Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Burton Mere

Friday 21 June 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Dee Estuary, England

What we're looking for

We are growing fast: In fewer than 10 years, we have increased breeding wader numbers by over 100 pairs and visitors by over 30,000. We are one of the top 5 estuaries in the UK for wintering wildfowl. In order to keep on top of everything, and keep on improving, we want to take on two enthusiastic, flexible residential volunteers to help both wardening activities (reserve management and monitoring) and with the ever expanding visitor operation.

The skills you need

You will need to be aged over 18, with a full clean driving licence. This is a top opportunity for a good all-rounder. For the visitor facing part of this role, you will need charisma and a friendly manner. You must be approachable, and be and happy to talk to people about the work we do. The conservation element will require a certain amount of ecological knowledge and basic bird identification skills. A strong practical aptitude is desirable for practical tasks, as these can be repetitive and involve strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers.

Your time

Minimum 8 weeks
Immediate start from October 2019
Immediate start from October 2019



Application form (PDF)
To be completed and returned to us before a booking can be made

Brochure about residential volunteering (PDF)
Find out more about residential volunteering on this, and our other reserves within this scheme. Also included are answers to the most frequently asked questions

What's in it for you?

If you're seeking a career in conservation, this placement would be perfect. You will gain priceless experience of getting to grips with practical reserve management (such as bird monitoring, butterfly surveying, water level control, coppicing, reed management), and you will also develop skills in visitor engagement (welcoming visitors, membership recruitment, leading on events such as guided walks) and why it is so important to the RSPB. Whichever direction you want to progress in conservation, experience of both practical nature reserve management and visitor experience delivery is essential: A good warden knows how to deal with visitors, and a good visitor experience officer has a good knowledge of reserve management… win, win! And as well as all of that, you get to live on a fantastic nature reserve with badgers, otters and over 400 little egrets roosting, visible from your living room window.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ Volunteering Development Department
Tel: 01767 680551


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. 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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