting 8th Feb. The info point is at the junction of Dutton Lane and the A41. The campers have been removed from the field which is the site of the proposed IGas Test Drill. There will always be 2 volunteers, at least, at any time. Contact Phil Coombe of Frack Free Upton, 07800 516081, frackfreeupton[at]  Posted 1st Feb 2016 
Polli:nation volunteers
Polli:nation involves 4 local primary schools (St Bede’s, Charles Darwin, Kingsmead and Leftwich), monitoring pollinators in their grounds. If you’d like to help, contact Rupert Adams, rupert-adams1[at]  Posted 20th Feb 2016 
Trainee Gardener  Dunham Massey, near Altrincham. Accommodation in shared house, no cost to trainee. Two year placement, starting September 2016. Other placements include Chatsworth, Erddig, Bodnant and Dyffryn.  24th March (look out for opportunities next year) 2016
Timber Frame Home Erectors  Touchwood Homes. Join the team putting up timber frame homes in the UK (usually south east). More details on AECB website.  Received 6th May 2016, still on AECB website Sept 2017 
Groundhouse Sheppey – volunteers  Groundhouse Sheppey – volunteers wanted to help build a sustainable house in Kent. Experience optional. On facebook.  Completed, here for interest
Passivhaus Promoting PhD candidate  The University of Liverpool (UoL) and 3rd Way Commonwealth want a suitably experienced and qualified individual for a three year doctoral research programme, to focus on accelerating delivery of UN Goals by provision of Passivhaus standards of 90% energy savings, comfort and health for all. Partners want to schedule refurbishment of 30,000 houses and transform the wellbeing of these households over the next 3 years to contribute to the “Well North” pilot on which reformation of the NHS will be based. £15k stipend and paid tuition. See AECB website.   Posted 20th Dec
still on AECB website 25/4/18
Volunteer Eco-Schools Assessor  Keep Britain Tidy, Across England. Should have a passion for environmental education. Training and expenses given. See Eco-schools website.  re-posted 6th March 2017, ongoing
Nature and Environment Writer  New Nature Magazine, Home working, voluntary. Will need a love of nature and environment, good communication and writing skills, ability to hit deadlines, and be under 30, as it’s a youth magazine. See also Wildlife Articles advert, below; no age restraint. You can contribute a blog to be put on our website - See NewNature website.   Posted 13th March 2017. Ongoing
Wildlife Writers  Wildlife Articles, UK wide. Voluntary writing for anyone with a passion for wildlife, for Wildlife Articles. See also New Nature magazine advert, above.
Posted 2nd Oct 2017. 
Intern / Volunteer on Aquaponics Smallholding  lots of learn while setting up the polytunnel and hydroponic beds, then start running it, then some building conversion and help on a smallholding. Full ad (this background) on Posted 26th March
Visitor Centre Welcome Assistant Volunteer  RSPB Cymru, Conwy. Part time. To welcome visitors, field queries, give out activity sheets, maintain facilities and recruit members. Training offered. See EnvironmentJob website.   Posted 9th April 
Wild About Nature Volunteer  RSPB Cymru, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Full/part time. To engage with visitors to discover nature. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 9th April 
Schools on Reserves Learning Support Volunteer  RSPB Cymru, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Part-time. Help inspire children and their accompanying adults, assisting with the games and lessons and supporting children as we go. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 9th April 
Schools on Reserves Learning Assistant Volunteer  RSPB Cymru, RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Part-time. Help deliver environmental education. RSPB’s Schools on Reserves programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand. See EnvironmentJob website.   Posted 9th April 
Schools and Early Years Outreach Volunteer  RSPB, Merseyside and Cheshire. Minimum of 2 days a month. They're looking for people with a real passion for enthusing children about the natural world to play a key part in this project. Following training and with ongoing support you will be given the opportunity to lead structured sessions with classes of children (aged 3–5 years or 5-12 years). These workshops are aimed at inspiring them to get close up to what creeps, crawls and flies in their school grounds. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 21st May 
Volunteer Newsletter Editor  RECORD Local Environmental Records Centre, Chester. Min 6 h/wk. Volunteers are required to assist the Data Services Officer with the production of the RECORD newsletter, a six-monthly publication aimed at encouraging wildlife recording and raising awareness of nature conservation in the Cheshire area. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 13th Aug 
Nature's Calendar Champion - Lead Student Recorder  Woodland Trust, at universities UK-wide. Voluntary, part time. To lead and coordinate 20 students recording events for our Nature's Calendar project. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 27th Aug 
Volunteer Treasurer  Community Energy England, anywhere. Part time. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 24 9 18 
Graduate/Seasonal Ecologist  Tyler Grange, offices include Manchester, but working nationwide, 6 month contract for 2019 survey season. See EnvironmentJob website.  16th Nov
Temporary Energy Management Officer (Maternity Leave Cover)  University of Salford, Salford. £33,199 - £39,609 pa, full time. Working with the Building Management, Project Management and Maintenance Teams the Energy Management Officer will require good relationship management skills and be able to challenge and propose remedies to procedures that improve sub-optimal energy use. See EnvironmentJob website.  23rd Nov
Pedal Away Co-ordinator  Cycling Projects, Salford, £8,150 pa - FTE £16,300 pa, full time. Salford Pedal Away will focus on giving people an awareness of community cycling and weaving it into lifestyle, ensuring strong themes of sustainability are created throughout the lifespan of the project. Also involved in the inclusive cycling offer through the Wheels for All programme. See EnvironmentJob website.  23rd Nov
Tutors (Permanent)  Field Studies Council (FSC), Various locations, nearest Bewys-y-coed, £19,726 - £22,511 pa, full time. Develop, plan and deliver ‘out-of-classroom learning’ activities to a wide ranging audience; engaging and enthusing students and assisting FSC achieve its goal of ‘Bringing Environmental Understanding to All though first-hand experience’. See EnvironmentJob website.  midday 23rd Nov 
Trustee  Field Studies Council, Nationwide. Voluntary, 5-10 days/year. See EnvironmentJob website.  25th Nov
Senior Ecologist  LUC, Manchester, £25,000 - £35,000 pa, full/part time, permanent. Should have proven experience in project management, including survey design and survey team management, project financial management and the delivery of Ecological Impact Assessments, research reports and EPS licences. See EnvironmentJob website.  26th Nov
Associate Ecologist  LUC, Manchester, London, Bristol, £35,000 - £45,000 pa, full/part time, permanent. Should have proven experience in project management, including survey design and survey team management, project financial management and the delivery of Ecological Impact Assessments, research reports and EPS licences. See EnvironmentJob website.  26th Nov
Training Manager (North)  Cycling UK, Manchester, £32,000 pa, full time, permanent. Based in Manchester and managing training programmes in the north of England; also leading on developing and implementing a training offer to workplaces. See EnvironmentJob website.  27th Nov
Graduate Project Assistant  Community Windpower Ltd, Frodsham. Full time, permanent. Will identify, design and develop renewable energy developments in Scotland and the UK and will involve travel to these locations to attend meetings, undertake assessments and carry out site visits. Relevant degree required. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 5th Nov 
Graduate Operations Analyst  Community Windpower Ltd, Frodsham. Full time, permanent. Data management, accurate reporting and problem resolution – the data comes from windfarms. Physics/Maths degree needed. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 5th Nov 
Practical Volunteer Officer  The Conservation Volunteers, Manchester. Part time, voluntary. To help deliver the Midweek Group volunteering days, and guide volunteers on practical projects to help them make the most of their experience. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 5th Nov 
Development Officer  Sefton Council, Sefton, Liverpool, £33,136 - £37,107 pa, full time, permanent. Improve Sefton’s coast, parks and greenspaces with a variety of capital and revenue based improvements, and explore new ways of working including developing income streams and assisting them in becoming self-funding, See EnvironmentJob website.  6th Dec
Membership Development Officers  The Woodland Trust, Nationwide, £19,000 pa pro rata full or part time. Attend events and places where you will inspire individuals to care about what we do and support our cause by becoming members, without feeling pressured. See EnvironmentJob website.  9th Dec
Waste Reduction Volunteers (Cheshire)  Keep Britain Tidy, Cheshire. WRVs talk to community groups, schools and market visitors, or can work from a desk. Training provided. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 12th Nov 
Saffron Pickers  Cheshire Saffron Company, Cuddington. The harvest normally lasts 3 – 4 weeks during October. Work is split 30% picking the flowers in an open field and 70% of removing the Saffron strands from the flowers in a workshop. Flexible hours. They anticipate processing 10am until 8pm each day, 7 days a week. The work is light but requires nimble fingers and good eyesight. It’s based in Cuddington near the railway station. Pay will be on the statuary Living Wage scale – according to age will be between £4.05 and £7.50 per hour – plus an attendance/ production bonus at the end of the harvest. See their website and facebook page. E-mail family.gould[at] or call Doug on 07530 040 967.
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National Trust
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TCV jobs, nationwide

Woodland Trust occasionally have jobs elsewhere than Grantham, their HQ.
Allen and York Agency, listing high-flying jobs in - Built Environment; Energy; Health and Safety; Environment, Waste, Engineering. See
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Grozone is open three days a week, offering horticultural therapy and other practical skills. See
Cheshire Wildlife Trust offers practical conservation work in the countryside throughout Cheshire, along with surveying and monitoring. Locations include Poor's Wood (near Hartford Blue Bridge) and Delamere Forest. Further opportunities at their HQ in Malpas. See, but perhaps the best introduction to CWT volunteering is in their volunteer newsletter, which also has a calendar of volunteering events. Feb/Mar 2015 issue.
Trafford Mill between Helsby and Chester has
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Cheshire's Waste Reduction Volunteers promote love food, hate waste and home composting, at meetings, public events and schools. Contact us for information.
Friends of Anderton and Marbury offer practical conservation work in Northwich Community Woodlands. See
Marshall's Army offers practical conservation work at the woodland between Greenbank, Hartford and the River Weaver, and have links to the Hunt's Lock group. See here.
Volunteering page on CWAC website.
CLiC (Changing Lives in Cheshire) in Winsford provide employment and recyling opportunities. They want volunteers for Reception and admin, Business Development, Finance, Fundraising, Marketing, PR and Media, IT and website, Shop floor sales, Online sales, Cleaning, Electrical Workshop, Furniture Workshop, Warehouse, Delivery/Drivers, Mentoring, Training, Trustee. See CLiC website.
Surveying, testing and practical action, with Love My River Northwich. From walking surveys of our rivers, doing chemical, physical and biological testing, to practical work: litter picks and clean-up days, controlling invasive non-native species, riverbank protection work, tree planting etc. See Grozone page on this website. Ongoing
Arboriculture with wildflowers, at Marbury Tree Nursery. Cheshire Wildlife Trust has taken the plot over from Cheshire Landscape Trust, a field opposite to Marbury Garden Centre (don’t block their access!). They’ll be growing native trees from local seeds, expanding a fruit orchard and planting wildflowers. Help required: contact volunteering[at] Ongoing.
Help needed - Lostock, for a charity collecting and sorting clothes, food etc donated for Syrian refugees. An hour or two gratefully received. It is in a large vacant shop on Manchester Road next to the Indian restaurant, vets and carpet shop. On facebook:
Vale Royal Conservation Volunteers, out and about on Thursdays, doing path construction and maintenance, step building, heath-land management, hedge-laying, fence installation and invasive species removal.
Sustrans volunteering opportunities: rangers, photographers, wildlife volunteers, route maintenance, bike mechanic, ride leader - 

Entec consultants
Entec is a consultancy with expertise in environment,
engineering and safety. They have branches in Northwich, Manchester and other
locations. Go to 

RSK Consultants,
RSK Group is a multidisciplinary environmental consultancy, with branches worldwide and local offices in Helsby, Crewe, Manchester, Warrington and Tattenhall. For general info, see .

Energy Engineering
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Centre for
Alternative Technology
Various posts at CAT, near Machynlleth. See 
Reaseheath College
Jobs at Reaseheath College (agriculture, horticulture, animals, food, outdoor education/sports, motors and engineering, construction, trees and timber, support staff):   
Social Enterprise
Coalition jobs page
for key jobs in the social enterprise sector,
nationwide. SEC website
Institute of Environment, Management and Assessment. Nationwide. Searchable by county, specialism, and more. IEMA website
Earthworks Jobs
Technical jobs including biology, forestry, corporate social responsibility, transport. See website
Lets Recycle
Jobs in recycling and waste management. See website
ACRE Jobs in Environment, Health and Safety, Energy and Carbon, and CSR and Sustainability. Worldwide, lots in London, some elsewhere in the UK. See website.
Jobs nationwide, this page for environmental, facility to search eg by location. Links run to postings on other websites. Some jobs labelled as 'environmental' are not truly sustainable. See website
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