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:
Extensive practice in the use of a variety of standard and bespoke survey methodology skills
Experience of identification of key species in the field, including plants, birds, mammals and invertebrates, and on some projects, detection and identification of dung and seeds.
An understanding of the management planning process, priority habitats, target species and their habitat requirements, and management options. A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues.
Accommodation (including bills) in stunning surroundings on, or close to the reserve.
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 go on relevant courses at HQ.
In-house regular training on a variety of subject areas, including use of required methodologies, identification skills.
Visits to spend time working at other local nature reserves.
Formal training in skills appropriate to the reserve and position (e.g. vehicle use)
Training & experience in specialist computer applications eg Merlin, as required.
Your supervisor 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.