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

566 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

Youth Ranger Leader, Saltholme

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to become Youth Ranger Leaders, planning and delivering a range of countryside related activity sessions with young people aged 14-18 years.

Ongoing
Saltholme
1 day per month usually on a Saturday
Practical conservation, Inspiring young people

Youth Ranger, Saltholme

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers aged 14 18 to join our Youth Ranger team. Based on the RSPB Saltholme reserve you will carry out conservation related tasks.

Ongoing
Saltholme
1 day per month usually on a Saturday
Practical conservation

Residential Volunteer - Wader Monitoring Project - Long term placement - Loch Leven

April to end June 2019
Loch Leven
12 weeks
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Help us recruit RSPB members at Rainham Marshes nature reserve

RSPB membership really is the lifeblood of the Society and underpins every single thing we do. We need you to inspire people about all the work we do and encourage them to join the RSPB as members!

Ongoing
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
1-2 days per month at weekends and school holidays (for a few hours per day) though very flexible – you can come every day, once a week or once a month – it's up to you!
Publicity and promotional, Volunteering at home

Welcome Team: Help us recruit RSPB members at Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Are you a great people person keen to enthuse others about the RSPB and becoming members then this could be the role for you.

Ongoing
Pulborough Brooks
Two days per month / full or half day to suit. Flexibility around start/finish times
Publicity and promotional, Volunteering at home, Retail and marketing

Wildlife Advisor Big Garden Birdwatch Volunteer

Would you like to join the Wildlife team helping us to answer the emails and letters we get regarding our biggest annual campaign, Big Garden Birdwatch?

January to February 2019
UKHQ MembServ,Wildlife Enquiries
Flexible
Office and administration

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