Residential Volunteer Intern - Blacktoft Sands


RSPB Blacktoft Sands, East Riding of Yorkshire

Volunteer • Full Time 01405 704665 Sara Macias Rodriguez

Reference: VMS 8120

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

RSPB Blacktoft Sands is part of the Humber estuary - one of the most important wildlife sites in the UK. You'll find Blacktoft Sands hiding on the south bank of the River Ouse, where the waterway widens to become the Humber Estuary. This magical reserve hosts a diverse population of waders, warblers and raptors, which can be easily spotted from the accessible trails and hides.

Are you looking to get a unique high quality experience in all aspects of reserve management, from delivering practical habitat management on the ground to assisting with the day-to-day running of the visitor operations? Fancy spending six months or a year living and working in a fantastic place, with fantastic people surrounded by fantastic landscapes and wildlife?

We have a residential volunteer reserve internship starting mid October at our Blacktoft Sands reserve.

Which will give you the chance to work with other people who care about wildlife and the environment, this is a great opportunity to gain some fantastic experience working in all aspects of conservation, with relevant training provided as required. During your placement, you will become a full member of the reserve teams, gaining invaluable experience in both practical management and visitor and people engagement, learning how to manage an RSPB reserve, and working with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. This really is a unique way to gain skills and experience in all aspects of running a nature reserve. Accommodation is provided close to the reserves giving a unique chance for unlimited out-of-hours access to nature!

Specialist knowledge is not necessary, but an enthusiasm for wildlife and an interest in conservation is.

The skills we are looking for are:

  • Good people and communication skills
  • Approachable
  • The ability to work as part of a small team.
  • Adaptable
  • Self-motivated
  • Ready and willing to turn your hand to the multitude of different tasks that are required on a nature reserve.
  • Happy working outdoors in all weathers
  • Confident talking to visitors.

Our internships are designed to offer work experience and a number of our interns have gone on to find paid work within the conservation sector. However, doing an internship does not guarantee future employment with the RSPB.

This role will include some manual work so may be physically demanding. You must be aged 18 or over and hold a full driving licence. You will frequently be required to work weekends, but on these occasions, time off will be given during the week.

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