Residential Volunteer - Long term placement-Franchises Lodge

Friday 19 March 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Franchises Lodge

What we're looking for

We are looking to recruit a Residential Volunteer to become a vital member of our team on one of our newest and most exciting reserves. We are offering the chance to volunteer on Franchises Lodge reserve within the beautiful setting of the New Forest. The reserve is in its early stages of set up. This allows for the exciting opportunity to learn all that is involved in these early stages and for you to help shape the long term vision for the site. There will be a lot of survey opportunities during the Spring and Summer as well as gaining first hand experience of reserve operations. This exciting new reserve is a significant acquisition for the RSPB and you will be helping to protect and enhance the species and habitats found on site, benefitting its ecological value within a unique landscape. There will be opportunities to learn how to develop a Priority Landscape Plan and management plan. You will be contributing towards establishing Franchise Lodge as a premier destination for young people aged 15-25 with the setting up of our new residential nature outreach centre. There will be a range of courses and sessions that you could support including outdoor survival skills and mental well-being sessions.

The skills you need

You must be at least 18 years of age, have a full UK driving licence, and show enthusiasm and passion for wildlife. You should be happy working in a small team, in a remote location, with minimal supervision, determining your own work schedule as well as leading groups and work parties. You must be capable of carrying out practical work to a high standard. All other practical experience will be warmly welcomed but training will be provided where necessary. Experience of working with volunteers is advantageous but a good can-do attitude and willingness to learn is essential. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential, as well as confidence when addressing groups such as work parties. Good natural history ID, observation and fieldwork skills are helpful but not essential, and an understanding of woodland management would also be beneficial. There will be plenty of opportunities to develop these skills with skilled surveyors. Interviews will be conducted for this placement. Please enclose a copy of your CV with your application.

Your time

26 weeks - Saturday to Saturday
All year round
Immediate start - please apply ASAP



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?

Housed in a beautiful cottage deep within the woods, surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife, you will have the chance to develop skills you have learnt elsewhere, as well as being provided with further training and experience to improve your CV. As a key part of the site team you will have the chance to develop management skills through our volunteer program. Through this you will gain experience of how a reserve operates and key tasks and responsibilities a warden enjoys. You will have responsibility for the day to day running of the site. This includes planning work schedules, carrying out practical land management, implementing best practice, health & safety measures, working with volunteer groups, survey work and public engagement.

How to apply


Anneka Schofield, Dorset Office
Tel: 01929 556651


Some tasks outlined above may be allocated depending on skills, experience and personal development needs. Appropriate training will be provided and pre-agreed expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB works towards a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference.

Reference number 9028