What we're looking for
As part of the RSPB's Saving Nature Scheme, we are looking for a self-motivated, organised and sociable person to help coordinate the monitoring and protection of Little Terns and other beach-nesting birds around the Hanford Water, Blackwater and Colne Estuaries. Mostly home based, your role will be to function as the central, go-to point for volunteer surveyors through the season. You will be part of a friendly and experienced team; helping to coordinate, train and administer a team of volunteers; organise and collate information and survey data, and effectively communicate with the volunteers and the RSPB Little Tern Project team. The little tern is one of Britain's rarest breeding seabirds and has suffered chronic decline over the past 25 years. They nest on sand or shingle coastal beaches near shallow, sheltered feeding areas where they catch small fish, invertebrates and surface insects. Little terns are struggling to find a safe place to nest on our beaches due to increasing recreational activities, climate change, habitat loss and predation, and their numbers are declining along with suitable breeding sites. As a partner in the national EU LIFE little tern project, the RSPB in eastern England has worked to increase the population of little terns through restoration, creation and management of breeding sites; monitoring and protecting nesting terns and their young during the breeding season; and increasing public awareness to ensure support for the long term protection of little terns.