Residential Volunteer Internships at Central Highland Reserves & NE Coastal Reserves

Residential Volunteer Internships based at Central Highland Reserves (Inverness) or Loch of Strathbeg (Crimond, Aberdeenshire)

We are looking for four people that want the opportunity to develop their skills and experience with the goal of achieving employment in the conservation sector.

Our Residential Volunteer Internships aim to equip you with training and skills needed for a career in conservation. We will provide you with a broad range of training, including certified courses, as well as assistance with writing applications and interview skills. Each internship will provide opportunities for you to take advantage of to gain skills, knowledge and experience.

You will become an essential part of the small friendly reserve teams at Central Highland Reserves or Loch of Strathbeg.

Free accommodation (including household bills) is provided for the duration of the internship. Residential volunteer interns are responsible for providing their own food and any personal travel costs. The location and type of accommodation depends on the location of your internship, please refer to the information provided on the RSPB Residential Volunteer Internship webpage.

The Central Highland Reserves

The Central Highland Reserves are a diverse mix of 5 RSPB reserves and include Loch Ruthven, Nigg Bay, Udale Bay and Culbin Sands. The reserves cover a variety of habitats such as sand dunes, wet grassland and woodland providing a broad range of learning opportunities and experience.  You will be fully involved with the day-to-day running of the reserves gaining experience in control of invasive species, infrastructure maintenance, working with volunteers, health & safety, surveys, habitat management and office based administration tasks.

There will be opportunities to work at Corrimony Reserve, Tollie Red Kite Centre and other reserves in the North Scotland Region. The CHR team is based out of the North Scotland Regional Office in Inverness, the residential volunteer accommodation is located in the city of Inverness.

There are two Residential Internships based at Central Highland Reserves.

North East Coastal Reserves

The Loch of Strathbeg team manage a mix of reserves under the umbrella name of NE Coastal Reserves, including Fowlsheugh, Loch Spynie and Troup Head. You will be assisting a friendly team with day-to-day management of the reserves and where practicably possible the internship will be tailored to your career goal. You will be involved with habitat management and estate work, surveys and monitoring, livestock checking, reserve up-keep and administration. The Residential volunteer accommodation at Loch of Strathbeg is located in a relatively remote area and the volunteer interns will need to accept the challenges and lifestyle that this brings.

There are two Residential Internships based at Loch of Strathbeg.

About You

You will need to be at least 18 years old and have a genuine demonstrable interest in nature conservation with ambitions of gaining employment in environmental conservation. You’ll have the ability to work under your own initiative within a small team, must be comfortable and able to walk long distance over rough terrain and have good communication skills. You will need to be able to undertake physical manual tasks outside as well as prepared to take on desk-based admin and office work. A full manual driving licence is essential for driving RSPB fleet vehicles between the reserves.

​You will need to be available to start in early March and be able to commit to 5 days a week for 11-12 months.

For further information contact: Isabel Morgan (Warden – Central Highlands Reserves) or Lorna Dow (Warden – NE Coastal Reserves)

Email: Tel: 01463 715000 OR ​Email: ​Tel: ​01346 532017

How to Apply

To Apply

Applications forms and further information are avaliable to download

For furthering information about RSPB residential volunteer internships please visit

Applications will be automatically sent to both Central Highland Reserves and Loch of Strathbeg for short-listing.

On your application form please tick ‘Practical Conservation’ and select Scotland as your 1st choice region as other internships are currently available. If you have a strong preference for either Central Highland Reserves or Loch of Strathbeg please state this on your application form, if possible we will try to accommodate you.

Application forms must be submitted to

Closing date for applications is Friday 11th January 2019

Please mention when applying for this job!

Key Information


RSPB Scotland


Fixed Term


Full Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Inverness, Highlands (Central Highland Reserves) OR Loch of Strathbeg, Aberdeenshire (NE Coastal Reserves), United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

11th January 2019 at 3:30pm