Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Surrey and Hants Heaths

Friday 9 April 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Surrey & Hampshire Heaths

What we're looking for

We are looking for a keen and enthusiastic residential volunteer to assist the work programme and help to implement the reserve management plan on two exciting heathland reserves – Farnham Heath and Hazeley Heath. During your stay you will carry out surveys and undertake habitat management to benefit species such as woodlark, nightjar, silver studded blue butterfly, sand lizard and field cricket, to name but a few.

The skills you need

You must be18 years and over with a full UK drivers licence. Enthusiasm for wildlife and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. An interest in conservation is essential and you must be able to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers.

Your time

6 months
Immediate start from May 2021 for full six months
Immediate start from May 2021



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?

You will become a member of the reserve management team and contribute to practical conservation whilst learning about running and managing a nature reserve. You will build on your species identification skills by taking part in bird, invertebrate, mammal and reptile surveys over beautiful and interesting lowland heathland terrain. You will help to start our winter habitat management programme of work. You will also have the opportunity to lead regular volunteer work parties, and benefit from a training package to equip you with skills toward a possible career in conservation. . All this experience will help you build a vital and important skill set on your way to a career in conservation. This is an excellent chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

How to apply


Rachael Carson, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


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.

Reference number 7216