Welcome Volunteer

What we’re looking for

‘The Lookout’ is the renovated hide at the RSPB’s Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve in Topsham. It’s more than a hide, it’s a place of discovery and ‘a window to the wild’ for families to discover and enjoy. We need you to bring it alive with live interpretation of the surrounding natural beauty!

The Exe Estuary is beautiful and incredible for wildlife. We need to ensure every visitor feels at home, welcome and inspired by what they have seen, discovered and learnt from their experience at The Lookout. We need you to be the story teller, the welcome, the smile, the one who shows the visiting family what can be created at the activity table. The one who shows all ages how to hold and focus binoculars and bring that wildlife spectacle closer, because picking up binoculars for the first time can be confusing and intimidating, especially for little hands. We will also need you to keep The Lookout inviting and a pleasant place by making sure it looks ship shape and looked after. The star attractions need looking after too, and so we will need you to keep the bird feeders topped up. Oh, and your visitors too by offering them the warming touch of tea and coffee.

You will be encouraging visitors of all ages to not only love and enjoy nature, but support it too by becoming a member of the RSPB or supporting our work. Nature needs us more than ever, so encouraging visitors to join as members is an essential part of this role.

What’s in it for you?

You will become part of a friendly and dedicated team who are well-recognised and supported. You’ll meet new people and build lasting relationships, not to mention getting a buzz from inspiring visitors to enjoy nature in our wildlife garden and appreciate the view from The Lookout!┬áMost important of all, your passionate ability will inspire the next generation to connect with nature.

Our welcome volunteers don’t need to be bird experts! As long as you are confident in engaging with people, you are just what we need. You will have the opportunity to develop lots of new and existing skills in this role – bird i.d, customer service, optical knowledge and much more.

Based on a Rota system, this role is very flexible and built around your timetable. Whether you can manage one day a week or one day a month, your contribution is invaluable to our cause. There’s also plenty of opportunity to do more, and different, things during the summer holidays and at public events.

How to Apply

To find out more about the role and to get involved, please email Ellie at devon.reserves@rspb.org.uk or phone 01392 833311.

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!

Key Information






Part Time


Entry Level


Communication, Education, Fundraising, Nature & Wildlife


RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham, Devon, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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