Roving Sightings Guide/Reporter

RSPB Rye Meads

Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 30th September 2022  

The RSPB manages a big network of nature reserves which are havens for wildlife, and importantly very special places for people of all ages and abilities to visit and experience a nature rich landscape. As a wetland oasis in an urban area, RSPB Rye Meads attracts a variety of visitors, from experienced nature lovers to first-timers, families and young explorers! If you enthusiastic about wildlife and are keen to share your knowledge with others then our roving volunteer role could be for you.

Whether you are a keen birdwatcher, have a passion for plants, a buzz for bees or if its butterflies that make your heart flutter, sharing your knowledge and experience with our diverse visitor community will be an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. There will also be opportunities to engage with our virtual audience, with the option of producing blogs and sightings reports should you wish to do so.

General duties of our roving volunteers depend on the audience, the season, and the requirements around the reserve but can include:

  • Providing a friendly welcome to visitors, tailoring your communication to suit their differing knowledge and interests and supporting any visitors who require assistance
  • Informing new and inexperienced visitors of best practices around the reserve, use of binoculars and telescopes, and species identification
  • Assisting in keeping the reserve clean and tidy as you walk the trails
  • Keeping visitors informed on the current activities of breeding species such as Kingfishers, their habits, breeding cycle and the work we have undertaken on site to support them
  • Listening to feedback, and communicating back to staff at the visitor centre
  • Recording and reporting sightings for the day
  • Optionally producing sightings blogs and photographs to support RSPB Rye Meads’ online presence
  • Talking to the public about the wider work of the RSPB, what we're all about, and the benefits of RSPB membership if the conversation takes you there.

You will be working with a friendly team on a beautiful nature reserve, you will have the opportunity to make new friends and spend time outdoors. You will get to meet loads of new people in this role, enjoying conversation and helping people have a wonderful visit.

There is always the opportunity to learn new things and gain skills through volunteering, by working on a reserve, you'll naturally learn all about how nature reserves are managed and the wildlife that is found there. This role can be combined with other volunteering opportunities at Rye Meads, for example our ‘Guide in a Hide’ and Reception Meet & Greet roles.

We are committed to making our organisation diverse and inclusive, and as such are keen to encourage applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as those with disabilities.

For more information on this role contact [email protected], or apply here:

Visitor Engagement Volunteer (On Reserves) (Roving Sightings Guide) | RSPB Volunteering