The Conservation Volunteers
The Conservation Volunteers

Charity registered in Scotland SC26100939302

TCV is a leading UK community volunteering charity that works with people, communities and partners to deliver practical actions that have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.  Join us and you too can be part of achieving our vision of healthier, happier communities for everyone.


Current vacancies

Senior Project Officer – Green Health Partnership

  • Full time
  • £19,500 – £21,500
  • Based in Irvine with travel across North Ayrshire
  • Closing 22nd July 2019

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Our Natural Health Service is a national programme led by Scottish Natural Heritage with representation from a range of partners from education, sport, transport, NHS and environment sectors. The programme aims to make better use of Scotland’s natural environment as resource to improve health and wellbeing by mainstreaming green exercise into health and social care policy and practice and building capacity and participation within communities.

Green Health Partnerships (GHPs) are part of a wider ‘Our Natural Health Service’ programme. There are four GHPs in Scotland and TCV have been appointed to deliver the programme in North Ayrshire on behalf of the North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership. The main purpose of this post is to lead the development and delivery of the GHP in North Ayrshire.

The Senior Project Officer will lead the work in North Ayrshire providing support and training for local community Green Health projects through training and coordinating networking events. While supporting the development of Green Health activities such as gardening, conservation, walking and cycling the successful candidate will develop referral pathways alongside our partner KA Leisure to help build and strengthen the connections between health professionals and green activities in the community. This will involve liaising with NHS staff, identifying barriers to participation and working with KA Leisure staff to put in place support mechanisms to encourage people to take part in green health activities.

The Senior project Officer will work closely with TCV staff working on other Green Health projects and TCV’s wider work on the Our Natural Health Service programme.

Key elements of the delivery of the Green Health Partnership include:

  • Organising quarterly networking events for groups delivering green health activities and coordinating/delivering training
  • Working with KA Leisure to develop referral pathways
  • Identifying barriers to participation and implementing measures to reduce them
  • Attending events (for the public and health professionals) to promote the benefits of outdoor activity and engaging with nature
  • Complete ongoing progress reports for funders and work towards the national evaluation framework

Please note – the core hours of this role will be Monday to Friday and 9-5. However, the nature of the role involves providing activities and events for a range of communities. It is therefore expected that the post holder would support and deliver events during evenings and weekends. This will be planned on a flexible basis and time off in-lieu will be provided. We anticipate it will amount to approximately 1 weekend and a handful of evening sessions each month.

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Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £21,500 – £24,500
  • Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling
  • Closing 26th April 2019

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people's health, prospects and outdoor places.

We’re a UK-wide organisation with a local approach. We draw on all the expertise and experience from TCV and its partners across the UK, but we deliver local solutions to meet local needs.

We are ambitious in Scotland to achieve more for people AND for greenspaces and we have two exciting opportunities for leaders to join our team.

Our work is extremely varied and rewarding. You could be managing HLF funded programmes to engage Syrian refugees in their local natural heritage, setting up Citizen Science engagement, running projects which make the outdoors more accessible to people with Autism or dementia or supporting our regular volunteer teams who make a massive difference to the habitat management and accessibility of greenspaces across the Central Belt. We also deliver health programmes in partnership with the NHS and the renowned TCV Green Gym programme which supports people across the UK to get outdoors, active and healthy whilst connecting to their local community and greenspaces.

All our projects focus on delivery of outcomes for both people and the environment – so we are interested to hear from Team leaders with experience across a range of health, employability, ME and accessibility engagement as well as those with experience of managing environmental projects.

For full detail of the specification please see the full job description.

In summary, the key responsibilities/result areas include:

• Leading up to eight TCV project staff and supporting them to deliver a range of projects with our volunteers

• Project management and oversight

• Supporting identification of new ideas and funding opportunities

The role can be based in either our Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling offices and will include Scotland-wide travel.

A bit more about us:

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

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Senior Project Officer : Unlocking Community Capacity Cumbernauld

  • Full time
  • £19,500 – £21,500
  • Cumbernauld
  • Closing 10th May 2019

TCV is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

This role, offered at 35 hours per week, is a fixed term contracted position until 31st March 2023 supported by TCV, Cumbernauld Living Landscape (CLL) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The requirements of the role will primarily be to deliver and develop TCV and CLL’s Creating Natural Connections project in and around Cumbernauld. Creating Natural Connections is a new 4 year project which aims to put nature and people at the heart of Cumbernauld’s future.

This role will focus on developing new and existing elements of the ‘Unlocking Community Capacity’ workstream of the project and will include:

  • Identifying strengths within the community using an asset-based approach to improve greenspaces and reconnect people with the outdoors.
  • Delivering training opportunities for community groups to increase their skills and capacity to take forward the improvements they want to see.
  • Developing skills of participants through the ‘Nature Ninjas’ volunteer offering.
  • Supporting local groups to undertake environmental improvements in their neighbourhoods.
  • Working with partner organisations and funders on developing and delivering the project goals.
  • Promoting the long-term sustainability of the ‘Creating Natural Connections’ project through advocacy and by contributing to the evaluation process, keeping accurate records, conducting research and producing reports.

Other elements of the role will include, but not be limited to -

  • Health and safety management, including producing risk assessments
  • Managing and supporting Volunteer Officers and trainees
  • Managing TCV and CLL local resources, including the office and tool store
  • Assisting with controlling the project budget
  • Using online and offline materials to promote TCV’s work to new partners and individuals

A bit more about us:

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

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Senior Project Officer North Ayrshire (Healthy Active Journeys)

  • Full time
  • £19,500 – £21,500
  • Irvine, North Ayrshire
  • Closing 24th May 2019

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Every day, across the UK, TCV is working to achieve our vision of healthier, happier communities for everyone. We believe that too many people are indoors, inactive or isolated and we work together with people, communities and partners to deliver practical actions that have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places. We’re a UK-wide organisation with a local approach. We draw on all the expertise and experience from TCV and its partners across the UK, but we deliver local solutions to meet local needs.

The Healthy Active Journeys project will test the basic premise that if you can build confidence and knowledge in being outdoors and being active, that forms the basis of changes in behaviour to include more active travel in every day life. The senior project officer will use a range of walking groups, green health programmes and activities to encourage participants to take the first steps to being more outdoors and active. These will include walking groups based at Ayrshire Central Hospital and a weekly Green Gym in Kilwinning. Through these sessions TCV will then seek to educate, build confidence and monitor use of active travel both in getting to the sessions and in the participants day to day lives.

The project is delivered through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding and is offered as a 1 year, fixed term contract.

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Top job! Voluntary trustee role x 3

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Meetings held across UK
  • Closing 12th July 2019

A bit about us

For 60 years, TCV has worked across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

We do this by bringing people together to create, improve and care for green spaces. From local parks and community gardens to local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands and woodlands; we connect people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.

We draw upon the expertise of our 220 employees, volunteers and those we hold partnerships with across the UK, working with thousands of volunteers, beneficiaries and community groups to design and deliver solutions to meet their community’s needs. Please click here to view more about our partnerships and current funders.

TCV launched its refreshed strategy in 2018 and we have recently launched our internal business plan for 2019- 2022. Our planned income for this year is in the region of £8.3m, with ambitions to grow this over the life of the plan.

We are looking for three Trustees to broaden the diversity and skill-mix of our experienced and established Board – please read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Why become a Trustee?

There are probably as many reasons as there are trees in the UK, but here’s a few:

· You will contribute towards creating healthier and happier communities for everyone.

· You will gain or develop your experience of playing a non-executive but influential role in a UK wide Charity.

· You will enjoy debating issues and problem solving with a diverse group of committed enthusiasts: your fellow Board members and employees.

The role

TCV is an ambitious organisation seeking exceptional candidates to join a Board that works to connect people to green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.

Candidates will ideally have experience of working with government and public bodies on both local and national affairs and will be able to help advance and develop TCV’s interests at all levels of public and private life. In general, you will have an interest in the community, environmental and cultural diversity sectors, and the highest standards of ethical conduct and corporate governance. Previous board experience is essential, whether on commercial or not-for-profit boards.

Experience and/or qualifications are required in the following areas to compliment the diverse skillset of our current board:

• Land management/construction/housebuilding

• Legal experience and/or qualified

• Fundraising & Marketing

• Digital / Communication technologies

As a UK wide charity we would like to know what region or country you have experience of working within. We would be particularly interested in candidates from Northern Ireland to join our team and compliment the experience of our board.

In undertaking the role, you will be working with a loyal and committed team and will set the Charity on a pathway that enables it to continue to create healthy and happy communities.

We are keen for our Board to reflect the diversity of the communities that we work in, therefore we encourage applications from all backgrounds.

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