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Our previously advertised positions:

Conservation Leader x3

( Application closed March 3rd 2019 )


We are looking for three Conservation Leaders to join our team. We are looking for someone who:

·   Would like to gain leadership and wildlife conservation skills

·       Can dedicate a minimum of 1 day per month

·       Has a clean driving licence held for at least 2 years

Please read on for more details and how to apply:

Do you care about wildlife 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?

 A volunteer Conservation Leader position with Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA) could be just the thing you need to kick-start your career!  You will spend your time learning to teach people about the environment 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 expertise. You will gain excellent work experience that will be valued by employers, develop a range of transferable skills such as leadership and team-working, get a FREE training course such as Small Mammal Ecology or Brushcutter (Lantra), and best of all join a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic team!

What we are looking for in a Conservation Leader

A Conservation Leader is someone who can offer a regular amount of time to work with PEA, dedicating at least 1 event per month for at least 6 months. They are someone who is excellent at organising and leading conservation projects, is keen to fundraise for and promote the organisation, in addition to being a creative and adaptive person.

How you will benefit from becoming a Conservation Leader 

We aim to incorporate your interests and expertise with our needs as a conservation organisation. Working with a team of 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, trusted and supported by professional team members.

·       You will gain the experience and skills from working for a practical conservation organisation. Many of our Conservation Leaders have gone on to find employment in the environment/charity sector after their time volunteering with PEA.

Conservation Leader roles

·       Organising and leading practical days. These will be mainly weekend days, but may include weekdays depending on your availability.

·       Driving the minibus to and from the project site

·       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 future conservation leaders.

What we need from you


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

·       Willing to spend time leading projects outdoors (sometimes in remote locations).

·       Have time to dedicate at least 1 practical conservation event (Saturday or Sunday) per month for a minimum of 6 months

·       Be able to communicate with and connect well with others

·       Have held a driving license for at least 2 years (clean car driving licence).


·       Have time available during the week (can be evenings) for administration tasks.

·       Practical Conservation experience.

·       Experience managing groups of people.

·       Relevant qualification such as in Countryside Management, Biological or Environmental Science.

·       Be able to attend monthly committee meetings.

Please send us your CV along with a brief covering letter describing why you would be a great Conservation Leader.

Deadline: By midnight 3rd March 2019. Interviews are planned for the second week of March.

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