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Residential Volunteer- Long term placement - Haweswater

Haweswater RSPB Reserve

Why we want you

We need volunteers who are keen to join our small reserve team with a real enthusiasm for making a positive change in the English uplands. Work involves dry stone walling, repair and maintenance of fences and farm buildings, helping in our tree nursery, species monitoring and you'll regularly find yourself surrounded by dramatic, breathtaking scenery.

What’s in it for you?

You'll become a vital part of our team, helping us to manage our large reserve in the Lake District National Park to benefit wildlife, water quality and people. You will have many opportunities to immerse yourself in the landscape while carrying out important estate management and monitoring work. You will develop a range of practical skills, including dry stone walling and help with the running of our farm. You will live in our traditional Lakeland farmhouse, surrounded by wooded hills and gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

The skills you need

You will need to be enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work as part of a team. Your interest in conservation will mean that you are happy to to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers with long walks over steep terrain. You will be comfortable living in a remote location in shared self-catering accommodation

Your own transport is essential and you must be 18 or over.

Your time

Minimum commitment: 26 weeks
Duration: Immediate start
Period: Immediate start


Application form (PDF)
To be completed and returned to us before a booking can be made

Brochure about residential volunteering (PDF)
Find out more about residential volunteering on this, and our other reserves within this scheme. Also included are answers to the most frequently asked questions

Who to contact

Jane Shah
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

Reference number: 277

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