An exciting opportunity to join our Biosecurity Team, making a direct impact for nature. The Incursion Response Team are responsible for protecting our most important seabird islands by reacting to, and removing, reported invasion of species.
You will gain valuable experience and training in implementation of incursion response measures in the event of rats being detected on the islands. There is also the possibility of assisting with some routine surveillance checks on the islands as well. You will be working alongside other volunteers and RSPB staff as a team and working with the island communities.
By being part of this vital team you will be helping to save some of our most iconic seabirds including Storm petrels and Puffins in some of the most spectacular locations in the UK. You will gain valuable experience and high-level training in implementation of incursion response measures in the event of rats being detected on the islands. You will meet and work with other passionate volunteers and staff that are experts in the biosecurity field and have deep knowledge of sea birds.
RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK charity that speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us to keep it that way
Experience required: - Be able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and able to cope with a high level of physical activity.
- Work as part of a team of 3-8 people to carry out the main tasks.
- Follow H&S requirements of the project.
- Be flexible and adaptable to change.
- Have a friendly disposition and be able to communicate effectively with islanders.
- Some previous knowledge about biosecurity would be helpful but is not necessary.
Travel details: On seabird SPAs in Shetland – Mousa, Noss, Fetlar, Fair Isle, Foula, and Papa Stour. There is no need to be resident on these islands to volunteer as accommodation arrangements will be made in the case of an incursion.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
This opportunity is also advertised across Shetland.