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.

Raptor Camp 2021 volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to join us in the countryside during our Raptor Camp 2021 monitoring operations.

Autumn is one of the best times of the year for observing bird migration, as a wide array of species will be flying to their wintering grounds further south, using the Maltese Islands as a vital resting and refuelling spot along the way. For young birds, this will be their first migration! September and October are the peak months for witnessing this natural spectacle.

However, hunting is a deeply rooted activity in Malta, and unfortunately many protected species are illegally targeted. This illegal activity continues to be a persistent and ongoing problem, which is where you can help.

Every year BirdLife Malta organises bird protection camps, and this autumn we are planning to organise our annual Raptor Camp. We are looking for willing volunteers to come and join us; in essence, this work involves several hours spent in the countryside every day, monitoring bird migration and hunting activity, recording any illegalities on camera, and liaising with the police where necessary to report wildlife crimes.

Bird identification skills are not a necessity, but would be useful. Willing drivers would be particularly welcome.

If you wish to register your interest, or have any queries, please contact alice.tribe@birdlifemalta.org.