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 info@birdlifemalta.org. 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 events@birdlifemalta.org. 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 2021 volunteers

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 as 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 work will involve spending time out in the countryside, looking for evidence of wildlife crimes occurring, gathering evidence of these crimes, and assisting the police with any further investigations. Volunteers who have good bird ID skills would be helpful, as well as anyone with good observation skills.

For more information regarding this work, and if you’re interested in joining this year’s Spring Watch camp which will happen between the start of April and the beginning of May, please email us at alice.tribe@birdlifemalta.org by the 23rd of March.

Online Engagement volunteers

Are you an excellent communicator, love nature and confident engaging people through social media? If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for three volunteers who would be able to dedicate a minimum of two hours per day, two to three times a week from between 15th March and 15th May 2021 to engage with people online as part of our upcoming #onthemove spring campaign.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with an environmental NGO working on the frontline of conservation in the Maltese Archipelago.

#onthemove

#onthemove is a BirdLife Malta communication campaign that runs during the peak bird migration seasons of spring and autumn. Our aim is to encourage people to take simple actions to protect birds on their journey between Africa and Europe.

Role and responsibilities

As part of this volunteering experience, you will be responsible for:

* Representing BirdLife Malta on our social media platforms by replying to comments on our posts and private messages.
* Responding to phone calls and contacting members of the public who have requested further information regarding the campaign or becoming involved with BirdLife Malta.
* Promoting membership and encouraging members of the public to engage with BirdLife Malta.
* Provide clear and accurate information about bird migration, wildlife and conservation in Malta.
* Act as a contact point for people reporting injured birds, and ensure all the correct information is passed onto the conservation team.

Person specifications

We are looking for volunteers with the following values, knowledge and skills:

Essential:

* Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
* Experience using social media platforms (mainly Facebook and Instagram).
* Friendly and professional manners.
* Basic knowledge on bird migration, conservation and wildlife (training will also be provided).
* Enthusiasm for nature and conservation.

Desirable:

* Experience in customer care.
* Experience in engaging with people through social media platforms.
* Ability to communicate and write in Maltese.
* Previous experience of volunteering or participating in BirdLife Malta’s programmes.
* Background in conservation or similar.

You will be provided with training prior to starting this volunteer position. Volunteering hours are flexible and you do not need to live in Malta to apply.

To apply

To apply for this volunteering position, please send an email to info@birdlifemalta.org with a covering letter explaining your interest in this role and specifying any relevant experience. You can also provide your CV, although this is not mandatory. The deadline for applications is Monday 1st March (midnight). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.