RSPB staff at work at The Lodge, headquarters. Dawn Shill working in the staff canteen, Sandy, Bedfordshire, England

What we offer

The RSPB offers some great benefits to reward and support you while working with us.

Pay and reward

We offer a competitive salary to attract and retain great people.

Sickness pay

If you become ill, you are supported by our enhanced Occupational Sick Pay Scheme. Your entitlement is determined by length of service, but can be up to a maximum of 36 weeks for full-time staff.  We also work closely with one of the UK’s leading occupational health providers, to help you in returning to work.

Green loans

Employees can apply for an interest-free loan to buy a bicycle or a season ticket.


The RSPB offers a defined contribution pension scheme to all UK based staff, with a matching employer contribution of up to 7 per cent.

Life Assurance

All employees aged 18 or over and under 75 are automatically covered for death in service benefit. A lump sum of five times basic salary at the date of the employee’s death is paid to their beneficiaries or estate.

RSPB staff at work at The Lodge, headquarters. Lucy Anderson, an apprentice working in Information Systems at RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire


Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

To support your family life we have enhanced our legal obligations towards employees. We offer up to 12 weeks full salary to employees going on maternity or adoption leave, and up to two weeks on full salary to employees taking paternity leave.

Childcare vouchers

The Childcare Voucher Scheme is open to all employees who are parents or guardians and currently use childcare facilities. Employees can opt to receive part of their salary in childcare vouchers up to a maximum of £243 per month to use with a wide range of childcare providers. The amount received in vouchers is tax-free.

Children using butterfly nets in meadow, RSPB nature reserve at Lochwinnoch


Annual leave

Our leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March. When you start you will receive 26 days’ holiday, excluding public holidays (four days are taken during the RSPB’s Christmas shutdown). This will increase to 28 days after three years' continuous service and 30 days after seven years' continuous service. Leave will be pro-rata for part time staff and where you start part way through the year.


All employees are entitled to one extra day of paid leave each year to spend volunteering. This can be for any charity or voluntary organisation - not just the RSPB.


After five years' continuous service, and each five years thereafter, all employees are entitled to a 4 week sabbatical. This is a chance to take time out of your busy day-to-day job to do research, volunteer, learn a new skill or travel. Sabbaticals should have specific goals and objectives designed to benefit both you and the RSPB.

A volunteer helps to collect the cut birch ready for burning, RSPB reserve Sandy


Flexible working

We pride ourselves on being a flexible and supportive employer. We realise that our staff have demands on their time outside of work, and are open to requests to work flexibly. There are a range of options to support you such as flexitime, TOIL and parental leave. Depending on the circumstances, up to five paid days a year is offered for unexpected family emergencies, elective medical procedures and compassionate leave.

Employee Assistance Programme

All RSPB employees have free access to an Employee Assistance Programme provided by The Validium Group. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Staff Association

All employees are eligible to join our staff association. The RSPB set up the Staff Association to independently protect and promote the interests of staff. It is officially recognised by the Management Board and Council and is consulted on many key decisions. The Staff Association also negotiate member discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.

Learning and development

The RSPB is committed to supporting all RSPB employees with quality learning and development opportunities. We offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities including our induction process, on-going training and e-learning. We prioritise leadership and management which is key to people motivation and success. Our recent leadership programmes have received the Institute of Leadership and Management accreditation. The Learning and Development team’s focus and aim is to help both you and the organisation to succeed.

RSPB nature reserves and RSPB retail

Employees can visit any RSPB reserve free and can receive up to 20 per cent off retail items in the RSPB’s shops.


We are able to offer a limited amount of financial help towards relocation costs for employees, depending on the circumstances. We need the right people in the right place so offer financial help towards relocation costs for employees, depending on the circumstances. Whether you are a home owner or renting, we may be able to offer you assistance.

Sunset over heathland at RSPB Arne nature reserve