Now recruiting: Fence Monitoring Volunteer

Do you love being outdoors? Keen to be part of conservation in the Cairngorms National Park by actively helping one of the UK’s rarest birds?

The Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is looking for 1-2 volunteers to help check fences across the National Park to ensure they don’t pose a collision risk to capercaillie. This is an essential part of our work with land managers as part of the project.

Not all deer fences can be removed, as they are often required to help establish new woodland by keeping deer away from regenerating trees (which will eventually provide more habitat for capercaillie). However, they can be marked to make them more visible to capercaillie.

A fence marked with wooden droppers

Ideal for someone who’s comfortable working outdoors unsupervised and who has map reading and navigational skills, the Fence Monitoring Volunteer role will involve checking fences to establish their condition and feeding that information back to us via an app designed for this role.

Interested? For full details, please download the Fence Monitoring Volunteer role description

To apply, please download the application form. The closing date for applications is 4th March 2022.

If you have any questions about the role please get in touch at

Here’s what previous volunteers thought:

“It is a great opportunity to be able to participate in a project to help caper and the environment, to learn more [about] caper and management, and feel you can do something to help.”

“I would encourage anyone to sign up and volunteer for these volunteering sessions – I found the day thoroughly educational.”

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