Residential Volunteer - Long Term Placement - Practical and Survey - Loch Lomond

Friday 12 April 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Loch Lomond

What we're looking for

RSPB Loch Lomond is looking for a long term practical conservation and survey volunteer. You'll join our small team and assist us in making the site a fantastic place, for both wildlife and people. The role will be diverse, and vary depending on the time of year. You could be leading cruises across Loch Lomond for a guided walk at our Inversnaid reserve, be out until 2am surveying and listening to the wonderful noises on the Aber Bog, and the next day be making fence repairs to ensure our number one management tool, the cattle, stay where they should. Although the main focus of the role will be on the practical and survey work, you will regularly assist with visitor engagement and events, supporting the community engagement officer.

The skills you need

You will need to be at least 18 years old, preferably with a clean driving licence. The ability to work in a team is essential, as is enthusiasm, good communication skills and a friendly disposition. We need a flexible volunteer, who is keen to assist with all areas of the work, with an enthusiasm for wildlife and passion for the RSPB's work. The role will be varied but you should be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers and be able to undertake strenuous manual labour, with some early starts and late finishes. (Time off will be given in lieu).

Your time

5 months
From now - Mid September 2019
From now - Mid September 2019



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?

Through volunteering at RSPB Loch Lomond you will develop a set of skills that will make you a competitive candidate for nature conservation roles. You will be an integral part of our small and friendly team and assist with all aspects of our work. You will develop habitat management skills and knowledge by assisting with invasive species management and cutting and burning in the fen. Your survey skills will improve as you assist with breeding bird, butterfly and spotted crake surveys. There will be several opportunities to develop your leadership and management skills through leading volunteer work groups and working with short term residential volunteers. Infrastructure such as fences gates and styles need regular maintenance and inspections and you'll develop the skills needed to carry out this work. As well as working at RSPB Loch Lomond you'll have the opportunity to work on the other reserves in the Forth and Lomond Area Reserves Team. You will also work with partner organisation such as Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We will provide relevant training in different ecological survey and monitoring techniques, practical conservation work, health and safety and Geographic Information System use. As well as setting up a personal development plan to ensure you get the most out of your time here.

How to apply


Luke Wake, Loch Lomond
Tel: 01389 830670


Applications should be sent in the form of a CV to Applications will then be short listed and successful candidates will be invited to a telephone interview. 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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