Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Visitor Experience - Arne

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic Residential Volunteer to undertake a Visitor Experience role for 6 months based at RSPB Arne reserve near Wareham in Dorset. We would like you to assist with the day-to-day running of the visitor operation at our 9 Dorset reserves which include Arne and Radipole Lake. You will help connect our visitors with the amazing wildlife found on our reserves and take on projects you will lead yourself to ensure the public have a great experience with the RSPB. You will be involved in events and activities, visitor welcome, social media and publicity. You will become a flexible and valued member of our Dorset team working on a number of sites with a number of different team members with the chance to work both on our reserves and with our community outreach team in Bournemouth and Poole.

The skills you need

You need to be over 18 years old and have: Excellent people and communication skills Approachable personality Ability to work as part of a team and on your own Enthusiasm for wildlife & conservation (specialist knowledge not required) Full clean driving licence Ability to use Microsoft Office.

Your time

6 months, (Full time - 5 days a week)
From mid August 2018
From mid August 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?

As a residential volunteer you will live at the beautiful Arne reserve alongside our two residential volunteer wardens in a purpose built chalet. You'll gain valuable work experience, develop new skills and learn how one of Europe's largest conservation charities is run. You'll also get: -Experience of planning, delivering and promoting an events and activities program -Specialist experience of delivering visitor services on a nature reserve, including retail and catering. -Appropriate training such as membership recruitment and media skills -Excellent all-round experience of working in a team on a number of RSPB nature reserves -Experience of working as part of a community outreach program in Bournemouth and Poole -Experience of supervising other volunteers -Training on application writing and interview techniques -Access to our internal vacancies during your placement -A reference on successful completion of your placement -A dedicated mentor will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the placement.

How to apply


Edward Chivers, Arne
Tel: 01929 553360


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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