Conservation Intern

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire

Volunteer • Part Time 01772872000 Sarah Leach

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 23rd March 2018   4 days left

3 days per week, days tbc, must be available weekdays.

Under the direction of the Reserve Officer and Assistant Reserve Officer you will help to deliver an array of practical conservation tasks throughout the reserve, creating, restoring and maintaining important habitats, promoting safe working practices, maintaining conservation tools, assisting with conservation income-generating projects and also contributing to the smooth-running of the visitor experience associated with Brockholes as a whole.

You will primarily be involved with maintaining, restoring and creating habitats for wildlife, but will also undertake practical infrastructure tasks (e.g. path and fence installation or repair) and duties that contribute towards visitor engagement, conservation revenue generation and/or general day to day running of the reserve. You will often be working as part of existing conservation volunteer teams, but additionally you will develop the ability to lead these teams, plus corporate volunteer groups that visit on team-building task days.

Whilst volunteering on the reserve you will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the habitats and the wildlife that they support. In turn, you may have the opportunity to engage with visitors to Brockholes and we ask that you are polite and enthusiastic, engaging with visitors in a positive way whenever the opportunity arises. Helping people connect with nature in their local patch enables us to inspire people about the natural world so that they value it, understand their relationship with it and take action to protect and restore it.

This role of Conservation Intern will suit a self-motivated person who has energy, enthusiasm, an ability to adapt dynamic situations and ideally a good baseline knowledge of wildlife identification, with a passion to learn more. In return the role provides valuable experience of hands-on nature conservation to kick start your career.

Main tasks will include:

  • Assisting Reserve staff in the day to day running of the site
  • Practical habitat management, including habitat creation, restoration and maintenance
  • Reserve infrastructure work, such as fence and path repair and/or installation
  • Coordinating and supervising volunteer teams and work parties
  • Assisting with community and public engagement activities
  • Checking livestock and assisting in managing grazing animals
  • Promoting the safety, health and wellbeing of fellow volunteers and also staff.
  • Biological survey opportunities This is a varied role and provides an excellent opportunity to make a genuine contribution to nature conservation whilst gaining valuable experience for a career in this field.

This role will suit people who

  • Have a good level of fitness and a willingness to volunteer outdoors in all weathers.
  • Have energy, enthusiasm, self-motivation and an ability to adapt to dynamic situations.
  • Have previous experience of outdoor practical work, including familiarity with common hand tools and equipment.
  • An ability to work safely and champion a “high quality of work” ethos. Also an ability to promote a “culture” of tool care and to help to inspire other volunteers in this respect.
  • A keen interest in wildlife and conservation. Specialist knowledge is not necessary (although will be an advantage), however enthusiasm and willingness to learn is essential.
  • A hands-on, can-do attitude and a genuine desire to develop a career in nature conservation.
  • Basic competence with IT.
  • Have a willingness to be flexible in terms of hours.
  • Good personal skills/good sense of humour and good at working as part of a team.
  • Have a flexible approach to the role with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Are reliable and punctual
  • Following a period of induction and training are able to carry out their role with minimal supervision.

Please note this role is not suitable for people with no previous experience of outdoor practical work.

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