Countryside projects

Eider nest survey (April - July) 
Volunteers take 1 hour slots to watch over the Eider colony and record breeding / disturbance signs
Contact: ranger@eastlothian.gov.uk

What sort of training could you get?

  • induction - a chance to meet you all and make sure what we offer and what you want are the same thing
  • safety - will be covered in all the tasks you undertake, tools talks and risk assessments are undertaken for all activities
  • tools usage - how to use hand tools safely. Occasional use of some power tools will be on a needs basis and will always be optional
  • species ID training - if undertaking some of our monitoring work, we'll ensure you are trained up to identify what it is you are monitoring!
  • survey skills - along with identifying things, you'll need to know how to record and survey them. So we will assist
  • how to destroy stuff - all conservation work is really about destroying things, but you need to know how to do this effectively!
  • how to eat and drink in the great outdoors - hard work merits rewards, at least in biscuit and tea format. We'll train you in this for sure

What will we give you in return?

  • our unequivocal thanks
  • training - informally through the work you undertake. Hope to formalise in-house training opportunities for 2013
  • an annual get-together to say thanks and so you can meet other volunteers
  • biscuits, copious amounts of; plus tea and coffee on occasion
  • camaraderie, bonhomie - well, it all sounds much better in French!
  • free exercise, fresh air, moisturiser (or is that rain?!)
  • references, should you wish and need them, for job applications etc.
  • some travel expenses. Optional, some ask for these, others do not, but they are negotiable
  • involvement in our projects. We're doing these pieces of work for the good of the planet, but we like your input too. Ideas on how to do things always appreciated
  • occasional emails to inform you of some training course that may be of interest