Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Exe Estuary

We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our high performing Devon Reserves Team, based at the Exminster Marshes!

Monday 19 April 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Exe Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our high performing Devon Reserves Team, based at the Exminster Marshes. The Exe Estuary reserves are internationally recognised as important sites for thousands of ducks, geese and waders, along with many rare dragonfly, aquatic plant and mammal species. You will gain knowledge and experience of managing nature reserves especially wet grassland sites. 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. Although posted in Exminster, the team manages nine diverse reserves, such as marsh, woodland, mudflat and agricultural land. As a residential volunteer, you will play an integral role in surveying and maintaining the reserves so that they provide the perfect home for nature.

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

3 months in first instance, can be extended to 6 or 12 months
3, 6 or 12 months
from beginning of July 2021



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?

The placement centres around 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. There are visitor engagement opportunities, chances to develop leadership skills and more. This is a fantastic opportunity to be supported and develop your existing skills. 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


Eleanor Woolway, Exe Estuary Reserve
Tel: 01392 833311


Closing date for applications is the14th May. Interviews will be held on the 25th May. To apply please e-mail your CV to Eleanor Woolway. If you have any questions about the role please contact the Warden, Steve Edmonds, 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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