Work Experience and Placements

How can I help?

Each year we receive lots of requests for work experience and student placements here at the Head. We’re pleased to accommodate as many students as possible, both secondary school work experience, plus short and longer term university placements.

There are many areas to be involved with, including:

Front of house

Be the welcoming face of the visitor centre by helping visitors and school groups during their stay as well as assisting in the shop.

Learning guides

Would you enjoy meeting people and providing helpful information about Hengistbury Head and assisting with guided walks and talks?

Wildlife garden

For our green-fingered volunteers, help create and maintain the centre's wildlife garden and develop it for the future.

Habitat management

Give practical hands-on help on the nature reserve including building ponds, scrub clearing and tree planting. We will occasionally provide in-house certification for us of machinery, such as brushcutters.

Arts and crafts

For the artistic types, there will be opportunities to create wall displays, design posters or make pottery and bird boxes.


If you have marketing, promotion or administration skills you could help us to fundraise for the centre.

Research and monitoring

We need help to keep records to our extensive wildlife on the Head which includes bird watching and identifying plants and animals.


Help us to curate the vast collection of artifacts and documents for the centre.

Specialist skills

If technology is your thing, we need help with updating website content, using social media, filming and editing, and taking and uploading photography.

General assistance

Whatever your skills, we need friendly and enthusiastic people to help behind the scenes, so pop in to the Centre and talk to one of the team to see how you can help!

At the present time all our placements are focussed within our ranger team - typically helping with surveys, practical work and events, although other tasks may be given as appropriate to the student’s skills and interests.

If you’re interested in a placement with us, please contact us for more information.

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