FAQs

Find out more about applying for jobs with the RSPB.

Common questions

Do you accept candidates from outside of the UK?

Yes - we are proud to have people of different nationalities helping us to save nature.

However, for all UK-based roles, you need to have the right to work in the UK in the role you are applying for.

To see if you need a VISA, visit www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

For roles based outside of the UK, different requirements may apply – please check to avoid disappointment .

What employment checks do you make?

We are legally obliged to only employ those who are eligible to work in the UK.

We will ask you to bring proof of this to interview.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and the health and safety of all our workforce and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Pre-employment checks to ensure this we make include:

  • Two satisfactory references covering a period of three years.
  • Criminal records check - to verify your identity if the role involves working unsupervised with children and vulnerable adults

We also carry out employment health checks. This is to ensure that there is nothing within the role that would negatively impact your health or ability to perform the role (and if there is, identify if any adjustments can reasonably be made to prevent this).

What are the rules around right to work in the UK?

Applications from candidates requiring a certificate of sponsorship under the UK points-based immigration system will not be considered if there are suitable candidates who do not require sponsorship. 

This is because employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker, before they can recruit a non-resident worker*.

The resident worker rule does not prevent applicants requiring sponsorship from applying for our vacancies, but such applications should be made on the understanding that they can only be considered subject to the restrictions above.

For further information, please visit the Home Office UK Border Agency website. 

*This rule does not apply to those applying for roles that require a bachelor, postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate in education qualification. It is necessary for the qualification to be an essential requirement for the role and the applicant to prove that they possess such a qualification (or have completed a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK PhD), which is recognised in the UK). 

Do you keep CV’s on file?

We only do this for Membership Development Officer roles. Visit this page to find out more – all our other vacancies are advertised on the website and you can sign up for our Job Alerts and hear about our roles first hand.

Can I apply for more than one role at any time?

You can apply for any of our roles that are advertised. Make sure that you meet the criteria and you tailor your application for each role to give you the best chance of being shortlisted for interview.

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

The deadline for all roles is midnight UK time on the advertised closing date.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

Sorry, we do not accept applications after the deadline.

What happens if I’ve had criminal convictions or cautions?

We will judge your application solely on the basis of your suitability for the role you have applied for. 

We will only ask you to complete a criminal records declaration if you are successful at interview and receive a provisional offer of employment. 

The vacancy will say whether the role is covered by or exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

If the role is covered, you will be asked to declare your unspent convictions and cautions. If the role is exempt, you will be asked to declare both spent and unspent convictions and cautions.

The convictions and cautions you declare will be considered for relevance to the role and before we confirm the appointment you will have the opportunity to explain the context of offence and your perspective. 

We will only withdraw a provisional offer based on a conviction or caution if there is a reason that it is incompatible with the role for which the offer has been made.

I need assistance with the recruitment process – is there anyone who can help?

Yes –if there is any reason that our current application process is difficult for you please contact the person named in the job advert or eandd@rspb.org.uk to discuss other ways to apply

Volunteers heading down to the heathland. Part of a heathland restoration program, RSPB reserve Sandy