Education, Youth and Families Intern

Do you feel inspired at the thought of helping young people engage with nature? This internship will help encourage new audiences to discover nature on their doorstep at RSPB Sandwell Valley.

Thursday 17 January 2019
Vacancy type:
Sandwell Valley

What we're looking for

We're looking for someone who will: - Engage with visitors on the reserve to help them make the most of their visit. - Work with the Visitor Experience Officer to support the delivery of events, taking responsibility for planning, delivering and evaluating at least two events. - Deliver fun and exciting activities as part of our curriculum linked Schools on Reserves programme. We aim to give local schoolchildren the chance to experience nature first-hand and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! - Assist the Learning Officer and Administrator with the school booking process - Organise and support school volunteers, ensuring sufficient numbers for each school booking - Enthuse and inspire the public to join the RSPB, ensuring that agreed individual targets are met. - Organise and deliver staff and volunteer membership training, to help the reserve achieve its recruitment target. - Interpret wildlife with signs and stories so visitors feel closer to nature. Work with our events team to think creatively about how we interpret our reserve each season, such as designing seasonal trails or fliers. - To make sure we're doing our best to get people involved and having a great time, you will help us evaluate and monitor the people engagement and education work we do, through surveys, visitor feedback and event evaluation. -Help the team with the day to day running of the visitor centre, making sure the visitor areas are presentable and clean.

The skills you need

It is essential that you have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for engaging all members of the diverse local communities on the doorstep of the reserve. A passion for outdoor education and the ability to engage young children. You do not need to be a wildlife expert but an interest in expanding your knowledge, and commitment to the aims of the RSPB are important. Specific requirements for the role: Able to engage a range of learners with differing needs and abilities. Strong work ethic. Approachable, open and friendly personality. Ability to actively listen to others. Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing. Ability to use your initiative. Ability to think and work creatively. Persistence. Ability to work flexibly. Good level of computer literacy. Organised, with attention to detail. Confident meeting new people and representing and promoting the reserve. Ability to work on own and as part of the friendly Sandwell Valley team RSPB runs an inclusive volunteer internship scheme, so whether you are looking for a change of career path or if you have just graduated or finished your A Levels and looking for voluntary experience in your gap year, we welcome your application.

Your time

3 days a week. 9am to 5.15pm
6 months
All Year Round

What's in it for you?

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the world of wildlife conservation and specifically how we are trying to connect young people with nature. We will give you the training, support and experience to build your confidence in leading teaching sessions and engaging young children with nature through hands on activities. You'll gain valuable work experience, develop new skills and learn how the RSPB is saving nature. You will gain a breadth of experience, including project management, events organisation, publicity and promotion working with volunteers. You'll also get: • training on CV writing and interview techniques • access to RSPB internal vacancies during your internship • a reference on successful completion of 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.

How to apply


Alex Sharrod, Sandwell Valley
Tel: 01213 577395


Application for the internship is via application form and the closing date for applications is 29th March 2019. If you would like to apply, please get in touch and we will send you an application pack. All the necessary training 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 a radius of 25 miles from the reserve). The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB.

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