Reserve Work Party volunteer - Culbin Sands

Wednesday 18 November 2020
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Culbin Sands, c/o NSRO

What we're looking for

We are running regular work parties, usually once or twice a week between early autumn and late winter to carry out habitat management tasks on our Culbin Sands reserves. These tasks will include the removal of scrub and small trees with hand tools and burning brash on bonfires. We are looking for volunteers to help out with these management tasks by joining our dedicated team of volunteers. Work parties take place between Monday and Friday. It is not possible to run work parties on regular days of the week as access to Culbin Sands is dependent on the timing of tides, so planned work party dates are released every few weeks. The tasks are running as part of our LIFE 100% Favourable Project, which aims to improve the condition of sand dune and vegetated shingle habitats on the reserve, to benefit a range of rare and threatened species.

The skills you need

Enthusiasm, flexibility and the ability to get on well with a range of people is essential. An interest in conservation will be helpful. No specialist skills are required however, you will need to be able to use hand tools (bowsaws, loppers) for cutting vegetation and you will need to be able to withstand 4-6 hours of working (at your own pace) on a remote site in sometimes poor weather conditions. You will need to be able to move over steep, boggy and sandy ground and be able to step over or use a narrrow plank to cross a tidal creek to access the site. You will need to be comfortable to occasionally work around loud machinery and to follow safety instructions. Due to the remoteness of the reserve, there are no indoor toilet facilities at this reserve. You will need to make sure you have an up-to-date tetanus injection. As the reserve is remote, you will need your own transport to get to the reserve. The reserve is not served by public transport.

Your time

1 or 2 days a month
September - March

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to help manage this remote and fascinating reserve while working alongside a commited team of volunteers and staff. You'll learn about the management and ecology of this important reserve while developing new skills in habitat management or just enjoying this remote and wild reserve. Appropriate training and support will be provided for the tasks. Through this role you will be making an important contribution to the management of this reserve. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity.

How to apply


David Tompkins, At home


Volunteers will need to provide their own food, drink and outdoor clothing, including wellies. The RSPB will provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment relevant to the tasks, such as work gloves and protective glasses. We recommend that new volunteers attend a trial volunteer session, to ensure that the role is suitable for them. All the training necessary and background information will be provided and since you'll be giving up your time, it's only fair that we offer to re-imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles). Due to Covid-19, additional safety measures are in place to protect our volunteers, staff and the wider public, details of these measures will be explained during volunteer inductions. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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