Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Old Hall Marshes

Monday 21 January 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Old Hall Marshes

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our small warden team at Old Hall Marshes, an internationally important wet grassland with a centuries-old grazing tradition. We want you to be involved in all aspects of reserve management and to play a part in improving how the reserve is managed for the diverse range of wildlife it supports.

The skills you need

You will need enthusiasm, a positive attitude and the ability to work as part of team. You should have a keen interest in nature and a commitment to nature conservation. You must be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers. You must be over 18 and have a full clean driving licence.

Your time

6 months
Immediate start from June 2019
Immediate start from June 2019



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?

The reserve work programme will provide a wide range of opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and skills in conservation. You will gain experience of working on ancient grazing marsh, reedbed, saline lagoon and estuarine habitats. The work is very varied and will allow you to gain a wealth of experience necessary for pursuing a career in nature conservation, this may include: • Conducting breeding bird surveys including wader (lapwing, redshank, avocet) and wildfowl transects on lowland wet grassland and marsh harriers in the reedbed • Opportunity to take part in non-avian monitoring such as water vole, plants and dragonflies surveys. • Training and use of GIS software to produce maps and input biological data • Monitoring predators of wet grassland birds by conducting surveys and checking trail cameras and mink rafts • Attending formal accredited training as required by the role • Conducting monthly WeBS counts throughout the year • Contributing to the Essex Little Tern Group by surveying seabirds on the estuary by boat and advocacy work to raise awareness of little terns to other estuary users • Learning about the hydrology of the site and contribute to its management for the benefit of breeding and passage birds • Gaining experience of working with livestock by checking Konik ponies and assisting with moving cattle from different fields. We will support your career development by helping you with application writing and career coaching through regular one to one meetings. These will be conducted by RSPB staff with knowledge of what you need to do to get a career in conservation. Accommodation is provided free of charge in a rural cottage approximately one km from the reserve. You will be provided with one of two double bedrooms.

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. Minimum commitment: 6 months 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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