Residential Volunteer -- Long term placement - Abernethy

Wednesday 27 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Abernethy Reserve

What we're looking for

You will work closely with RSPB reserve and science staff, learning to collect and accurately record data on large, long term, nationally important projects. This data will inform future management decisions for local and national pinewoods. Work will take place in a scenic but sometimes rough environment in the heart of wild Scotland. You will also work with the reserve team checking nest boxes, getting involved in deer management, infrastructure maintenance, monitoring breeding raptors, using camera traps, removing invasive species and other tasks. Duties will include: •Recording observations on large scale ecological experiments, including monitoring beetles, mammals and woodland birds. •Using standard and bespoke monitoring equipment (flight traps, cameras, etc) •Collecting and managing data and ensuring data integrity •Accompanying deer stalkers and assisting with deer extraction and larder work (deer management is an essential ongoing part of the reserve management) •Removing unwanted non-native tree species •Helping reserve and science staff with other practical and monitoring duties 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.

The skills you need

We are looking for someone who is determined, enthusiastic, a good team player, but also able to develop and work to a schedule on their own. You must have a desire to pick up new skills and learn about nature and particularly uplands ecology, including monitoring live and dead tree stands, dwarf shrub cover, ants nests, beetles, mammals and woodland and moorland birds. You must have excellent written skills, including a meticulous attention to detail. You must understand the importance of careful use and maintenance of equipment. Self motivation and good levels of concentration are essential as well as the ability to walk long distances over rough terrain and work outside in all weathers. Some experience of fieldwork in an upland environment, and navigation skills and use of a GPS are desirable. You must be over 18, a full driving licence is essential, and a car or bike is recommended due to the remoteness of our location. Please enclose a copy of your CV with your application. Closing date for applications is Monday 27th August 2018 Interviews will take place as soon as possible thereafter.

Your time

5 months
October 2018 - March 2019
October 2018 - March 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?

In this role you will gain: •Training and extensive practice in the use of a variety of standard and bespoke survey methodology skills carried out visually, audibly and with camera traps. •Learning and experience of identification of key species in the field, including plants, birds and mammals, and of invertebrate family groups. •On-going personal development, including the use of 4x4 off-road vehicles, hill skills and lone working systems, and environmental awareness. •Experience as part of a team working to preserve, enhance and extend a semi-natural pinewood habitat, whilst also engaging with the visiting public and locals. •Free accommodation in a former hunting lodge in a stunning location •An in-depth working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues. •Access to guidance on career progression.

How to apply


Jane Shah, Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


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