Residential Volunteer Intern - Central Highlands Reserve

Saturday 12 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Residential internships
Central Highland nature reserves

What we're looking for

The Central Highland suite of reserves are home some of the UK's rarest breeding birds in the summer and to thousands of wintering birds in the winter. We have 5 reserves in and around the Moray Firth, managed by a small reserves team. We need you to assist us in the conservation management of these reserves, in particular to manage Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS). In return, we can offer you training including pesticide application (PA1 & PA6W), habitat management and coaching in job applications and interview techniques. You will also undertake checks and practical tasks on the reserves and assist with volunteer work parties.

The skills you need

You will be at least 18 years old, and have the ability to work under your own initiative within a small team. You will have a genuine interest in nature conservation. You must be comfortable walking long distance over rough terrain, and be prepared to undertake manual tasks outside in all weathers. You will also need to be comfortable using a computer. A full driving license is essential. PLEASE NOTE THE INFORMATION PAGE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. The closing date for applications is 30th JUNE and interviews will be held immediately thereafter with the start date as soon as possible

Your time

10 months
Immediate start June 2018
Immediate Start June 2018



For information on the role, the reserves and the accommodation offered, download an information pack and application form from our information page

What's in it for you?

As a member of the Central Highland Reserves team, you will be fully involved in the day-to-day running of the reserves – in particular habitat and general estate management. This involves such things as undertaking reserve checks, practical work on the reserve, working with volunteer work parties and monitoring protected species. The main focus of the intern work programme will be to manage invasive plant species (Spartina anglica) to restore the Cromarty Firth SSSI saltmarshes to favourable status, for which full training will be given. The work programme may also include control of giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. You will be given training in invasive species management techniques, including certification in pesticide application. The Central Highland Reserves group covers coastal wetlands, wet grassland and woodland. You will gain experience in a variety of habitat management techniques, as well as a small amount of wildlife survey experience and use of the RSPB's in-house 'Merlin' GIS system.

How to apply


Isabel Morgan, Central Highland nature reserves
Tel: 01463 715000


Request an application form and an information pack from Isabel Morgan ( tel 01463 715000 Return completed applications forms to: Central Highland Reserves Volunteer Intern vacancy, RSPB, Etive House, Beechwood Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW or email them to Isabel at the above address. The closing date for applications is 30th June and interviews will be held immediately thereafter with the start date being as soon as possible. Please ensure that information within your application takes into account the skills listed as essential and desirable. Enclose a CV with your completed application form if you wish. Our internships are designed to offer work experience. However, doing an internship does not, unfortunately, guarantee future employment with the RSPB. Interns are welcome to apply for our paid vacancies, but for obvious reasons, an intern would need to have proven themselves in their current role before their volunteering experience will assist an application for a paid post. 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.

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