Residential Volunteer Intern – Specialist Ecology and Monitoring

Friday 15 November 2019
Vacancy type:
Residential internships
Various locations

What we're looking for

The RSPB Specialist Ecology & Monitoring Internship scheme is designed to provide the experience, training, skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in conservation science and ecology, by gaining a wide range of practical experience in these areas. Our conservation science is widely published in global journals. You will work closely with RSPB reserve and science staff, learning to collect, and accurately record, data on nationally important, long term projects. This data will inform future management decisions on our reserves. We currently have Specialist Ecology and Monitoring internships available in Wales. More information is available on the information page.

The skills you need

•You must be aged 18 or over •Determination and enthusiasm •A desire to learn new skills •A willingness to work flexible hours (sometimes weekends/nights), in all weathers. •The ability to use initiative and work to a schedule, as part of a team or occasionally on your own, often walking long distance over tough terrain and in remote locations •A passion for wildlife, ecology and the great outdoors in all its moods. •An understanding of the importance of careful use and maintenance of equipment •Excellent written skills, including a meticulous attention to detail •A good understanding of spreadsheets •A full driving licence •Previous experience of field work either through education or volunteering, is an advantage HOW TO APPLY To apply, please download an application from the Information page, or if this is not possible please email Closing dates for applications 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 or country, 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 in late January for start dates in March 2020

Your time

Full time 5 days per week
6 or 12 months
Start 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: • 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. 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 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.

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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