Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Isle of Coll

Friday 3 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Isle of Coll

What we're looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic residential volunteers be involved in a variety of practical tasks, primarily to ensure our landholding is suitable for farmland birds through agricultural operations such as grazing and cropping. Wildlife monitoring takes place in spring/summer when there are opportunities to take part in people engagement activities too. Practical skills and bird knowledge desirable. Be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions.

The skills you need

You will need to be at least 18 yrs old with a clean driving licence and have a keen interest in, and enthusiasm for, birds and conservation. You will need to enjoy working in a small team and be equally comfortable roaming around the reserve on your own all day. We would like our volunteers on Coll to have some previous experience working on a reserve/farm carrying out conservation management. A variety of skills are needed from surveying, habitat management, estate maintenance and to a lesser extent staffing information centres and administration. You must be willing and able to undertake repetitive and at times strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers. Please enclose a copy of your CV with your application.

Your time

Minimum 4 weeks
March - Nov 2020
March - Nov 2020



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 have the opportunity to build up skills, both practical and surveying, that are the foundation for a career in conservation working alongside the reserve team and learning more about land management for farmland birds. 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. This residential volunteering position is based on the reserve so on your door step will be some of the best wildlife views in Britain. If it sound good to have corncrake, lapwing, redshank, snipe and hen harrier all within 50m of your window then Coll is the place to be (plus long sandy beaches, vibrant island community, great sea food – need we say more!).

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way. Click here to join today The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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