Wildlife Survey Volunteer

Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid

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Job description

A Wildlife Survey Volunteer comes with their own experience of wildlife surveying and supports The Ranger Team to enhance knowledge and create valuable records, influencing current care and future conservation management.

What's involved? 

  • Undertaking wildlife surveys and monitoring across the Ickworth Estate using BBS/CBS transects.
  • Helping to improve the monitoring records for the estate and directly influencing present conservation management and future land management.
  • Being happy to share what you are doing with others to share the knowledge to other team members
  • Helping visitors feel welcome when they come cross your work, explaining the importance of what you are doing
  • Sharing what’s great about Ickworth and helping people understand why we need to take care of special places
  • Maintaining good relationships with people who share the land e.g. farm tenants and visitors
  • Being part of a team that may need to adapt and change in response to local needs, National Trust priorities or changes to government guidelines






This role will suit you if you are...

  • Somebody already with experience is wildlife surveys
  • Somebody with a keen eye or ear for wildlife such as birds, bats or butterflies
  • Somebody able to identify different species
  • A good communicator and work we as a team
  • Well organised, methodical and reliable (surveys may need to be conducted regularly, following the same pattern and method)
  • Willing to be out and about in all weathers
  • Happy to volunteer with others or by your self (we do have lone working procedures)
  • Happy to do quite a bit of walking
  • If your surveying needs to use a vehicle, happy to share driving license details
  • Passionate about the outdoors and nature, and want to make a difference to the countryside and how it is understood
  • Keen to explore and learn more


By getting involved you could

  • Use and share your current species ID skills and monitoring experience in birds, bats, butterflies, or plants.
  • Develop your species and monitoring skills in other areas beyond your initial experience.
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team and work alongside passionate countryside management professionals
  • Share your knowledge and passion with visitors and other team members
  • Influence future conservation and land management
  • Enjoy spending time in the great outdoors
  • Help protect Ickworth so that wildlife can thrive, now and forever
  • Learn more about Ickworth, its history, landscape, nature and archaeology
  • Join a friendly and varied team and make some new friends
  • Volunteer alongside passionate countryside management professionals, learning skills along the way
  • Share your passion for the outdoors with visitors and help them understand the importance of looking after it.
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Posted on: 20 November 2023
Closing date: 18 February 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Advice, Information, Vocational/Services

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