Water Vole Surveyor - South Essex Marshes

Tuesday 12 June 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Surveying wildlife
South Essex Marshes

What we're looking for

The South Essex Marshes are a landscape of wide open grazing marshes, lagoons, reedbeds and flowery meadows, and are home to a huge array of rare and fascinating wildlife. The reserves are home to important populations of the rare and declining water vole. We want to maintain a consistent picture of the presence and distribution of the water vole on the RSPB South Essex reserves, to better inform the habitat management we carry out to provide for them, and to monitor their general progress year to year. We are looking for volunteers to undertake water vole surveys, by way of recording field signs, in April and September. We will introduce you to the basic mammal field sign identification skills you need, especially those of water vole, and provide a general knowledge of their ecology. You will need to have good eye for detail and strong map reading skills too.

The skills you need

You will need to be competent in the identification of mammal field signs. We can assist you in developing this skill. Otherwise, a moderate level of fitness in order to walk across uneven terrain and through dense vegetation in (often quite hot weather). A good eye for detail, basic data recording skills for making notes in the field, and the ability to read a map.

Your time

8 hours a month in April and September
spring and autumn

What's in it for you?

This is a brilliant chance to gain an insight into how water voles are monitored for conservation purposes, and to play an important role in the conservation of these charismatic animals. This is a great opportunity for those pursuing a career in conservation who may like to gain experience of ecological monitoring.

How to apply


Susan Jones, South Essex Marshes
Tel: 01268 498627
Email: Susan.Jones@rspb.org.uk


We would reimburse you for all out-of-pocket expenses, invite you to volunteer 'thank you' events, send you copies of our bi-annual volunteer newsletter and monthly Exe Estuary reserve updates. You will also receive ongoing support and training in your role. 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 Partner of the global federation of conservation organisations, Bird Life International.

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