A Focus On Nature

Photography Internship

Our aim is to offer one person the chance to visit the Isles of Scilly in partnership with A Focus On Nature, to work with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust in their office and around the islands, to organise their photography database, followed by the taking of additional images where necessary, for use in promotion and online by the Trust


Sunset over Samson © Suzie Igoe

Sunset over Samson
© Suzie Igoe

Length: 4 to 6 weeks

Closing Date for Applications: 24th March 2014

Dates: TBC, May/June/July 2014

Location: Isles of Scilly (Trenoweth & the Garrison)

Cost: Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to cover the cost of staying on the islands (in their Woolpack Volunteers facility); A Focus On Nature to cover travel and transport, including off-island travel and pelagic during the stay (reasonably up to £400 in total); Candidate to cover the cost of their own food and drink. We recommend that you insure your expensive equipment before travelling, as we cannot take responsibility for loss, theft or damage on the internship. It is important for the candidate to note that the role is unpaid.

Candidate: The appropriate candidate must be willing to work as an intern with and for the Trust for the duration of their stay. They must have the knowledge and skills to compile a comprehensive and organised database using the Trust’s existing photographs, and in turn ‘fill in the gaps’ where necessary using their own equipment, and that provided by the Trust. You will be able to borrow digital cameras (Fujifilm Finepix F100 with underwater casing and Fujifilm Finepix S5000) and video cameras (Flip with waterproof casing and a Kodak play sportDo). This is the perfect opportunity to work in a professional environment learning new skills, expanding a CV and contributing to a wider organisation in an enjoyable, diverse and scenically beautiful area.

© Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

© Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

This is a superb opportunity for a young wildlife photographer to:

1. Expand their knowledge of British flora and fauna, including species endemic to the Isles of Scilly, marine wildlife and seabirds

2. Develop existing skills in photography using different mediums, subjects and methods

3. Explore new environments, including marine, coastal, farmland, marine heathland, etc., in a superb location

4. Work as part of a team in a professional and lively office, learning about the Wildlife Trusts as an organisation and how your skills in photography can benefit an NGO

5. Put your skills in photography to a practical use, beyond simply selling images to magazines and individual punters. You will compile your own professional database that must be usable by staff members after you depart

6. Interact with the general public and represent the Wildlife Trust at a local level