Volunteer Site Ranger – Pagham Harbour and Medmerry

Help visitors to RSPB Pagham Harbour & Medmerry enjoy their day by engaging positively with the public and helping them to share the sites appropriately with our breeding and wintering birds

Wednesday 7 April 2021
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Showing people wildlife, Helping visitors at our reserves, Surveying wildlife
Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Nature Reserves

What we're looking for

We are looking for Volunteer Rangers to help patrol our 1000ha-plus reserves at Pagham Harbour & Medmerry, encouraging coastal users to share the reserve appropriately with our beach nesting and over-wintering birds. Our aim is to help people enjoy our nature reserves without disturbing the species that breed and over-winter here. Due to development and population increases along the coast, more recreational activities are occurring that can cause disturbance to our birds with detrimental effects. The birds need our help, and we want to make sure they get the best possible chance of survival. This is where you come in! Primary tasks would include: - Enhancing the enjoyment of RSPB Pagham Harbour and Medmerry nature reserves for all visitors, from all user groups, of all ages and all levels of experience and knowledge of nature, using positive face-to-face engagement. - Spending your days out on our large sites, being additional eyes on the ground, talking to our visitors and watching the wildlife. - Watching out for bird disturbance and making people aware of its impact on birds, promoting behaviour change and how everyone can do their bit to protect them. - Disturbance and visitor engagement data recording and collection. - Reporting any incidents or issues to on-site staff. - Where appropriate and safe, dealing with any misuse of the site and provide guidance on proper use to visitors with the support of RSPB staff. - Engaging with the public, helping with bird identification, directions, guidance, what to see and encouraging the sharing of information. - Reconnecting people with nature and helping to update our bird sightings log to share with visitors. NOTE: If this specific role of practical conservation and public engagement does not suit you currently, we encourage you to contact us if you have other skills around community engagement or organisation and administration. You could still play an essential role in supporting the ranger team.

The skills you need

We're looking for people who are keen/willing to learn about birds and nature and engage with a wide range of people to raise awareness about our amazing wildlife. You will need: - The ability to positively interact with people of all ages and backgrounds. - An approachable and friendly manner, good people skills and an outgoing personality. - Confidence and be happy welcoming and initiating positive conversations with visitors about key subjects, including the work of the RSPB and how they can support us. - A natural enthusiasm for wildlife and for inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds about nature on the reserve. - An ability to negotiate rough terrain (especially shingle beaches) for some aspects of this role. - You'll be comfortable visiting the open coast in all weather conditions. - You'll also be keen and willing to learn about water birds - especially our overwintering ducks, geese and waders as well as our breeding seabirds, and how we can protect them. - You will be prepared to work alone occasionally if required (optional).

Your time

Minimum half a day per week/one day per fortnight throughout the summer breeding season (May - August).
All year round (tasks vary by season)

What's in it for you?

Are you keen to improve coastal wildlife knowledge whilst gaining a sense of achievement by helping to give our ground nesting birds a safe home? Are you looking for a chance to enjoy our amazing wildlife reserves from behind the scenes? Do you want the opportunity to develop new skills? Do you want to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation? Then this could be the role for you! As an RSPB volunteer you are part of something big: a team of amazing and dedicated people who donate their time, energy, talent and skills to help birds and other wildlife. Imagine spending your time at Pagham Harbour and Medmerry nature reserves directly contributing to the conservation of our wonderful birds. Full training is provided, and, as part of the team, you will learn more about the RSPB's conservation work, and make a real difference to our work protecting breeding and wintering birds on our coasts. You will also have the chance to observe other wildlife including birds, butterflies, coastal plants and all the sights of the coast around the shoreline.

How to apply


Rob Yarham, Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Nature Reserves
Tel: 01243 641508
Email: Rob.Yarham@RSPB.ORG.UK


We will reimburse you for out-of-pocket travel expenses (up to a radius of 25 miles) and we will of course provide you with ongoing support. All volunteers will be asked to complete a Covid-19 susceptibility assessment before volunteering, and this may result in you not being able to get involved on the beach this breeding season. Opportunities to volunteer are all subject to Covid-19 restrictions during the breeding season, as a key part of the role involves engaging with members of the public. The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. The RSPB is the largest UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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