Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) Warburg Nature Reserve

We are looking to recruit a volunteer Wildlife Trainee to assist with habitat management, maintenance of infrastructure, ecological survey and visitor engagement.

Position details


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday



Contact details

For more information about the role please contact Kelly Hedges on 01491 642001 or e-mail kellyhedges@bbowt.org.uk

High up in the Chiltern Hills, Warburg Nature Reserve is a magnificent reserve, a mixture of woodland and chalk grassland, known for its wild, remote tranquillity. It is particularly renowned for its fifteen species of orchid, wide range of invertebrates and huge variety of fungi. The information centre provides a focal point for visitors and a base for educational work.

The Wildlife Trainee role involves practical conservation work on the reserve; restoring and improving habitats for wildlife. As a trainee, you will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, work with power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys and work with volunteers. We would also like you to be able to chat to visitors and deliver guided walks after some training. There is also an opportunity to assist other Oxfordshire teams with environmental education and events.

Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of training. This will include external training such as the First Aid at Work +Forestry certificate and up to £1,000 of other training such as NPTC certification in chainsaw felling small trees.

There is also a programme of in-house training including courses such as Leading Practical Groups, Conservation Grazing Theory, Livestock Handling, Fencing, Botany and Presentation Skills. Limited travel expenses are also available.

I loved the traineeship and it gave me invaluable practical skills and experience to prepare me for a career in conservation
previous Warburg Nature Reserve Wildlife Trainee

The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the conservation sector.

Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, learning and imparting conservation knowledge, a good level of physical fitness, a valid UK driving licence and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is also desirable. Please see the role description below for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

Hours: A commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential.
Work days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The ability to work occasional days at weekends would be desirable, for which time off in lieu would be given.

Please be aware that this is an unpaid position.