Community Engagement & Conservation Volunteer Internship (Blean Woods)

Wednesday 26 May 2021
Vacancy type:
Blean Woods

What we're looking for

Your role will be to support the Community Engagement Officer in the delivery of a Green Recovery Challenge Fund community engagement program across the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trusts managed areas of Blean Woods in East Kent, near Canterbury. You will focus on assisting with wildlife education events and nature-based wellbeing sessions as well as leading practical volunteer work parties. Alongside this you will get experience in woodland, heathland, bog and wet grassland habitats by helping the warden team with habitat management, reserve maintenance and wildlife surveys. Regular duties will include: •Contributing to the practical delivery of guided walks, wildlife workshops and other engagement events •Preparing for and leading regular volunteer work parties in achieving the habitat restoration targets of the project •Assisting with the digital promotion of events, volunteering opportunities and project updates •Maintaining project equipment and events infrastructure •Working with project partners such as Kent Wildlife Trust and local councils to deliver project outcomes •Assisting with the warden team with woodland habitat creation, lowland heathland management and wet grassland hydrology •Making repairs to our site infrastructure such as benches, gates and fences •Removing invasive species •Taking part in species surveys and ecological monitoring •Livestock checks and handling Inductions/relevant training for each task will be given beforehand and ongoing support provided by the community engagement officer and the wider project team. NB. There is no accommodation provided for this role so you will need to live within reasonable travelling distance.

The skills you need

Essential: •Can commit to three days a week for a minimum of six months •Strong work ethic •Ability to work proactively and to show initiative •Organised with attention to detail •Confident meeting new people and representing the charity •Ability to work independently and within a team •Prepared to get stuck into a range of practical tasks, some of which require full days outdoors in all weather •Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills Desirable (but not essential) •Some experience of delivering nature-based education or outdoor events •Some basic flora and fauna ID skills or understanding of ecology •Some DIY, basic outdoor skills or knowledge of machinery would be advantageous, although full training will be given RSPB runs an inclusive volunteer internship scheme, so whether you have just graduated, finished your A levels 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 •Have a full manual UK driving licence •Be IT literate

Your time

3 days a week for 6 months
6 months
July 2021- January 2022

What's in it for you?

Becoming a volunteer intern with the RSPB could be the first step to a great career in nature-based community engagement and conservation. We have a small team covering an ambitious project and a large area so this intern role will be a vital part of the team. You will develop: •An understanding of the planning and delivery of outdoor events and activities •A grasp of the practical techniques for the creation and maintenance of valuable habitats •Knowledge of the ecology of woodland, heathland and grazing marsh •Confidence leading volunteer teams and connecting the local community with nature •Experience of working across a wider team including external project partners You'll also get: •Relevant qualifications in the use of machinery e.g.. chainsaw and brush-cutter •Training on CV writing and interview techniques •Access to our 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 •Travel expenses •First aid training Doing a volunteer internship will not guarantee you a job with the RSPB. Our volunteer internships are designed to offer work experience. However, volunteer interns can apply to our paid vacancies, including those only advertised internally. For obvious reasons a volunteer intern would need to have proven themselves in their current role, before expecting their volunteering experience to assist in an application to a paid post.

How to apply


Milo Sumner, Blean Woods
Tel: 07714 139415 / 01227 464898
Email: Milo.Sumner@RSPB.ORG.UK


How to apply: •For an application form, please email •Send completed applications to Milo Sumner at or by post to: Milo Sumner, RSPB Swale Office, John Roberts Business Park, Pena Hill, Whitstable, CT5 3BJ •The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27th June 2021. •Interviews will take place week commencing 5th July 2021. Please note that there is no accommodation being offered with this volunteer internship as it is a non-residential placement. We will reimburse out of pocket travel expenses within a 25-mile radius of the reserve. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. 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. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way.

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