What we're looking for
This is a truly unique volunteering experience. Rathlin Island has the largest seabird breeding colony in Northern Ireland. The Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre welcomes in excess of 15,000 visitors during the season, all eager to see the puffins and other seabirds at this internationally important seabird colony The Seabird Centre re-opened in Spring 2016 after refurbishment that included a new visitor centre and access to the lighthouse itself, which is now presented as one of the thirteen 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland'. This has significantly enhanced the visitor experience, while the seabird spectacle and breathtaking scenery remain as incredible as they always have been. We want you to be the welcoming and knowledgeable face of the RSPB to engage, inspire and motivate our visitors. By delivering an exceptional visitor experience, we aim to convert visits into support for the work of the RSPB through donations and membership. You will join our friendly team of full-time seasonal staff and up to eight residential volunteers per week. Most of your time will be spent interacting with visitors, but you'll also be involved in daily tasks maintaining the visitor facilities, including housekeeping and restocking refreshments. In addition to the main daily role, our residential volunteers contribute in so many other ways if you have practical skills, creative flair, foreign languages or any other talents to offer the Seabird Centre, we will be delighted to hear about it!