Vacancies, paid and voluntary
 Position  Brief description  Closing date
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 10th Dec 2018
Farm Start Kindling Trust, High Legh. Your chance to try farming. 4-day autumn commercial organic growers course in autumn for £150. FarmStart offers the perfect opportunity to build up your skills and experiment with organic growing on a larger scale. Two sites – Abbey Leys, High Legh and Stockport. See Kindling Trust website: course details, Farmstart info. updated 10th Dec 2018
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 Dec 2018 
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 10/12/18
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
Volunteer Treasurer  Community Energy England, anywhere. Part time. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 24 9 18 (still there 10/12/18)
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 
Junior Sustainability Consultant  EVORA Global Limited, Greater Manchester or London. Paid, Full Time. Should have a relevant degree and be highly numerate. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 19th November 
Corporate Analyst  Community Windpower Ltd, Frodsham. Full Time, Permanent. They want an experienced corporate finance analyst. See EnvironmentJob website. Posted 26th Nov 
Civil Engineering Project Assistant  Community Windpower Ltd, Frodsham, full time, permanent. Should have as good knowledge of civil engineering and over 2 years’ experience of working in a civils or construction position. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 26th Nov 
Graduate Operations Analyst  Community Windpower Ltd, Frodsham. Full time permanent. Data analysis and management, accurate reporting and problem resolution. Maths/Physics degree preferred. See EnvironmentJob website.
Posted 10th Dec 
Media & PR Coordinator  Community Windpower Ltd, Frodsham. Full time, permanent. They want a creative PR, marketing and social media candidate who will work with national, regional and local media and engage with people via our social media channels to generate increased coverage and awareness. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 10th Dec 
Data Monitoring Officer  Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Home based, £18,000 pro rata, part time, fixed term. To analyse habitat and bumblebee abundance data. This role is home-based but some travel will be required. See EnvironmentJob website.  20th Jan
Science and Conservation Communications Officer  Chester Zoo, Chester, £22,691 pa, full time, permanent. To coordinate the provision of materials designed to promote their Science and Field Programmes activities to different audiences, both internal and external. See EnvironmentJob website.  20th Jan
Principal Landscape Architect  The Environment Partnership (TEP) Ltd, Warrington, Involves managing and delivering projects supported by a team of talented landscape managers, landscape designers, planners and other environmental disciplines. See EnvironmentJob website.  22nd Jan
Tree Health Surveyor  The Woodland Trust, UK-wide, part time, voluntary. Observatree volunteers are trained annually by tree health professionals and scientists from within the partnership. Training enables them to correctly identify signs and symptoms of Observatree’s 22 priority pests and diseases as well as carry out effective site surveys. Volunteers are also trained to collect samples; record accurate grid references; and follow good biosecurity. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 24th Dec 
Ecologists  Arcadis, Flexible Location (offices include Warrington), part time, permanent. To work on an extensive portfolio of ecology schemes for construction and development projects. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 24th Dec 
Ecological Field Surveyors x60  Keystone Ecology, UK Wide. Part/full time, temporary. For “major infrastructure contract in the Birmingham area” - HS2? They have a specific requirement for GCN surveyors with translocation experience and assistants who do not need any experience, with work for potentially a 6 - 9 month period (from March 2019 up to the end of October 2019). See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 24th Dec
Community Engagement Officer  Energy Projects Plus, Wallasey, £18-19k pro rata for up to 35h/wk. Providing energy efficiency advice and support across a community. See EPPlus website.  Posted December 2018 
Biolinks Project Assistant  Field Studies Council, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, £17,284 - £18,877 pa, full time, initially for 2 years. BioLinks is all about invertebrate identification. It brings together new volunteers with existing volunteers who have skills in invertebrate identification and recording. The Assistant will be doing admin, communications, media and support. See EnvironmentJob website.  31st Jan
Consultant Scientist (Water Quality)  APEM Limited, Chester, Manchester, Oxford (preferred), Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh. Full Time, permanent. You will work within a team of scientists with cross-cutting expertise in ecology, water quality, natural capital, hydrology and geomorphology to deliver a range of projects for the UK environment / conservation agencies, the water and energy industries and supporting services. See EnvironmentJob website.  3rd Feb
People and Wildlife Volunteer  Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire. Volunteer, Part Time, Min 2 days a week. Assist with delivering educational activities and practical workshops with primary school children visiting Bickley Hall Farm, Malpas, Moore Nature Reserve and Spud Wood in Warrington and at various other sites around Cheshire. See EnvironmentJob website.  8th Feb
Groundwork Youth Advisory Board  Groundwork UK, UK-wide, Volunteer, Part Time, This flexible, voluntary role with Groundwork UK, a leading community charity, includes full training and ongoing support to achieve your goals. You will run campaigns, motivate and inspire young people and represent your area across the UK, gaining voluntary experience with various partner organisations. See EnvironmentJob website.  10th Feb
Ecologist / Senior Ecologist  NLG Ecology, Bollington, Cheshire. Full Time, permanent. Undertaking and managing a variety of field surveys and mitigation schemes, report writing and communicating to clients. See EnvironmentJob website.  11th Feb
Freelance Outdoor and Adventure Learning Tutors  Field Studies Council (FSC), Part time, fixed term. Various locations in Wales (inc Betwys-y-coed) and SW England. Previous experience of delivering adventure learning and / or academic fieldwork and general environmental education is essential. See EnvironmentJob website.  14th Feb
Seasonal Ecologists  EDP Limited. Shrewsbury, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Cirencester. Full Time, Fixed Term Contract. 6-8 month seasons, doing habitat and protected species surveys, providing Clerk of Works support, and assisting with data input, analysis, research and report writing. Supervised and supported expert ecologists, enabling you to gain valuable training and experience of survey methodologies, mitigation and best practice techniques required by the professional consultancy industry. See EnvironmentJob website.  Posted 14th January 
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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EDIE Lots of jobs, tending to high salaries.
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
Volunteers VREN welcomes enquiries from potential volunteers. Our local knowledge and contacts mean we know a range of opportunities in the area.
Please contact us for a chat using the 'Enquiry' button.
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
historical restoration, research and market gardening volunteering -
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.
Their offshoot, Changing Lives in Warrington, has opportunites for Repair Cafe Volunteers at their centre on Prince Henry Square, Cockhedge Centre, Warrington, to help reuse/recycle donated furniture. Any time between 10am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Contact Carol Halpin, carol.halpin[at]
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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Energy Industry Jobs
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Residential Volunteering (holidays with a difference)

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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