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Work Experience

Work Experience

We are not currently accepting applications for one-week placements or industry placements due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be kept under review and we will update this page if there are any changes.

One-week placements for students in Year 10-13

Work experience placements are an important part of career progression. The South Downs National Park Authority is keen to provide opportunities for students to find out more about our work and also contribute their ideas to our projects.

National Parks are great environments to work in:

  • Beautiful settings in a protected landscape
  • Staff who want to make a difference and have a passion for their work and the National Park
  • Proximity to the great outdoors, enjoy it through both work and play
  • Good benefits such as flexible working options to maintain a work-life balance, annual leave and pension scheme

If you are interested in completing your work experience with us, download our Work Experience Information Pack for details.

Industry placements for agricultural college students

Industry placements provide students with an opportunity to develop their practical and technical skills. Students typically spend one day a week during term-time with a dedicated ranger team, joining rangers and volunteers on a variety of practical conservation tasks throughout the year. If you are interested in an industry placement with us*, please consider which of our rangers offices you can easily access and contact us, volunteering@southdowns.gov.uk, to check availability.

Ranger Offices/Bases:
Nr. Droxford, Hampshire
Midhurst, West Sussex
Singleton, West Sussex
Stanmer Park, Brighton
Seven Sisters Country Park, nr. Seaford

*We currently offer industry placements to students at Plumpton College and Sparsholt College. If you are studying at a different college then please ask your industry placement coordinator to get in touch with our Volunteer Development Coordinator, volunteering@southdowns.gov.uk.


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