Bird Surveyor - South Essex Marshes

Wednesday 7 February 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home
South Essex Marshes

What we're looking for

We're looking for enthusiastic birdwatchers and wildlife spotters to help us monitor our bird populations at our fantastic South Essex Marshes reserves! On our nature reserves, we monitor and survey many species during the breeding and winter seasons in order to maintain accurate information about what is present. We need to assess populations of key species because this helps us to measure whether the habitat management we are doing is working! Why not support us in this vital area of wildlife conservation work by spending some time surveying, monitoring and enjoying some of the most iconic birds to be found on our South Essex reserves?

The skills you need

We need you to have good observational skills, patience, a willingness to learn, and be able to work unsupervised or as part of a team as necessary. Good physical fitness is also important as some surveys involve walking for long periods on uneven terrain.

Your time

Occasional one off surveys
Throughout the year

What's in it for you?

Firstly, you will be part of a friendly and experienced team of like-minded nature enthusiasts working to protect our RSPB priority species. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to access off-limit areas of our reserves and at times of the day when others can't. Thirdly, you will be trained and mentored by a member of staff, providing you with support in developing skills in identification, surveying and monitoring techniques. Sound good? There is no better way to discover and connect with the special birdlife of the South Essex Marshes, than by volunteering to monitor and protect it!

How to apply


Isobel Donovan, South Essex Marshes
Tel: 01268 498627


Some surveys require you to work as part of a coordinated team, requiring commitment and being adaptable to changing circumstances, whilst others can be carried out at a time that suits you. A driving licence is highly desirable and access to a vehicle may be required in order to travel to the survey locations. The work could involve being out in a wide range of weather conditions. Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary.

Reference number 4247