Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Insh Marshes

Sunday 29 April 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Insh Marshes

What we're looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed residential volunteers to join our team at Insh Marshes. With only three staff members on the 1030 ha reserve, volunteers are crucial in assisting with the work programme and implementing the reserve management plan on this internationally important site. Between April and July inclusive you will mostly be carrying out survey/research and monitoring tasks, along with minor estate work. Between August and March inclusive you will mostly be carrying out physical land management work, so you should be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outdoors in all weathers.

The skills you need

You need to be at least 18 yrs old, and it is essential that you have a clean driving licence. You must be prepared to work alone and as part of the team, and happy to work outdoors in all weathers Above all we need to you be enthusiastic and flexible with a keen interest in conservation and wildlife.

Your time

6 weeks minimum
Immediate start from July 2018
Immediate start form July 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?

This is a fantastic opportunity to work at the biggest and best example of a natural floodplain in Britain. Insh Marshes reserve is flanked by the stunning Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges and is home to a fantastic array of wildlife, including breeding waders, spotted crake and osprey. It is nationally important for its floodplain habitats, is a SSSI, SAC, SPA and Ramsar, sits within the Cairngorms National Park and supports one of the most important populations of breeding waders in mainland UK. During your stay, you will become a member of the reserve management team with free accommodation. You will contribute to practical conservation and learn about running and managing a nature reserve. 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 conservation charity.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ 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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