Residential Volunteer Long term Placement, Leighton Moss

Monday 5 July 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer with some prior practical experience to join our wardening team for six months, starting in September. Help us to deliver nature conservation on the ground as part of the team carrying out the day-to-day management of the reserve, and ensuring that it is maintained to the high standard expected of RSPB.

The skills you need

Essential criteria are • Enthusiasm for the role • An interest in conservation • Some experience of practical conservation work • Ability to work as part of a team • A full driving licence is also required for this role You will need to be at least 18 yrs old. You must be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers, walking long distances and you must have a flexible approach, as some tasks may take place early in the morning, late at night or at weekends.

Your time

26 weeks
Flexible but typically 6 month placement
Flexible but placements available from August 2021



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 chance to spend 6 months volunteering and living in the stunning surroundings of Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay, home to key species such as otter, bearded tit, marsh harrier, bittern and a host of rare plants and invertebrates. The reserve has a flagship visitor centre, receiving 110,000 visitors a year! In addition you will gain: • Excellent practical experience of working on a flagship nature reserve and managing different habitats for wildlife. • Experience of wildlife monitoring techniques such as wetland bird surveys and moth trapping. • Appropriate training in the use of machinery and power tools. • Experience of working in a team and supervising other volunteers • A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues • Free accommodation in stunning surroundings on the reserve

How to apply


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


Accommodation is provided on site in the main visitor centre building. There are two bedrooms and a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom. 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. 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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