Education, Families and Youth Volunteer 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 at RSPB Minsmere.

Tuesday 12 March 2019
Vacancy type:
Showing people wildlife, Inspiring young people, Internships
Minsmere Nature Reserve

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. - Deliver fun and exciting activities as part of our curriculum linked Schools on Reserves programme. At Minsmere, school children have the chance to experience nature first-hand and you can be part of that exciting journey of discovery! - Work with the Visitor Experience Officers to support the delivery of events, taking responsibility for planning, delivering and evaluating at least two events. - 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. - 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 facilities.

The skills you need

It is essential that you have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for engaging all members of the public who visit 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 RSPB Minsmere team You must: be 18 years old or over be available for 4 months or more have achieved A-levels or equivalent be IT literate This role is available as a residential and non-residential opportunity. Non-residential interns are limited to a maximum of 3 days a week. 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

5 days a week residential, 3 days a week non-residential. 9am to 5.15pm
6 months
April to September

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 and a chance to meet other environmental educators within the local area. 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


Christopher Ford, Minsmere Nature Reserve
Tel: 01728 648281/648780


Application for the internship is via application form and the closing date for applications is 24th March 2019. Interviews will be held on the 4th April 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. The RSPB is committed to reducing our carbon emissions, and as such can offer to cover the full cost of a second class return rail ticket to Darsham rail station. Alternatively, if required, we can offer personal mileage at 15p per mile up to the cost of the equivalent second-class return rail ticket. Details of how you can claim this will be given at the interview. 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. In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information. References will also be taken up. The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature.

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