Residential Volunteer - Wader Monitoring Project - Long term placement - Loch Leven

Wednesday 5 December 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Loch Leven

What we're looking for

RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, previously Vane Farm, is part of the Loch Leven NNR and aims to provide lowland wet-grassland waders with ideal breeding habitat. We need an enthusiastic and flexible residential volunteer to help with a variety of tasks, including monitoring throughout the breeding season, habitat management and practical reserve maintenance

The skills you need

You need to be at least 18 yrs old, and it is essential that you have a clean driving licence. You will also need to be enthusiastic, happy to work alone and as part of a team, have an interest in conservation and wildlife and happy to work outdoors in all weathers and at antisocial times.

Your time

12 weeks
April to end June 2019
April to end 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?

During your stay, you will become an integral member of the reserve team, working alongside the warden and assistant warden. You will contribute to practical conservation and learn about running and managing a nature reserve. The post focuses on breeding lapwing, aiming to find each nest and monitor breeding success – following each pair and assessing productivity. The volunteer post is a great opportunity to get stuck in and immerse yourself in the world of breeding waders, learning their behaviour and habits in a bid to inform and improve site management and develop your own knowledge. This is an excellent chance to get involved in a variety of other surveys too, including BBS, bearded tit, WeBS and breeding wildfowl. You'll be working over the three Tayside reserves – Loch Leven, Loch of Kinnordy and the Tay Reedbeds – giving you a chance to learn about different habitats, surveys and management.

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. Accommodation is provided free of charge for long term volunteers. 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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