Volunteering

Volunteer with us

Volunteering is a great way to help nature and wildlife, learn new skills, meet like-minded people and have some fun!

Please see our current volunteering opportunities below.

European Solidarity Corps volunteering

Interested in joining BirdLife Malta as a full-time volunteer? BirdLife Malta offers young people from different countries opportunities to volunteer for one year in Malta through the European Solidarity Corps.

We have many years of experience with young people and the success stories speak for themselves. Volunteering is an altruistic way of giving but gaining too; it is a stepping stone to a career or a move towards the studies one chooses to follow. We offer opportunities in conservation and bird rehabilitation, day-to-day work at nature reserves, education, communications, design, administration and finance.

The European Solidarity Corps programme covers:

1. Accommodation close to our offices in Ta’ Xbiex/in the northern part of the island close to our nature reserves, or with host families
2. Coverage of all living costs such as electricity, water, gas, and internet
3. Reimbursement of the flight and other transport costs (bus, train, metro, visa) to/from Malta, up to a certain limit
4. Monthly allowance
5. Private CIGNA insurance
6. Language support

The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) are a continuation of earlier projects, Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service (EVS) and Erasmus+ Volunteering. These cross-border volunteering opportunities are a great investment in young people to help them to develop skills through hands-on volunteering projects. The skill sets one stands to improve are not only related to career, but also to personal development.

On a personal level one stands to gain experience in living independently, namely cooking, cleaning and self-care, fiscal responsibility, time management and much more.

On a career level one has the opportunity of working with different teams, gaining experience in a myriad of tasks. Volunteers who have not had formal training can be guided towards courses to suit their abilities while others who have already completed their studies can realise they have the opportunity to specialise in specific areas. Others use this time to gain experience to facilitate there search to embark on the career they dream of.

BirdLife Malta has been involved with EVS, volunteering and now ESC and we can proudly say that our volunteers have had many more opportunities following their term with us and have continued to enhance their chances to realise their dreams.

Available opportunities will be published here.

Nature Reserves Visitor Assistants

Are you a nature lover who enjoys talking to people? BirdLife Malta is looking for part-time Visitor Assistants to work at our nature reserves, meeting visitors and helping them to get the most of their visit by showing them what’s around.

We want everyone who visits Għadira and Simar Nature Reserves and Salina Nature Park to receive a warm welcome, and to get the most out of their visit.

The role includes welcoming visitors into the centre, explaining what they can do, where they can go and what to see. Visitor Assistants also help to point out the birds and other wildlife on the nature reserve. You might accompany visitors on a guided walk, spend time pointing out birds from the hides, and help with special events. Other tasks might include selling merchandise and handling money in the shop.

Training and an induction of the nature reserves will be given. Maltese speakers are especially welcome.

For more information, please email [email protected]. We would like people who can commit to at least two days per month and working days/hours are normally Sundays between 9:30am-4:30pm. Visitors Assistants are given a disturbance allowance of €5 net per hour.

Events volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to help us at public events such as fairs, guided walks and nature reserve open days.

Our events are varied, and the role would be too – you might be playing games or doing crafts with children at an event on our nature reserves, helping on a stall at a fair or assisting a group on a guided walk.

You must be happy talking to the public and sharing your love of nature. Other tasks might involve selling merchandise and handling money, and setting up/taking down displays.

This is a flexible role, and you can choose which events you want to support if the dates suit you.

If you are interested, please fill in this form and let us know by email on [email protected]. Please note that this applies for Malta and Gozo residents only and volunteers are needed to help out on particular days or events only.

Spring Watch 2022 Volunteer

BirdLife Malta is on the lookout for volunteers to assist with our annual Spring Watch operations, and join the campaign to abolish spring hunting. The spring hunting season is controversial, and Malta is the only EU country that still has a hunting season at this time of the year. Birds are injured or killed during their journey to their breeding grounds in northern Europe, thus depriving them of the chance to boost population numbers. Whilst only the Common Quail is legal to shoot, many other protected species fall victim to illegal killing, such as the European Turtle-dove which is classified as ‘Vulnerable’ to extinction.

Malta serves as a critical resting place for migratory birds, and our aim is to ensure that birds manage to continue their migrations safely.

This voluntary position is fieldwork-based and will involve long days in the countryside. We will be looking out for wildlife crimes, gathering evidence and reporting these crimes, and assisting the police with any further investigations.

Useful skills for volunteers to have include good bird ID skills, observational skills, a willingness to drive and be comfortable with long fieldwork days.

For more information regarding this work, and if you’re interested to join this year’s Spring Watch camp which will happen between mid-April and the beginning of May, please email us at [email protected] by the 31st of March 2022.

Spring Watch 2022 Communication Assistant

Are you passionate about wildlife, and good at communicating it? Then this might be the opportunity you are looking for.

BirdLife Malta’s campaigns against the illegal killing of birds and the misuse of derogations to the European Birds’ Directive owe their success to our work in the field and how this gets communicated. The coming spring shall see Malta open once again a spring hunting season which will result in the indiscriminate slaughter of Europe’s birds on their way to their breeding grounds in Europe.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, passionate and skilled Communication Assistant who will have the unique opportunity to experience the works behind BirdLife Malta’s conservation efforts at curtailing the spring hunting season, and expose this to an audience using printed, digital and social media as necessary.

Photo by The Malta Independent

Time: March/April 2022

What’s in it for you: The opportunity to contribute to a major initiative to reduce illegal hunting in Malta and really make a difference to bird conservation in the Maltese Islands and Europe. You will also have a chance to get out in the field gathering material for media releases as well as office-based work with different media targeting different audiences.

Why we need you: BirdLife Malta’s Spring Watch camp attracts a number of volunteers to Malta to monitor bird migration during the spring hunting season and report illegal hunting incidents. The camp deals with the most serious threat to birds on the Maltese Islands – hunting and trapping. As a result, good communications are essential to keep audiences informed and aware of the event’s progression and key issues. With more human resources, the communications plan can be more far and wide-reaching.

What is expected of you: BirdLife Malta requires a communications professional to help with footage and image gathering and editing, update the BirdLife Malta web and social media outlets, and liaising with journalists.

If you wish to register your interest, or have any queries, please contact us on [email protected].