Residential Volunteer - Operation Osprey

Monday 12 November 2018
Vacancy type:
Residential volunteering
Abernethy, Operation Osprey Project

What we're looking for

The Operation Osprey Project requires residential volunteers from late March to mid August. You must be prepared to work at least a week at a time and arrange to start and finish spells of duty on Saturdays. We have 6 residential volunteers each week, and these are split into 3 teams of 2 to allow a rotation of duties. The shift rota operates over a 7-day period and shifts will be split over short evening shifts, long night shifts and short day shifts. Some weekend work will be necessary. From 1000 - 1800 hours, when the Osprey Centre is open to the public, duty volunteers will spend their shift in the Centre, welcoming visitors, showing them around the centre, pointing out the osprey nest, binoculars, tv screens, small bird feeders, family activities etc. If possible we would like you to answer visitors' questions, but we don't expect you to be an expert, and members of staff will be on hand to help. When the centre is closed between 1800 - 1000 hours, duty volunteers will be in the Forward Hide, observing the nest. Outside duty hours, your time is your own to enjoy this wonderful reserve and to explore the area.

The skills you need

Ability to work as part of a team, interest in conservation and a love of birds. Excellent people skills; friendly, relaxed and able to engage with visitors. International volunteers must speak good English. If you book to go on your own, you will be paired with another person of the same sex. You will spend your shifts with this person as well as sharing a twin bedroom in the accommodation with them. Specialist knowledge is not required but enthusiasm for birds is. No physical land management work. Minimum age 18.

Your time

1 week Saturday to Saturday
April to mid August 2019 inclusive
April to mid August 2019 inclusive



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?

Loch Garten has one of the finest areas of Caledonian pinewood left in Scotland. The surveillance hide provides a unique view of the ospreys' nest, and you will directly contribute to the protection of these magnificent birds. The duties are ideally suited to people with a love of birds who enjoy sharing their enthusiasm with others. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. During your time off you can enjoy this magnificent environment, together with its flora and fauna. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


The accommodation is 2.5 miles from the Visitor Centre where the work is carried out. Some bicycles are available for those that don't bring a car, but we cannot guarantee availability, so walking may be necessary. However, the route is virtually flat. . 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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