Our trainees

Alison Vallance (Northmoor Trust)

'The skills and experience that I obtained as a CT at BBOWT meant that I was able to secure my current position. I would have been unable to do this without gaining practical experience. Having this knowledge, expertise and understanding gave me a substantial advantage over other candidates.'

 

What you'll need

Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers.

A commitment of three days per week for 6-12 months is essential. 

Wildlife Traineeships

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Please join your local wildlife trust today

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Traineeship quote

If you're looking for your first paid role in conservation but don't have the skills and experience employers are looking for yet, why not have a look at our BBOWT Traineeships? Our Traineeships offer excellent opportunities to gain the vital skills and experience needed to gain paid employment in the conservation sector.

Many passionate and talented people want to pursue a career in conservation, but lack the necessary skills and experience. Our Traineeships provide essential skills and experience required through training and work-based learning. The hugely successful BBOWT Traineeship scheme has been in place for many years and approximately 70% of our current reserves staff began their conservation careers with a Traineeship.

About the scheme

What our trainees do

Experience provided

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To find out what our current trainees think about the scheme, read a recent blog post from one of them.

What training is on offer?

In addition to the vital skills acquired through work-based activies, the Trainee scheme develops skills through training.  There is a programme of core training, with relevant modules available to trainees.  Trainees will be supported by their mentor through regular one to one meetings to set, review against and update objectives that are relevant to the trainee's development plan.

Core Training

Individual Personal Development Plan

What you'll need

Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of fitness and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers.

A commitment of three days per week for 6 - 12 months is essential.

Current Traineeship Opportunties

Our current Traineeships on offer can be found below.

If you would like practical experience in the conservation sector but aren't able to commit to 3 days a week, why not look at our volunteering opportunities here.

  • Location: Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve near Bampton, Oxfordshire

    Closing date: Fri, 29/06/2018

    We are looking for two ambitious conservationists of any age to join our successful Wildlife Traineeship programme. As a Trainee at our Chimney Meadows reserve in Oxfordshire, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and relevant training for six to twelve months, equipping you for a career in environmental conservation.

    Interview Date: Wed, 11/07/2018

    Interview Location: Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve near Bampton, Oxfordshire

  • Location: Estovers near Newbury, Berkshire

    Closing date: Mon, 02/07/2018

    BBOWT is seeking to recruit four volunteer Wildlife Trainees to gain practical experience and learn conservation skills across a range of habitats in West Berkshire. You will be involved in the management of extensive areas of heathland, ancient woodland, lakes and reedbeds and a variety of grasslands, placing you in an ideal position to move on to paid work in environmental conservation.

    Interview Location: Estovers near Newbury, Berkshire

  • Closing date: Mon, 09/07/2018

    If you want to work in the environmental sector but lack the experience to land your first job, a Trainee position with BBOWT may be just what you need. As a Trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management.

    Interview Date: Mon, 16/07/2018

    Interview Location: Meadow Farm near Bicester, Oxfordshire