Residential Volunteer - Long Term Placement - Portmore Lough

Tuesday 3 December 2019
Vacancy type:
Residential volunteering
Portmore Lough

What we're looking for

Portmore Lough nature reserve is managed as a key recovery area for lapwing and other breeding wading birds in Northern Ireland. The reserve comprises 286 hectares of open water, reedbeds, fen, wet grassland and wet woodland. This mosaic of wetland habitats provides perfect opportunities for the survival of breeding lapwing, snipe, redshank and Irish hare. It also provides an ideal home for a large variety of plants, other birdlife and invertebrates. The reserve requires a lot of work to maintain and continuously improve it, and as such, volunteering here gives a great opportunity to acquire a wide range of essential habitat management, people interaction and wildlife surveying skills.

The skills you need

You must be at least 18 years old A full clean driving licence (and preferably some driving experience) The ability to work co-operatively as part of a team Enthusiasm for the role The ability and willingness to carry out strenuous practical work on the reserve on a regular basis in all weathers A keen interest in conservation and natural history The ability to maintain confidential information Some weekend working will be essential to run reserve events, and time off will be given in lieu.

Your time

6 months
Immediate start fromJanuary 2020
Immediate start from January 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?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed residential volunteer to join us. You will be a key member of the reserve team, and depending on the time of year, the areas of work that you could be involved in are: Practical habitat management of wet grassland, reedbed, and fen, keeping them in prime condition for breeding wading birds and wildfowl, as well as range of other species. Assisting with biological surveys for a range of different species and habitats. Maintaining reserve infrastructure; including fences, paths, and visitor facilities. Helping with visitor engagement, reserve events, visits for school groups You will also have the opportunity to assist with conservation work at other reserves, including Montiagh's Moss and Lough Beg, and other RSPB work areas as needed.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


This is a remote site but the cottage is situated close to the reserve. Appropriate training will be provided and 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 Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way. Click here to join today 'The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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