Roving Reserve Guide - South Essex

Tuesday 12 May 2015
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Helping visitors at our reserves
South Essex Marshes

What we're looking for

We need roving reserve guides at our various sites, including Canvey Wick, West Canvey Marsh, Stanford Wharf, Vange Marsh and Bowers Marsh. The guides ensure that visitors are met by a friendly face representing the RSPB, and enjoy a great visitor experience. Out and about on the reserve you will be helping visitors to identify wildlife and direct them to points of interest. You will be telling people about our amazing work and the benefits of RSPB membership, which is the lifeblood of the Society and is essential to funding nature conservation work both locally and across the UK.. If you are passionate about protecting and enhancing wildlife and feel that you could inspire others to feel the same way, then this may be the perfect volunteering role for you. This role will also include collecting vital data, including visitor questionnaires

The skills you need

You don't need to be a wildlife expert, just enthusiastic to learn! You need to be somebody who is approachable and friendly with good communication skills. You also need to have an interest in wildlife and/or the environment. You would be expected to attend training sessions relevant to the role and would have the opportunity to attend quarterly volunteer meetings.

Your time

4 hours per week or fortnightly, or more if available
All year round, but particularly from May-August

What's in it for you?

You will be supported by the Visitor Experience Manager, and be an essential part of the reserve team. You will be able to enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of our reserves whilst sharing your experiences of wildlife in South Essex.

How to apply


Martin Payne, South Essex Marshes
Tel: 01268 498627


The role may include opening and/or closing the sites, undertaking visitor questionnaires, and membership recruitment. It may also be necessary to advise visitors of the appropriate use of the sites. Appropriate training will be provided, and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.

Reference number 6348