Volunteer Summer Work Placement

  • Company: South Downs National Park Authority
  • Location: Midhurst, GU29 9QX
  • Salary: None, but some expenses paid
  • Contact Email: angela.ward@southdowns.gov.uk


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South Downs National Park Summer Volunteering Opportunity

Purpose of the project

The South Downs National Park Authority are part of a wider partnership to look at ways of eradicating Invasive Non Native species as set out in the South Downs Invasive Species Strategy.

Four key species have been identified in this strategy to target over the commencing year in the Wealden Heaths Area. They are: Himalayan Balsam; Japanese Knotweed; Giant Hogweed; and Rhododendron (ponticum).

The role of this placement is to survey for these four invasive species in the Hammer Stream catchment of the River Rother and record the extent of their presence.

The surveying methodology will be set out by the Wealden Heaths team with aims to:

  • Complete a survey of the Hammer Stream catchment (according to an agreed methodology)

  • Complete a project report to specified standard. To include GIS summary, maps and data in agreed format.


It is expected that the placement will run for eight weeks from mid-June 2018. However this can be flexible as long as it is reasonable and fits in with the objectives of the role.


The student will be based at the Wealden Heaths Office, Bepton Road, Midhurst GU29 9QX. The placement is field work from this location and the student will be required to work remotely. The placement will also include computer work to consolidate data collected, this will be at the Wealden Heaths Office.


This is an unpaid position, however, travel expenses and a daily lunch allowance will be provided

Person Specification


  • Experience undertaking biological surveys, particularly botanical surveys

  • Drivers licence

  • Strong writing and communications skills

  • Experience of report writing

  • Experience of reading maps and taking and interpreting grid references

  • Good interpersonal skills and experience of managing relationships with colleagues and landowners/partners

  • Excellent general ICT skills, including Microsoft Office

  • Proactive and good at solving problems independently

  • Diligent and good attention to detail

  • Access to a vehicle



  • Working towards a degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Ecology, Biology, Geography etc.)

  • Experience using biological data recording apps (e.g. iRecord)

  • Experience using GIS, particularly QGIS

  • An understanding of the National Park and of rural issues

How to Apply

Please Send a CV and brief covering letter outlining your suitability for this role, together with your availability for interview during the week beginning 11th June, to angela.ward@southdowns.gov.uk by 9am Monday 11 June2018.

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