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Volunteer Opportunities

Lundy IslandOutside of IrelandVolunteer

Looking to gain experience in conservation? Want to get away from the busy mainland and experience living on a small isolated island? Want to surround yourself with breath-taking land and seascapes, interesting and thoughtful people and a wide range of fascinating and beautiful plants and animals? Well then why not apply to volunteer on the wonderful island of Lundy!

Once again we are inviting a number of lucky individuals to come to Lundy in 2020 to help the islands Conservation Team throughout the sailing season.

Positions available include:

  • Volunteer Assistant Wardens (Seabirds) - 2 positions available - April 14th until 1st August.
  • Volunteer Assistant Wardens (Atlantic Grey Seals) - 2 positions available - 1st August until 29th September.
  • Volunteer Assistant Rangers - 2 positions available - April 14th – October 23rd.

Role descriptions:

Assistant Wardens:

The work will be varied but will primarily involve the conservation and monitoring of the island important seabird and seals colonies but also butterfly transects, moth trapping and helping out the Ranger team with practical management tasks such as Rhododendron seedling searches, dry stone walling, etc. Involvement in more general island duties such as helping in the island recycling plant, housekeeping and visitor engagement will also be required.

Assistant Rangers:

Work includes a wide range of practical conservation and estate management tasks including; grounds maintenance, dry-stone walling, Rhododendron eradication, Bracken management, vegetation control, stock fencing, footpath maintenance, volunteer supervision, tree maintenance, etc – as well as helping out the Warden team with the various monitoring efforts and general island duties mentioned above.

No qualifications or specific experience is required to apply, however candidates who have previous work experience in a similar role, are working towards a career in conservation, have a relevant qualifications and/or who are experienced and enthusiastic birders/wildlife recorders will be well placed.

More than anything, we are looking for people with a passion for conservation and wildlife, have a desire to learn about and contribute to a wide range of tasks and who want to immerse themselves fully in the life of a small but loving and vibrant island community.

To note, candidates should be of a hardy nature as working days can be long and in a range of weather conditions. Additionally, applicants must also be willing to and be capable of working near cliffs and steep slopes safely.

Hostel style accommodation will be provided on the island which will be shared with the other wardens, rangers and a number of scientific researchers. All meals for the week (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) can also be provided in exchanged for a day and a half’s work helping either the Housekeeping Team and/or Tavern Staff. Additionally those applying for an Assistant Ranger position - in turn for all your hard work throughout the season, you will be provided with a suitable training course at the end of your post!

Closing date for all applicants is on 17th February 2020.

All interviews will be held for this position in the week commencing 24th February 2020.

To receive an application and role description, please contact the island Warden via

About the island:

Lundy’s position with the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Bristol Channel to the east creates a unique combination of environmental conditions that have given rise of a considerable selection of habitats that in turn support a variety of rare and spectacular wildlife. The Island is about 3½ miles long by ½ mile wide and rises some 400ft from the sea. Much of the Island is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the sea surrounding the Island is England’s first statutory Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) with a No Take Zone (NTZ) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The islands rugged cliffs of the west coast are carpeted with maritime grass and wildflower species and are home to important seabird colonies including Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. In comparison, the relatively sheltered and calm east coast boasts spectacular displays of wildflowers – which includes the endemic Lundy Cabbage - and provides sanctuary to migrating birds in the spring and autumn. The diversity of the wildlife observed above the waves is mirrored below the waves, with many rare and beautiful species protected in both the reef and sandbank habitats.

For more information on the island – please visit the Lundy Landmark Website:…/discovering-lundy/

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