Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Ynys-hir

Wednesday 9 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Ynys Hir

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic all-round residential volunteer to help us with a very varied programme of habitat management, survey and monitoring, estate work, public affairs and livestock management. Ynys-Hir is sited on the southern side of the Dyfi estuary, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. The reserve is stunningly beautiful and supports a unique mix of habitats, ranging from upland heath, ffridd and western oak woodlands to estuarine bogs, reed-bed, lowland wet grassland, and the saltmarshes of the Dyfi. It is one of the most important sites for breeding lapwing in Wales. Other key species include pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, tree pipit and lesser spotted woodpecker, otter, dormouse, several nationally important invertebrates, and 10 species of bat.

The skills you need

You should be a good team player, willing and able to take responsibility for certain work. Tasks can be physically demanding, and you will need to be prepared to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers. You must be at least 18 years old and have a sense of humour. We are looking for someone who is flexible and enthusiastic, and able to use their initiative. Your own car or bicycle will be useful.

Your time

4 months
Immediate start to end August 2018
Immediate start to end August 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?

As part of the reserve team, you will gain practical experience of a wide range of activities – from checking nestboxes to repairing fences. You will develop an understanding of our rationale for management, the ecology of our target species and our management options. You will receive hands-on training in estate tasks (e.g. fencing, livestock management), bird survey work, and take part in our busy schedule of events (walks, talks, etc). The accommodation is a 2 bedroom bungalow, less than a mile from the reserve. You will be sharing the accommodation with another volunteer.

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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