Volunteer Park Ranger Internships

St Nicks


Volunteer • Part Time

stnicks.org.uk volunteer@stnicks.org.uk 01904 411821 Maria Gill

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 23rd February 2018   5 days left

This is the perfect opportunity to gain the vital experience needed to start a career in conservation. St Nicks is looking for two enthusiastic all-rounders to assist with the rich and varied day-to-day tasks involved in managing our Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

About St Nicks:

Friends of St Nicholas Fields (working name St Nicks) is York’s leading organisation promoting sustainable living. We started by transforming a former landfill site into a thriving Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and we continue to manage it with over the help of over 250 volunteers. From our eco-friendly base at St Nicks Environment Centre we run projects and services that help residents of York move towards a sustainable future. These include a low-emissions kerbside recycling collection, environmental education programme and year-round community events.

About the role:

As a Park Ranger intern you will gain vital experience in the conservation sector. This is a diverse role offering the chance to gain or build on experience in volunteer management, practical habitat management, wildlife surveys and public engagement.

Day-to-day tasks include:

  • Leading and supervising groups of varied ages and abilities in carrying out practical conservation volunteering;
  • Leading/ assisting LNR projects such as waterway improvement, increasing connectivity for bats and habitat improvement for other local priority species;
  • Helping to develop the management plan for the site;
  • Assisting with monitoring of species and habitats by carrying out surveys and producing wildlife reports;
  • Other day-to-day tasks, including: writing risk assessments; carrying out and logging regular reserve checks; engaging members of the public; helping with events; marketing and promotion.

You will receive:

  • Regular supervision and on-going support to help monitor your progress and help with personal development;
  • In-house and external training tailored to the candidates individual’s interests and needs;
  • Help with CVs, job applications and a reference upon successful completion of your traineeship;
  • Contribution towards local travel expenses.

Skills and abilities needed for this role:

  • Enthusiasm for wildlife, conservation and the outdoors;
  • Some experience of leading groups would be beneficial;
  • Some experience of practical conservation tasks would be beneficial;
  • Friendly and approachable in nature with the ability to get along with people from all backgrounds;
  • Reliable and committed to the role;
  • Able to use initiative.


  • Length of commitment: 6 months
  • Total Hours: 3 days per week including Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, plus occasional Saturdays


Application deadline: 12pm on Friday 23rd February

Our internships are designed to offer work experience. The role will be managed by the Volunteer Co-ordinator and Nature Reserve Manager and the successful candidate will gain experience of working within the St Nicks team.

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