Residential Volunteer Intern - Central Highland Reserves

RSPB Scotland


Volunteer • Full Time 01463 175000 Isabel Morgan

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 20th June 2019   1 day left

Due to one of our current interns successfully gaining a paid position we have a vacancy for one Residential Volunteer Intern at RSPB Central Highland Reserves for 7 months.

Our Residential Volunteer Internships aim to equip you with training and skills needed for a career in conservation, particularly based on reserves. We will provide you with a broad range of training, including certified courses, as well as assistance with writing applications and interview skills as well as provide opportunities for you to take advantage of to gain skills, knowledge and experience.

You will be an essential part of the small Central Highland Reserves team based out of the busy North Scotland Regional Office in Inverness.

Free accommodation (including household bills) is provided for the duration of the internship. Residential volunteer interns are responsible for providing their own food and any personal travel costs. At Central Highland Reserves you will be sharing a 2 bed flat with another residential volunteer intern approx 3 miles away from the office, a bike is useful for travelling between the volunteer accommodation and the office.

The Central Highland Reserves

The Central Highland Reserves are a diverse mix RSPB reserves  (Loch Ruthven, Nigg Bay, Udale Bay, Culbin Sands and Fairy Glen) and host one of the rarest breeding birds in the UK and thousands of wintering wildfowl and most are designated SSSI and SPA sites. The reserves cover a variety of habitats such as sand dunes, wet grassland and woodland providing a broad range of learning opportunities and experience. You will be fully involved with the day-to-day running of the reserves gaining experience in control of invasive species, infrastructure maintenance, working with volunteers, health & safety, surveys, habitat management and office based administration tasks.

There will be opportunities to work at Corrimony Reserve, Tollie Red Kite Centre and other reserves in the North Scotland Region. 

Normal working hours are Monday - Friday 9 -17.15, however early morning, late evening and weekends will sometimes be required, particularly during spring and summer.

We appreciate that we are asking for a significant commitment period and are willing to be flexible with working hours to accommodate part time work in the local area. However this must be discussed and agreed in advance.

About You

You will need to be at least 18 years old and have a genuine demonstrable interest in nature conservation with ambitions of gaining employment in environmental conservation. You'll have the ability to work under your own initiative within a small team, must be comfortable and able to walk long distance over rough terrain and have good communication skills. You will need to be able to undertake physical manual tasks outside as well as prepared to take on desk-based admin and office work. A full manual driving licence is essential for driving RSPB fleet vehicles between the reserves. 

Ideally you will be able to start the internship in early July and be able to commit 5 days per week for 7 months, until end of February 2020.

 To Apply

Please email Isabel Morgan (CHR Warden) for an application pack. Application forms should be submitted to  Closing date for applications is Thursday 20th June, interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday  26th June.

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