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Forestry England

Shadow Volunteer

We are looking for individuals who want to gain practical experience in the forestry sector and who are also interested in pursuing a career in conservation, community engagement and education, recreation, site management, or working with volunteers and the public. We particularly want to encourage people who may not have any experience of the forestry sector but can demonstrate a genuine interest and passion. Forestry England aims to engage with a diversity of interested people, through Shadow Volunteers, to give a taster of what it means to manage our magnificent forests and for our forests to benefit from the diverse range of skills, interests and knowledge you can bring too.


Nationwide, UK

Is the location accessible for those with physical disabilities or limited mobility?

Volunteering will be carried out throughout the area and so this will depend on the location.

Is the location accessible by public transport?

Yes, depending on location


Recruitment for March 2024 is open. Applications close on Sunday 7 January 2024.

Could this role be carried out virtually or through a hybrid volunteering model?


Is a criminal record check (DBS) required for this role?


Is a driving license required?


Are expenses covered?


What will you be doing?

Forestry England's Shadow Volunteer scheme puts successful applicants into the heart of managing the nation's forests. Supported by a beat team you will shadow and be mentored by an experienced member of staff as they carry out their day-to-day tasks. You will be given training and develop on-the-job skills and experience during your volunteer placement, which can run one to three days a week for a period of six months. As your placement comes to an end you will be given guidance and support in looking for and applying for employment in the forestry sector with new skills and valuable experience to support you.

What skills are required?

Will training be given or available?


Additional important information

More information available on their website

For further information on this opportunity and more please complete this form:

Alternatively email quoting the opportunity number stated below.


Conservation or Gardening

Volunteer Opportunity No.


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