Community Engagement and Conservation Internship (Blean Woods)


Canterbury, Kent

Volunteer • Part Time [email protected] 07935 014978 Milo Sumner

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 27th June 2021  

Your role will be to support the Community Engagement Officer in the delivery of a Green Recovery Challenge Fund community engagement program across the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trusts managed areas of Blean Woods in East Kent, near Canterbury.

You will focus on assisting with wildlife education events and nature-based wellbeing sessions as well as leading practical volunteer work parties.

Alongside this you will get experience in woodland, heathland, bog and wet grassland habitats by helping the warden team with habitat management, reserve maintenance and wildlife surveys.

Regular duties will include:

  • Contributing to the practical delivery of guided walks, wildlife workshops and other engagement events
  • Preparing for and leading regular volunteer work parties in achieving the habitat restoration targets of the project
  • Assisting with the digital promotion of events, volunteering opportunities and project updates
  • Maintaining project equipment and events infrastructure
  • Working with project partners such as Kent Wildlife Trust and local councils to deliver project outcomes
  • Assisting with the warden team with woodland habitat creation, lowland heathland management and wet grassland hydrology
  • Making repairs to our site infrastructure such as benches, gates and fences
  • Removing invasive species
  • Taking part in species surveys and ecological monitoring
  • Livestock checks and handling

Becoming a volunteer intern with the RSPB could be the first step to a great career in nature-based community engagement and conservation. We have a small team covering an ambitious project and a large area so this intern role will be a vital part of the team.

You will develop:

  • An understanding of the planning and delivery of outdoor events and activities
  • A grasp of the practical techniques for the creation and maintenance of valuable habitats
  • Knowledge of the ecology of woodland, heathland and grazing marsh
  • Confidence leading volunteer teams and connecting the local community with nature
  • Experience of working across a wider team including external project partners

You'll also get:

  • Relevant qualifications in the use of machinery e.g.. chainsaw and brush-cutter
  • Training on CV writing and interview techniques
  • Access to our internal vacancies during your internship
  • A reference on successful completion of your internship
  • A dedicated mentor will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship
  • Travel expenses
  • First aid training

This is a 6 month long placement, working three days a week. Some weekend working will be required.

Please note that there is no accomodation provided with this role. The successful applicant must be able to travel to Swale Office, John Roberts Business Park, Pean Hill, Whitstable, CT5 3BJ each working day.

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