Farmland Surveyor

Wednesday 21 January 2015
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Various locations

What we're looking for

The RSPB has been providing surveys for farmers since 1999. We are concentrating our advisory support for farmers in specific geographic areas, each chosen carefully for their importance for farmland birds. Volunteers are needed to help monitor populations of priority birds on a number of sites in each area. Surveys are repeated every three years so that we can judge how well the project is doing.

The skills you need

You will need above average bird identification skills, and be able to read maps. You will need to attend a half-day training session in February and carry out 4 early morning surveys on a farm close to you. The surveys take place between April and June, each one lasting 3-4 hours. You need to be fit enough to walk several kilometres over rough ground. Previous experience of carrying out surveys would be an advantage, though not essential.

Your time

Four surveys, each 3-4 hrs plus training one session per year
February - July

What's in it for you?

This is a chance to be part of a committed local team of birdwatchers, helping the RSPB with its flagship farmland bird programme. It's also an opportunity to birdwatch in areas without public access, and learn more about farming and farmland bird conservation.

How to apply


Anna Broszkiewicz, Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 01767 693777


This vacancy is only available in the Isle of Axholme and river Idle washlands area. Training in survey methodology will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Your time and skills could make a real difference to our work; please get involved.

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