Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire x2

Location: Meadow Farm, Thame Road, Blackthorn, OX25 1TW
The impressive countryside of north Buckinghamshire is an ideal place to learn new skills and develop the practical experience you need to land your first job in conservation. If you want to work in the environmental sector but need to develop your skills, a Trainee position at our wonderful Meadow Farm in the heart of the Upper Ray Living Landscape may be just what you need.

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

We are looking to recruit two volunteer Wildlife Trainees (unpaid) to join our team, delivering a programme of works across North Buckinghamshire reserves. During this placement you will increase your experience, practical skills and knowledge, 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 outdoor first aid certification, and for those electing to commit to 12 months, NPTC Chainsaw). You will have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout your placement. Limited travel expenses are also 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 Description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

Based at Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Buckinghamshire reserves, which include magnificent woodland reserves at 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. Here 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 identification skills, and develop your professional network and leadership skills.

Hours: A commitment of 3 days per week for 6 or 12 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 22nd February, 9am

Interviews: Friday 1st March at Meadow Farm, near Blackthorn, Bicester (OX25 1TW)

Start date: Ideally within one month of interview