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

547 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

GIS & Mapping Volunteer

Merlin is our Geographic Information System and mapping system. It holds millions of species, site, habitat, casework and species protection records. We need your help to keep this in top condition!

Ongoing
Exe Estuary Reserve
1 day per week
Office and administration, Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife

Reserve Assistant

Infrastructure checking our sites - a good excuse for a walk!

Ongoing
Exe Estuary Reserve
Flexible - but 1-2 hours per week desirable
Practical conservation

Volunteer Administration Support - Norwich

Ongoing
Eastern England Regional Office
From half day up to 3 days per week (Can be shared with other volunteers)
Office and administration

Residential Volunteer - Short term - Anglesey Reserves

August - Oct 2019
South Stack, Anglesey
1 week Saturday to Saturday
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Membership Secretary - Exeter & District Local Group

The Exeter & District Local Group plays a vital role supporting the RSPB locally. We are looking for someone to become part of the group as our Membership Secretary!

Ongoing
At home
4-15 hours per month
Office and administration, Volunteering at home, Community groups

Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Saltholme

From May 2019
Saltholme
5 months
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering