Dartmoor Moorland Bird Project Intern

Saturday 15 September 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Internships
South West England Regional Office

What we're looking for

This role will support the Dartmoor Moorland Advisor on an ambitious partnership project which aims to keep Dartmoor special for moorland birds, protect their habitats and work with land managers to find ways of restoring habitats where needed. The project is running on a short timeline and needs help from an enthusiastic person who is looking to develop skills and experience. The role will initially be mainly office-based, but with opportunities for site visits with the Advisor and bird survey work in the spring. The role will include: • Helping to produce A3 moorland bird information sheets for farmers and other land managers on Dartmoor (using Microsoft Publisher); • Assisting with the 2019 volunteer snipe survey – preparations, site surveys and subsequent data entry; • providing general administrative help to the Advisor (e.g. attending and writing the minutes of Project Steering Group meetings, researching particular topics).

The skills you need

We need someone who • is well organised, reliable and enthusiastic, • is computer literate including some experience of spreadsheets and Microsoft Publisher; • ideally has some experience of GIS but this is not essential as training will be arranged and help provided; • is able to think and work creatively with good attention to detail; • has good researching skills; • has the ability to use their own initiative but equally knows when to ask for help; • has the ability to take accurate notes and write them up for sharing with partners; • is confident meeting new people and representing the charity; • has some knowledge of moorland birds and their habitats, but this can be developed further; • ideally is able to identify some common moorland birds by sight with some field experience, but again this is not essential and can be developed. The 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 be available for 3 months or more have achieved A-levels or equivalent be IT literate

Your time

2 days per week (scope to increase to 3 days)
6 Months
January 2019 - June 2019

What's in it for you?

You will gain valuable work experience, develop new skills and learn how one of Europe's largest conservation charities is run. More specifically you will: • develop a good overview of Dartmoor's habitats, priority bird species and their requirements; • have the opportunity to get to know particular parts of Dartmoor really well, often areas less visited by the public and you may even get the chance to see some of the moor's rarer species and learn about their specific behaviour and needs; • develop your use of IT including refining your skills in Microsoft Publisher, learning how to use the RSPB Merlin database, learning or developing GIS skills & use of GPS; • have the opportunity to learn a particular bird survey methodology and about survey preparation and planning (e.g. ensuring health and safety requirements are met and risk assessments in place); • develop your understanding of some of the key issues affecting Dartmoor and the politics of the moorland; • work within a partnership and so meet a range of partners and individuals from other conservation bodies. You'll also get: • training on CV writing and interview techniques • access to our internal vacancies during your internship • A dedicated mentor will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship. 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.

How to apply


Helen Booker, South West England Regional Office
Tel: 01392 432691
Email: helen.booker@rspb.org.uk


Being local (e.g. Exeter or nearby) would be preferable, but open to negotiation. All the training necessary and background information will be provided. The Dartmoor Moorland Bird Project is an exciting partnership initiated in 2017 to run until March 2020 and is an initiative supported by Duchy of Cornwall, Dartmoor National Park Authority, the Heritage Lottery funded Moor Than Meets The Eye Landscape Partnership, Dartmoor Commoners and the Dartmoor Commoner's Council, RSPB, Natural England, Dartmoor Preservation Association and Devon Birds. The overarching aim of the Project is to keep Dartmoor special for moorland birds, protect their habitats and work with land managers to find ways of restoring habitats where needed. A key objective of the Project is to share current knowledge of Dartmoor's birds (distribution, status and habitat requirements) with farmers and the wider community through 1:1 conversations, events, talks and the production of 'Moorland Bird Information Sheets' for specific sites (e.g. Commons) which can aid discussions when considering future habitat management. A further aspect of the Project is the engagement of volunteers; providing training opportunities and the skills and knowledge to enable them to assist in species monitoring.

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