Volunteering is a great way to get involved in conservation, whatever your background, skills and aspirations. People volunteer for various reasons, such as gaining work experience, having a working holiday, meeting like minded people or getting active in the outdoors. It offers opportunities to learn, enjoy and gain experience in several different fields, all whilst contributing to the conservation of nature, wildlife and ecosystems.
Here in the Flow Country, the RSPB are able to offer several ways to get involved, with more roles in development for the future. We also offer work experience opportunities for young people.
Visitor Experience Volunteer - long term placement (June - September, minimum of 6 weeks preferred)
We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our team to help us engage with a wide range of people and raise awareness of the global importance of the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland known as The Flow Country.
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Conservation Skills Residential Volunteering Traineeships (March - September 2019)
Looking for a career in conservation? These traineeships will give you knowledge, training and experience to help pursue a career in conservation, based in a unique and internationally important habitat - the Flow Country. In these traineeships you will undertake survey and monitoring activities, land management tasks, people engagement and research.
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Short term volunteering
We are also looking for short term volunteers throughout the winter. This opportunity will be for a minimum of two weeks and will involve similar work to that of the long term opportunity. Dates currently available are February 2019.
The role description is available here
Residential volunteer opportunities are advertized on the RSPB website.
David Jarrett, former residential volunteer says:
‘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!’
Visitor centre volunteer
Visitor centre volunteers help engage with members of the public who visit the RSPB Forsinard Flows Visitor Centre during the visitor season (April to September). They are a valuable addition to the team and help to provide information to members of the public who visit our reserve and visitor centre. Working closely together, volunteers and regular staff at the visitor centre aim to to provide a comprehensive experience for visitors and a wide range of engagement activities.
For more information, contact Claire Foot-Turner (Email: Claire.Foot@rspb.org.uk, Tel: 01641 571225,
Workparty Conservation volunteer
An excellent chance to make a contribution to wildlife conservation. We require volunteers’ help in the areas of habitat management, reserve maintenance and visitor services. All tasks are vital for conservation of the site and for retaining good access to, and around the reserve.
Community Engagement volunteer
This role helps to inspire, engage and empower individuals and communities to get involved and to learn about the wildlife, environment and culture of the Flow Country through a programme of community events and projects across Caithness and Sutherland.
Learning Assistant volunteer
The Flows to the Future project aims to enthuse children and young people about the Flow Country and the amazing wildlife it is home to - and you can be a part of that! As Learning Assistant you would support our Learning Development Officer and help prepare and deliver outreach sessions in schools across Caithness and Sutherland or field trips to the RSPB reserve.
>> Learning Assistant volunteer role description
Friends and Family Volunteering
Have you ever wanted to volunteer but would like to share the fun with your friends and family? RSPB Scotland are looking for groups of enthusiastic residential volunteers for 6 specific weeks in 2019 to assist with habitat restoration and monitoring, wildlife surveys and practical management.