Wildlife Survey Volunteer

The Wildlife Survey Volunteer will support the CEI with a variety of ecological monitoring tasks, including habitat, vegetation, and species surveying.


Various locations in the East Ayrshire coalfield region


Approximately one session per month. Some early starts and late finishes possible.




You must be able to work in a team and follow direction, in particular complying with any health and safety requirements. Previous experience of wildlife surveying and an ability to read maps are an advantage but are not required and full training and equipment will be provided as required. Attention to detail is essential as the records created can be used for a variety of conservation purposes. You must be willing to work outdoors, potentially in unfavourable weather conditions, and not be afraid to muck in and get a bit dirty!


You will have the opportunity to gain skills and practical experience in carrying out a number of types of wildlife survey, often with the guidance of expert mentors, while supporting and learning about nature conservation. And you may have the chance to spot a rare species or two! You will be reimbursed for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses.


To find out more, please contact us, or express your interest in volunteering with the CEI through our enquiry form.

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Using pooters to collect small invertebrates (c) CEI 2015

Using pooters to collect small invertebrates (c) CEI 2015