Volunteering With Us

The Medway Valley Countryside Partnership (MVCP) currently supports over 40 volunteers through a range of volunteering opportunities.

RIVER WARDENS

River Warden Volunteers help us to keep the river paths clean and safe by regularly walking a set route and collecting litter. The River Wardens are our eyes and ears on the ground. They report pollution and fly-tipping, note wildlife sightings and collect litter.

The River Warden Volunteers work when they can so this volunteering opportunity is great for people with less time to commit to volunteering.

Currently supported by the Past Plants, Future Flora project, River Warden volunteers help to collect records and survey for invasive non-native plants.  With internal and external training opportunities, equipment such as gloves, bin bags, litter pickers and T-shirts provided, and with volunteer social occasions in the summer and at Christmas as a thank- you, the volunteers are fully supported by MVCP staff.

THURSDAY ACTION GROUP

Our Award Winning Thursday Action Group (TAG) are another essential part of of the Medway Valley Countryside Partnerships work.  The Thursday Action Group Volunteers help staff to deliver important conservation projects across our area. Projects are varied and include pond creation, building woodland steps and paths, wildlife gardening, hedge laying, tree planting, seed collecting and much more.

The Thursday Action Group Volunteers meet every Thursday throughout the year. Every Thursday the volunteers meet a member of Medway Valley Countryside Partnership staff either at the office or on the work site. Once at the site the project for the day is explained by the member of staff. Volunteers are allocated jobs to do throughout the day and are provided with all of the tools required to complete the project.

A TAG days always involves lots of tea and coffee breaks along with a good steady supply of biscuits! And twice a year the group meets for a social day out and BBQ in the summer or christmas lunch in the winter.

NEW ! TRAINEE OFFICER WITH PAID EXPENSES AND TRAINING BUDGET

We are looking for a trainee with enthusiasm to learn new skills in the countryside industry with a focus on environmental education, community engagement and marketing our services. The role will be to assist partnership officers to develop, coordinate and deliver a wide range of community engagement and education projects across north and west Kent. The successful candidate will work alongside partnership officers at MVCP and experience all aspects of our work.

Note that this is an unpaid part-time position designed to help people gain work experience and subsequently secure full time employment. However, it does come with a training budget and paid travel expenses. Hours are negotiable but we would anticipate the duration to be for 5 months on a three day a week basis starting in June 2017.

To discuss this post further please contact Mary Tate, Senior Partnership Officer at the MVCP office on 03000 414833 mary.tate@kent.gov.uk

 

WORK EXPERIENCE AND INTERNSHIPS

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership offer work placement opportunities for School and College Students as well as an annual internship for graduates. Please contact us for more information.

Call us if you would like to talk about joining any of our volunteering opportunities – 03000 414842 or Email: medwayvalley@kent.gov.uk

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