What we're looking for
We are a small but perfectly formed team working at one of the RSPB's prime nature reserves. Middleton Lakes is a reformed gravel quarry in the Tame Valley. We are developing a mosaic of wetland and woodland habitats for our key wildlife species. 2020 will be an exciting year as we build on our new visitor reception facility and invest in our visitor experience offer. The intern is a vital part of the wardening team, helping to implement our reserve management plan. This will involve: Learning on the job about practical habitat management of wetlands, woodlands and meadows. Maintenance of the reserve infrastructure such as fences, paths and benches which all need regular upkeep. Being responsible for the visitor standards of the reserve. Making sure the reserve is looking and functioning at its best for visitors. Leading other volunteers on regular work party days and being responsible for the corporate work party programme. Helping the warden manage the grazing and livestock on site which consists of longhorn cattle and konik ponies. Biological surveys in the Spring/Summer including breeding bird surveys, dragonfly, butterfly, amphibian/reptile, flora, and monthly Webs bird counts in the Winter. Keeping the reserve ticking over by completing the day to day jobs such as upkeep of the workshop/store areas, maintenance of the machines and tools, responding to problems and fixing them. Supporting the warden with a variety of admin jobs including updating risk assessments, emergency action plans, COSHH and other records, mapping and biological data recording, recording visitor numbers, logging volunteer work hours. Working some weekend days meeting and greeting visitors from our new visitor reception.