Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) College Lake & South Buckinghamshire
With a mix of hands-on experience, role-specific training, and qualifications, our traineeships have a long track record of success in preparing trainees to get into paid employment.
CommitmentTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Contact Stacey Hewitt for an informal chat at email@example.com
Conservation is a competitive field and it can be hard to show that you have the experience needed to land your first job. If you have a real desire to work in this rewarding and satisfying field, but need to boost your skills and experience, a volunteer Wildlife Trainee position with BBOWT may be the perfect role for you. With a mix of hands-on experience, role-specific training, and qualifications, our traineeships have a long track record of success in preparing trainees to get into paid employment.
You’ll have to be able to commit time to be one of our Wildlife Trainees and gain the upper hand when you come to apply for jobs. To get the most out of this opportunity, you’ll need to be available for 3 days/week over a period of 6 or 12 months. You don’t need to be especially knowledgeable, although previous relevant volunteering experience will help you know more about what’s involved. You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, feel comfortable in teams and be willing to supervise volunteers.
You’ll spend most of your time out on reserves gaining practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. You’ll also have access to outdoor first aid certification, NPTC chainsaw (if able to commit to a 12 month traineeship), and a comprehensive in-house training programme covering employer-valued topics such as safety, management planning and how to get a job in conservation. As a volunteer, you’ll also be offered the opportunity to attend our popular Developing Your Skills courses, help out at events, provide material for our communications team as well as developing an essential network of contacts in the sector.
Based out of College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG), this is a split role shared between the College Lake and South Buckinghamshire teams (your time will be evenly divided between each team). You’ll have a dedicated mentor with the experience to guide and support you through your traineeship. Joining our skilled and knowledgeable teams, you’ll learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at College Lake and across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include beautiful woodland at Dancersend, wetland at Weston Turville Reservoir, and chalk grassland at Yoesden. College Lake is also a busy site, with a thriving visitor centre and education centre, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of public engagement; an essential skill in modern conservation work.
The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. Our vision is an environment rich in wildlife, valued by all. Our mission is to create a Living Landscape across our towns, cities and countryside, and inspire our communities to act for nature.
Closing date: Friday 9th April, 9am
Interview date: Friday 16th April
Interview location: Meadow Farm, near Blackthorn, Bicester (OX25 1TW)
When you will be asked to start: Within one month of interview
Days we ask you to be available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm. plus an additional commitment of one weekend day per month will be required (with time given off in lieu during the week).
Limited travel expenses are available for your travel from home to Meadow Farm / College Lake.