Residential Volunteer Intern - Reserves All-round Experience

Friday 15 November 2019
Vacancy type:
Residential internships
Various locations

What we're looking for

The RSPB Reserve All-round Experience Internship scheme is designed to provide the experience, training, skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in conservation. Our reserves are vital havens for a huge range of species, and special spaces for our visitors to get closer to nature, and we want you to be a part of our team managing these whilst you are gaining the experience to start your career in conservation. The All-round Experience Internship differs from our traditional Warden Internships by providing a wide range of experience on both the habitat management and the visitor operations side of reserves meaning you gain skills and experience in all aspects of running a nature reserve. This gives you a great footing for your future career whether that be in the practical management or visitor experience side, and maximises the number of career options available to you. The emphasis will be mainly on the practical side during the winter, when most habitat work is carried out, switching to a greater emphasis on the visitor side during the busy summer period. We currently have Reserves All-round Experience internship places available in our Northern England region. Please see information page for details.

The skills you need

Good people and communication skills and an approachable personality are essential for this role, as is the ability to work as part of a small team. You will also be adaptable, self motivated and ready and willing to turn your hand to the multitude of different tasks that are required on a nature reserve. Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife and an interest in conservation is. You must be happy working outdoors in all weathers and confident talking to visitors. This role will include some manual work so may be physically demanding. You must be aged 18 or over and hold a full driving licence. You will frequently be required to work weekends, but on these occasions, time off will be given during the week. HOW TO APPLY To apply, please download an application from the Information page, or if this is not possible please email Closing date 19th January 2020 Please apply to your preferred region or country. If successful, you must be prepared to be placed at any reserve in your chosen region, however any preferences for particular reserves will be taken into account where possible Please return your application form by email to Or by post to Residential Volunteer Interns Volunteering Development Department RSPB UK Headquarters The Lodge Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL Successful applicants will be invited to interview which will take place at the end of January.

Your time

9am to 5.15pm, 5 days per week
12 months
From March 2020



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 scheme is designed to give you the training and experience needed to pursue a career in conservation. As well as providing lots of opportunities to gain first-hand experience, we will assist your personal development and progression. 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. We will offer you: •Excellent practical experience of working on a nature reserve and managing different habitats for wildlife. Depending on the site, these could include upland, lowland wet grassland, peat bog, reed bed and ancient woodland. •An understanding of management planning process, priority habitats, target species and their habitat requirements, and management options. •Excellent experience and understanding of the visitor services, marketing and events side of reserves •Experience of working in a team and supervising other volunteers. •A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues. •Accommodation (including bills) in stunning surroundings on, or close to the reserve. Training Whilst you're here we'll provide you with both in-house and external training: •A regional induction, a site induction and the opportunity to attend relevant regional and national training as appropriate. •In-house – regular training on a variety of subject areas including visits to other local nature reserves. •Training & qualifications in the use of machinery and power tools as required. •Training in media skills, social media etc. •Training & experience in specialist computer applications eg Merlin, as required. •Your line manager will provide structure to your development in the form of an Aims and Objectives document, there will be regular meetings to check your progress, an initial 4 week trial period and a six month review.

How to apply


Jane Shah, UKHQ RSPB Headquarters
Tel: 01767 680551


If you would like any more information about any of the internships, please contact the name given on the relevant Internship Placement Information document available on the information page. 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. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. 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.

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