Celebrating our volunteers

A huge thank you

We couldn't do all we do for nature without our volunteers. Last year, they gave an incredible 1,032,181 hours of their time to the RSPB – that's more than one million hours spent helping to make a positive difference to our environment.

Our volunteers help in lots of different ways: from monitoring little tern nests along our coast to opening children's eyes to the wonders of wildlife, the opportunities are as diverse as our volunteers themselves.

This Volunteers' Week we want to thank our volunteers for all they do and highlight some of their amazing work. Read on and be inspired!

Little terns - big future

Little terns are one of the UK's rarest seabirds, but their future is looking brighter thanks to the efforts of volunteers. Find out how Paul Davis, volunteer for RSPB Old Hall Marshes in Essex, has been helping little terns by making models of them.


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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. 

Inspiring the next generation

Since its launch, the RSPB and Aldi's Connecting Children with Nature partnership has seen more than 400 volunteers deliver free, 90-minute nature experience sessions to over 2,500 schools in 17 cities across England, Wales and Scotland. These sessions give pupils and their teachers the opportunity to swap the classroom for the great outdoors to see how they can help wildlife in their school grounds.

Kickstarting a career in conservation

Tremaine Bilham took on a role as a volunteer science communicator after a postgraduate placement with RSPB Scotland got her hooked. Find out how this led to her gaining her dream job - and why she still volunteers.

More than a hobby

Tim Bishop is a volunteer at The Lodge in Sandy and relishes the opportunity to do something to help the wildlife he loves.

But it's not just wildlife that benefits from volunteering. Read on to find out how volunteering has influenced Tim's own health and wellbeing.

Leading the way: the role of a trustee

A trustee may not be the first thing you think of when picturing a volunteer, but their role is vital to the running of the RSPB. Trustee Kerry ten Kate reveals why she got involved and her hopes for the future.

Try something new

516 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

RSPB Local Group Membership Secretary - Mid Nene

The Mid Nene RSPB Local Group is looking for a motivated individual to join as the new Membership Secretary. Do you have strong organisational skills to manage our Local Group's existing memberships? Can you inspire people about the RSPB work and recruit

Birmingham Office
15-20 hours a month on average – it may vary during the year
Publicity and promotional, Volunteering at home, Community groups

Botanical Surveyor (RSPB Rainham Marshes)

We are looking for some botanically minded people to help us find, identify and map our plants!

Spring, Summer and Autumn
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
One day a month - but this can be flexible!
Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife

Fishing Pools Bailiff

Coombes & Churnet Valleys
Flexible, one day every other week preferred
Practical conservation

Lengthsman at Consall Woods

Coombes & Churnet Valleys
Flexible -1 or 2 days per month
Practical conservation

Safeguarding Adviser/Consultant

We are looking to recruit a Safeguarding expert/consultant to join and work alongside our Safeguarding Team to help us provide expert advice on all safeguarding matters to our employees and volunteers

UKHQ RSPB Headquarters
Attend up to six 2-hour Safeguarding Steering Group Meetings a Year – Monday to Friday.
Office and administration

Children and Family Events Assistant

A great opportunity to enthuse and inspire young people and families about wildlife, the environment and conservation through fun and interactive sessions at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

1-4 days per month. Usually 2-5 hour sessions.
Inspiring young people, Community groups