Volunteer Summer Work Placement
- Company: South Downs National Park Authority
- Location: Midhurst, GU29 9QX
- Salary: None, but some expenses paid
- Contact Email: email@example.com
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
Experience undertaking biological surveys, particularly botanical surveys
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am Monday 11 June2018.