Adder Survey Volunteer

Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group

Hemyock, Devon

Volunteer • Part Time

sfraser@somerset.gov.uk 07977402399 Samantha Fraser

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 22nd March 2019  


We are looking to recruit a team of Adder Survey Volunteers to work alongside staff and volunteers from the AONB, Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group and the Forestry Commission.

Volunteers will be split into groups of three or four. Each group is allocated a site which we have asked them to survey at least three times in appropriate conditions. Survey volunteers will need to attend a survey training day which will involve running through the theory of the surveys and identification of Adders- with the plan to start surveys between mid-March (or whenever the training day is) and the end of May when adders become difficult to find.

What will this role involve, and commitment required?

  • Surveys will take place from the beginning of March to the end of May
  • We hope to be able to offer surveys on a mixture of weekday and weekends during the day, to allow as many people as possible to get involved. Due to the nature of the task a degree of flexibility will be required as the weather will dictate when surveys can take place.
  • After the first training session you will be expected to undertake the surveys without a member of staff- coordinating the surveys with other volunteers as part of a team
  • We require a minimum commitment of being able to undertake 3 surveys- Don’t worry if you can’t commit to weekly/fortnightly – there will be options to join in when you can.
  • Volunteers will need to be able to walk up to 2 miles over rough terrain. Survey sites may involve climbing over fences and gates where unavoidable
  • Volunteers will be required to record volunteering hours and hand in survey forms/records to project staff after surveys.
  • Volunteers will need to be able to make their own way to survey sites
  • Volunteers will be expected to work as a team with staff from the AONB, Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group and the Forestry Commission as well as other volunteers involved in the scheme.

What skills do you need?

We are looking for volunteers with some or all the following skills:

  • An understanding of wildlife surveys, the identification and behaviours of Adders (BUT this isn’t essential and full training will be provided!!)
  • Ability to work safely in an outdoor setting - taking responsibility for your welfare
  • Good attention to detail and the ability to understand survey methods and accurately record data
  • Own transport or ability to get to survey sites independently.
  • The ability to work as a team to ensure smooth and professional delivery of surveys
  • Confident working with a wide variety of people and ages

What’s in it for you?

  • Being part of an exciting project working with species of conservation concern
  • Experience working within the conservation sector with volunteers and staff from the sector
  • Full training is provided
  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Experience in wildlife surveys and recording
  • You will have the opportunity to be involved in other aspects of volunteering such a wildlife surveys, attending events, and being involved in other community engagement work.

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