Community Engagement Voluntary Intern

RSPB Cymru


Volunteer • Part Time 02920 353316 Sue Ansell

Reference: EJ7814

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 30th September 2019  

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for a voluntary intern interested in engaging children & families with nature. We’re looking for someone who’s keen to be part of an exciting project helping thousands of children discover and learn more about wildlife in Cardiff. Someone to help us deliver wildlife workshops in primary schools and nurseries across Cardiff, run nature based activities for families in Cardiff’s parks and greenspaces and support the daily running of a busy and exciting project delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and Buglife.

The skills you need

You’ll need to be enthusiastic about learning outdoors and community engagement with a keen interest in wildlife. You’ll be happy spending lots of time outdoors in all weathers. You’ll be a natural at working with young people, have excellent social skills and an ability to connect with and engage a range of audiences across the city. Ideally with some experience of volunteering you’ll be able to support and help lead other volunteers of all ages. You’ll be part of a busy team, so you’ll be a great team player with a positive, can do attitude, resourceful, flexible and keen to learn. With so many opportunities in the project you’ll be organised, able to prioritise and motivated with lots of initiative to ensure you make the very most of your internship.

Your time

Minimum: 2 days a week.
Duration: 4 months
Period: October 2019- January 2020

What’s in it for you 

If you’re looking for a way to gain valuable experience in the conservation sector focused on learning and community engagement, this is the role for you. This is a part time, voluntary post for 4 months with Europe’s largest conservation charity that offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire the training, skills and experience that will help you gain future employment in the environment, education or heritage sectors.

You’ll build confidence in working with schools, families and children and in so doing be helping to save nature by inspiring and enabling more young people to spend more time more regularly outdoors discovering and enjoying the natural world. You’ll gain experience working in a team and supervising other volunteers, as well as increasing your knowledge of Cardiff’s urban wildlife.

Volunteering with the RSPB will give you access to mentoring, training and advice from RSPB staff, including your line manager, as well as the RSPB’s internal vacancies and a reference upon successful completion of your internship. We’ll assist your personal development and progress towards career goals and encourage you to take full advantage of all of the personal development opportunities that will arise during the internship, including the chance to gain related qualifications to boost your employability. You’ll have access to a personal laptop, dedicated workspace and all costs associated with travel and training will be covered.

How to apply

Application deadline: 30 September 2019    
Interview date: 07 October 2019

Contact: Sue Ansell, Community and Volunteer Development Officer - Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff, to request an application form.

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The commitment required for this internship is equivalent of two to three working days or 15 to 22 hours per week for 4 months. Hours may be fulfilled through a combination of full or half days in the office Monday to Friday 9am to 5.15pm, work at weekends delivering events and flexible hours working from home where relevant.

The RSPB runs an inclusive voluntary internship scheme, so whether you’ve just graduated, finished your A Levels, are looking for a voluntary experience in your gap year or are changing career paths, we welcome your application. Please note that this is not a residential post and we will reimburse your travel expenses up to 25 miles. This internship does not guarantee future employment with the RSPB, but interns are always welcome to apply for our paid vacancies.

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is RSPB Cymru's flagship public engagement project delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and Buglife. The project has already engaged over 25,000 children and their families across Cardiff with wildlife; encouraging them to connect with the nature on their doorstep and take action to support it. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Aldi.

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