Residential Volunteer - Hoy

Thursday 7 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Hoy, Orkney

What we're looking for

In 2015 a young pair of sea eagles nested in Orkney for the first time in nearly 150 years. The nest site is on our Hoy nature reserve. This summer we would love your help welcoming visitors who come to see the birds - manning a watch point, pointing out the sea eagles and other wildlife, explaining the story of the sea eagle reintroductions in Scotland and enthusing the public about our conservation work.

The skills you need

You'll need to be at least 18 yrs old, and be able to stay for a minimum of four weeks (longer stays would be welcome depending on experience). A friendly manner is essential, with an interest in conservation and enthusiasm for talking to the public about wildlife. You'll also need good enough wildlife identification skills to be confident pointing out the species most frequently seen from the watchpoint, or be able to become familiar with these birds fairly quickly (eg hen harriers, buzzards, fulmars, meadow pipits). You should be comfortable manning the watchpoint alone on some days, following an induction period (unless volunteering as a couple). There are no buildings at the watchpoint but there is an RSPB van for shelter. The accommodation is within a small community nearby, at the north end of Hoy, at some distance from shops and services. A driving licence and willingness to drive the RSPB vehicle would be helpful.

Your time

4 weeks minimum, 6 weeks preferred,
mid July - end August 2018
mid July - end 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?

A chance to spend time on a spectacular island with some of Scotland's most awe-inspiring birds, making a real contribution to conservation. Free accommodation is available on Hoy. The reserve is largely upland heather moorland with dramatic sea cliffs and pockets of native woodland - home to hen harriers, seabirds, dragonflies, seals, beautiful wildflowers and more

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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