Volunteer on the May

Thursday 16th February comments: Are you looking for a unique opportunity to work on one of the country’s top seabird reserves? You may be looking to gain extra skills for the C.V. to break into conservation, a student looking for a placement or even looking for a career change. Then look no further.

We are offering long-term volunteer placements on the Isle of May which will give you the opportunity to work on this stunning National Nature Reserve. You will be involved in all aspects of the May with a range of monitoring, maintenance and visitor management tasks that will help with the management of the NNR.

Main Tasks

  • Species Monitoring: Carry out species monitoring work on ground nesting Arctic Terns (studying the success rate of the nesting attempts) and may include ringing of young.
  • Recording; help to maintain the daily bird log, recording butterflies and moths, carrying out tern predation monitoring and cetacean watches amongst others.

  • Visitor management when the visitor boats are on the island. Everyday visitors are landed on the island for up to three hours. The volunteer will patrol the paths chatting with visitors to explain the natural history that they can see while ensuring visitors act responsibly.

  • Undertaking practical maintenance works as and when needed to maintain the visitor infrastructure, the field station and enhances habitats and species. This can include all aspects of the reserve from toilet cleaning to practical habitat management.

    Date Required : April-August but length of contract and starting date can be discussed

For further information please check out the link to the volunteer page (deadline is Friday 10th March): http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/isle-of-may/volunteering/

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