Residential Volunteer Intern - Farnham and Hazeley Heaths

Monday 16 April 2018
Vacancy type:
Residential internships
Farnham Heath & Hazeley Heath Nature Reserves

What we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer intern to join our team at Farnham and Hazily Heaths. Farnham Heath is part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is one of the RSPB's largest lowland heathland reserves with over 97 hectares (240 acres) of newly restored heath. The RSPB purchased the site in 2002 as a dark and gloomy conifer plantation and began management to restore the site to its former heathland glory. Hazily Heath is a newer, quieter reserve with a feeling of space that belies its size. It is part of the internationally important Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area for birds, and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Importance. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience undertaking conservation work on some of the rarest habitats on Earth. You will assist with the habitat management, species monitoring and people engagement across two of the RSPB's finest Lowland Heath sites.

The skills you need

18 years old or over Available for the full 12 months IT literate The ability to work in a team and a strong work ethic Enthusiasm and flexibility A willingness to take on responsibility Confident, friendly and polite phone manner and face to face Ability to actively listen to others Ability to use to use your initiative Ability to think and work creatively An interest in wildlife and conservation A full driving licence is also required for this role as sites are remote A willingness to undertake to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers Our internships are designed to offer work experience. However, doing an internship does not, unfortunately, guarantee future employment with the RSPB. Interns are welcome to apply for 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 for a paid post. PLEASE NOTE THE INFORMATION PAGE IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - see below for application information.

Your time

Full time
From July 2018 - March 2019
From July 2018 - March 2019



For information on the role, the reserves and the accommodation offered, download an information pack and application form from our information page

What's in it for you?

This volunteering internship is designed to give you the training and experience needed for a career in conservation. We will assist your personal development and progression towards a conservation career, but it is also important that you take advantage of the opportunities that will arise during the placement to learn new skills, gain new experiences and increase your conservation knowledge. A willingness to take on new challenges and responsibilities will allow you to gain the most out of the internship placement. You'll gain valuable work experience, develop new skills and learn how one of Europe's largest conservation charities is run. This will include Excellent practical experience of working on a nature reserve and managing habitats for wildlife Formal land based training with machinery and vehicles, and experience as appropriate Emergency first aid at work training Experience of working in a team, and leading work parties A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues Experience of visitor engagement and events Free accommodation Experience undertaking surveys for breeding birds and other wildlife A dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help you with personal development The opportunity to receive training on CV writing and interview techniques, career coaching, access to our internal vacancies during your volunteering internship and a reference on successful completion of your placement

How to apply


Charlotte Bartlett, Farnham Heath & Hazeley Heath Nature Reserves
Tel: 01252 795632


Please contact Charlotte Bartlett for an information pack and application form at or on 01252 795632. Please send your completed application to Charlotte either via email or by post to RSPB Farnham and Hazily Heaths, Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Telford, Surrey GU10 2DL Closing date for application now 1st June 2018 Interviews will be held at RSPB Farnham Heath, dates to be confirmed. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

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