European Solidarity Corps Vacancies

BirdLife Malta

Ta’ Xbiex, Malta

Volunteer • Full Time [email protected] (+356) 2134764 5/6 Janet Borg

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 20th January 2021   3 days left

European Solidarity Corps vacancies 
Application Details

Dates: 15th February 2021 – 14th February 2022
Costs: Voluntary positions, but all living costs will be covered and accommodation provided

Number of positions (5):

  • 2 Nature Reserves
  • 2 Communications
  • 1 Administration & Finance

BirdLife Malta is looking for new full-time volunteers to join their international team protecting birds and their habitats and inspiring and educating people about birds and nature in the Maltese Islands. Volunteers will be based in our offices and at our nature reserves in Malta. Those who have previously participated in a long-term Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service (EVS) scheme or long-term Erasmus+ Volunteering scheme are not eligible to apply for these positions.

Are you:

  • Aged 18-30
  • A citizen of one of these partner and programme countries: Italy, Spain, France, UK, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine and Belarus.
  • Outgoing, friendly, keen to meet new people, socialise, and experience a different culture
  • Interested in bird conservation and/or environmental protection
  • Interested in improving bird, flora and other taxa identification skills
  • Interested in inspiring and educating people about birds and the natural world
  • Willing to develop administration, time management, numeracy, and interpersonal skills
  • Willing to larn and having an adaptable approach in line with the needs of a charitable organisation’s structure including working flexible and occasional long hours, which could include weekends and public holidays

The European Solidarity Corps programme will provide you:

  • Accommodation in a shared room close to our offices in Ta’ Xbiex/in the northern part of the island close to our nature reserves, or with host families
  • Coverage of all living costs such as electricity, water, gas, and internet
  • Reimbursement of the flight and other transport costs (bus, train, metro, visa) to/from Malta, up to a certain limit
  • €300 monthly allowance
  • Private CIGNA insurance

Description of duties:

There is the opportunity for each volunteer to gain a wide range of experience and skills across the organisation. Duties for each position are as follows:

NATURE RESERVES (2 positions)

Nature Reserves Visitor Assistant (2 positions)

To assist in the opening of the reserves to the general public, working and ensuring visitors enjoy a pleasant experience. The chosen applicants will work at our nature reserves (Għadira, Simar, Foresta 2000 and Salina) reporting to the Site Warden and Reserves Manager. Training on the history of the sites and the flora and fauna of the reserves will be provided. Duties will include:

  • Assisting in opening BirdLife Malta’s nature reserves to the public in the afternoon/evening, including on weekends if necessary
  • Setting up the display within the reception centre at the reserves
  • Preparing the nature shop at the reserves
  • Setting up binoculars before the reserve opening hours
  • Greeting visitors at the reserves and giving a basic explanation about the nature reserve, its history, flora and fauna
  • Managing a small shop and promoting sales whilst encouraging membership to BirdLife Malta
  • Compiling visitor statistics and gathering feedback from visitors
  • Participating in regular events held at the nature reserve with the aim of educating visitors towards more environmental appreciation
  • Taking visitors around the reserve, which could entail walking on uneven terrain even during summer

Should the reserves be closed to the public for certain periods, especially the summer months, the applicants are expected to report at the nature reserves in order to assist the managing warden in the implementation of the work plan for the site. Such work has a physical aspect relating to the upgrade and maintenance of the habitat, as well as an element of research with ongoing studies on the flora and fauna of the sites.

COMMUNICATIONS (2 positions)

The communications volunteers will assist in raising the profile of the organisation and its work through a variety of activities. The volunteers will mainly work in two areas: (i) media communications, and (ii) design and digital media. Applicants are expected to be well versed in these two areas, and should have an interest in nature and the environment.

The chosen applicants should have a good command of English. In the case of the Communications Assistant proficiency in the use of Mailchimp is a must. In the case of the Design & Digital Media Assistant, knowledge of InDesign, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop is a must. Both volunteers will report directly to the Communications Manager and will have the following duties:

Communications Assistant (1 position)

  • Online Media: coordinating content and updating the BirdLife Malta website with news and blog content using WordPress
  • Social Media: planning, implementing and uploading content for other social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube Channel and others
  • Internal Communications: collating, writing and sending (using Mailchimp) monthly internal and external e-newsletter
  • Magazine: coordinating and writing content for the BirdLife Malta quarterly magazine
  • Press and Media: helping in drafting and distribution of press releases to the media, and supporting the Communications Manager in generating coverage across traditional and new media to raise the profile of BirdLife Malta and its work
  • Monitoring and Archiving: (i) monitoring press coverage and managing the media coverage archive (online, print and video) together with compiling statistics/reports of issued press releases and press coverage return, (ii) monitoring and writing monthly reports and statistics for social media and web activity, and (iii) compiling monthly e-newsletter Mailchimp report
  • Other media work: working with project manager(s), conservation, education and fundraising staff to develop and implement targeted project and campaign communications for online, print and broadcast media

Design & Digital Media Assistant (1 position)

  • Design BirdLife Malta’s printed materials including promotional leaflets, banners, logos and educational materials
  • Design BirdLife Malta’s printed magazine using InDesign
  • Design and produce graphics and visuals for website, social media and advertising
  • Edit photographs using Photoshop to be used in internal and external communication
  • Produce and edit high quality video content for local and international audiences using Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Play a key role in BirdLife Malta’s migration camps (Spring Watch and Raptor Camp) by downloading and organising photos and footage from the conservation team and creating videos to distribute to the media
  • Attend public and press events as a photographer/videographer
  • Manage video uploads and channels
  • Archiving, organising, and uploading multimedia content to the digital media library


As the main point of contact for the BirdLife Malta office, excellent people skills are a must. The role will be primarily supporting administration, membership, finance and merchandise, but from time to time will include assistance in events and other ad hoc tasks. The chosen applicant should have an interest in nature and environment and a good command of English.

Administration & Finance Assistant (1 position)

  • Office logistics (stationery control, suppliers management, office general supplies)
  • Basic office duties including acting as the main point of contact through answering the telephone and dealing with incoming mail
  • General HR duties (recruitment, staff meetings, staff development, volunteer management)
  • Administrative support to projects (LIFE, Erasmus+, ESC, etc.)
  • Properties and assets management (volunteers’ residence)
  • Payments and reconciliation
  • Basic IT support (emails, printers configuration, etc.)
  • Membership management (process new memberships and renewals, management of the CRM system and database, preparation of annual, monthly and weekly reports)
  • Manage the stock for BirdLife Malta’s merchandise
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of events and campaigns
  • Draft and produce written correspondence such as letters, reports and other documents


Please download and fill in the application form, making it clear which department or position you are most interested in. Completed applications should be returned to [email protected] with subject: Application for European Solidarity Corps (Position) e.g. Application for European Solidarity Corps (Communications Assistant) together with an updated CV. Please note that CVs without the application form filled in will not be considered.

We highly recommend that you visit our website on for further information before applying.

Applications close on Wednesday 20th January 2021 at noon. Telephone/Skype interviews will take place shortly afterwards.

Please note that incomplete and/or late applications will not be taken into consideration.

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