Badger survey volunteer

Location

South Lanarkshire

How many volunteers are needed?

10

How many hours per day/per week are you needed?

A minimum of one day per month during the badger survey season that runs between February and April, and between October and November each year.

On which days are you needed?

Both weekday and weekend survey dates will be available most weeks throughout the survey season. Come along to as many surveys as time permits.

On what date do we want you to start?

October 2016

End Date (if applicable)

This opportunity is ongoing.

Minimum commitment we require from you (eg 1 day per week for 6 months).  If any.

A minimum of one day per month during the badger survey season that runs between February and April, and between October and November each year.

Objective(s) of your volunteer role

To assist in locating, identifying and recording badger setts within South Lanarkshire. This will aid the charity Scottish Badgers in building up a picture of badger density and distribution within South Lanarkshire.

Tasks

To assist survey leaders in carrying out badger surveys at various sites across South Lanarkshire.

Description of the personal attributes/skills/qualifications required

No experience in badger surveying is necessary as full training and support will be provided. Volunteer badger survey volunteers will be working on rough terrain and slopes, in varying weather conditions, so experience of being in the outdoors and a reasonable level of fitness are required. We are looking for enthusiastic people with a love of wildlife and the outdoors.

Support/training?

All badger survey volunteers will be offered a free ‘Badgers for Beginners’ training day at Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Falls of Clyde reserve in New Lanark. On survey days, survey leaders will be there to support you as you develop your new skills.

Closing date for applications

Ongoing

When will interviews be held?

We will contact you for an informal interview to be held at Falls of Clyde.

Can the Trust provide expenses e.g. for travel or branded clothing?

Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses (mileage or bus/rail fares) can normally be offered by Scottish Badgers.

Will you want references for volunteers before appointing or PVG disclosure?

We may decide to follow up on references.

Other (Any age restriction, lifts available? Disabled access?)

18+. Lifts to and from local public transport hubs will be offered where possible.

This role is offered in partnership with the charity Scottish Badgers. Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers are working together to develop Scotland’s national badger hub, based at Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Falls of Clyde Reserve in New Lanark. The hub will be a focus for badger information, training, events and volunteering opportunities within South Lanarkshire and beyond.

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