Maisie’s work experience blog

Maisie’s work experience blog

With a plan of starting university in September and hopefully pursuing a career in conservation, Rutland Water was on the top of the list for work experience due to the variety of tasks you can help out with over the course of a week. The diversity allows you to leave with a full knowledge of what it would be like to work at a reservoir and all the daily (and yearly) jobs each team does to keep the site running. The advantage of doing work experience at Rutland Water is that once your week has finished, you can still volunteer in your spare time as all hands are appreciated and used by the nature reserve. Working in the shop at Egleton Birdwatching Centre with a view over Lagoon 1 led to me seeing my first stoat running across the grass and in the early afternoon and I watched an osprey feeding on a fish in the middle of the water. This was a great first day of my experience. The volunteers running the shop were welcoming and allowed me to use the till and interact with the customers, whilst also labelling and restocking shelves. Both the volunteers and the frequenting twitchers had stories to depart of their experiences with wildlife. Having spent the whole morning with one volunteer in the shop, he spoke of his decision to join the volunteer team here two years ago and how he is trying to learn all the bird species on the reserve using a handy identification guide. It was also refreshing to talk to people who work at the reserve with an...

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