RSPB Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC037654

The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife, helping to create a better world for us all. The RSPB exists to conserve wild birds and the environment. We have more than one million members, over 13,000 volunteers, 1,300 staff, 200 nature reserves,9 regional offices, 4 country offices...and one vision - to work for a better environment rich in birds and wildlife.

Current opportunities

Community volunteering is a great way to meet new people, connect with nature, learn new skills and improve health. Sessions involve maintaining parts of the nature reserve for people and wildlife. Sound interesting? Then feel free to come along to one of our volunteer days meeting at the reserve Farmhouse at 10am every Saturday (weather permitting). Please wear suitable clothing - all tools and PPE will be provided.

Our reserves offer school groups the opportunity to book outdoor sessions in which they learn about and are inspired by the beautiful and amazing wildlife on the reserve. Our Schools on Reserves programme aims to give schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and by helping the group you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! Share in the excitement as a volunteer and assist in the delivery of our education programme to visiting schools. Typical activities range from hands on exploration of meadows, woods and ponds to playing environmental games. As a Schools on Reserve Leader you can help us inspire school children, giving them the chance to experience nature first-hand. By being part of that exciting journey of discovery you will help our Learning Officer in making sure the children get the most out of their visit. You will be assisting and/or leading the delivery high quality standardised learning activities to school children who are visiting the site with their school. Support and training will be provided but we are looking for people with the following interests, skills and experience: A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment. An enthusiasm for outdoor education and willingness to learn new skills. A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children. The confidence and ability to lead or assist with a fun and active day's education programme with a group of students and their teacher. Ability to communicate effectively with children of differing needs and levels of understanding. Self-motivated with ability to work as part of a team and alone.  Desirable skills/experience: Field teaching experience would be an advantage. Some ecological knowledge of habitat types would be an advantage. Some knowledge of the local history of the area would be an advantage. This is a really rewarding role and offers the opportunity to make a big impact for children and nature. We'll give you training and experience to build your confidence in leading sessions where children have wonderful hands-on experiences with nature. We can potentially give you the skills and experience to kick start a career in environmental or community education. You'll be part of a friendly team of staff and volunteers and have the opportunity to make new friends.