Residential Volunteer - Long term - Coombes and Churnet Valleys

This scheme is designed to provide a basis for a career in woodland management and wildlife conservation.

Monday 1 July 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Coombes & Churnet Valleys

What we're looking for

Coombes Valley is a peaceful woodland reserve, four miles east of Leek in Staffordshire. It is famous for its population of pied flycatchers, and variety of invertebrate life and is a great place to develop your natural history skills. It receives 10,000 visitors a year and has a small un-staffed visitor centre. As there is a very small team on this reserve, interns will play a prominent role and be required to use their initiative. Overall purpose of the role To deliver nature conservation on the ground as part of the team carrying out the day-to-day management of the reserve, and ensuring that it is maintained to the high standard expected of RSPB. Assisting the team to carry out the weekly work programme of habitat management and estate work which may include: • Woodland Management • Maintaining gates, stiles, bridges and boardwalks • Fencing • Footpath Maintenance and repairs Assisting as part of a small reserve team day to day management and admin tasks such as: • Entering biological records into the RSPB GIS programme, Merlin • Maintaining visitor facilities on a rota basis – including basic cleaning of visitor reception area and toilets • Assisting with Quality Assurance checks to maintain high standards of facilities Assisting when required with reserve events

The skills you need

Essential • The ability to work in a team • Enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation (specialist knowledge not necessary) Desirable • Some previous experience of practical work • Volunteering experience • A full driving licence

Your time

six months
six months
September 2019



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?

• Excellent practical experience of volunteering on a nature reserve and managing different habitats for wildlife • Training & qualifications in the use of chainsaws • Relevant first aid qualification • Training & experience in specialist computer applications e.g. Merlin GIS • Experience of working in a team and supervising other volunteers • A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues • Some experience of other aspects of a reserve such as visitor services and events • Free accommodation in stunning surroundings on the reserve

How to apply


Paul Bennett, Coombes & Churnet Valleys
Tel: 01538 384017


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. Closing date the 19th July, interviews to be held on the 2nd August. 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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