Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - West Sedgemoor

Tuesday 24 August 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
West Sedgemoor

What we're looking for

We are looking for two enthusiastic residential volunteers to join the team managing the internationally important Somerset levels reserves. You will play an essential part in delivering the reserve work programme and implementing the reserve management plan so that the reserve is managed to its full potential. You will undertake habitat management work on lowland wet-grassland and deciduous woodland.

The skills you need

Minimum age 18. We need someone who has an enthusiastic and friendly personality and is a good team player a keen interest in nature and conservation is also essential. An ability to work outside in all weathers and undertake strenuous manual labour, as work can be physically demanding especially in winter. Driving license essential. Ornithological experience is an advantage though not essential

Your time

6 months
6 months
mid-Sept/beginning of October 2021



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 management team. You will contribute to practical conservation work and learn about running and managing West Sedgemoor, Swell Wood and Greylake Reserves. Our residential volunteers have an excellent record at finding future employment in conservation. The work can vary from one day to the next, you may be looking after livestock, coppicing, hedge laying, repairing fences or carrying out other maintenance tasks depending on the time of year. Residential volunteers also assist with habitat and species management, research, survey and monitoring, estate management, species protection and engaging with visitors and assisting with guided walks. Full training will be provided as appropriate and depending on the season may include work with, ATV, 4WD, tractors and livestock handling. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation and get on the ladder towards a career in conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

How to apply


Rachael Carson, UKHQ 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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