What we're looking for
Otmoor is a large, active reserve, which provides an ideal training ground for new, keen conservationists. We want you to help with the running and management of this exciting wetland site, a site that is teeming with wildlife, which is seen as a showcase for innovative habitat management and which has a great team of highly motivated staff and volunteers working here. Combined with the neighbouring SSSI, Otmoor represents the largest wetland complex in Central England and incorporates reedbed, wet grassland and over 9 miles of hedgerows. Covering 400ha, the Otmoor reserve requires a lot of work to maintain and continuously improve it, as such, working here gives a great opportunity to acquire a wide range of essential reserve and estate management, people interaction and wildlife surveying skills. As the Otmoor warden intern, you will be a key member of the reserve team and your role will involve; Practical habitat management of wet grassland, reedbed, wildflower meadows and scrubby hedgerows, keeping them in prime condition for a wide range of wildlife. Maintaining reserve infrastructure; including fences, paths, visitor facilities and sluices. Managing the reserve workshop and maintaining the reserve tools, vehicles and machinery. Taking part in and helping coordinate the regular volunteer work parties. Assisting with biological surveys including breeding bird surveys and wetland bird surveys. Assisting with and carrying out predator monitoring and control. Assisting the wardening team with crucial health and safety work. Helping with reserve events, including guided walks. Assisting with implementation of the management plan on the reserve. We want you to use this internship as an excellent opportunity to develop your own skills and knowledge, so you can use your time at Otmoor as the perfect start for a career in conservation.