Farmland Bird Surveyor

Farmland bird surveyors with good identification skills and preferably some survey experience to undertake early morning surveys during the breeding season.

Thursday 30 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Surveying wildlife
East Scotland Regional Office

What we're looking for

Over the last 25 years many of our farmland birds have halved in numbers. The RSPB is working with the Government and the farming community to halt this decline. The project allies the RSPB volunteer's enthusiasm with farmers who are interested in finding out more about birds present on their farm. It is hoped that by taking part in the project, farmers will be encouraged to implement management practices which will benefit the farmland bird species present on their land.

The skills you need

The surveys will take place between April and August, each one lasting between approximately 3 - 4 hours plus additional survey time as required. Sound farmland bird identification skills are essential and previous experience carrying out surveys would be an advantage. Early morning visits to survey sites are required. You need to be able to read maps and be fit enough to walk several kilometres over rough ground. Farms can be remote to reach. Car is required. You should bring lots of enthusiasm and commitment to this position!

Your time

Carry out 3 early morning surveys during the breeding season. Approximately 3-4 hours each plus additional as required
March to August

What's in it for you?

A chance to assist the RSPB with high priority work. Good opportunity to improve bird identification skills, increase knowledge of farmland bird ecology and learn more about farming. The RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest in Europe! We can help you gain skills and give you a valuable insight into our work.

How to apply


Massimo Prosdocimi, East Scotland Regional Office
Tel: 01224 624824


Expenses will be reimbursed where applicable. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coasts and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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