Severn Skills Gap - River Interns Programme is launched!


Alice Fallon

We're seeking three River Interns to join our team

Thanks to support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, we are kicking off a new skills and training programme called the Severn Skills Gap.  

As part of this programme, we are excited to be offering an incredible career-building opportunity for three River Interns over the next year. The positions are:

  • One River Intern in the northern reaches of the Severn catchment
  • One River Intern in the southern reaches of the Severn catchment
  • One River Intern for Communications (home based, with some travel to our office and river sites)

We want to help make careers in conservation more appealing and accessible to non-graduates and people who might not have considered roles in this area before. Our River Intern programme is about providing paid employment in friendly and well supported placements, with money and time allocated for training, equipment and staff expenses like travel.

We believe that everyone should have equal access to enjoying and connecting with rivers and nature. Addressing and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within our work is fundamental to achieving our organisational ambitions. It is widely known that the conservation sector is one of the least diverse professions in the UK. This needs to change.    

That’s why we’re proud to be launching these fully funded, accessible, sustainable River Internships as a crucial step to help us on this journey.

Join our team!

  • You do not need a degree or any formal qualifications.
  • We welcome applicants of all ages over 18.
  • No previous work experience is necessary, but we’re open to people looking for a change at any stage in your career.
  • No voluntary experience is necessary.
  • We don’t expect extensive knowledge of rivers or wildlife – just enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
  • We particularly welcome applications from people who are: i) From BAME backgrounds; and ii) Living in economically deprived areas of the region.

Please don’t be put off if you think that you are not the usual candidate for a job like this, we want to hear from you!

To find out more, check out the jobs page on our website and download an application pack.

Deadline: Monday 10 April