Residential Volunteer - Moorland Fieldwork - Long term placement - Geltsdale

Thursday 24 January 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed residential volunteer to help staff monitor this large upland reserve (over 5000ha) with particular emphasis on hen harriers. This is one of the few places in England where hen harriers have successfully nested in the last ten years and it is vitally important that possible breeding birds establishing territories are located and watched as early as possible to prevent any unwanted disturbance (accidental or otherwise). We would also like you to help us monitoring other iconic upland species such as merlin, short-eared owl, ring ouzel, curlew and black grouse.

The skills you need

Good bird identification skills and a working knowledge of upland habitats and species The ability to cope with extended periods of lone working in isolated areas often in difficult terrain and weather conditions. Hill skills - Good map and navigation skills, ability to use a gps and some knowledge of basic survival skills. You must be comfortable living alone in a remote rural setting with wildlife on your doorstep! Your own transport is recommended due to the remote location but not essentials. We would like you to commit to the full 10 weeks if possible.

Your time

10 weeks
mid March - end May 2019
mid March - end May 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?

The opportunity to get to know one of the largest and wildest RSPB reserves in England, spending lots of time wandering the hills recording what you see. Good experience of a range of upland habitats and species with, if we are extremely lucky, the possibility of helping reserve staff and volunteers protect the nest of one of the rarest breeding raptors in England. You will be able to live on the reserve in a remote whitewashed cottage where your commute to work entails a walk through stunning scenery.

How to apply


Steve Garnett, Geltsdale
Tel: 01697 746717


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

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