Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire

Location:
High up in the Chiltern Hills, Warburg Nature Reserve is a magnificent reserve, known for its wild, remote tranquillity. We are looking to recruit a volunteer Wildlife Trainee to develop career-relevant skills and qualifications whilst assisting with habitat management, maintenance of infrastructure, ecological survey and visitor engagement.

Position details

Commitment

Weekdays

Frequency

Weekly

Contact details

To find out more please call Kelly Hedges on 01491 642001 or email kellyhedges@bbowt.org.uk.

Warburg Nature Reserve is a stunning and beautiful mixture of woodland and chalk grassland. 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.

As one of our 20-30 Wildlife Trainees, you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn through hands-on experience as well as more formal training, all designed to give you the skills and qualifications you need to gain paid employment in conservation. A previous Trainee from Warburg has said “I loved the traineeship and it gave me invaluable practical skills and experience to prepare me for a career in conservation” Your role will involve practical conservation on the reserve; restoring and improving habitats for wildlife. You will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, operate power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys and work with volunteers. We would like you to be able to chat to visitors and deliver guided walks after some training and 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, Botany and Presentation Skills. Limited travel expenses are also available.

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 for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

Hours: A commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. Volunteering days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The ability to attend 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.

Closing date: Monday 11th March 2019, 9am

Interview date: Friday 22nd March 2019 at Warburg Nature Reserve

Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. To apply please complete the application form and return it to kellyhedges@bbowt.org.uk CVs will not be accepted.