Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Exe Estuary

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Exe Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

We are looking for two enthusiastic residential volunteers to join our high performing Devon Reserves Team, based at our Exminster Marshes and Aylesbeare Common reserves respectively. If based at Exminster Marshes your focus will be on a suite of habitats centred around the Exe Estuary, targeting breeding Lapwing and freshwater ecosystems as well as farmland birds including the iconic Cirl Bunting at our Labrador Bay reserve. Our work across a range of sites in East Devon is based at Aylesbeare Common, delivering habitat management that supports a huge variety of wildlife species over wet and dry heathland, woods, ponds and mire including specialist species such as nightjar, dartford warbler, southern damselfly and silver-studded blue butterfly. Both teams work closely together and there will be opportunity for working on all sites, as well as the possibility of switching sites after 6 months to extend these positions into 12 month placements. Both placements centre around practical habitat management with some visitor engagement, opportunities for survey work as well as working on specific projects, developing leadership skills and more. This is a fantastic opportunity to be supported and develop your existing skills.

The skills you need

You must be enthusiastic, have the ability to work as part of a team and a keen interest in wildlife and conservation. An ability to work outside in all weathers and undertake strenuous manual labour, as work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Minimum age 18 and a driving license is essential.

Your time

6 months
Immediate start from April 2018
Immediate start from April 2018



Application form (PDF)
To be completed and returned to us before a booking can be made

Brochure about residential volunteering (PDF)
Find out more about residential volunteering on this, and our other reserves within this scheme. Also included are answers to the most frequently asked questions

What's in it for you?

You will gain knowledge and experience of managing nature reserves especially wet grassland sites. The job varies with the seasons, the majority being practical habitat management and estate work tasks ranging from hedge laying, fencing, moving cattle, mowing and coppicing. We also undertake a range of survey work from breeding bird surveys to butterfly transects. If you are looking for a career in conservation this is a great place to start. All appropriate training is given and free accommodation provided.

How to apply


Jane Shah, Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way. Click here to join today The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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