Environment opportunities

Our partner organistions offer a range of opportunities relating to recycling, sustainability and the great outdoors.

Action for Conservation is a UK charity with a mission to create the next generation of nature conservationists. Action for Conservation is founded upon the principle that young conservation professionals who are working in the field are best placed to inspire and motivate young people to consider a career in conservation.  

Over the last 100 years, Biffa have been at the forefront of the UK's waste industry. Collecting 15,000 tonnes of rubbish every day from more than 80 thousand businesses and over two million households. However, what really drives Biffa stretches well beyond the bins. Its purpose is to change the way people think about waste. Waste matters. Biffa is there to help solve the waste challenge in Manchester, and that is only possible by influencing people to think and act differently.

The Kindling Trust / Veg Box People is working towards a just and ecologically sustainable society. It works with communities, farmers, practitioners, activists, and policy makers to create and support progressive projects that bring about lasting and genuine change.

Volunteering with The Kindling Trust is an opportunity to be involved in its exciting project to establish a farm for Greater Manchester and get your hands dirty building a sustainable food system for our city.

Whether its harvesting strawberries in Cheshire, planting garlic in Stockport, weeding apple trees on campus, marketing the Veg Box scheme or designing new educational materials, you will be volunteering with a great group of people

The Mersey Rivers Trust is a charity working to improve rivers across the Mersey in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

The aim of Moss Side Eco Squad is to make Moss Side litter free and encourage more community interaction. It is made up of a group of Moss Side residents who want to live in a clean area. 

Moss Side Eco Squad holds regular group litter picking events in different areas of Moss Side. It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and meet other residents with the added bonus of contributing to cleaning the streets.

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions. Research is supported by students who who join the programme and volunteer. 

The University of Manchester is committed to a zero carbon future. In the University's environmental sustainability strategy (2023-28) it sets out its commitment to using the full range of its knowledge and influence – both in the local communities and across the world – to lead progress towards a healthier, more sustainable world.

The University has a dedicated Environmental Sustainability Team which works with student volunteers to help achieve its sustainability commitments.

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