Volunteering opportunity in invertebrate conservation

Published: 17 May 2009

Are you looking to work in invertebrate conservation in the UK but finding it hard to get anywhere without any work experience? Even volunteering can be competitive nowadays.

The People's Trust for Endangered Species are hoping to support the brightest students and future conservationists by providing grants to enable them to work on a specific invertebrate-related project. Projects might run for a continual (full time) period of up to six months or intermittently (part time) for up to 18 months. The work must be carried out at either a conservation organisation or within a research group at a university, though not usually the one the student graduated from, following the successful completion of their degree course.

It is envisaged that the intern will work as part of a team, which includes more experienced members who will be able to help the intern acquire new skills. The internship is about providing an opportunity to gain work experience in new surroundings and a foothold in the working environment. The student and the organisation concerned must make a joint application, with the impetus coming from either party.

The work must consist of a discrete project – which may be an integral part of a larger, ongoing research project - which is likely to result in positive conservation outcomes for UK invertebrates. Students from all disciplines relevant to invertebrate conservation will be considered, provided that they can demonstrate that their work has relevance to the aims of People's Trust for Endangered Species. NB The project must not be one on which they are already worked or are still working.

The student will receive funding not exceeding £4,000 to cover all living and project costs, and all insurance costs.

It is hoped that in this way, students will gain valuable experience, which will enable them to pursue careers in the field of invertebrate conservation or proceed to a PhD or other qualifications. But those already registered for a PhD may not use internships to 'top-up' their PhD funding.

There are two internships available for 2009. To apply email for an application form and guidelines. All applications must be received by 15 June 2009. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July.

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