Reserve Internship - South East Suffolk


By Steve Aylward

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is offering a new 6 month voluntary internship programme in conservation, covering all South East Suffolk Reserves, based at Foxburrow Farm, near Woodbridge.

Position details





Contact details

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Ben Calvesbert, Heaths and Meadows Warden, at

For an informal chat with Ben please call him on 07789 042831

Closing date: 29th April 2019

Interview date: 7th May 2019 at Foxburrow Farm, near Woodbridge



This role mimics the role of the wardens at our South Suffolk Reserves in their reserve management roles, and requires time spent at Foxburrow Farm, as well as the other South Suffolk sites comprising Newbourne Springs, Levington Lagoon, Trimley Marshes, Simpson's Saltings, 

You will work alongside our reserve team of staff and volunteers, assisting in the practical management of a varied suite of nature reserves. You will benefit from an individual tailor-made programme focusing on both personal and career development. You will work as part of a team who will help you to gain experience and acquire new skills while training on the job.

Where you'll be working:

You will be based at Foxburrow Farm Reserve.

What you’ll be doing:

You will also be assisting in the practical management and day to day running of all the reserves, and working alongside Ben Calvesbert, Heaths and Meadows Warden.

The time you need to give:

You are asked to work a minimum of three days a week, hours and days to be agreed. Should you wish to volunteer for more days, we are more than happy to give you an opportunity to develop further skills and experience.

The skills you need:

You must have a full driving license for this role. Otherwise we do not require any specific skills, apart from a positive, helpful, friendly approach. The role is very varied and involves both people communication skills and practical skills.

What you’ll get out of it:

  • Skills of working with the public of all ages
  • First-hand experience in estate management to include livestock management, tractor work, mowing and fencing
  • Learning new practical skills / machinery experience
  • Surveying / monitoring skills
  • Leadership and team work skills

Training and skills development opportunities:

We offer a range of training possibly including a brushcutter/strimmer or chainsaw training certificate and first aid certificate. In addition to these, we offer training in tractor driving, hand tool use, volunteer leadership skills, team working, practical skills such as coppicing and fencing.
There will also be opportunities to be involved with wild learning courses.

Other information:

First aid and child protection are also given where required. Suffolk Wildlife Trust is committed to ensuring all individuals are aware of their role in safeguarding children whilst volunteering with the Trust.