Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Hoy

Wednesday 13 February 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Hoy - Residential

What we're looking for

Our Hoy nature reserve is home to Orkney's only nesting pair of white-tailed eagles. We would love your help welcoming visitors who come to see the birds as part of our 'Eaglewatch' programme - manning a watch point, pointing out the white-tailed eagles and other wildlife, giving advice on how to make the most of a visit to our Hoy reserve and enthusing the public about our conservation work. This period is also key to monitoring the fantastic range of wildlife that make this reserve home and your help to determine how many territories of our key species are on the reserve this year is vital.

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, moorland flowers, stonechats, fulmars, meadow pipits). Enthusiasm and attention to detail are required to help us deliver our high standard of key species monitoring and ideally experience of identifying birds of prey, lowland waders and seabirds or willingness to learn. You should be comfortable manning the watchpoint alone on some days, following an induction period. 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
Early April - mid July 2019
Early April - mid July 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?

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, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-arranged 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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