RSPB Scotland (Shetland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037654

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK charity that speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us to keep it that way


Current opportunities

The Shetland Conservation Volunteers is a RSPB run team of enthusiastic volunteers who deliver practical conservation work in Shetland for environmental and community benefit. An ongoing programme of activities will be proposed, with an aim of a day of action every month in spring and summer. Tasks could include infrastructure maintenance at RSPB reserves and providing help to local projects such as weeding, pruning and planting in community gardens. There is no minimum commitment, volunteers can take part in one or more projects. This is an opportunity to learn and share skills, join a friendly team and actively contribute to protecting Shetland's environment. This opportunity is seasonal and will be dependent on guidance around COVID-19 for 2020/2021

Why we want you: We are looking for enthusiastic, outgoing individuals who can engage with our visitors while they are out and about on the Mousa RSPB reserve to enhance the visitor experience. The role holder will aid visitors with wildlife identification and give information on how the reserve is managed and the special species that live there. The role is also about encouraging people to give nature a home where they live and answering any general questions visitors have about Mousa, wildlife and the RSPB work across Shetland and further afield. What's in it for you: The chance to pass on your passion for nature to enthuse others. An incredible place to volunteer with travel costs covered by RSPB. An induction to the reserve, the RSPB, its vision and ways of working. An opportunity to become part of a friendly, supportive team. Regular line management support. Relevant training. An RSB uniform and name badge. References if appropriate. Appropriate training and equipment will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Online link to apply: https://volunteer.rspb.org.uk/opportunities/29945-visitor-engagement-volunteer-on-reserves-live-interpretation-volunteer-rspb-mousa-2022-03-25

https://volunteer.rspb.org.uk/opportunities/32999-biosecurity-team-leader-shetland-2022-05-26 An exciting opportunity to lead our Biosecurity Team, making a direct impact for nature. The Incursion Response Team are responsible for protecting our most important seabird islands by reacting to, and removing, reported invasion of species. You will be completing regular training ‘drills’ on Rapid Incursion Response Methods as well as Rodenticide training to maintain your skills. You will be deployed at short notice on islands where an incursion has occurred to survey the land, collect data and manage the incursion appropriately. You will be working alongside RSPB staff and leading volunteers as a team leader, as well as working with the island communities. By being part of this vital team you will be helping to save some of our most iconic seabirds including Storm petrels and Puffins in some of the most spectacular locations in the UK. You will gain valuable experience and high-level training in implementation of incursion response measures in the event of rats being detected on the islands. You will meet and work with other passionate volunteers and staff that are experts in the biosecurity field and have deep knowledge of sea birds.

https://volunteer.rspb.org.uk/opportunities/32994-biosecurity-team-member-shetland-2022-05-26 An exciting opportunity to join our Biosecurity Team, making a direct impact for nature. The Incursion Response Team are responsible for protecting our most important seabird islands by reacting to, and removing, reported invasion of species. You will gain valuable experience and training in implementation of incursion response measures in the event of rats being detected on the islands. There is also the possibility of assisting with some routine surveillance checks on the islands as well. You will be working alongside other volunteers and RSPB staff as a team and working with the island communities. By being part of this vital team you will be helping to save some of our most iconic seabirds including Storm petrels and Puffins in some of the most spectacular locations in the UK. You will gain valuable experience and high-level training in implementation of incursion response measures in the event of rats being detected on the islands. You will meet and work with other passionate volunteers and staff that are experts in the biosecurity field and have deep knowledge of sea birds.