Species Protection Volunteer x2

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Dunkeld, Perthshire

Volunteer • Full Time

www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk perthshireranger@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk 01350 727337 Rachael Hunter

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 2nd February 2018  

Volunteer Role / Title

Species Protection Volunteers


Loch of the Lowes reserve, Dunkeld, Perthshire

How many volunteers are needed?


How many hours per day/per week are you needed?

Mid March to early June – rotational shift rota to provide a 24 hour protection. This could involve unsociable hours shifts and could include weekends. Much will depend on the timing of the breeding season.

On which days are you needed?

You will be needed for 5 out of 7 days per week.

On which date do we want you to start?

Much will depend on when the birds return to the nest but mid March is the normal time.

End Date (if applicable)

Mid May to early June depending on the breeding season.

Minimum commitment we require from you.

5 days per week. We aim to keep hours below 35 per week.

Objectives of your role

Osprey Species Protection – working on a rota system you will be responsible for carrying out surveillance of osprey nest and surrounding area, monitoring site, and liaison with daily volunteers and Wildlife Crime Officer, particularly during nightshifts. Also monitoring of beaver populations around the reserve mainly by reviewing camera footage.


  • Working on a rota system you will be responsible for carrying out surveillance of osprey nest and surrounding area and monitoring the whole site.
  • To engage with public in hides and liaison with daily volunteers, particularly during dayshifts
  • To assist the ranger with a variety of practical tasks around the reserve when not on osprey watch shifts.

Description of the skills/qualifications/fitness required

  • able to work unsociable hours our on-site hides including nightshifts
  • ability to work as part of a group
  • ability to communicate with the public
  • reasonable standard of fitness
  • reliability and attention to detail
  • own transport an advantage


All support will be provided by our in house staff and will include:

  • Osprey species ecology training
  • FREE accommodation in wooden cabin by loch side in Highland Perthshire
  • gain experience in visitor engagement
  • gain experience in species protection
  • All optics, PPE etc provided

Who is the contact person/line manager for enquiries?

Rachael Hunter – Perthshire Ranger perthshireranger@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Closing date for applications

Friday 2nd February.

When will interviews be held?

Interviews will be held mid February, and can include overnight stay to allow candidates to see facilities and accommodation first hand.

Each appointment is subject to a fortnight’s trial/probation period, after which the Ranger or volunteer may choose to end the placement.

Can SWT provide expenses e.g. for travel, special clothing?

Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for use of own vehicle on SWT business.

SWT branded clothing will be provided.

Will volunteers require their own transport?

This would be an advantage.

For those without transport some assistance to visit local shops will be made available.

Will volunteers need to provide references or require a police check?

Reference checks will be carried out by SWT.

Subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme check.

Is there disabled access?

There is limited access for wheelchairs.


Please note, it is preferable that volunteers are available for the whole Osprey Watch period (mid March to early May).

Owing to the nature of the role, we can only consider those aged 18 or above.

Word versions of the application form should be emailed to Rachael perthshireranger@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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