School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Jobs and Opportunities

This webpage is for job, volunteering and scholarship opportunities received by the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy). 

If you would like to advertise a job/opportunity on this page, please send details to


Job Opportunities

Posted July 29th 2014

Forestry Jobs

Forestry Commission England is offering three new trainee positions as part of a Forester Development Programme to bring on new Foresters to help support the future management of England’s Public Forest Estate. 

The posts will be permanent from the outset; however will involve a two year posting to Forest Districts (FD) within England to attain a broad range of Forester experience. At the end of the two years the successful candidates must be prepared, and expect to move location to fill permanent Forester positions. As a fully qualified Forester the post holder will move to Operational Pay, which essentially provides additional salary to cover the additional hours and on call demands of the Forester role.

Posted June 18th 2014


Pryor & Rickett Silviculture

We are a firm of forestry consultants providing specialist consultancy and management services to a wide range of private, charitable and public woodland owners.  Due to our expanding client base, the two Directors require a graduate to work as:


based at our Brampton Bryan Office.

Duties will include woodland management, GIS, mensuration, tree survey, grant applications, contract supervision, and harvesting and marketing.  Pryor & Rickett Silviculture operates to UKWAS standards and familiarity with certification standards is essential.

Remuneration package will include the private use of a company vehicle and entry into the company’s stakeholder pension scheme.

Application forms and more information on the role are available by contacting us at or on 01432 851311.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18th July 2014.

Visit us at

Posted June 17th 2014


Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR


(12 months Maternity Cover with the potential to become a permanent position)

REF: RES1401

Grade 6: Researcher.  Salary range: £22,675 - £27,855

The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint a Researcher who will report to the Senior Researcher – Agroecology. The post will work primarily on the European project ‘Towards Eco-Energetic Communities’ (TWECOM) that aims to develop short chain systems of harvesting biomass from existing landscape elements (e.g. hedgerows) for local energy use.  Research includes optimisation of the use of machinery and logistics for harvesting biomass from hedgerows, and evaluation of the impacts of the energetic use of hedgerows on their environmental and cultural values.  The post also involves working with the local community energy co-operative to establish a district woodfuel heating scheme on our farm near Newbury. The researcher will also contribute to a new European project (AGroFORestry that Will Advance Rural Development; AGFORWARD). In this project the post will set up and monitor participatory research with a range of stakeholders on silvoarable and silvopoultry farms as well as conducting policy and dissemination work.  The post will also support work within the rest of the Crops and Agroforestry programme including SOLID and CO-FREEfor which full training will be given.

Candidates should be educated to degree level (at least 2.1) in Forestry/Agricultural/ Biological/Ecological or related sciences or have equivalent experience to this level.  Knowledge and experience of agroecological systems research is required and an understanding of the statistical basis of trial design and analysis would be an advantage.  An interest in the environment and organic farming is desirable.  Good communication skills, both oral and written are essential.  The ability to work alone and to contribute to the work of teams is also important.

The post will be based at our Elm Farm offices near Newbury in Berkshire where we offer a friendly working environment and diverse day-to-day work. Some UK and EU travel will be needed and an ability to drive is essential.

Applications must be on an ORC application form.  Please quote reference RES1401.  Further details and the application pack can be obtained from the Organic Research Centre at or our website where further information on ORC can also be found.

The closing date for applications is 9am on 14th July 2014.  Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on 28th July 2014.

Posted June 10th 2014

Tesco - opportunity for Agriculture Graduate

My Job is:

To support the Agriculture Team in the delivery of the UK Agriculture strategy

To take day to day responsibility for the running of an agriculture sector

To utilise and build further my contacts within universities to help support the UK Agriculture roadmaps

Where I work:

I work for Head of Agriculture, as part of the UK Food Commercial Team.


What I do

  • In partnership with my manager I help deliver the long term strategy for Tesco with my sector of agriculture
  • Within my sector I manage the day to day interaction with the farming industry
  • I meet with farmers and processors that supply Tesco to explain and deliver our common objectives
  • I own and enforce Tesco Livestock codes of Practice for my sector of responsibility
  • As the most recent graduate within the UK Agriculture team I utilise and build contacts across universities to support where relevant the progression of the UK Agriculture strategy (science based research & development, industry contacts) and whilst TBC, a possible future progression plan for Agriculture Graduates at Tesco.
  • I work with the rest of the agriculture team to share learnings and best practice across species sectors
  • I support the team in profiling our strategy to customers, the general public and to the farming industry through the delivery of Agriculture Shows and Open Farm Sunday.
  • Where relevant I support the team in the analysis & collation of data for the submission of papers and Trust in Food documentation
  • On behalf of the Agriculture team I support in the delivery of an industry communication plan, including press activity to farmers & customers ensuring how and what we communicate has business approval and is kept up to date and at the forefront of change
  • Alongside the communication plan I, together with the Agri managers, start the process of building a database of relevant agricultural information that can be easily referenced by teams (commercial categories, technical, corporate & government affairs) across the business.


  • Knowledge of agriculture and farming
  • Degree in an Agriculture related subject (e.g. animal science, Farm business management, Agronomy etc)


  • Signs of strategic thinking
  • Tenacity & Drive
  • Change Management
  • Influencing skills
  • Stakeholder management
  • Collaborative & flexibility
  • Analysis & Decision Making

What I bring

  • Experience within the agriculture industry
  • Experience of delivering change
  • Building cross functional, sustainable relationships
  • Experience in finding creative solutions
  • Experience in innovating process


email a CV to



For 2014 Erddig is offering four new internships and we thought your clients, participants or students may be interested in one of these roles. The internships are all for 3 months, 15 – 20 hours a week, accommodation is provided onsite.

This is an opportunity for people looking to gain work experience across different areas of work within the Trust. The internship will be attached to a particular project or area of work, and will give the opportunity to develop skills and experience in this area. The Trust has a commitment to support the personal development of individuals who volunteer with us through the internship programme, recognising the importance of work experience to future career development.

The deadline for applications is Friday 11th July 2014. Those interested should email their CV and a covering letter explaining why they would like to be considered for the opportunity to before this date. My details are also below should you have any further questions. Interviews will be held at the end of July.

Kind regards,


Laurel Smith
Volunteer and Community Involvement Officer
The National Trust
LL13 0YT
Tel: - 01978 315179
Email: -


Posted June 2nd 2014

Graduate Trainee Dairy Farm Advisor



This Graduate Trainee position will involve advising dairy farms and dairy farmers, throughout Cheshire, Shropshire and NE Wales. Provided with full training as you would expect from a market leader the role will involve helping dairy farmers throughout the area with their overall business management including cashflows, budgets etc, as well as providing them with technical advice on nutrition, forage, etc. The role will also involve getting involved in dairy farm project work funded by DEFRA, as well as providing knowledge transfer through farmer groups and farmer meetings. 


A market leading company that specialize in providing business advice and technical advice to dairy farmers throughout the UK.


• Degree in Agriculture.

• Able to manage high levels of responsibility

• Able to deal at a range of levels.

• Possesses high levels of motivation.

• Good understanding of UK agriculture.

• Looking or a long-term career with a company.


Highly competitive basic salary, commission levels and overall benefits package.

Please email your CV to


We thank all applicants who respond, but please be advised that only those short listed for interview will be contacted.

Agricultural Recruitment Specialists are a highly prestigious recruitment agency, with a strong focus on positions, within the agricultural, farming, equestrian, horticultural and rural sectors.  Please visit to see more of our positions.”

See the job here:

Posted May 21st

Gweler isod hysbyseb am ddwy swydd o fewn Cynllun Datblygu Conwy sydd nawr yn y parth cyhoeddus.   

Gwerthfawrogwn petaech yn lledaenu’r neges yma ar draws eich rhwydweithiau.

Dilynwch y linc am fanylion y ddwy swydd:

Swyddog Adnoddau Adnewyddadwy (Cyf: REQ338)

Swyddog Datblygu’r Prosiect Cynllun Datblygu Gwledig (Cyf: REQ381)

Please find below a link to two vacancies within Conwy Rural Development Programme 

Please follow the following links for further information:

Renewable Resource Officer

Rural Development Plan Project Development Officer (Ref: REQ381)

Diolch / Thank you

Posted May 19th

Project Officer Argyll & Trossachs – Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels

Part-time/21 hours per week

£21k to £24k pro rata depending on experience

Based at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park HQ in Balloch

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates and Red Squirrel Survival Trust, with support from local people across Scotland, are implementing a major project to help conserve Scotland's red squirrel population.

Employed by SWT, the successful candidate will oversee work to reduce the threats to red squirrel populations in the Argyll and Trossachs area, by co-ordinating an established programme of grey squirrel control, managing squirrelpox surveillance and volunteer delivery of distribution surveys, and collating data to facilitate evaluation of project methods.

Working in partnership with land and estate managers and local volunteer groups, the Project Officer will provide management advice to landowners, co-ordinate grey squirrel population control and manage the activities of a grey squirrel control officer.

A key part of the job will be to encourage communities of landowners and local people to take greater responsibility for delivering ongoing protection for red squirrels in the long-term. 

Applicants will hold a degree or equivalent vocational qualification in countryside management or related discipline, and demonstrate species conservation management experience, ideally with practical experience of mammal and woodland management.

Experience of working with the public, volunteer groups, private landowners and conservation agencies along with excellent interpersonal, presentation and organisational skills are essential.

This post requires working in remote locations in challenging environments.  A project vehicle will be provided therefore a current driving licence is essential.


For further information and an application form please email: or see

Closing date for applications:  Friday 13 June 2014.  Interviews: Week beginning 30 June 2014.


Reading University Lecturer

We are looking to recruit a new lecturer in Agricultural Business Management at Reading. Details on our website at:

Posted May 15th

Agricultural Workshop Service Engineers & Agricultural Field Service Engineers
Location: Whetstone, Peterborough, Kidlington and Leighton Buzzard Depots
Watling JCB Limited are an equal opportunities employer and wish to recruit a self motivated and enthusiastic individuals to the posts of Construction and Agricultural Service Engineers within our Service Departments.

Successful candidates will be responsible to the Service Supervisor and must be customer focused, organised, possess excellent mechanical and technical knowledge, good IT and literacy skills and experience within the same or similar industry and works well within a team environment.  

Ideally you will have experience of working within a busy environment a good knowledge of computers, laptop diagnostics and PDA units is preferred but not essential as training will be given. 

A competitive package and benefits offered.

If you are interested in this position please click apply to send your CV straight through to the direct employer of this vacancy.

Posted May 7th 2014


is currently looking graduates and work experience students in Wales, with an interest in woodland management, forestry or tree surgery.  

Welsh language skills would be useful and a full driving licence is essential.  Anyone interested should email     


Andrew Bronwin & Co Ltd

Chartered Foresters & Surveyors

Bryn Celyn, Park Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6AB

Tel: 01597 825900    Fax: 01597825550   Email:

Assistant Forestry Manager, Mid Wales


Andrew Bronwin & Co Ltd is a forestry management company based in mid Wales. Our work includes the management of woodland on traditional estates, for commercial investors, timber harvesting and marketing and new planting.

We are seeking a recent forestry graduate, or someone close to graduation, who wants to learn the tools of the trade. The work is interesting and varied and the job is an ideal opportunity for someone who is keen and hard working to gain invaluable experience.

There will be an organised training programme with experienced foresters as well as opportunities to deliver work programmes.

The job will be located in Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

To apply please send you CV to by 2nd June 2014

Posted April 29th 2014

Assistant Arboricultural Consultant Required
Our business is growing & so we are recruiting an Assistant Arboricultural Consultant to join our team in York.
You will be carrying out BS 5837 tree surveys, drafting tree survey reports & carrying out Arboricultural Impact Assessments. Opportunities exist to support our wider consultancy work. This post offers interesting & rewarding opportunities & the potential to contribute to & be part of the future success of our expanding business.
Candidate Profile
 A degree in Arboriculture, Forestry or similar
 Membership of the Arboricultural Association &/or Institute of Chartered Foresters
 Excellent tree & shrub and pest & disease identification skills and knowledge
 Working Knowledge of BS 5837:2012/experience of trees & development
 AutoCAD & ArcGIS familiarity/willingness to learn
 High attention to detail & excellent report writing skills
 Full driving licence & use of own car for business
We are looking for a Candidate who is:
 Motivated, highly organised & commercially aware
 Prepared to work flexibly & independently- including working away from home
Job Offer
Enviroscope are offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience. You will be supported in your new role through on-the-job training & mentoring; together with ongoing CPD opportunities. The post is offered as a one year contract initially; with potential for extension.
To apply for the post please request application details by emailing or write to us at York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, York, YO30 4AG. Deadline for applications is Friday 30 May 2014.
Please visit our new website for more information about our company.


Agriculture Graduate Job opportinity

This market leading company is looking for a Trainee Graduate Agricultural Economics Analyst based in the West Midlands (or who will relocate)due to growth. This trainee graduate role will involve analysing agricultural market sectors and communicating information on supply, demand and prices. They will provide thorough training and this is an excellent opportunity fro a graduate looking to quickly accelerate their career growth.
A market leader in agricultural market analysis.

  • Comfortable in a numeric perspective/economics.
  • Agricultural knowledge. 
  • Able to analyse and communicate data effectively.
  • Well presented.
  • Dynamic.
  • Highly enthusiastic.
Circa £19,000 - £28,000 basic, (Dependent upon experience)  plus excellent benefits package and fantastic opportunities for career progression.
Please email your CV to

previous postings....

Education Assistant

If you love the environment and want to improve your chances of getting a job in environmental education, then a placement-year with the FSC at Juniper Hall might be for you.
Benefits of a placement at Juniper Hall:
 Valuable work experience in environmental educational
 A chance to develop work-skills in a highly-respected organisation
 Understanding of how to develop courses that are relevant to schools and colleges
 Experience of excellent customer care
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday April 16th 2014
Interviews are scheduled to take place at Juniper Hall Field Centre on: Wednesday 23rd April 2014
Please see our website for further details on this post.
Or, contact Cian Gill at Juniper Hall at for more information regarding this post


Assistant Development Manager – Potential for Job Share 

Coigach - Assynt Living Landscape Partnership


Salary:                 £24,000 pa

Location:           Lochinver, Sutherland

Hours:                 35 per week

Term:                  14 months contract

Following the successful £3million Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), on behalf of the Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape Partnership, is now looking to appoint an Assistant Development Manager to help develop Stage 2 of this groundbreaking initiative, which will begin to restore Coigach and Assynt’s magnificent natural habitats and archaeological heritage through the HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS).

Working closely with the 12 local partners you will assist the Development Manager to shape the 35 project ideas already identified into deliverable, fully-funded projects ranging from £1k - £500k. You will undertake the day to day administration of the project and assist with the production of finance and progress reports to the board, HLF and SWT.  You will also assist with the production of, and collating the information required for, the written Stage 2 submission to HLF.


You will have excellent administration and financial management skills, be a first class communicator and show a flair for diplomacy.   Additionally, you will have knowledge of nature conservation and a sound understanding of rural community issues in Scotland.  Importantly, you will have the enthusiasm and initiative to make things happen.

Applicants should be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline, self-motivated and with experience in partnership working, environmental and / or community projects.

The position has the potential to be filled on a job share basis, please state on your application whether you wish to be considered on this basis.


For further information and an application form visit:, email, or contact the HR Manager, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Harbourside House, 110 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6NF, tel 0131 312 7765

Closing date:     12 noon, Friday 21st March 2014

Interviews:          Week beginning 31st March 2014


Posted 15.01.14

The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project

a research and conservation organisation working in Indonesian Borneo to protect the Sabangau rainforest, home to the world's largest population of orangutans and of Southern Bornean gibbons.

We are currently seeking a Communications Manager as well as recruiting for a number of intern positions.

More information can be found at

Any further questions should be sent to

Posted 06.01.14

UPM Tilhill, Stirling, Scotland,

Award-winning forestry and harvesting company UPM Tilhill is on the hunt for candidates with drive, passion and enthusiasm who are interested in joining one of the industry’s leading graduate programmes.

UPM Tilhill, which is at the forefront of the UK forestry management and timber harvesting industry, is looking for recent forestry graduates, or those studying for a degree in forestry or related subjects such as land management, environmental studies or horticulture, to join the graduate scheme. The company now has a number of places available on the three-year programme.

Successful applicants are assigned to a district office or business stream where they learn every aspect of that area, including shadowing highly experienced colleagues. They are then put on rotating placements around the country and across business streams, enabling them to build up their knowledge.

The company encourages all its employees to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a global market leader. These can include exchange programmes to learn about forestry in other UPM companies around the world.

UPM Tilhill Managing Director George McRobbie said: “The forest industry is a fantastic career choice and UPM Tilhill is a superb company to work for. We are looking for graduates with drive, enthusiasm and passion. UPM Tilhill offers all its employees a friendly and challenging work environment with good personal and career development opportunities.”

Whether you’re a recent graduate or studying for your degree, find out more about graduate opportunities at UPM Tilhill by visiting , or contacting the Head of HR, Geraldine Buchanan, on 01786 435000 or .

UPM Tilhill, established more than 60 years ago, is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK. UPM Tilhill is the UK’s largest forest management and timber harvesting company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor.  Further information is available at


Volunteering/Placement Opportunities

Posted May 13th 2014

'China Energy Trip'

would like to invite university students to participate our coming China Energy Trip in this summer.

China Energy Trip aims to bring together young people who are interested in energy, green development and international cooperation. Through this journey, we intend to provide a suitable platform for ideas exchange between scholars and young professionals from different countries, in order to foster mutual understanding and develop open dialogues on both climate change and energy issues in China. So far, we have successfully held four sessions of China Energy Trip, welcoming up to 80 students from top universities such as MIT, Harvard, Oxford.

China Energy Trip is held by Youth Lead (Youth Leadership for Global Sustainability). Youth Lead is a leadership platform designed to offer the young generation the opportunity to shape the world for the better. We believe by improving their understanding, raising their ambition and strengthening their capability would we be able to achieve our vision of a low carbon world of opportunity and prosperity for youths and by youths.

In 2014, we will offer three modules for participants. Module A (June 18th - July 1st, 2014, Beijing) provides participants a great opportunity to be able to visit local industries, prestigious universities, successful companies and famous tour sites including the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, and the Great Wall.. Module B (July 8th - 21st, 2014, Guizhou Province, Beijing) offers participants a chance to participate in the Eco Forum Global Guiyang (2014) and enjoy the landscape as well as culture in Guizhou Province and in Guiyang University. Module C (August 11th - 22nd, 2014, Beijing) would let participants take courses in Peking University, visit local research and investigation institutes and environment NGOs,

Facing global warming and an impending energy crisis, global awareness of the need to transfer to a low-carbon economy to tackle climate change is higher than ever before.

As the world’s second largest economy, China accounts for a significant proportion of global fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. How will the world’s most populous nation deal with climate change? How is China developing its clean energy industry? How will China’s domestic realities on the ground affect future energy consumption patterns and policy? These pressing issues inspire participants with tools and experience to gain an insight into each of them and more.

Our team are passionate about what we do, working all year round to make considerate preparations for the program. Through planning, organizing and by utilizing our network of industry and local experts, we aim to ensure every participant with the most educational and inspirational China Energy Trip possible. We expect to welcome you to China and embark on an adventure together.

The project is open to people from all countries, with different backgrounds, and participants are free to choose more than one module.

The team from China Energy Trip would be truly delighted to welcome participants from your University and your energy club!

The brochure and application form have been attached to this e-mail. You could also download here:

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the following address:

Or contact with us on Facebook

Posted April 23rd 2014

'Edge of Africa' Volunteering Opportunities

EDGE of AFRICA is a non-government South African organisation (founded in 2007 by Dayne Davey) offering international volunteers the opportunity to visit the country and contribute to our communities and environment. Our main branch is located in Knysna, South Africa.
•We don't receive any funding from the government or any other organisations and rely solely on the goodwill and hard work of our team members; and the financial contribution of participating volunteers
•Our organisation not only helps satisfy some dire needs in the South African communities and environment, but also offers volunteers the opportunity to experience a mixture of races, cultures and traditions, while learning incomparable lessons on life and understanding the value of giving.
•Our dedication to developing ethical and sustainable projects and providing excellent service has paid off - we've won the 2013 Lilizela Imvelo award for Sustainable Development; the 2010 Welcome Awards in the tour operator category; and have also been voted in the top four of South Africa's leading conservation companies by the World Travel Awards since 2008.
For more information about EDGE of AFRICA’s Volunteer Initiatives and Research opportunities please contact
For General Enquiries/Bookings please contact
You can also visit our website at

Posted March 13th 2014

The British Exploring Society are recruiting amongst those graduating this summer for 2015 expeditions

"The Objective of the Society is to advance the education of young people by providing inspirational and challenging scientific expeditions to remote, wild environments and so promote the development of their confidence, teamwork, leadership and spirit of adventure and exploration."

Posted March 11th 2014

Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project Jungle Volunteers

Join our volunteer group in 2014, in the home of the orangutan, the Sabangau forest in Indonesian Borneo. Develop key biodiversity survey skills and connect with others.

Our first 2014 group is now full but we have spaces remaining for our 7 September - 25 October group. Visit to apply. These places will be attributed on a first come first serve basis so apply early to avoid missing out on your primates!

The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project is looking for volunteers to help with our conservation and research work in 2014. There will be two expedition groups in 2014, and Group 1 is already full so make sure to get your application in soon (details on how to apply found below).

OuTrop is a research and conservation organisation based in the Sabangau forest in the heart of Indonesian Borneo, home to the world’s largest populations of orangutans and Southern Bornean gibbons. 

Volunteers join us for seven weeks to gain first-hand experience of a tropical forest environment, working alongside enthusiastic Indonesian researchers, and receiving practical training in field survey skills and project planning. Our volunteer placements are challenging, rigorous and fully-participative. You’ll also be bound to see some of the incredible wildlife that inhabits this special part of the world, from sun bears to flying lizards and of course the charismatic orangutan in its natural habitat. 

Volunteers also have the opportunity to travel to at least one other field site on expedition for a few days, where you will put into practice the survey skills you have learned.

Each year we offer a limited number of students the opportunity to carry out their own research projects for their BSc or MSc dissertations. Many of our previous volunteers have returned as long-term research assistants or gone on to careers and further research in biodiversity conservation.

OuTrop works at the forefront of primate research in tropical forest environments. We are affiliated to the Indonesian University of Palangka Raya, and British universities of Oxford, Leicester and Exeter. We carry out scientific research on many aspects of orangutan, gibbon and red langur ecology and on tropical peat-swamp forest biodiversity, productivity, regeneration and restoration ecology.

To apply and find out more, visit our website, or e-mail

Regular updates on our work in the field can also be found on our project blog And you can follow us at and

Matt Williams, Communications Manager

The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project


Posted 4th March 2014

Volunteering Opportunity

Over The Wall, a national UK children’s charity provide free of charge Therapeutic Recreation camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, reach beyond the perceived limitations of illness to rediscover a whole new world of possibilities. Through participation in a proven programme of fun-filled recreational and educational activities, our camps help promote inclusion whilst developing the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and peer relationships of all our campers.

We give children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering, in a physically safe and medically sound environment.

OTW are currently reaching out to students to highlight the range of opportunities available with OTW. We’re looking for those interested in a number of things including, but not limited to, teaching, games, music, arts and crafts, drama, photography, welfare and the environment. I’m hoping to show how you might use your skills and interests in a way you had never considered before.

Our volunteers exist to care for campers, and give them respite from a world normally filled with hospital visits and medication, so if you’re interested in using your talents to help create some camp magic then please do head to or contact Fiona Cook, Volunteer Support Administrator on or 02392 477 110

Exploring Glaciers

Brathay Exploration Group - are currently recruiting for our 2014 expeditions and one in particular - Exploring Glaciers. The expedition is set on and around the Jostedal Icecap, Norway and involves a 5 day glaciers skills training course, where members learn to use ice axes and crampons, do crevasse rescues, and spend 2 days walking up a glacier and staying at it top before walking back down. This training is then followed by a week exploring the Josteldalen National Park whilst developing their mountaineering skills, learning how the landscape and the glaciers within it are changing as a result of climate change.

The expedition is run in conjunction with the Field Studies Council and the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Members of this expedition will then be able to progress on to our Glaciers and Climate Change expedition in 2015, which surveys Tunsbergdalsbreen, the largest outlet glacier of the Jostel Icecap, to determine its response to current climate change. Our 2015 Greenland expedition which will carry out glaciological monitoring (still in development) may also be of interest.

For more information, please go to: Exploring Glaciers and download and Information Pack.
my email address, and the website address


Posted 17th February 2014


Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies  (June 4-20)
Study, SCUBA dive, & snorkel on the Mexican Caribbean Coast.

Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies
(July 13-29, Aug 7-23)
        Study, hike, & camp in the the Rocky Mountains.

* Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research.

* Earn 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.
* Apply your classroom/textbook learning while immersed in an incredible & active ecosystem setting!

* Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program *

* Conducted by Ecosystem Field Studies*

For detailed course info visit:

For any further questions email Steve Johnson, Course Director at        


Ridge to Reef expeditions

I am working for a small NGO in Belize and we are currently developing a new volunteering program - similar to ones you may have heard of such as

Operation Wallacea and Frontier - but with no office outside of Belize and already established programs run by local staff - it promises to give

volunteers a really hands on, authentic conservation experience, for very competitive prices.


I've included a link here to some information about the program, which has a link to an online brochure.


Posted 15th January 2014

Volunteers needed for Sea Turtle Conservation Work in Greece

For more than thirty years ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been conducting conservation projects on the major nesting grounds of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Greece. The activities mainly involve sea turtle and nest protection, habitat management, rehabilitation, public awareness and environmental education.

Further information on all of our projects and instructions on how to participate can be found on our website,

Posted: 26 June 2013

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Travelling Fellowships.  Available to all British citizens.  Return travel and daily living expenses.  Typically 4-8 weeks.

Posted: 28 November 2012

British Exploring Society:

Trainee Leader Programme in Namibia or Northern Norway

University Fieldwork Programme in the Indian Himalayas

Empty Quarter 2014 Gap Year Expedition to Oman


Scholarships and Other Opportunities

Posted July 8th 2014

PhD studentship.

Topic: Comparative life history and plant demography.

Supervisors: Owen Jones and Johan Dahlgren

We are seeking a PhD candidate to work on plant population biology, life history, and the demography of aging. These are fundamental topics in theoretical evolutionary biology and ecology but also have broad applications in population management and conservation biology. The project will involve comparative analyses of population matrix models, field data collection and analysis within ongoing long-term individual-based demographic studies, and laboratory work to collect anatomical and herb-chronological data.

The successful candidate will have an interest in life history evolution and plant population biology, and an excellent academic record with an undergraduate and/or master’s degree in biological sciences, ecology, or related field. An interest in quantitative methods, including statistical modelling or population matrix modelling is essential. Experience of biological fieldwork and lab work, and knowledge of plant anatomy, is desirable.

The position will ideally start on 1st September 2014. It will provide experience and training in cutting edge quantitative methods (including matrix and integral projection modelling and phylogenetic comparative methods), field and laboratory methods, and evolutionary demography.

This fully-funded position is based at the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging (MaxO) and Department of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark in the vibrant city of Odense in Denmark.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter in PDF format to both Owen Jones ( and Johan Dahlgren (

We encourage interested parties to contact us informally if they require more information.

Application deadline August 1st 2014.


Posted July 3rd 2014

UCD Forestry Masters Scholarship
University College Dublin, Ireland
SIMWOOD Project – Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood
There is much unused wood potential in European forests. Most of this is 'locked' in forests that belong
to an estimated 16 million private forest owners. The SIMWOOD project aims to increase the
mobilisation of wood from forests in Europe in a collaborative and sustainable way. The project is part
funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.
UCD Forestry would like to recruit a Masters candidate to conduct research into understanding the
socio‐economic factors that influence forest owners’ decision‐making processes with respect to wood
mobilisation. Applications are sought from highly motivated individuals who have an excellent academic
Selection Criteria
 Very good oral and written communication skills in English.
 A clean driving licence is also required.
 A primary degree or equivalent in forestry, land‐use management, or social science.
 A first class primary degree or equivalent.
 The successful candidate should be capable of independent research and team work.
We offer
The Masters Scholarship will be €22,000 per annum for two years. The study will commence as soon
as possible. After tuition fees have been deducted (€6,000 for EU students in 2014/15), the
remainder of the scholarship will be paid as a tax‐free stipend.
Application process
Applicants should submit, by email, indicating the post for which they are applying, a letter outlining
why they are interested in the research topic, their suitability for the position, a full curriculum vitae
(including the names, addresses and emails of two referees) to Dr Áine Ní Dhubháin at UCD Forestry: Please also indicate where you first saw this post advertised.
Additional Information
Additional information about the SIMWOOD project can be found at: www.simwood‐ or
by contacting Dr Áine Ní Dhubháin at UCD Forestry: Phone +3531(0)17167755;

UCD Forestry - Masters Scholarship
University College Dublin, Ireland

FastForests Project – Impacts of faster growing forests on raw material properties with
consideration of the potential effects of a changing climate on species choice
The aims of FastForests are to: (i) identify ways of protecting future wood supplies under a
changing climate, (ii) improve raw material allocation approaches and increase efficiency of
wood utilisation, and (iii) ascertain societal and stakeholder perceptions of faster-growing
forests and their products. FastForests is a multidisciplinary collaboration between UCD and
NUI Galway in Ireland and several other institutions based in France and Germany. The
research in Ireland is being funded from 2014-2017 by the Department of Agriculture, Food
and the Marine (DAFM).
Two Masters projects will be funded as part of this research, as follows:
MSc 1. The potential impact of forest intensification on the quality of timber and its end use.
The student will assess the wood quality of trees prior to mill processing in stands that differ
in the level of intensification applied. The post-processing wood quality attributes will be
assessed in a separate study carried out by NUIG.
MSc 2.The potential impact of forest intensification on forest productivity and wood
mobilisation under different climate change scenarios.
The student will analyse forest productivity, using existing growth and yield models, for
alternative species and provenance choices, and silviculture and forest management systems.
Target tree sizes and quality classes, as required by industry, will guide the intensification
trajectories. Ecological Site Classification software will be used to assess species suitability
and productivity under climate change scenarios.
Applications are sought from highly motivated individuals who have an excellent academic
record (preferably a first class primary degree or equivalent) in forestry (both posts), wood
science (MSc 1), mathematics (MSc 2) or closely related disciplines.
Support will also be required for reporting to the funding agency, DAFM, participation in the
preparation of publications, and presentation of research at scientific meetings, as required by
the senior researchers on the project, though these activities will be a minor component of the
The Masters Scholarship will be €22,000 per annum for two years. The study will commence
as soon as possible. After tuition fees have been deducted (€6,000 for EU students in
2014/15), the remainder of the scholarship will be paid as a tax-free stipend.
Because of a significant requirement for field sampling, it will be necessary for the candidate
to have a full driving licence.
Applicants should submit, by email, indicating the post for which they are applying, a letter
outlining why they are interested in the research topic, their suitability for the position, a full
curriculum vitae (including the names, addresses and emails of two referees) to: Dr Conor
O’Reilly ( Please also indicate where you first saw this post advertised.
Closing date: 31st July 2014

Posted June 6th 2014

Trees in the Farmed Environment MRes Studentship 

Closing Date: Tuesday 01 July 2014 
Interview Date: To be confirmed 
Reference: WT2-JW 
Applications are invited for a 12 month fully-funded studentship for a research Masters degree (MRes) 
Research Project Title: Evaluating the Role of Trees on Farms (Supervisor: Jim Waterson; Funded by Woodland Trust). 
Applications should be made through the Harper Adams University website: 
where further details of the project can be found.The deadline for uploading completed applications is 9 am UK time Tuesday, 1 July 2014. The studentship will start on 15 September 2014. Interviews will take place at Harper Adams University for shortlisted UK applicants, and by Skype for shortlisted applicants from other countries. 
Further information can be found on Harper Adams University at<>and on Negotiated Studies MRes at 
For informal enquiries on general aspects of research degrees at HAU, applicants may contact Mrs Viv Slann, Research Students Administrator (<>). For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the Supervisor named above through the staff directory: 
The studentship includes tuition and bench fees and a stipend of ?13,500. 
Applicants from both EU and non-EU countries are eligible for stipend and fees. Applicants will normally be expected to hold a bachelors degree with a first or upper second class or a high GPA in an appropriate subject. 
A minimum level of competency in English is required. International applicants need to be classed as an overall grade 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component using the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or PTE score. 

Posted March 31st

Funded Forestry PhD


PhD funded by the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Forestry Trust

An essential part of the continued evolution of MOSES_GB is the development of regeneration and early growth models for Sitka spruce and other species likely to be introduced (either as natural regeneration or though ‘enrichment planting’) during the transformation of Sitka spruce stands.  The primary aim of this PhD project is to develop, incorporate and test a regeneration sub-model compatible with MOSES_GB.  The sub-model will be suitable for simulating the pattern of regeneration and early growth of Sitka spruce and other tree species including Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar and various true firs (Abies spp.).

The project will be supervised by Christine Cahalan, Senior Lecturer in Silviculture and Genetics, in collaboration with Tom Jenkins of Forest Research.  Fieldwork will be a major component of the research but there will be flexibility about its balance between North Wales and the rest of Britain.  The student will join a thriving research group in Bangor working across the disciplines of tropical and temperate forestry, climate change and biogeochemistry.  The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography has 25 academic staff and around 60 PhD students (for whom our membership of the network with six other leading European universities, and strategic partnerships with major tropical research institutions, including CATIE in Central America and the World Agroforestry Centre, are key institutional strengths).  Our research foci are: the ecology, conservation and sustainable management of global forest and agricultural ecosystems; plant and soil science; climate change and carbon accounting.

During the PhD the student will gain skills in forest inventory and in the analysis and modelling of inventory data and data derived from silvicultural and other field experiments.  A strong academic record (1st or 2.1 degree and/or relevant MSc degree) and existing experience in ecological fieldwork, computing and statistics will all be advantageous.

This is a full-time, three-year studentship covering tuition fees and stipend for UK and other EU nationals. The starting date is 1st July 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.  International students are welcome to apply but would be responsible for paying the difference between UK / EU and international tuition fees. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Christine Cahalan ( in the first instance.  To apply, please send a CV and covering letter with contact details for two referees by email to the principal supervisor, Dr Christine Cahalan.  Closing date for applications: 31st May 2014.


Farming Scholarship

Llyndy Isaf is a 614 acre upland livestock unit in the Nant Gwynant Valley, Snowdonia owned by the National Trust Eryri. The Llyndy Isaf Scholarship is a partnership between National Trust Eryri and Wales YFC which gives a Wales YFC member the opportunity to run the farm for a year. We are now beginning the recruitment process for the second Scholar and are looking for an enthusiastic member who would like to develop their skills and broaden their experience in the agricultural industry by taking on this exciting opportunity.

More information is also available on the Wales YFC website

Please note the two Open Days at Llyndy Isaf which will be a great opportunity to learn more about the farm and the scholarship.

Posted March 4th 2014

Funded Scholarships

Edinburgh Napier University has 13 industrial funded scholarships available on its MSc Timber Engineering; for the September 2014 start.


The course is the only one of its kind in the UK and our scholarships are a new initiative aimed at addressing a long-acknowledged skills gap in the sector. The MSc is an accredited 'Technical' Masters and covers topics such as:  analysis & design of timber structures, project management and sustainable building design.

Prospective students will receive £3750 towards course costs; with five of the 13 available scholarships also offering a one-off sum to help cover living costs.

Posted Feb 19th

Horticultural Development Company’s (HDC) generous Final Year Undergraduate Bursary scheme is now open for applications until 31 March 2014.

  • £4,500 per student is available. Up to 10 bursaries are available
  • Open to undergraduate students on courses involving a placement year in industry 2014 – 2015
  • Placement year in industry must be strongly horticulture related

Now in its second year and open for applications from undergraduates on courses ranging from agriculture to zoology to chemistry, any undergraduate is eligible as long as their course incorporates an industry placement year during 2014 – 2015, and the placement is in a horticultural business, research establishment or advisory company.

Any student on a UK based undergraduate degree that includes an industry placement linked to horticulture is eligible to apply. For more information visit our Bursary page or email

Wishing your students the best of luck with their applications.

Jon Knight

Head of Research and Development, HDC

Switchboard: 02476 692051

Posted 17th Feb 2014

PhD opportunities in Belgium

four PhD positions in the framework of the project entitled 'FORBIO Climate - Adaptation potential of biodiverse forests in the face of climate change'.

Project outline:
Climate change is expected to have a large impact on the distribution, composition and functioning of forest ecosystems worldwide due to
the limited migration and adaptation potential of trees. Creating resistant and resilient forests is thus a key challenge for forest
management. It has been suggested recently that epigenetic mechanisms may increase the capacity of trees to survive in a changing
environment, but the extent and importance of these mechanisms in seedlings and saplings are still unknown. Research has also shown
that more biodiverse ecosystems are better buffered against disturbances, e.g. because of complementary resource use and lower
susceptibility to pest and pathogen attacks. Yet, these studies were predominantly performed in grasslands. More insight into the adaptive
capacity of trees – in their consecutive life stages (from seedling to adult) - and forests to climate change is thus badly needed.
FORBIO Climate wants to scrutinize the adaptive capacity of tree species and predict the future performance of tree species in Belgium
under different scenarios of climate change. The project will focus on oak (Quercus robur/petraea) and beech (Fagus sylvatica), two tree
species with high ecological and economic significance in Belgium (and Europe). FORBIO Climate will capitalize upon two unique research
infrastructures available in Belgium, i.e. the FORBIO experimental sites (see: and the Observational
Biodiversity Platform, to test the following hypotheses: (1) epigenetic inheritance mechanisms can increase the adaptive capacity of trees
to climate change during the reproduction stage; (2) across subsequent tree development stages, tree performance in more biodiverse
forests is more resistant and resilient to climate change.

Our offer:
· We offer a Ph.D. scholarship for two years, that will be extended for two more years after a positive evaluation.
· Tentative starting date is 1 April 2014.
· Send your CV, summary of study grades, a motivation letter and the names of two referees by email before March 3, 2014 to
the principal investigators of the respective WPs / PhDs


Posted 7th February 2014

Envision brings together UK researchers with 44 industry and NGO partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Lancaster University is leading the initiative which brings together the Universities of Nottingham and Bangor, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research. The initiative also involves large multinationals, a large number of SMEs and international research centres.

Students will benefit from: broad research themes, access to leading world experts, close ties with business, relevant work experience and leadership training.

Envision will recruit 12 PhD students per year for the next five years - starting from October 2014.

Envision Doctoral Training Programme


Posted: 12 February 2013

Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships


Graduate Loyalty Discount 2013

UK/EU 2013 Bangor graduates starting a full-time Masters degree at Bangor University this September will automatically be entitled to a £500 discount on the tuition fee for eligible Masters courses. More information...

Postgraduate Widening Access Bursaries

These awards are aimed specifically at widening access to full-time taught postgraduate Masters courses. Click here for more information.

MBA Environmental Management at Bangor University

Santander Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Scholarships

The Santander Group will be awarding a number of one year undergraduate and taught postgraduate scholarships to current Bangor University students. 

All studentships are for one year only and vary from £3,000 to £4,166.

Click here for further details and how to apply. 

GO Wales Graduate Training & Development Fund

Private sector small to medium sized businesses in Wales can apply for funding towards the cost of training their graduate-level* staff.

Further details...

Erasmus Mundus Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

Available to EU/UK and International students to study the MSc Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (SUFONAMA) and MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR) taught Masters degrees. Approximately 30 places are available annually.

More details are available at and

The application deadline is 1 December 2013 to start in autumn 2014.


Erasmus Mundus Research Scholarships

Available for UK/EU and International students studying the Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO) joint doctoral programme. The School is a member of the Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO) consortium of seven European institutions that offers a joint doctoral programme with funded scholarships.  For more information about the FONASO programme, see

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2013.  

Bangor FONASO contact: Dr Morag McDonald (


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