This summer we will be hosting an internship for a Volunteer Learning Assistant Internship... and there is still time to apply!


If you want to get some quality experience with Europe's largest conservation charity, engaging with young people and delivering environmental education then read on!

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Fancy spending 6 months volunteering in a fantastic place, with fantastic people - seeing things you'd never normally see?

We have a volunteer internship from March - September 2016. We are looking for a volunteer to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages and abilities throughout our summer season. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain experience working with families and adults.

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a busy team who inspire others about wildlife and help them to learn about the world around them. Good communication skills and enthusiasm are essential. You will need some experience of working with children and an ability to work outside and be on the go all day. Being willing to learn new skills with a resourceful and flexible approach will make you a valuable member of the team.

You will get: - Experience and training - Knowledge that the role you will be carrying out will be playing a vital part in inspiring young people about the natural world - Development of your own confidence in working with young people - Experience of working with young people for a well-known environmental charity. - Relevant training for the role e.g. CSW, risk assessments, H & S. - You will be a valuable member of a professional team. - Reference available.

The skills you need

You will need: - A keen interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment - An enthusiasm for outdoor education and a willingness to learn new skills - A resourceful and flexible approach to be able to cope with a wide variety of ages and abilities of children - Good communication skills

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 be available for 3 months or more have achieved A-levels or equivalent be IT literate

Your time

Minimum commitment: 2 to 3 days a week. 9am to 5.15pm Occasional weekends Duration: 6 Months Period: March to September

Who to contact

Emma Stobart Tel: 01708 899840 E-mail:


Closing date for applications: Monday 18th January 2016

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).

Our internships are designed to offer work experience. However, doing an internship does not, unfortunately, guarantee future employment with the RSPB. Interns are welcome to apply for our paid vacancies, but for obvious reasons, an intern would need to have proven themselves in their current role before their volunteering experience will assist an application for a paid post.

In line with our Safeguarding policy, all applicants are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales), Access NI in Northern Ireland, or a PVG Scheme registration check from Volunteer Scotland in Scotland. Contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090811 for more information. Contact Volunteer Scotland on 01786 849777 for more information. Contact Access NI on 0300 200 7888 for more information.

References will also be taken up.

All training necessary and background information will be provided and since you are giving up your time, it is only fair we offer to re-imburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles max).

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature.