Volunteers repairing dry-stone wall, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria, England

Residential volunteering

Residential volunteering is your chance to have a break, try something new, or get some experience for your CV.

Residential volunteering

There are over 40 different places to stay and hundreds of things to do. You can spend a week or more on a reserve, and you can do it alone or bring a friend.

We'll provide you with accommodation, new skills and some great memories.

We have highlighted a selection of opportunities further down the page.

Downloads

We hope this brochure will inspire you to help us, whatever your age, skills or free time. PDF, 4.0Mb.

Residential volunteering brochure 2018

"I could walk through the reserve to work each morning with the peepings of oystercatchers surrounding me. I learnt all the tricks of the trade, ranging from fencing, moth trapping and reed planting (including how to extract yourself when you’ve fallen in), to butterfly surveying and the less attractive ragwort pulling and litter picking. Now it’s over, I’m keen to do another!"

Anneke Emery, residential volunteer at Fairburn Ings reserve

What it's like to be a residential volunteer

If you'd like a taster of what it's like to be a residential volunteer, you can watch this short video.

If you'd like a taster of what it's like to be a residential volunteer, you can watch this short video.

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Residential opportunities

597 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Ynys-hir

Immediate start to end August 2018
Ynys Hir
4 months
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Volunteer - Short term placement - Ynys-hir

Immediate start until end August 2018
Ynys Hir
2 - 4 weeks
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Insh Marshes

Immediate start from April 2018
Insh Marshes
6 weeks minimum
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Volunteer - Friends and Family - Forsinard

Various dates Autumn 2018
Forsinard Flows nature reserve
1 week
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Loch Gruinart & The Oa

From September 2018
Loch Gruinart
Minimum 12 weeks Monday - Monday
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Volunteer, Predators and Breeding Waders Project - Leighton Moss

Immediate start until September 2018
Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay
26 weeks
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

Residential Internships

597 Volunteering opportunities. Updated daily

Residential Volunteer Intern - Visitor Experience - Loch Garten

immediate start till September 2018
Abernethy, Operation Osprey Project
5 days a week
Residential internships

Residential Volunteer Intern - Farnham and Hazeley Heaths

From July 2018 - March 2019
Farnham Heath & Hazeley Heath Nature Reserves
Full time
Residential internships

How you can get involved

Volunteers at RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

Request a copy of Do Something Different, our residential volunteering brochure, including application form.