Volunteer Internships at RSPB Forsinard Flows

04/01/2017 11:56am
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Are you interested in wildlife, conservation, climate change?  Are you looking to gain skills in conservation and pursue a career?  Do you want to help give nature a home, spread the word to others...and get muddy?


Please read on...


There is no single route into working in conservation, as there are numerous roles, great diversity, and many specialized areas.


Volunteering is a great ‘tried and trusted’ way of finding out more about an area or organisation, and many, many people currently in a conservation job started by volunteering.


Here at RSPB Forsinard, we are offering four seven month residential internships running from March to September 2017, which will help you to gain a variety skills in key conservation areas, including surveying and monitoring, people engagement and research. 


All of this on the RSPB’s largest reserve, in the heart of international important Flow Country peatlands.  You will be surveying and helping to conserve many rare and endangered bird species, including hen harrier, red and black throated divers, common scoter, curlew, greenshank, golden plover  and many more.  You will also experience a range of peatland wildlife, from the amazing insectivorous plants, to the beautiful dragonflies and damselflies and majestic red deer.  You will also share the importance of this beautiful habitat with visitors through assisting in the visitor centre, on guided walks and at events.   


We think this is an amazing opportunity, to increase your experience and practise new skills, but don’t just take our word for it – here are some testimonies from previous volunteers –


'Forsinard was one of my first residential volunteering experiences with the RSPB, and definitely one of the most memorable. The scenery and wildlife were incredible, and it was a really fantastic team to be part of! I learned a lot about upland and bog habitat management, as well as getting brilliant experience of working outdoors with RSPB staff and volunteers. Being at Forsinard gave me the confidence to pursue my change of career, and thanks to that I’m lucky enough to now be an assistant warden.'

Daniel Snowden, Assistant Warden, RSPB Dungeness. 


'I had a fantastic time volunteering at Forsinard, surveying some of our most iconic birds and taking part in genuine conservation work in a unique landscape.  I've never learnt so many new things so quickly, and I also gained the skills and experience I needed to begin a career working in conservation. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at Forsinard, I would definitely recommend it!'

David Jarrett, Fieldwork, Training and Engagement Officer, BTO Scotland. 


You can find out more about the posts at Forsinard and how to apply at



The closing date is 16th January 2017.