Your Place in the River- Could you be our next intern?

4th February 2022 - General Catchment

Are you looking for work experience in the conservation sector? Do you enjoy standing in rivers? Are you based in Copeland or Allerdale? If so, you might just fit the bill.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust (WCRT) are looking for interns to join their busy and happy team. The role is a voluntary position but travel and expenses will be covered and lots of tea and biscuits provided!

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is a charity dedicated to improving and enhancing rivers and lakes in West Cumbria for people and wildlife and we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help us in our mission.

One position has a focus to support the delivery of our busy learning and engagement programme including working with primary schools and delivering Forest Schools. The other is a general conservation role to gain experience working across WCRT varied projects including natural flood management (NFM), invasive species, habitat improvements and our yearly fish surveys. To give a rounded idea of what work at the trust is like, the interns will also undertake office work such as updating social media, and writing articles.

The placement is offered full-time for six to twelve months and working hours will be flexible.

Cathy Gruba, West Cumbria Rivers Trust’s Learning and Engagement Officer said “We understand how difficult it is to get work experience as a young person, and we are keen to give someone a step onto the ladder. We have a lot of opportunities for the right person to learn new skills. As a guide we are looking for someone 18 plus who is confident working outdoors and has a driving licence and access to their own vehicle.”

Izzie Mullin a former intern and now WCRT’s newest employee had this to say about her time as an intern at the trust: “I learnt so much from my time as an intern with WCRT and really valued the opportunities I was given to develop my conservation skill set. I gained everything from a basic first aid course to a brush cutting course to fish ID skills. I particularly valued being given the opportunity to help run volunteer groups the extra responsibilities that came with this. By the end of my year with WCRT I had gained enough experience and training to begin a paid conservation position.”

For further information please visit the Jobs page on our website.