Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Lake Vyrnwy

Friday 5 February 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Lake Vyrnwy

What we're looking for

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy is our hidden gem, a rich mosaic of landscapes and communities, that challenge, inspire and enrich the lives of those lucky enough to experience it. At the heart of the Berwyn mountains, on the southern boundary of the Snowdonia National Park, Lake Vyrnwy sits in RSPB's North Wales Moors Priority Landscape. The 10,000 hectare Vyrnwy estate is owned by Hafren Dyfrdwy and managed in partnership with the RSPB. Lake Vyrnwy's blanket bog, dry heath and ffridd are home to some of Wales's rarest wildlife including Hen Harrier, Black Grouse, Curlew and Welsh Clearwing moth, and store huge quantities of carbon. Our RSPB farm team manage 4500 hectares of uplands, delivering environmental benefits and ecosystem services within a viable commercial model. Our wardens work closely with our farm team to support the delivery of our conservation objectives through the farm. Overall purpose of the role. During our monitoring season we require assistance with a variety of survey work. This includes hen harrier, merlin, curlew and black grouse monitoring over our majestic moorlands and recording pied flycatchers and redstarts during woodland CBC surveys. We require assistance with general wardening, including estate maintenance and potentially some work with livestock on the farm (including lambing in late March). This placement would suit either an individual or a couple from the same household.

The skills you need

Essential: •Enthusiasm for the role • Surveys are frequently conducted during unsocial hours, in all weathers and can be strenuous so applicants must be physically and mental prepared to meet those challenges • An interest in conservation and natural history • Self-motivation • Team Player • A driving licence is also required for this role as training will include 4x4 driving Desirable: • Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but experience of species monitoring, and bird ID would be an advantage. • Previous experience of practical estate / maintenance work. • Experience of Volunteering. • Ability to lead a team. • Relevant studies.

Your time

6 months
March – September (Preferably starting Mar/Apr)



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?

During your stay, you will become a member of the reserve team working alongside our wardens in some of the most scenic areas of Wales. You will contribute to the gathering of reserve data to help understand and focus our future management. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation while gaining valuable insight, experience and skills into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity. In this role you will gain the following: Training in • 4X4 off road driving (Covid 19 dependant). • Mountain navigation skills (Covid 19 dependant). • Geographical Information systems – digital mapping. • Collecting and collating biological records may include: • Moth trapping • Botanical monitoring • Butterfly transect method • Common bird census technique • Breeding bird survey method • Individual species monitoring including: Hen Harrier, Merlin, Black grouse, Red grouse, Willow tit, Foxes, Crows, Ravens, Voles • Monitoring of nest boxes • Brown and Shepherd upland bird survey method • Assisting with bird ringing projects • Experience of working in a team. • 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 (including bills) in stunning surroundings on the reserve. • There will also be opportunities for self-learning or to pursue personal natural history projects. Assisting as part of the small reserve team in reserve upkeep, day to day management and admin tasks such as • Entering work logs into the Conservation Management System • Entering wildlife data into Merlin GIS package • Carrying out trail safety audits • Maintaining visitor facilities including cleaning of hides • Assisting with Quality Assurance checks to maintain high standards of facilities • Assisting when required with reserve events • Supporting / leading guided walks

How to apply


Gethin Elias, Lake Vyrnwy
Tel: 01691 870931


How to apply Please email your CV and covering letter to: Donna Davies Office Manager RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Llanwddyn Oswestry SY10 0lZ Closing Date 29th Feb 2021 Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. COVID 19 • The RSPB's priority is the the health and wellbeing of all its volunteers and staff, and will ensure a Covid secure work place and accommodation. • Residential volunteers will be required to adhere to all RSPB's Covid 19 procedures. 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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