Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) Woolley Firs, Berkshire x4

Location: Woolley Firs, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3LJ
If you want to work in the environmental sector but lack the experience to land your first job, then a Trainee position with BBOWT may be just what you need. We are looking to recruit four volunteer Wildlife Trainees to join our Berkshire Land Management Team, which manages a suite of sites such as heathland, woodland, wetland and grassland across the whole of Berkshire.

Position details

Commitment

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Frequency

Weekly

Contact details

Jody Cornfield: call 01628 829574 or email jodycornfield@bbowt.org.uk.

Hasker House, Woolley Firs, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3LJ

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 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.  If you want to work in the environmental sector but lack the experience to land your first job, then a Trainee position with BBOWT may be just what you need.

We are looking to recruit volunteer Wildlife Trainees to join our Berkshire Land Management Team based at Woolley Firs near Maidenhead, delivering a programme of works on our reserves.  We have a large weekly volunteer team; plus cattle and sheep.

The Wildlife Trainee role for Conservation involves practical work on our nature reserves; restoring and improving habitats and connectivity for wildlife. You will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, use power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys and supervise volunteers.  You will spend some of your time assisting with the preparation and delivery of various community events.  There is also an opportunity to assist other Berkshire teams with environmental education projects.

Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, you will receive a substantial amount of external and internal training, covering habitat management, species identification, surveying and interview training among many others.  This will include external accreditation such as the St John Ambulance First Aid at Work certificate and other training such as NPTC certification in felling small trees. Limited travel expenses are also available.

Many recent Trainees in the Berkshire team have gone on to conservation roles.  In the past two years the Trainees from Berkshire have taken positions such as Assistant Land Management Officer for BBOWT, Wye Valley AONB Ecological Surveyor, Hampshire County Council Ranger, Warden for TCV, Seasonal Warden for BBOWT, Estate Management Assistant on a private estate and Warden at Dinton Pastures Country Park.

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. Either an immediate or a flexible start date is possible.  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. Days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8.30am- 4.30pm.

Closing date:                     9am Friday 12th July 2019

Interviews:                         Friday 19th July 2019

To apply please complete the application form and return it to jodycornfield@bbowt.org.uk.

CVs will not be accepted.