South West Peak Wader Warden

Farmland bird surveyors with good identification skills and preferably some experience of territory mapping to undertake 4 early morning surveys during the breeding season.

Tuesday 6 February 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
Midlands Regional Office

What we're looking for

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme has received funding from HLF to deliver a significant programme of works from 2017 to 2021 ( This includes the Working for Waders project, run by a partnership of the RSPB, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the Peak District National Park. The South West Peak is a very important area for breeding lapwing, snipe and curlew. We are looking to establish a team of local Wader Wardens to help monitor these birds on priority farms, help to monitor the impact of habitat creation and improvements and to provide information to support a University of Sheffield PhD research programme. This will directly support breeding wader conservation.

The skills you need

Wader Wardens will need to be experienced birdwatchers, being able to identify lapwing, snipe and curlew, and having good bird ID skills. You will also need to be well organised and able to compile and report on basic information from survey sites. The role involves communication with farmers and landowners, who are often busy and under pressure from conflicting demands. Good interpersonal skills and a sympathetic attitude to farming are essential.

Your time

A minimum of three half days for site monitoring a year (Apr to June), and a full days training. Some volunteers may provide at least 15 days commitment per year.
From February 2017 to end 2021 (maybe longer)
April to June

What's in it for you?

You will be part of an exciting HLF-funded programme in the beautiful South West Peak. You will be able to contribute to breeding wader conservation, support wader-friendly farming and build links with the rural community. You will also receive training in species and habitat survey techniques.

How to apply


Mike Shurmer, Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 01767 693777


Appropriate training will be provided. 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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