Assistant Warden Volunteer Internship, Ribble Reserves

Monday 3 September 2018
Vacancy type:
Ribble Reserves

What we're looking for

We manage one of the best nature reserves in the North West for wintering and breeding birds. The Ribble is a large estuary which consists of a wide range of saltmarsh and wetland habitats, which we manage for the benefit of wildlife. This is a very exciting time to get involved at our site as we have expanded our conservation work into new areas of the estuary. As well as supporting the team to manage and monitor these new areas we hope the volunteer internship post-holder will help us to connect with more visitors than ever before, expanding our events programme and turning more people on to the work of the RSPB. We will train our volunteer interns to give them the skills needed to start a career in conservation.

The skills you need

We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly person who likes a challenge! -Keen interest and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation. -The ability to work in a team and work on your own initiative. -Good communication skills. -Ability to undertake physical activities. -A full UK driving license. -18 years old or over -Available for 6 to 12 months.

Your time

3 days per week. 7.5 to 8 hours per day
6 - 9 months
Start October 2018

What's in it for you?

This is a fantastic first step into conservation. We will provide you with valuable work experience and help to develop new skills in all aspects of working on a nature reserve, for instance: -Practical habitat management. -Maintenance of reserve infrastructure. -Wildlife surveys and monitoring. -Leading volunteer work parties. -Leading public events. -Maintaining records and producing reports. You will also receive: -Access to our internal intranet. -Access to our internal job vacancies during your internship -An opportunity to make contacts within the RSPB. -Training specific to your role. -Travelling expenses up to 25 miles radius to the reserve office. -A reference on successful completion of your internship. -A dedicated mentor will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship.

How to apply


Alex Pigott, Ribble Reserves
Tel: 01704 211690


There are two posts available. For more information about the role description and information about the reserve, please see or contact Alex Pigott, Reserve Warden for the Ribble reserves. The deadline for applications is Sunday 23rd September 2018. To find out more information and for an application pack, please contact us at the details below. Interviews will provisionally be on Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note this is a non-residential placement - no accommodation is provided. Our internships are designed to offer work experience. However doing an internship will not guarantee you a job with the RSPB. Interns are welcome to apply to our paid vacancies, but for obvious reasons, an intern would need to have proven themselves in their current role before their volunteering experience will assist an application to a paid post.

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