Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Loch of Strathbeg

Tuesday 30 July 2019
Vacancy type:
Residential volunteering
Loch of Strathbeg

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to assist our small team with the day to day management of our reserves. The team look after a number of stunning reserves in NE Scotland: Loch of Strathbeg,Troup Head, Fowlsheugh, Meikle Loch and Loch Spynie. These have habitats ranging from loch, beaches, woodland, marsh, reedbed, wet grassland to arable farmland. We want to share these amazing reserves with you and are looking for someone who is willing to get stuck into a busy autumn/winter practical work programme and become an active member of our team.

The skills you need

You will be at least 18 yrs old. Enthusiasm, an interest in conservation and wildlife, and the ability to work as part of a team are essentials. You must be comfortable walking long distances over rough terrain and be able to undertake strenuous manual tasks outside in all weathers. A full driving licence would be useful but not essential.

Your time

3 - 6 months
End September 2019 - end March 2020
End September 2019 - end March 2020



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 be a key member of the team and be involved in in a range of tasks including: •Practical conservation work, such as scrub clearance, tree planting and fencing •Estate maintenance work •Winter bird surveys and monitoring work on the reserves •People engagement work in our visitor centre and at on-site events No two days on the reserves are the same and there's always something new and different to get involved with. You will be living on the reserve at Loch of Strathbeg itself and will be fully involved with all aspects of reserve life. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation and gain a valuable insight into the day to day running of a nature reserve. Free accommodation in a recently refurbished house on the reserve will be provided with this role. You will be living in shared accommodation with other volunteers. Heating and electricity bills are included in this. You will need to be able to provide your own food and living costs.

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. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way. To join today visit 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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