Residential Volunteer, Predators and Breeding Waders Project - Leighton Moss

Tuesday 10 April 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible residential volunteer to undertake the Predators and Breeding Waders Project, with assistance from reserve staff. This will involve leading on surveys of breeding waders and predators throughout the breeding season and maintaining the electric predator fence. You will also assist with the work programme and help to implement the management plan across all the sites on this internationally important reserve.

The skills you need

You will need to be at least 18 yrs old and able to stay for a minimum of 26 weeks. Enthusiasm, ability to work as part of a team, interest in conservation and natural history are required, and you must be prepared to work outside in all weathers, walking long distances and spending long hours visiting nest sites in a variety of habitats. You will be able to identify the main waders breeding on wet grassland and saltmarsh and have some experience of wildlife surveys. You must have a flexible approach to working as some surveys take place early in the morning and late at night.

Your time

26 weeks
Immediate start until September 2018
Immediate start until September 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?

During your stay, you will become a member of the reserve management team. As well as carrying out the important survey work (nest visits, breeding bird surveys, fox and crow surveys), 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


Nick Godden, Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay
Tel: 01524 701601


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. For more information please contact Nick Godden on 01524 703014 or email If you are interested in applying for this placement, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to Nick at the above address. Interviews will be held at fro this position, date tbc. '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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