Volunteer Project Officer Vacancies!

We're excited to announce that we have two voluntary ROLE VACANCIES for Volunteer Project Officers at PEA! Check it out! Deadline for applications 6th March 2016! 

We are recruiting 2 x Volunteer Project Officers (VPO) - Unpaid

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 hedge laying, 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 & promoting the organisation, e.g. through social media platforms & 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(s) 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 Project Officer at PEA, including information on how you meet our criteria listed above.

Closing date for applications: Midnight 6th March 2016
Informal interviews will be held during the week of the 14th March 2016

Find out more about what PEA does:

Winter Foraging - January 30th 2016

Off to Lopwell Dam near Dartmoor we ventured for our 'Introduction to Foraging in Winter' workshop....

Most people would be thinking that there wouldn't be anything to forage in Mid Winter! Well, little did we know...

Arriving in the carpark, we admired the view across the Tamar river at high tide, followed by a cup of tea and some delicious flapjacks made by Chris.
Julz certainly enjoyed her cup of tea and the view!

Chris in his new PEA t-shirt! :)

Esther explained a few basics to the group such as making sure you respect wildlife, don't over-pick, and to abide by the countryside code, as well as a few warnings regarding poisonous plants and fungi.

The snowdrops were in full swing - looking beautiful!

Rosehips were gathered for tea (making sure to leave plenty for birds, mammals and insects!) - full of vitamin C!

Ribwort plantain and nettle - both great to eat as greens. Nettle great for tea, soups and stews (high in iron), and plantain also great for squeezing on cuts and grazes (antibacterial properties)

Cow parsley - a great spicy addition to the salad! Watch out - don't confuse with other poisonous umbellifers such as Water Dropwort!

Careful notes were made by the more studious! We loved the drawings!

Dilara with her freshly picked Cow Parsley! :)
Cleavers great in a salad or green vegetable as well! The 'seeds' can be used as a substitute to coffee (dry and then grind like coffee beans)

Primroses nearly ready to flower! Yay nearly Spring!

Gathering hedgerow greens for our soup lunch on the fire!

Arum Lily - NOT Edible (it's poisonous)

Rosebay Willowherb shooting up

Hogweed seeds for seasoning

Jasmine studying the leaf shape carefully

Garden escapeee - spurge - another NOT edible one! Exudes a white sap.

Time for kelly kettle - make a nice cup of Rosehip tea and get the soup on!

Leo learning to light a fire

Wild seasonings being added to the soup!

MMMmmmm - all the green goodness!!!

Robin keeping an eye out for any dropped crumbs. Love him.

Our faithful kelly kettle firing away!

Next, we crossed the dam at low tide to check out the fungi and woodland plants

Dilara took a rare shot of the photographer - usually he's on the other side, snapping away!


Wild daffodils

A kind of bracket fungus

More beautiful snowdrops

Kind Alfreds Cakes and Jelly Ear fungus