Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship


Canterbury, Kent

Volunteer • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01227464898 Sam Richardson

Reference: 7510

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 03 July 2017

Why we want you

Your role will be to support our practical conservation staff at the Blean Woods and Seasalter Levels nature reserves based in East Kent, near Canterbury. You will focus on habitat management, reserve maintenance, surveys and public engagement events.

Regular duties will include:

  • Assisting with the creation of coppice plots and the development of woodland rides.
  • Making repairs to our site infrastructure such as benches, gates and fences.
  • Removing invasive species.
  • Assisting with wet grassland hydrology management.
  • Removing scrub from encroaching on field margins
  • Leading volunteer work parties.
  • Maintaining reserves equipment.
  • Taking part in bird surveys.

Inductions/relevant training for each task will be given beforehand and ongoing support provided by the warden and assistant warden.

What’s in it for you

Becoming an intern with the RSPB could be the first step to a great career in practical conservation. We have a small team of wardens covering a large area so our interns are a vital part of the team. You will develop:

  • An understanding 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.

You'll also get:

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.

Doing an internship will not guarantee you a job with the RSPB. Our internships are designed to offer work experience. However, interns can apply to our paid vacancies, including those only advertised internally. For obvious reasons an 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.The skills you need


  • Can commit to three days a week for 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 on own and within a team.
  • Prepared to get stuck in to a range of practical tasks, some of which require full days outdoors in all weather, and can involve lifting equipment plus carrying goods and long spells walking.
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills.


  • 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 school 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 UK driving licence
  • Be IT literate

Your time

Minimum commitment: 3 days per week
Duration: 6 months
Period: August 2017 - February 2018

Who to contact

Sam Richardson
Tel: 01227 464898

All the training necessary 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 25 miles). 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.

Deadlines for applications are Monday 3rd July 2017, 5pm
Interview date is scheduled for Tuesday 11th July 2017 with the placement starting on Monday 7th August.
For an application pack or to send completed applications via email, please contact Sam Richardson at

Please send completed applications by post to:
Sam Richardson
RSPB Swale Office
John Roberts Business Park
Pean Hill

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