The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) - Falkirk

Charity registered in Scotland SC039302

Every day, The Conservation Volunteers (or TCV as we’re known) works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone. We do this by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.

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, combat loneliness or enhance employment prospects, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real-life challenges they face.

For over sixty 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.


Current opportunities

We're looking for local volunteers to come and help at our Jupiter Wood Recycling Project where we're building: homes for nature, raised beds, benches and other items out of recycled wood for community projects. In our polytunnel workshop we are transforming recycled and donated timber into usable items for community projects. We're creating bird boxes, hedgehog homes, raised beds for growing vegetables, benches, shelters, mud kitchens, desks, shelves and many more. We will provide training and support but some skills in using tools and/or woodwork would be desirable. All sessions are running with reduced numbers and with COVID safety measures in place due to current guidelines. Speak to us in advance to find out what our volunteers are currently doing, how to take part and to book your space.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) connects people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community. We bring people together to create, improve and care for green spaces. From urban to rural, 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. In Scotland last year we worked with 19,367 people and delivered 13,755 workdays transforming greenspaces for the benefit of communities and nature. By taking part in TCV activities people improve their health and wellbeing, develop new skills, build stronger communities and have a real impact on the environment. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and enthusing others who are looking to develop their skills and gain experience in the sector. By giving your time to become a TCV Volunteer Officer you’ll be helping TCV to reach even more people and improve even more greenspaces for people and nature. Volunteer Officers (VOs) take on roles with real responsibility – including leading projects and supporting groups of volunteers working to improve green spaces. Being a VO will give you the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and practical experience and enhance your employability. Many people have used the Volunteer Officer position as a way to gain the experience needed to start a career in conservation and volunteer management. Following interviews in July, successful applicants will be invited to take part in an induction week in August where you will get an introduction to TCV, meet other VOs and TCV staff and complete basic training in safeguarding, health & safety and manual handling. Some elements of the induction may be online and you will need access to a computer to complete some of the training (let us know if that would be an issue and we will do our best to sort something out). We will also organise some practical workdays for all new VOs to give you an introduction to some of the practical conservation activities TCV deliver. Throughout your time as a VO you will be supported by a nominated Senior Project Officer who will oversee your training and development. You will receive a First Aid training qualification and the opportunity to attend courses on Project Leadership, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and other training relevant to the specific role. You will predominantly work with your Senior Project Officer on their project but we have a wide range of projects and you will have the opportunity to shadow and assist other staff to ensure you get a broad range of experience during your time as a VO. TCV will provide you with branded clothing (T-shirt and fleece/jacket) and all tools, materials and safety equipment you will need to carry out your role. We will also cover reasonable travel expenses. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and helping other to engage with the natural environment. You will need to be reliable, organised and punctual to ensure workdays run smoothly and willing to help out where needed in order to achieve the outcomes of the project or activity. Many of our volunteers value the social aspect of our activities so it is important that you are able to interact with volunteers in a friendly manner to enhance their volunteering experience. You do not need to have any past experience of working or volunteering in conservation or with volunteers but we will ask you to demonstrate why you are interested in volunteering with TCV and how your personality and personal interests make you suitable for the Volunteer Officer role. No qualifications are required but a driving license is desirable. We are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day a week for 6 months. We can be flexible in terms of which day it is or if it changes week to week. There is also the opportunity to be VO for more than one day a week, this will greatly improve the level of experience you gain and the number of opportunities available to you. Please indicate your availability in your application and we can discuss it in more detail during the interview. We will try to be as accommodating as possible and regularly find that people are able to fit being a VO in around work, studies and other commitments. Please email r.strofton@tcv.org.uk for an application form and submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday the 30th of June. For further details please contact Rebecca Strofton on 07739447964. Email: r.strofton@tcv.org.uk You will be supported in your role by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided. You will have all reasonable expenses covered (foreign travel excepted) so will not be out of pocket through your volunteering. You will be insured and expected to comply with the policies and procedures of The Conservation Volunteers.