Guide in the Hide - Loch Ruthven

Tuesday 18 January 2011
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation
Loch Ruthven, c/o NSRO

What we're looking for

Loch Ruthven is part of the Central Highland Reserve complex run by a small staff team and heavily relies on volunteer support. The hide, one of the best places to see the colourful slavonian grebe, is popular with visitors during the spring and summer. To enhance the visitor experience we are looking for volunteers to provide information, show visitors wildlife from the hide and help promote other reserves in the area so visitors can get the most from their time at Loch Ruthven. We also need you to encourage visitors to support the reserve and the wider work of RSPB through donations, pin badge and membership.

The skills you need

You'll need to have good people skills, some tact and diplomacy, and enjoy talking. However, you'll also need to be comfortable on your own during quiet periods. Good English language skills are essential as is a friendly manner and enthusasium for the work of the RSPB. Some natural history knowledge, wildlife conservation knowledge and wildlife ID skills would be advantageous. The hide is not accessible by vehicle, the path leading to it is narrow, uneven and rocky with several boardwalks so you will need to be comfortable walking over uneven ground.

Your time

Half day each fortnight
April to September
Spring and summer

What's in it for you?

You will be the public face of the RSPB at Loch Ruthven and and essential part of a small team. It's a great opportunity to share your passion with other people, you might even inspire someone to do more for wildlife. The team work on a flexible rota so you don't necessarily need to work a fixed day. If you're looking to build a career in conservation, this could be a great place to start. Giving you valuable insight and experience of working for RSPB.

How to apply


Isabel Morgan, Loch Ruthven, c/o NSRO
Tel: 01463 715000


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. 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 UK Partner of the global federation of conservation organisations, BirdLife International.

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