Berney Mill Visitor Volunteer

Wednesday 17 February 2016
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people
Berney Marshes & Breydon Water

What we're looking for

Berney Mill, situated in the remote and beautiful Berney and Halvergate Marshes, under the joint management of the RSPB and English Heritage, will be reopening its doors to the public during National Mills Weekend 2016 (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May) Built in 1865 by the Reedham Cement Company on the banks of the River Yare, Berney Mill was originally used to grind cement clinker from Whitlingham and Cley dredged from Oulton Broad and Breydon Water. Converted in 1883 to drain the surrounding marshlands, the Mill went from being a part of local industry to playing a major role in the land management of Berney and Halvergate Marshes, up until 1948 when it was replaced by motor pumps. In 1999, the Mill was restored under the management of English Heritage, and will be reopened in May 2016, under the joint management of RSPB and English Heritage. The Mill is an important part of our local history and heritage, and we are looking for a team of 'Visitor Volunteers', who can greet visitors, show them around the Mill and talk about the history of Berney Marshes and Breydon Waters. 'Visitor Volunteers' will also be encouraging an interest in conservation in the area, RSPB membership and talking to visitors about activities in the area, such as our boat trips, walking and cycling routes.

The skills you need

Confident talking to the public, with a keen interest in conservation, local history and/or Mills. You will need to be willing to learn new information about the area and the RSPB's activities to pass on to the public. You will need to be comfortable encouraging visitors to become RSPB members You will need to be comfortable and confident volunteering in a remote area, and be comfortable being a part of a team of volunteers. You will need to be comfortable handling petty cash and encouraging sales of refreshments and pin badges.

Your time

Minimum: half a day per month (at a weekend) Maximum: two days per month (at a weekend)
Ongoing from May 2016
All year round

What's in it for you?

Do you have a keen interest in local conservation, history and mills? If so, this is the perfect volunteering activity! You will be a part of a like minded team of volunteers dedicated to talking to the public about the importance of this historic site. Encouraging others to take an interest in the Mill and the local surroundings of Berney Marshes and Breydon Waters. You will be able to make new friends, talk to the public, help local conservation and history, and be a part of the largest conservation charity in Europe. You will learn new skills and gain a valuable insight into the RSPB's work, at the same time as volunteering at the breath taking location.

How to apply


Daniel Hercock, Berney Marshes & Breydon Water
Tel: 01493 700645


Full training and ongoing support is provided as part of this role. First aid training is mandatory as part of this role. Agreed upon volunteer transport expenses are available. It is essential that you are able to get to and from the Berney Mill (please get in touch for advice). A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential. 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 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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