Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire

Location: Meadow Farm, Thame Road, Blackthorn, OX25 1TW
We are looking for one voluntary Trainee who is eager to develop a career in conservation and would like to learn alongside our professional team in Buckinghamshire. Whether you are at the start of your career or looking for a new direction, becoming a Trainee with BBOWT will equip you with relevant experience and qualifications to take that next step.

Position details


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday



Contact details

Pete Bray: call 01869 245864 or email petebray@bbowt.org.uk.

Meadow Farm, Thame Road, Blackthorn OX25 1TW.

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is a membership-based voluntary organisation, managing 90 nature reserves, influencing land management and educating and encouraging all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife.

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. We are looking to recruit three volunteer Wildlife Trainees to join our teams, delivering a programme of works across Buckinghamshire reserves. During these placements you will increase your experience, practical skills and knowledge, with the aim of helping you to progress towards a paid role in conservation.

As a trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. You will take part in a varied training programme, tailored to your role (including outdoor first aid certification and, for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC Chainsaw). You will have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Limited travel expenses are also available.

Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is desirable; please see the Role Descriptions for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

Based out of Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Bucks reserves, which include Finemere and Whitecross Green Woods and the Upper River Ray Living Landscape. These reserves form a stronghold of nature in an area under increasing development pressure, and host a range of species including rare wading birds, butterflies, ancient woodland indicator plants and small mammals. In this post you will learn about and complete tasks for the practical management of woodland, species rich hay meadows and hedgerows, as well as wetland and lake sites. You will also improve your species ID skills, and develop your professional network and leadership skills.

Please note that we are also advertising for two Traineeships at College Lake, near Tring.

Hours: A commitment of 3 days per week for 6 or 12 months is essential. Trainee days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Please note that these are voluntary positions.

Closing date: Friday 7th June, 9am

Interviews: Friday 14th June at Meadow Farm, near Blackthorn, Bicester (OX25 1TW)

Start Date (this may be negotiable under special circumstances): Within one month of interview

To apply please complete the application form and return it to petebray@bbowt.org.uk. You can use the same application form to apply for the Traineeships at College Lake if you wish to do so. Please indicate on the form which post(s) you are applying for.

CVs will not be accepted. Please note that only applicants invited to interview will be notified.