Residential Volunteer - Long term placement-Franchises Lodge

Thursday 16 May 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Residential volunteering
Franchises Lodge

What we're looking for

We are looking to recruit an experienced 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. You will have the opportunity to help shape the long term vision for the site 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. You will be contributing towards establishing Franchise Lodge as a premier destination within the region and beyond, as our visitor strategy develops. 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 responsibility of managing your own work schedule as well as local volunteers and work parties. Through this you will gain experience of how a reserve operates and key tasks and responsibilities a warden enjoys.

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 vital and working with contractors would be an added bonus. 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. 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 from mid-June



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?

As a member of the team based on the reserve, 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. You will initially be involved in helping to set up the workshop and regular maintenance checks, as part of the operations on site

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.

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