Bird/Wildlife surveyor

We need your help with surveying Wetland Birds (Webs) November to March, wet grassland breeding birds in April, May and June, including evening surveys for spotted crakes and tree sparrow nest boxes

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Surveying wildlife
Ouse Washes

What we're looking for

As an RSPB wildlife monitoring/survey volunteer you'll be 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. You will also be helping to protect nature now and for future generations to enjoy. On our nature reserves we monitor and survey many species, both avian and non-avian, in order to maintain accurate information about what is present and to assess populations of key species against management plan targets. This information allows us to assess whether the habitat management we are doing is working, and to fine tune it as new species are found and priorities change. We are looking for enthusiastic and organised people to carry out wildlife monitoring/surveys to support us in this vital area of the RSPBs work.

The skills you need

Good observational skills, patience, a willingness to learn, a reasonable level of physical fitness, commitment. Ability to work unsupervised or as part of a team as necessary.

Your time

Spring 6-10 days, winter 5-10 days
All year round

What's in it for you?

You will be part of a friendly and experienced team of like-minded nature enthusiasts working to protect RSPB conservation priority species. You will meet a range of staff and make new friends, which will give you valuable insight into our work. Your support will help make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation giving you the opportunity to learn how reserves operate and see things beyond the usual visitor experience. You will be trained and mentored by a member of staff, providing you with support in learning the monitoring/survey methodology which will help you develop your skills in identification and survey and monitoring techniques.

How to apply


Paul Harrington, Ouse Washes
Tel: 01354 680212


Ability to work flexibly with occasional evening and weekend working. Some surveys require you to work as part of a coordinated team, requiring commitment and being adaptable to changing circumstances, whilst others can be carried out at a time that suits you. A driving licence is highly desirable and access to a vehicle may be required in order to travel to the survey locations. We will reimburse all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses Seasonality – we undertake monitoring/survey work all year round but mainly in spring and winter. Examples include monitoring breeding waders during April to June, and counting wintering wildfowl once a month from October to April. The work could involve being out in a wide range of weather conditions. Good physical fitness is important as some monitoring/surveys involve walking for long periods and in uneven terrain. Much monitoring/survey work is carried out early morning, though this is dependent on the species and local conditions.

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