Wildlife Trainee: Conservation (North Bucks)

Location: Meadow Farm, Thame Road, Blackthorn, OX25 1TW
Wildlife Trainees assist the Reserves team to carry out habitat management across our nature reserves in South Buckinghamshire.

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Wildlife Trainee: Conservation (North Bucks)

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 two volunteer Wildlife Trainees to join our teams delivering a programme of works across Buckinghamshire reserves. During these 6 month placements you will increase your experience, practical skills and knowledge, with the aim of helping you to progress towards a paid role in conservation.

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.

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 first aid certification) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Limited travel expenses are 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.

Hours: A commitment of 3 days per week for 6 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 23 November, 9am

Interviews: Friday 30 November at College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG)

Start date: Ideally within one month of interview

How to apply: To apply please complete the application form and return it to staceyhewitt@bbowt.org.uk 

CVs will not be accepted. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified.