Montagu's Harrier Volunteer Coordinator

Posted:
Monday 24 April 2017
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home
Location:
Eastern England Regional Office

What we're looking for

As part of the RSPB's Saving Nature Scheme, we are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person to help coordinate the activities of survey volunteers monitoring Montagu's Harriers in East Anglia from April to August. Mostly home based, with very occasional visits to field volunteers, your role will hours, claiming expenses and ensuring effective communication between the volunteer team and RSPB Montagu's Harrier Project staff. If you are interested, (but this is not obligatory) in taking part in surveys as well, you will be trained in monitoring Montagu's Harriers by a Montagu's Harrier team member. The Montagu's Harrier is the rarest breeding raptor in the UK, visiting the UK in the summer and migrating to West Africa over winter. The UK population of Montagu's Harriers appear to be in decline with breeding success variable year to year, and its status is precarious with each pair needing special protection. Montagu's Harriers nest on the ground, often on arable farm land. This can result in unintentional nest destruction by land owners during harvest operations, and the risk of predation by mammals and other bird species. Low level persecution is also suspected, with adult birds vanishing on three occasions in recent years, so the RSPB continues to closely monitor these birds. The on-going success of Montagu's Harriers is therefore reliant on the continued efforts of RSPB staff, volunteers, farmers & landowners to protect nests and ensure the population continues to remain at a sustainable level.

The skills you need

An organised person with abilities in filling in computer spreadsheets, and understand on line administration with training. A friendly and approachable attitude is a must as you will be the central point for volunteer enquiries through the season. An interest in being part of a small team of keen and experienced ornithologists is a must!

Your time

Minimum:
1 day per week
Duration:
on-going
Period:
April to September

What's in it for you?

Your role will make a significant contribution to the conservation and safeguarding of these rare and beautiful protected species. You will learn how to manage and develop a small volunteer team, and learn more about Montagu's Harriers and RSPB efforts to help protect these rare birds. Full training and support from experienced RSPB staff will be provided. As an RSPB volunteer you are part of something big – a team of amazing and dedicated people who donate their time, energy, talent and skills to help birds and other wildlife. As the largest conservation charity in Europe, the RSPB can help you gain skills, meet a range of like minded people and make new friends, and give you a valuable insight into our work. Your support will help to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation.

How to apply

Contact

Sarah Gelpke, Titchwell
Tel: 01485 210779
Email: Sarah.Gelpke@rspb.org.uk

Notes

There will be 1-2 days for RSPB volunteer training at our Norwich office. RSPB staff will provide support and advice throughout the season, and we are flexible to booked holidays. A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential if you are interested in monitoring these birds as well as managing the team's administration. Appropriate training will be provided and out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed. The RSPB is the largest European charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. 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. Minimum commitment: Around one day per week through the season (late April - September). There will be 1-2 days for RSPB volunteer training at our Norwich office. RSPB staff will provide support and advice throughout the season, and we are flexible to booked holidays. Duration: Ongoing. Who to contact? Sarah Gelpke, Saving Nature Scheme Project Officer Tel: 07703470713 Email: Sarah.Gelpke@RSPB.org.uk Notes A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential if you are interested in monitoring these birds as well as managing the team's administration. Appropriate training will be provided and out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed. The RSPB is the largest European charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. 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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