The reserve work programme will provide a wide range of opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and skills in conservation. You will gain experience of working on ancient grazing marsh, reedbed, saline lagoon and estuarine habitats. The work is very varied and will allow you to gain a wealth of experience necessary for pursuing a career in nature conservation, this may include:
Conducting breeding bird surveys including wader (lapwing, redshank, avocet) and wildfowl transects on lowland wet grassland and marsh harriers in the reedbed
Opportunity to take part in non-avian monitoring such as water vole, plants and dragonflies surveys.
Training and use of GIS software to produce maps and input biological data
Monitoring predators of wet grassland birds by conducting surveys and checking trail cameras and mink rafts
Attending formal accredited training as required by the role
Conducting monthly WeBS counts throughout the year
Contributing to the Essex Little Tern Group by surveying seabirds on the estuary by boat and advocacy work to raise awareness of little terns to other estuary users
Learning about the hydrology of the site and contribute to its management for the benefit of breeding and passage birds
Gaining experience of working with livestock by checking Konik ponies and assisting with moving cattle from different fields.
We will support your career development by helping you with application writing and career coaching through regular one to one meetings. These will be conducted by RSPB staff with knowledge of what you need to do to get a career in conservation.
Accommodation is provided free of charge in a rural cottage approximately one km from the reserve. You will be provided with one of two double bedrooms.