Job title: Wadhurst Park Summer Intern
Location: Wadhurst Park, Wadhurst, East Sussex
Hours: 40 hours per week
Contract type: Temporary – for six weeks
Pay: £500 per week
Wadhurst Park is an 850 hectare (2,100 acre) estate within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We follow best practice guidelines for low-intensity farming, habitat revival and restoration. We practice evidence-led conservation, analysing our survey data and feeding the results back into practical management.
We try always to improve our understanding of the land, the ecosystems, and the natural diversity on the estate. The estate is mainly on heavy clay. Our fields were extensively drained and intensively farmed. Over the last twenty years, we have stopped fertilising and using herbicides, and reduced the intensity of our grazing. We want our land to provide a full range of ecosystem services, including carbon storage, water and erosion management, and high levels of biodiversity. We know that these services are underpinned by healthy soils, but we know little about the current state of our soils.
We are looking for a summer intern to work with the Head of Conservation. The role will focus initially on evaluating grassland soil health in areas of ex-Deer Park, producing baseline data and developing a practical, cost-effective monitoring scheme.
The intern will:
- Explore and propose an appropriate definition of soil health for Wadhurst Park
- Identify suitable testing methods using basic equipment: evaluate methods, effort, and results
- Develop a scheme for monitoring soil health on the estate
- Establish baseline data for selected areas of the estate and identify any critical soil health issues
- Prepare a final report and presentation, using appropriate data visualisation, summarising findings, and making recommendations
The intern will be primarily based at Wadhurst Park in East Sussex for six weeks during July and August 2021. Accommodation will be provided (for time spent at Wadhurst Park), but the intern is responsible for their own food, telephone, and utility bills. A valid UK driving licence is not essential but is desirable (the train station and village are 4 miles from the estate). The intern should aim to be self-sufficient in getting around.
We are looking for a second or third-year undergraduate with a strong academic background (on track to receive a 2:1 or higher), or a postgraduate up to master’s level from a biological science / environmental management / conservation discipline with relevant experience in soil science.
Skills and experience
- A demonstrable interest in ecology/ environmental management / conservation
- Knowledge and practical experience of soil survey methods
- The ability to design, trial and set up an appropriate soil health monitoring scheme
- Excellent research and writing skills
- The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Good interpersonal skills
We will require a clear presentation of your results at the end of the internship.
Please submit a CV and a covering letter (each no more than two sides of A4) in an email titled Summer Internship 2021 to email@example.com. Your expression of interest must reach us by midday on 9th April 2021. Your covering letter should address the points under ‘skills and experience’, giving examples of how you meet our criteria. Please also confirm that you are available on the dates below. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.
Closing date for applications – 9th April 2021
Interviews – week commencing 26th April 2021
Internship – 6 weeks between 12 July and 27 August 2021, Wadhurst Presentation (internship end) – 27 August 2021, London (or online)