Practical Conservation Volunteer Internship

Weald Reserves

Why we want you

Your role will be to support our practical conservation staff on the Weald Reserves in East Sussex and Kent, based near Tunbridge Wells. You will focus on habitat management, reserve maintenance, surveys and public engagement events.

You will be helping the RSPB to restore vital lowland heathland at Broadwater Warren and to manage ancient woodland and wild flower meadows at Tudeley Woods and Fore Wood.

Regular duties will include:

  • Assisting with the creation of coppice plots and the development of woodland rides.
  • Assisting with managing lowland heath.
  • Scrub management.
  • Making repairs to our site infrastructure such as benches, gates and fences.
  • Removing invasive species.
  • Leading volunteer work parties.
  • Maintaining reserves equipment.
  • Taking part in wildlife surveys.
  • Helping with guided walks.

Inductions/relevant training for each task will be given beforehand and ongoing support provided by the warden and assistant warden

What’s in it for you?

Becoming a volunteer intern with the RSPB could be the first step to a pursuing a great career in conservation. You will develop:

  • An understanding of the practical techniques for the creation and maintenance of valuable habitats
  • Firsthand experience of habitat management
  • Knowledge of the ecology of woodland, heathland and meadows
  • Confidence leading volunteer teams and connecting the local community with nature

You’ll also get:

  • Training on CV writing and interview techniques
  • Training on machinery where appropriate and necessary
  • Access to our internal vacancies during your internship
  • A reference on successful completion of your internship
  • A dedicated mentor to monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship

Quotes from previous interns:
‘an amazing 6 months… opportunity to really be part of the team managing the habitats.’
‘I have greatly improved my knowledge and practical skills in habitat management’.
“The experience I gained was invaluable”

Doing a volunteer internship will not guarantee you a job with the RSPB. Our volunteer internships are designed to offer work experience. However, volunteer interns can apply to our paid vacancies, including those only advertised internally. For obvious reasons a volunteer intern would need to have proven themselves in their current role, before expecting their volunteering experience to assist in an application to a paid post

The skills you need


  • Can commit to three days a week for six months
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work proactively and to show initiative.
  • Organised with attention to detail
  • Confident meeting new people and representing the charity
  • Ability to work on own and within a team
  • Prepared to get stuck in to a range of practical tasks, some of which require full days outdoors in all weather and can involve lifting equipment plus carrying goods and long spells walking
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills


  • Some DIY, basic outdoor skills or knowledge of machinery would be advantageous, although full training will be given

RSPB runs an inclusive volunteer internship scheme, so whether you have just graduated, finished your A Levels and looking for voluntary experience in your gap year or you are looking for a change of career paths we welcome your application.

However, we do ask that you meet the following requirements: You must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have a full clean driving licence
  • Have achieved A-levels or equivalent
  • Be confident using MS Word, Excel, Outlook

Your time

Minimum commitment: 3 days a week
Duration: 6 months
Period: August 2017 – February 2018

Who to contact

Nick Feledziak
Tel: 01892 752433


Please note that NO accommodation is offered with this internship as it is a non-residential placement. All the training necessary and background information will be provided and since you’ll be giving up your time, it’s only fair that we offer to re-imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles).

The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We rely upon memberships and donations to fund our work. By volunteering your time and skills, you could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB.

Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

Reference number: 7999


For further information or to discuss the role please contact the Wealden Office on 01892 752430.
For an application pack e-mail below.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 19th June and the interview date is scheduled for Monday 3rd of July with the placement commencing in August.

Please send your completed application to the email address below or:

Nick Feledziak
RSPB Wealden Office
Sham Farm Business Units
Eridge Green
Tunbridge Wells

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