Celebrating our volunteers

A Team of seabird survey staff and volunteers searching for Manx shearwater burrows amongst the vegetation on the uninhabited islands of Annet, Isles of Scilly

A huge thank you

Last year, our volunteers gave almost one million hours to help us save nature. It’s an incredible contribution and we simply could not do the work we do without volunteers. 

Many hands with many skills

We know there’s a tremendous amount to do to help the wildlife we love, and our volunteers help in huge variety of ways. From volunteer wardens who help with every aspect of nature reserve management, to those who support our campaigns by writing letters, to those who nurture a love of nature by running activities for children.

Last year, volunteers gave the RSPB one million hours.

Meet Joe

Meet Joe

Meet volunteer reserves warden Joe Stockwell. Find out what makes volunteering so special and get some top tips on getting involved.


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It's a hugely varied role. You can't beat it!

Joe Stockwell, Volunteer

RSPB/Aldi Greenspace event, Young girl holding a ladybird with a RSPB volunteer.

Inspiring the next generation

Through the Aldi Schools Outreach Project, the RSPB has provided over 330,000  connections to nature experiences for children since 2015. None of this would have been possible without our team of volunteers. 

Volunteer Rowan Cannel describes why getting involved was one of her best ever decisions and fellow volunteer Kevin Beck explains why helping children learn about nature is so rewarding.

I never tire of seeing the children’s excitement.

Rowan Cannel, Volunteer

Rushes and reeds, Ouse Fen RSPB nature reserve, Needingworth, Cambridgeshire, England

Helping at Ouse Fen

Meet our volunteers at RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve. This truly is conservation in action. We're working with building materials supplier Hanson to transform a working sand and gravel quarry into a thriving nature reserve.

Meet our volunteers

Hear from some of our Ouse Fen volunteers.

Meet our volunteers at RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve. This truly is conservation in action. As we work with building materials supplier Hanson to transform a working sand and gravel quarry into a thriving nature reserve.

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Close up of puffin in flight

Puffineers and puffarazzi

Puffins numbers have dropped sharply in recent years, and to help us understand how we can help these much-loved birds, we launched Project Puffin.

An exciting part of our project was Puffarazzi, our citizen science campaign, which shows that everyone can contribute to conservation. We asked volunteers from all over the UK to visit puffin colonies and take photos of puffins with fish in their bills, to help us find out more about what they eat. 

The response we received was awesome: 600 volunteers sent us more than 1,400 images from almost 40 colonies around the UK. It’s a fantastic achievement and one that could make all the difference in helping these iconic birds.  

If you want to find out more about our results so far and read updates about the team’s progress visit rspb.org.uk/projectpuffin

Your help can make all the difference!

Volunteers make up 85% of the RSPB workforce.

Volunteers' Week, 1 to 7 June

Why not get involved with the RSPB as part of Volunteers' Week, the UK-wide celebration of volunteers led by NCVO. 

Try something new

572 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

Little tern Volunteer Warden - Kessingland and Benacre NNR

Come and join our friendly team of little tern wardens on the beach this summer. You will learn how to monitor and protect our rarest seabird and other beach nesting birds and educate visitors

Eastern England Regional Office
Minimum commitment: Minimum half a day per week/one day per fortnight throughout the summer season (May - September).
Practical conservation

A Volunteer Support Assistant - Events in Edinburgh

Can you help us to recruit and support of team of event volunteers? If so we'd love you to join our team.

6 months
Scotland Headquarters,Fundraising & Communications
5 hours per week but there would be flexibility in this
Office and administration

Education, Families and Youth Volunteer Intern

Do you feel inspired at the thought of helping young people engage with nature? This internship will help encourage new audiences to discover nature at RSPB Minsmere.

6 months
Minsmere Nature Reserve
5 days a week residential, 3 days a week non-residential. 9am to 5.15pm
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people, Internships

Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Visitor Experience - Loch Garten Operation Osprey

March - September 2019
Abernethy, Operation Osprey Project
6 months
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering, Helping visitors at our reserves, Internships

Residential Volunteer - Long Term People Engagment - Forsinard

Immediate start from March - end September 2019
Forsinard Flows nature reserve
6 weeks minimum stay
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Volunteer- Long term placement - Mersehead

April - September 2019
26 weeks
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

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