Wildlife Trainee: Conservation (South Bucks)


College Lake,

Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne
Tring, Buckinghamshire, HP23 5QG
Wildlife Trainees assist the Reserves team to carry out habitat management across our nature reserves in South Buckinghamshire.

Position details


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday



Wildlife Trainee: Conservation (South 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 College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include Dancersend, Homefield Wood, Weston Turville Reservoir, and Yoesden. These reserves comprise of a variety of habitats including chalk grassland, wetland and woodland. You will learn about the practical management of these habitats and how this benefits the rich diversity of species they host; including rare orchids, wildflowers and butterflies. In addition to improving your skills in practical conservation and species identification, you will also gain experience leading volunteer groups, and have the opportunity to learn about conservation grazing techniques and the management of Trust livestock. 

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.