Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Aylesbeare

Tuesday 14 August 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Aylesbeare Common

What we're looking for

We are looking for two enthusiastic residential volunteers to join our high performing Devon Reserves Team, based at our Aylesbeare Common and Exminster Marshes reserves respectively. 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. 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. 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. The ability to undertake strenuous manual labour and a willingness to work outdoors in all weathers helps, this is Devon after all! Minimum age 18 and a full clean driving license is essential

Your time

6 months
From August 2018
From 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?

Gain the skills and experience that will help you get a job in nature conservation. During your stay, you will become a member of our small friendly teams, assisting in all aspects of our work. You will learn practical habitat management skills, livestock and estate work, survey and monitoring skills and how to conduct guided walks and help with visitor events. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest nature conservation charity and have the ability to work with our volunteers, partners and other Heathland managers.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us 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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