Little Tern - Boat Surveyor

We are looking for kayakers, canoeists and sailors of all kinds to help locate and observe little terns and other beach-nesting birds around the Essex coast, specifically Hamford Water and the Blackwater Estuary and Colne Estuaries during the April to August breeding season.

If you like the idea of combining boating activities with the conservation and recovery of the little terns and other beach-nesting birds, this is the role for you! 


An interest and enthusiasm for seabirds and other wildlife is beneficial with a keenness to learn about the identification and protection of little terns and other seabirds.


Surveying and monitoring these birds requires patience, so you need to be willing to observe for periods of time. 


An ability to be discrete with sensitive information and to use tact and diplomacy will be necessary.  


  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/03/2019

End Date: 31/08/2019

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Availability Details

Flexible. It would be great if you could give a minimum of one half day per week throughout the breeding season (April - August), but any support would be appreciated. Training starts in April, with surveying staring in around early May and RSPB staff will provide ongoing support throughout the season.


This opportunity is available in: Colchester, Maldon, Tendring

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