Residential Volunteer - Long Term - Seabird Research, Bempton Cliffs

Wednesday 11 December 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Bempton Cliffs Seabird Centre

What we're looking for

Bempton Cliffs is at the heart of Britain's largest mainland seabird colony. During the height of the season nearly 500,000 seabirds can be found between Flamborough, Bempton and Filey which presents a stunning spectacle on the towering chalk cliffs and up to 20 kilometres of coastline. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed residential volunteer to help deliver a comprehensive programme of seabird monitoring and research at this internationally important site. You will monitor many species from gannets to guillemots, recording breeding productivity and colony size.

The skills you need

This role requires enthusiasm and dedication as you'll be required to complete the full 16 weeks. You'll need to be as happy working as part of a team as you are spending hours alone monitoring on the cliffs, and your monitoring and survey skills will need to be good. You'll also be able to tell your kittiwakes from your herring gulls, and be happy to engage with members of the public. A full driving license is essential for this role, as is the ability to work outside in all weathers. Bempton is often described as 'bracing' so if you like fresh air, this is the place to come!

Your time

16 weeks
mid April - late July 2020
mid April - late July 2020



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?

If you're looking for a way to build on your experience in research and monitoring then this is the role for you. You'll gain excellent experience in different survey techniques, data management and analysis, contribute to the annual monitoring report as well as seeing how an RSPB reserve is run from behind the scenes. During your stay you will become a full member of the reserve team. You'll be contributing to vital research and helping towards saving our threatened seabirds. Accommodation is provided in the small village of Bempton, one mile from the reserve.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Please enclose a copy of your CV with your application. Closing date for applicants is Friday 21st February. An interview (in person or by telephone) will be held for this position in the week commencing Monday 2nd March 2020. Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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