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We are recruiting 2 x Volunteer Project Officer (VPO)

for Practical Conservation Projects in Devon and Cornwall


Do you care about the world around you and want to do something to make a difference?

Would you like to share your passion for the environment with others?

Fancy working in the environmental sector, but don’t yet have the experience to land your dream job?


If so, then a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO) position with Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA) could be just the thing!  You could spend your time learning to teach people about the world around them and trying your hand at a variety of practical conservation skills such as hedgelaying, dry stone walling, and invasive species management as well as improving your wildlife ID skills. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills such as leadership and team-working, earn a training course such as Small Mammal Ecology or Brushcutter (Lantra), and best of all join a friendly, supportive, and enthusiastic team!

 Who is a Volunteer Project Officer (VPO)?

 They are people who offer a regular amount of time to work with PEA – preferably to dedicate at least 3 events per month for at least 6 months. These will be mainly weekend days, but may include weekdays depending on your availability. They help to organise and lead PEA’s projects, so that more people can get involved.


How will you benefit from becoming a VPO:

We aim to incorporate your interests and expertise with our needs as a conservation organisation. Working with volunteers to achieve a project is an incredibly fulfilling experience.

·       You can take advantage of one or more accredited training courses of your choice

·       You will be given responsibility and trusted alongside the PEA team

·       You will be supported by professional team members

·       Many of our Volunteer Officers have gone on to find employment in the environment/charity sector after their time volunteering with PEA.


VPO job roles

·       Organising and leading practical days

·       Pre-project planning: risk assessments, site surveys and communicating with land owners

·       Assisting a group of volunteers to complete a variety of conservation projects

·       Fundraising and promoting the organisation, e.g. through social media platforms and at public events

·       Training volunteers and potential Volunteer Officers


What we need from you:


·       A love of the environment and the enthusiasm to engage and support volunteers

·       Willing to spend time leading projects outdoors and sometimes in remote locations

·       Have time to dedicate at least 3 practical conservation events per month for a minimum of 6 months as well as attending monthly committee meetings.


·       Aged 21 years or over and have held a driving license for 2 years or more (clean car driving licence and/or D1 category licence)

·       Experience of leading groups of people through projects

·       Relevant qualification such as Countryside Management or Environmental Science.


Please send us your CV along with a brief covering letter describing why you would be a great Volunteer Officer at PEA, including information on how you meet our criteria listed above.