My first introduction to the RSPB was through my postgraduate student placement at RSPB Scotland as a science communication assistant. It was my love of nature that led me to make RSPB Scotland my first choice for my placement and it did not disappoint. One of my first experiences as a science communication assistant was a visit to Loch Leven, one of RSPB Scotland’s most popular reserves. Exploring the site was a lot of fun and gave me an insight into interpretation and visitor experience which was incredibly interesting and relevant to my studies. 

One of my tasks as a science communication assistant was to help with the recruitment of science communication volunteers. I enjoyed my placement so much that I ended up recruiting myself! As a volunteer science communicator, I am proud and excited to be part of a conservation charity whose practices are rooted in scientific evidence. Volunteering with RSPB Scotland has given me amazing opportunities: I have been part of some of the biggest events in the country, including Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Royal Highland Show; and being a long-term volunteer allowed me to apply for an internal vacancy which is now my current job.

Despite now being employed by RSPB Scotland as Education Officer, I continue to volunteer as a science communicator because it connects me with like-minded people and helps me spread a message that I truly believe in.

Tremaine Bilham

Volunteer Science Communicator