Scilly’s Wildlife Trust Offering Two New Internships

wildlife trust flagScilly’s Wildlife Trust has joined up with the organisation A Focus on Nature, to offer two internships for young people who want a career in nature conservation.

One of the unpaid roles will be to help the Trust organise and develop their photography database.

The second will be to act as a contact point between the Trust and the many birdwatchers who visit the islands.

The Wildlife Trust will pay for accommodation at their Woolpack volunteer centre while A Focus on Nature will cover transport.

The interns are expected to pay for their own food and day-to-day costs.

Trust manager Sarah Mason says getting your first job in conservation isn’t easy and a period of voluntary work is often needed to gain some vital on-the-job experience.

She said the Trust is launching a new website in July and it became clear that the limited number of photos they hold aren’t catalogued and many aren’t good enough quality.

Sarah feels this internship is a great opportunity for a budding young photographer to help the Trust to organise their photos and decide which are need for the new website.

The ornithology internship will work with the influx of birders in October, carrying out media promotion and raising awareness.

The intention is to see how these first roles go this year and then expand the programme next year.

Sarah feels there are a lot of very keen, knowledgeable and skilled young people out there who would love the chance to come to Scilly for work experience.

The Trust are also expanding their volunteer programme for 2014.

In addition to the usual 2 to 3 week stints, they’ve created a number of 3 to 6 month work experience placements, which have already been taken.

Sarah says they’ve had a huge amount of interest and are looking forward to welcoming the first volunteers at the end of March.

And they’ll be advertising at various universities to recruit two students looking for a year-long placement as part of sandwich courses in Countryside Management.

She says these students will work alongside the Estates team to carry out vital footpath clearance and improvement work, beach cleans, practical habitat management and run information events for visitors across the islands.

Anyone interested in the internships should check out A Focus on Nature’s website here or the Wildlife Trust’s Volunteering page.

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