Residential Reserve Intern

We are looking for Residential Reserve Interns to help our reserve teams in the North Kent Marshes and Dungeness to deliver nature conservation on the ground starting from September. There are opportunities to undertake a dual placement (6 months at each reserve) or a single site placement (12 months at either site).

Free accommodation in a shared house on the reserves will be provided, with utilities included. You will need to be able to provide your own food and living costs, and travel to and from the reserves at the start and end of your placement.

As part of the internship you will receive:

  • Excellent practical experience of working on a nature reserve and managingĀ a range of habitats for wildlife
  • Training/ experience of using machinery and power tools, which may include brushcutter; chainsaw; all-terrain vehicle (ATV), pesticides, 4×4 driving and first aid
  • Extensive avian and non-avian survey experience
  • Experience of working in a team and supervising others
  • A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues
  • Some experience of other aspects of a reserve such as visitor services and events
  • Free accommodation in stunning surroundings on the reserves
  • Guidance on application writing and interview techniques
  • A dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship.


  • 18 years old or over
  • Available for the full 12 months
  • Have achieved A-levels or equivalent
  • An interest in wildlife and conservation
  • A willingness to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers
  • IT literate
  • The ability to work in a team & a strong work ethic
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility
  • Confident, friendly and polite manner
  • Ability to actively listen to othersĀ and follow instructions
  • Ability to use your initiative
  • A full driving licence is also required for this role as sites are remote, and training could include tractor or 4×4, depending on the location.


  • Basic wildlife identification skills
  • Previous experience of practical conservation work
  • Degree in a relevant subject

To download an information pack and application form please follow the link provided.

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