Residential Volunteer Long Term Placement - Dorset Reserves

Tuesday 14 November 2017
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

What we're looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic residential volunteers to join our Dorset Estates Team, based at Arne. You will be able to travel across the county to the other reserves in the Dorset Suite assisting with our practical management work. You will become a vital member of the Dorset Team, and help us carry out work to benefit some key species including Dormice, Dartford Warbler, Nightjar and Southern Damselfly.

The skills you need

You must be at least 18 years of age, have a full UK driving licence, and show enthusiasm and passion for wildlife. Due to the physically demanding nature of the work, you must be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers. Though good wildlife skills and knowledge would be of benefit they are not essential, your willingness and enthusiasm to learn will make the difference to wildlife.

Your time

18 weeks
Immediate start November 2017
Immediate start November 2017



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 a huge range of skills in species identification and practical habitat management, working within the UK's largest conservation organisation, and even joining our front line team in visitor engagement. You will work not just at one reserve, but across all 8 Dorset reserves gaining vital experience working in wetlands and reed beds, Heathland and acid grass lands, hazel coppiced woodland and ancient oak woodlands and tidal estuaries. Two of the reserves you will cover (Arne and Radipole Lake) are two of the busiest visitor reserves in the country and you will gain experience working with the face to face team leading a wide range of events and activities. The range of habitats and tasks across Dorset will give you an excellent foundation should you be looking for a career in conservation or if you just want to contribute to giving nature a home in our ever changing environment. Training will be essential to many of the tasks you will carry out and will be provided as needed. You will be provided with self catering accommodation at Arne reserve, set in the heart of this fantastic area of lowland heath, giving you a chance to get to know all the local wildlife

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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