Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Onziebust

Thursday 1 March 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Onziebust, Egilsay Orkney

What we're looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic residential volunteers to help us with all aspects of running the Onziebust Farm Reserve on Egilsay. All volunteers will also have the opportunity to assist on neighbouring island of Rousay at Trumland reserve. Habitat and estate management will be undertaken, as well as surveying and monitoring. We have a small herd of Shetland cattle, so you must be confident around livestock as some animal handling may be required for which training will be provided. Priority species at Onziebust include corncrake, breeding waders, greater yellow bumblebee. Trumland is an upland site with breeding hen harrier, red throated diver and seabird cliffs.

The skills you need

You must be aged at least18 with a full clean driving licence. Enthusiasm, ability to work as part of a team, and an interest in conservation and wildlife is essential. You must be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers Free accommodation is provided in a small bothy which is open plan bedsit style with twin beds. You will share with one other volunteer.

Your time

4 weeks minimum
From May 2018
From May 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?

This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation and to gain skills in habitat management and wildlife surveys for a range of species. During your stay, you will become a member of the reserve management team. You will contribute to practical conservation and learn about running and managing a nature reserve. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity

How to apply


Jane Shah, 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. 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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