Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Northward Hill

Thursday 5 April 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Northward Hill

What we're looking for

We're looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to help our reserve team in the North Kent Marshes to deliver nature conservation on the ground. The overall purpose is to assist the reserve team to carry out the weekly work programme of habitat management, estate work and biological monitoring. We have a diverse range of habitats including grazing marsh, woodland, reedbed, scrub, grassland and brackish lagoons. Tasks will likely include: •Breeding bird surveys (until June) •Productivity surveys for breeding waders •Monitoring of black-winged stilt •Butterfly transects •Predator fence maintenance •Trail checks and maintenance •Infrastructure repairs and maintenance e.g. fencing •Health and safety checks of tools, equipment and machinery •Assisting with the management of volunteer work days •Public engagement tasks including events and blogs

The skills you need

We would like you to be: •18 years old or over •A willingness to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers •The ability to work in a team and a strong work ethic •Enthusiasm and flexibility •Confident and friendly manner •Ability to actively listen to others and follow instructions •Ability to use your own initiative •A full driving license is also required for this role to drive reserve vehicles Desirable: •Basic wildlife identification skills •Previous experience of practical work on a nature reserve

Your time

4 weeks to 4 months
From May to beg September 2018 only
From May to beg September 2018 only



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?

This role is a rare opportunity to get a taster for reserve management on what is usually an intern-only site. You have the opportunity to discover whether this field of work is really for you, network with like-minded people in the sector and gain insights into what is needed for you to make a successful career in practical conservation. You will gain experience of working in a team and supervising others, and there will be some opportunity to be involved in other aspects of reserve life such as visitor services and events. You will get a working knowledge of the RSPB and wider conservation issues and a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the placement. And on top of all this – you get to live on a spectacular nature reserve for free!

How to apply


Jane Shah, Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Free accommodation in a shared house on the reserve will be provided, with utilities included. You will need to be able to provide your own food and living costs, and travel to and from the reserves at the start and end of your placement. Appropriate training will be provided and pre-arranged 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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