Practical conservation work volunteer - RSPB Dungeness

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are available to get stuck in with some practical conservation work at our reserve.

Posted:
Wednesday 25 November 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Location:
Dungeness

What we're looking for

RSPB Dungeness nature reserve is a wonderful setting to volunteer, set back from the sea, boasting mile after mile of open shingle, fresh water pits, wet grassland and stunning wildflower meadows. Volunteers are an essential part of our overall workforce who directly contribute to the vital conservation work at Dungeness. We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are available to get stuck in with some practical conservation work at our reserve. Reserve tasks tend to be seasonal, falling into 2 types of work: Summer/Autumn: This is a key time for visitors and school groups so we need to make sure the reserve is up to scratch! Tasks could include: •Cleaning & painting hides •Bench installation •Maintaining trails, •Clearing Ragwort from fields. •Green Haying Winter/Spring: This is the time when we work on the habitats found around the reserve and maintain the productivity of the reserve for breeding birds and other wildlife. Tasks include: •Clearing willow from areas like reed bed or near hides and islands. •Keeping on top of the Sea Buckthorn which can be found in some corners of the reserve •Repairing and maintaining our important stock fencing infrastructure •Ensuring the reserve is in a good condition for the coming breeding season. All of these tasks, and more are essential to help us manage this unique and important place for birds and people.

The skills you need

You'd need to be a good team player and happy to brave the elements outdoors during the winter months! Lots of energy and enthusiasm!

Your time

Minimum:
Every Thursday
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year round

What's in it for you?

A great opportunity to do your bit for nature and the environment whilst meeting new people, staff and other volunteers alike, learning new skills, enjoy getting outdoors, getting exercise, plus see parts of the reserve public don't normally have access to.

How to apply

Contact

Craig Edwards, Dungeness
Tel: 01797 320588
Email: Craig.Edwards@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Training, equipment and personal protective equipment will be provided where necessary. You'd need to bring a complete change of clothing, plenty of warm and waterproof clothing, plus a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Useful items to bring are binoculars. You'd need to ensure that you have a valid tetanus inoculation. We'd reimburse you for any out- of- pocket travel expenses and of course give you ongoing support in your role. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. The RSPB is the UK Partner of the global federation of conservation organisations, Bird Life International.

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