Reserve Internship - Valley Fens


By Steve Aylward

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is offering a new 6 month voluntary internship programme in conservation, based at Redgrave & Lopham Fen.

Position details



Contact details

To apply please contact Richard Young, Valley Fens Warden at

Or call Richard or Debs on 01379 687618 for an informal chat about the placement.

Please apply by Friday 13th September. 

This role mimics the role of the wardens at Redgrave & Lopham Fen in their reserve management roles, and requires time spent at Redgrave & Lopham Fen, as well as the other valley fen sites comprising Hopton Fen, Market Weston Fen, Roydon Fen and Thelnetham Fen. There will also be times when you will be required to help out at Mellis Common and Knettishall Heath.

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 Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve and may also assist with the management on Knettishall Heath reserve during your placement.

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 Richard Young (Valley Fens Warden) and Debs Crawford (Assistant Warden).

The time you need to give:

You are asked to work a minimum of three days a week, two of which we would require to be ideally Tuesday or Wednesday, to gain experience in the volunteer work party days. 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 in working with the public of all ages
• First-hand experience in reserve management, working in a range of habitats (wetland, heath, woodland, grassland)
• 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 to include a chainsaw training certificate and first aid certificate. Additional training may include in house 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, various surveying and monitoring schemes on the reserve.

Other information:

We can offer basic bedsit accommodation in the Learning Centre at Redgrave & Lopham Fen.

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.