Warden Internship (non residential) - Farnham Heath & Hazeley Heath

A fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience of delivering conservation at 2 nature reserves with a diverse range of habitats

Posted:
Monday 22 March 2021
Vacancy type:
Internships
Location:
Farnham Heath & Hazeley Heath Nature Reserves

What we're looking for

Your role will be to support our practical conservation staff on the two Reserves in Surrey and NE Hampshire, based near Farnham in Surrey. You will focus on habitat management, reserve maintenance, wildlife surveys and public engagement events. You will be helping the RSPB to maintain vital lowland heathland at Farnham and Hazeley, as well as managing areas of flower rich grassland at Farnham and woodland rides at Hazeley Regular duties will include: • Assisting with managing lowland heath. • Scrub management. • Assisting with the development of woodland rides. • Helping to manage grassland • Making repairs to our site infrastructure such as benches, gates and fences. • Removing invasive species. • Leading volunteer work parties. • Maintaining reserves equipment. • Taking part in wildlife surveys. • Helping with guided walks. • Producing temporary notices and other interpretation • Checking livestock Inductions/relevant training for each task will be given beforehand and ongoing support provided by the warden and assistant warden

The skills you need

Essential: •Can commit to three days a week for six months minimum •Strong work ethic •Ability to work proactively and to show initiative. •Organised with attention to detail •Confident meeting new people and representing the charity •Ability to work on own and within a team •Prepared to get stuck in to a range of practical tasks, some of which require full days outdoors in all weather and can involve lifting equipment plus carrying goods and long spells walking •Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills Desirable: •Some DIY, basic outdoor skills or knowledge of machinery would be advantageous, although full training will be given RSPB runs an inclusive volunteer internship scheme, so whether you have just graduated, finished your A Levels and looking for voluntary experience in your gap year or you are looking for a change of career paths we welcome your application. However, we do ask that you meet the following requirements: You must: •Be 18 years old or over •Have a full clean driving licence •Have achieved A-levels or equivalent •Be confident using MS Word, Excel, Outlook

Your time

Minimum:
Maximum 3 days a week
Duration:
6 months
Period:
May - November 2021

What's in it for you?

Becoming a volunteer intern with the RSPB could be the first step to a pursuing a great career in conservation. You will develop: •An understanding of the practical techniques for the creation and maintenance of valuable habitats •First-hand experience of habitat management •Knowledge of the ecology of woodland, heathland and meadows •Confidence leading volunteer teams and connecting the local community with nature You'll also get: •Training on CV writing and interview techniques •Training on machinery where appropriate and necessary •Access to our internal vacancies during your internship •A reference on successful completion of your internship •A dedicated mentor to monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship Quotes from previous interns: “an amazing 6 months... opportunity to really be part of the team managing the habitats.” “I have greatly improved my knowledge and practical skills in habitat management”. "The experience I gained was invaluable Doing a volunteer internship will not guarantee you a job with the RSPB. However, volunteer interns can apply for our paid vacancies, including those only advertised internally, and the skills, knowledge and experience gained will prepare you well for a career in this sector.

How to apply

Contact

Linda Inns, Farnham Heath & Hazeley Heath Nature Reserves
Tel: 01252 795632
Email: Linda.Inns@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

Please note that NO accommodation or salary is offered with this internship as it is a non-residential placement. All the training necessary and background information will be provided and since you'll be giving up your time, it's only fair that we offer to reimburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles). For further information or to discuss the role please contact the Reserve Office on 01252 795632 For an application pack e-mail linda.inns@RSPB.org.uk The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 30th April 2021 and the interview date is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 10th May 2021. Please send your completed application to linda.inns@RSPB.org.uk 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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