Celtic Rainforest LIFE Project - Practical Work Party Volunteers

An opportunity to help protect the special and valuable habitat of the Celtic Rainforests. This role involves practical woodland management tasks across various locations in mid and west Wales.

Tuesday 11 May 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Various locations

What we're looking for

If you like getting your hands dirty and love the great outdoors, whatever the weather, then this could be just the ticket! As a volunteer for the Celtic Rainforest Wales project, you will be helping to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of these amazing ancient Atlantic oakwoods (Celtic Rainforests). Typical tasks include coppicing, scrub removal, vegetation management, invasive species removal, ditch clearing and lots more! All tasks are vital to the protection of these unique and precious woodlands meaning they can be enjoyed by many generations to come. The Celtic Rainforest LIFE Project is a 7-year EU/Welsh Government funded project aimed at restoring ancient Atlantic oak woodlands across 5 Special Areas of Conservation in north and mid-west Wales. Snowdonia National Park Authority are the lead partner, along with RSPB, The Woodland Trust, Dwr Cymru, The National Trust and Natural Resources Wales. The woodlands are currently in an unfavourable condition and are continuing to deteriorate. The spread of the Rhododendron ponticum (Rp) is primarily responsible for the deterioration, along with other factors such as over or under grazing, lack of habitat management, and the planting of non-native species in the past that can damage their ecology. For more information on the project, please visit our website: https://celticrainforests.wales/ Please note that opportunities to volunteer are all subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

The skills you need

Enthusiasm and an interest in conservation are important! No specialist skills are required though a good level of fitness and a desire to work outside (in all weather!) is essential. You must also enjoy working as part of a team. You will need to bring warm work clothes and waterproofs as well as wear sturdy footwear. Please also bring your own food and drink.

Your time

Until summer 2025
All year round

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to help with habitat management, become part of a small, friendly team and learn about the Celtic Rainforest Wales Project. You will gain valuable insight into why temperate rainforests are so valuable to these parts of Wales and why it is important to protect them. As a volunteer you can be confident you will be given the training and equipment you need for the role and be supervised, working alongside experienced volunteers and regular staff members. You will receive travel expenses and will be reimbursed, where agreed in advance (up to 25 miles radius). You will be protected by the same health and safety regulations as paid staff and most importantly, you will be involved in work that helps others understand and enjoy the Celtic Rainforests. You can volunteer as an individual or with a group, on a weekday or at the weekend. It can be a one-off day, or a regular commitment, it's completely up to you. We would love to have you on board and share with you the amazing work we are doing.

How to apply


Stephanie Bird, Various locations
Email: Stephanie.Bird@RSPB.ORG.UK


The safety and welfare of our workforce is paramount at all times, throughout the activities we will be following safe working practices to ensure our workplace is Covid-secure. All volunteers will be asked to complete a Covid-19 susceptibility assessment before volunteering , and this may result in you not being able to get involved in the short term until the Covid19 situation changes. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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