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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Brooke House, Ashbocking, Ipswich, IP6 9JY

About us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is Suffolk’s nature charity – the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside.

We make a difference for Suffolk by:

  • Managing nature reserves and securing a bigger, better and more connected landscape for wildlife
  • Inspiring the next generation of conservationists through our education centres and work with community groups

Our vision for Suffolk is a Living Landscape - a joined up landscape where species can expand their range and move through a wildlife-rich countryside along networks of linked habitat.

Our targeted efforts for some of Suffolk’s most recognisable species, like barn owl, dormouse, hedgehog and water vole will help to secure this.

We are primarily funded by members’ subscriptions and donations, and grants. Income from legacy gifts is set aside for projects which make a lasting difference to wildlife like buying or enlarging nature reserves.

Our members and volunteers are the Trust, and we cherish them. They are our local voice and our local ambassadors. As keen observers of our day to day activity, they keep us true to our values and ensure accountability at every level of the organisation.


Suffolk Wildlife Trust volunteers give 19,500 days (or 53 years) to nature conservation every year!

  • Woods are coppiced... butterflies are recorded... orchids are counted... phones are answered... by our volunteers!
  • Magazines are delivered... fences are mended... events are organised... sheep are checked... by our volunteers!
  • Hides are built... paths are mowed...hedges are planted...children are inspired... by our volunteers!

Conservation volunteering is a great way to keep fit, make new friends, enjoy the outdoors and learn new skills.

Read more about how you can get involved on our Volunteering Page, you can also read about the experiences of some our volunteers and view our current volunteer vacancies.


We offer internships in environmental education and conservation. You will benefit from an individual tailor-made programme focusing on both personal and career development.

You will work as part of a team who will help you to gain experience and acquire new skills while training on the job. Our placements have found this to be an invaluable experience and have gone on to get full-time jobs with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the RSPB.

Environmental Education
Education placements are for 6 months, with a minimum of three days per week, usually from March to Spetember and are based at each of our six education sites around the county as well as Ipswich Wild Spaces and Coastal Outreach. Each centre has a busy schedule of events, school visits and outreach community work. You must be passionate about wildlife and want to inspire people about Suffolk’s wildlife and wild places. You will be able to attend in-house courses and there is an option to occasionally get involved in some practical work.

We offer a variety of placements in different locations across Suffolk working a minimum of three days per week full time. You will work alongside our reserves teams and volunteers assisting in the practical management of nature reserves. You will receive on the job training in the use of hand tools, brushcutter, chainsaw and tractor appropriate to the tasks. You may also get the opportunity to undertake species surveys and work with livestock.

"My time as a work placement was both hugely enjoyable and an invaluable experience. I had graduated the previous year and was unsuccessfully job hunting. Prior to the placement I was getting no response to my job applications. After the placement I was getting interviews for most of the positions I applied for, eventually leading to a seasonal contract with the Trust on the Sandlings Team, followed a few months later with the assistant warden position here at the Valley Fens." 

- Richard Young, former intern, now Valley Fens Warden.

For further information regarding our opportunities visit our internship page.

Work Experience 

From 2020, Suffolk Wildlife Trust will be offering a maximum of eight work experience placements over two (separate) weeks to young people with an interest in working for an environmental charity.  Placements will be available at Lackford Lakes reserve and visitor centre and at the Trust’s head office at Ashbocking, near Ipswich.  The work experience weeks will take place during the Easter and summer holidays and will, therefore, be in addition to any work experience organised by the students’ educational establishment; please note that we will be unable to offer additional work experience placements outside the two weeks stated.

Work experience will be offered for either:

Week One – Tuesday 14 April – Saturday 18 April 2020 or

Week Two – Tuesday 18 August – Saturday 22 August 2020

at Lackford Lakes reserve and visitor centre, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HX or Suffolk Wildlife Trust (head office), Brooke House, Ashbocking, Ipswich, IP6 9JY. 

Students may apply for one week only at their preferred location:

  • Lackford Lakes reserve and visitor centre
    The five days will include opportunities to work alongside staff from the Learning, Reserves, Visitor experience and Membership teams.
  • Suffolk Wildlife Trust head office
    The five days will include opportunities to work alongside staff from the Learning, Conservation, Communications and Membership teams as well as attending a practical conservation work party.
    Students must be available for all five days of the week offered and to provide their own transport to and from Lackford Lakes or Brooke House.  Due to the nature of the work experience offered, they may on occasion be required to travel to other locations in a Suffolk Wildlife Trust vehicle with a member of Trust staff.

Please download and complete the application form. Applicants may submit a video application answering the questions if they prefer. Completed forms or videos should be emailed to workexperience@suffolkwildlifetrust.org or posted to Work Experience, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Brooke House, Ashbocking, Ipswich, IP6 9JY

Work Experience Application Form

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If you would like to know more about the work we do our how you can get involved visit our website or contact us.

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