Tuesday 13 March 2018
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Coombes Valley & Consall Woods

What we're looking for

The term Lengthsman, coined in the 1800s, originally referred to someone who kept a "length" of road neat and tidy, Employed by local parish councils, their job was, to keep grass and weeds down in the verge, keep drainage ditches clear, and sometimes repair fences. Litter, such as it was in those times, was collected and even wild flowers were tended to. We'd like to re-create this age old role on our woodland reserves to help the Coombes and Churnet Valley reserves maintain the extensive network of footpaths to the high standard that our visitor deserve. You will play a part in choosing your section of path to maintain, approximately 1km in length (or more if you prefer).

The skills you need

Coombes and Churnet Valleys can be steep in places so you need to be able to walk up a steep slope at a slow pace carrying your tools. You need to have some basic experience of using hand tools. We will provide relevant training, such as how to repair a step. You also need to follow our lone working policy and be comfortable with checking in and checking out whenever you are on site. When on site you will be the face of the RSPB so we expect our lengthsman to be able to communicate well with visitors and represent the RSPB.

Your time

Half a days a month
All year round

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to be involved in a team of enthusiastic staff of volunteers in beautiful woodland setting that doesn't involve a vast amount of time and can be carried out whenever the volunteer is available. This very flexible role will mean the volunteer can fulfil their duties at any time, as long as they adhere to the reserves lone working policy. If you're a regular visitor, it could fit in with your usual walk. You will be provided with all the tools and training you need and can pick a section of footpath to adopt that suits you.

How to apply


Rob Atkinson, Coombes Valley & Consall Woods
Tel: 01538 384017
Email: Rob.Atkinson@RSPB.ORG.UK


We welcome volunteers of all ages in the RSPB; however for this particular role, we do not have the staffing capacity to accommodate volunteers under the age of 18. This is due to not being able to meet the safeguarding requirements set out in the RSPB Safeguarding policy. Do keep an eye on the RSPB volunteer pages for any future vacancies'.

Reference number 8546