Wildlife Trainees (Conservation), Buckinghamshire x2

Location: College Lake Visitor Centre, Upper Icknield Way, Tring, Buckinghamshire, HP23 5QG
Buckinghamshire is a magnificently varied county, with the Chiltern hills AONB, fine chalk grassland, ancient woodlands and rolling countryside. Near Tring is our vibrant visitor and education centre, College Lake, based around a flooded chalk quarry that is an outstanding nature reserve and home to an amazing range of wild plants and animals. We are looking for two voluntary Trainees who are eager to develop a new career in conservation and would like to learn alongside our professional team. 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.

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To find out more please email staceyhewitt@bbowt.org.uk.

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 increase your experience, practical skills and knowledge, with the aim of helping you to progress towards a paid role in conservation. Employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques will range 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 or work experience is desirable; please see the Role Descriptions for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) South Buckinghamshire

Based out of College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering conservation across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include beautiful woodland at Dancersend, wetland at Weston Turville Reservoir and chalk grassland at Yoesden. 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, butterflies and birds. 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.

Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) College Lake

Based at College Lake, near Tring, you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at this wonderfully diverse site. You will have the opportunity to develop essential practical skills on wetlands, chalk grassland, farmland, woodland, fen and scrub habitat. College Lake is also a busy site with a thriving visitor centre and an education centre, meaning this role gives a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience of visitor engagement, an essential skill in modern conservation work.

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

Trainees at College Lake are required to attend one weekend day per month. Time off will be given in lieu for this during the week.

Closing date: Monday 28th January 2019, 9am

Interviews: Thursday 31st January 2019 at College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG)

Start date: Ideally within one month of interview

To apply please complete the application form and return it to staceyhewitt@bbowt.org.uk. You should indicate on your application form whether you wish to apply for one specific post or both.

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