What we're looking for
Would you enjoy joining a dedicated team of volunteers and staff looking after a protected species? Have you ever wanted the chance to play a vital role in an iconic Scottish historical conservation project? Then this role is for you! We are looking for evening watch volunteers to observe the osprey nest while the birds are incubating eggs. You do not need to have any experience in bird watching, just a positive can-do attitude. We are looking for volunteers to watch over and protect the osprey nest for 4 hours a fortnight when our centre is closed for the day. In return, you will have a special opportunity and access to watch and learn about ospreys from the warmth and comfort from our observation hide. In this role, you will receive training to provide behavioural science information that started 60 years ago and learn about the forest that surrounds the nest. The role takes place over 11 weeks between April to early June in 2020. With our site being a visitor hotspot sometimes the birds can become startled with out of hours visitors. Your role is valuable; you will not only observe and record osprey behaviour but you will care for the nests by managing responsible behaviour around the nest by visitors. In the absence of a nesting pair of ospreys, we would still be looking for keen volunteers to watch over the nest early in the season. This would prevent disturbance to ospreys looking to establish in the future. This is a special opportunity to experience the forest at night as well as critical work to protect our ospreys in the UK. You will receive hands-on training and guidance to ensure you are fully supported before the excitement of the season begins.