Conservation internship – assessment of volunteer potential
Job title: Wadhurst
Park Summer Intern
Park, Wadhurst, East Sussex
Hours: 40 hours
Contract type: Temporary –
for six weeks
Wadhurst Park (www.wadhurstpark.co.uk)
is a 796 hectare (1,968 acre) private estate within the High Weald Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty. We follow best practice guidelines for
low-intensity farming and semi-natural habitat restoration and conservation. We
practice evidence-led conservation, analysing our survey data and feeding the
results back into practical management. We review our work, both on local and
landscape scales, aiming to create and maintain diverse, healthy and connected
looking for a summer intern to work with our estate management team. The role
will focus on reviewing the volunteer potential at Wadhurst Park.
have the potential to help us achieve more with finite resources, and to engage
youth and our local community on environmental issues. However, recruitment and
management of volunteers also has the potential to consume a lot of time and
may not always deliver a net benefit. We want to assess how we can make efficient
use of volunteers at Wadhurst Park.
our historic experience with volunteers, identifying positives and
insight from similar local organisations that use volunteers.
the types of work that could be carried out successfully by volunteers.
potential sources of volunteers in the local community and further afield.
challenges around health and safety, training, logistics (accommodation,
facilities) and management.
practices and strategies that might help us manage these challenges.
a report and presentation, summarising findings and making recommendations.
will be primarily based at Wadhurst Park in East Sussex for six weeks during
July and August 2020. 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). Staff come and go regularly on
the estate and can give the intern a lift whenever practical. However, the intern should aim to be
self-sufficient in getting around.
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 and preferably from a
social science / environmental management / conservation discipline.
demonstrable interest in environmental management / conservation / volunteer
Knowledge and/or experience of social
The ability to capture information
from interviews and participatory observation, bringing this together with desk
Excellent research and writing skills.
The ability to work both
independently and as part of a team.
Good interpersonal skills.
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 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your expression of interest must reach us by midday on 9th
April 2020. 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.
for applications – 9th April 2020
week commencing 20th April 2020
6 weeks between 13 July and 28 August, Wadhurst
(internship end) – 28 August 2020, London