Wildlife Trainee (Community) Nature Discovery Centre

Location: Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU
At the Nature Discovery Centre in Berkshire, people are central to what we do. Surrounded by a mosaic of habitats and a network of footpaths, the Centre is perfect for visitors to enjoy a brush with nature. If you love wildlife and would like to develop a career in community engagement, this voluntary Traineeship could boost your career.

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To find out more please email joneayres@bbowt.org.uk

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is a membership-based voluntary organisation, managing over 80 nature reserves, influencing land management and educating and encouraging all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife. 

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to join the Nature Discovery Centre team in Berkshire, helping us manage this busy Visitor Centre and reserve for wildlife and people. You will gain experience of interacting with children and families, running events, sessions for groups and schools and practical conservation. The Centre and nearby Thatcham Reedbeds are a beautiful urban oasis near Newbury. We run a diverse programme of events throughout the year designed to engage local people with the wildlife which is right on their doorstep and inspire them to protect it. These events include family wildlife days, bird of prey days and wildlife photography courses and more.  There will be opportunities to get involved in our numerous wildlife clubs for children aged 2 to 16 as well as activities for local community groups such a Brownies and Cubs. We also run health and wellbeing projects, including a café for people living with dementia. There will be an opportunity to be involved in these projects as well.

Alongside your day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of external and internal training, covering community engagement, environmental education, habitat management, species ID and interview training. This will include external accreditation such as First Aid at Work and one other external training course in community engagement. Travel expenses are available.

You will need to have a strong desire to work in nature conservation and an interest in encouraging others to take action for wildlife. You will be physically fit, enthusiastic and be able to engage with people from a range of ages and backgrounds. A valid driving license and own transport are desirable as some of the activities and training takes place at remote locations.  Additionally, some experience of working or volunteering with groups or schools is advantageous.

Location:  Based at BBOWT Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, Berkshire

Hours:  3 days a week; 6 -12 months commitment required. Mondays and Tuesdays essential, remaining day flexible with some weekend and evening attendance required.

Closing deadline: 9am Monday 4th February 2019

Interviews: Wednesday 13th February 2019   

To apply please complete the application form and return it to joneayres@bbowt.org.uk. CVs will not be accepted.