European Volunteering Programme

European Volunteering Programme

Applications now closed

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) scheme offers young volunteers from European countries the opportunity to work with Ulster Wildlife for 12 months, with placements within our Nature Reserves, Living Landscapes and Fundraising and Communications teams.

Volunteers assist us with our work and gain experience in the management of 18 nature reserves for people and wildlife, increasing biodiversity, managing local wildlife species and understanding the operational working of our busy fundraising and marketing channels.   

European Volunteering Programme with Ulster Wildlife


What’s involved?

As a ESC volunteer, you'll take up a year-long placement with Ulster Wildlife, working five days a week, normally Monday and Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm.  

What could I be doing?

Projects include reserves management, conservation projects and communications. Our volunteers develop skills and knowledge both specific to the environmental sector and also transferable across all areas of work and life. It is hoped that this will lead to increased employability for them in the future. 

  • Conservation project with a species focus: Our volunteer will play a part in engaging local people with protecting habitats and wildlife and therefore contribute towards health and wellbeing. They will be involved in the Barn Owl survey and Red Squirrel conservation work.

  • Communications project: Our volunteer will help with internal and external communications to promote and celebrate the work of Ulster Wildlife. Development of activities and events to raise awareness of the importance of practical conservation and the protection of biodiversity. 

  • Nature Reserves Team project: Volunteers will be doing activities to enhance their own personal skills including environmental education; flora/fauna surveys; guided walks; recording biodiversity. Practical conservation actions across our 18 nature reserves. They will gain competences in habitat management and practical conservation in Northern Ireland. 


When can I apply?

Recruitment for the 2020 intake of volunteers is now closed. Please sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for full details and updates. Visit European Solidarity Corps for further information and other ESC volunteering offers. 

How to apply?

Applications for 2020 are now closed. Visit European Solidarity Corps for further information. 

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