Wildlife Trainees (Education) Berkshire x3

Location: Woolley Firs Environmental Education Centre, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3LJ
At BBOWT we know that high quality educational experiences are critical in helping young people understand the importance of the environment around them as well as contributing to greater wellbeing and health. If you have a desire to work in environmental education as a new career or as a new direction in your life, then one of our voluntary Education Traineeships might be for you!

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To find out more please call Lynn Hughes on 01628 829574 ext 214 or email berkshireeducation@bbowt.org.uk.

At our three education centres in Berkshire, we have an enthusiastic team of professional educators who develop and deliver activities for children of all ages and their families. One Year 1 child said “At the end my head was whirling with sounds and thoughts of nature”.

As one of our 20-30 BBOWT Wildlife Trainees, you will spend 2-3 days per week over a period of 6-12 months, developing your skills in environmental education, building experience in working with children in an outdoor setting and inspiring the next generation at our beautiful nature reserves. Previous Trainees have had a high rate of success in finding employment and have found their Traineeships instrumental in helping them begin their career in this field.

You will be based at one of our three education centres, all located within exceptional wildlife sites. Here there will be ample opportunity to be involved with our varied and exciting range of educational programmes. This will include assisting with and leading school group activities, both at the centre and offsite, planning and delivering events for families and developing resources.

  • The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, is surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats, including the internationally recognised Thatcham Reedbeds.
  • Windsor Great Park Environment Centre is a wonderful location in a private area within the Great Park, providing an indoor and outdoor classroom for inspirational and exciting activities.
  • Woolley Firs, Maidenhead is a 300 year-old farm and nature reserve, with fantastic outdoor learning spaces in our woodland and meadows and an education centre in a renovated barn full of exciting resources.

Applicants should have a strong interest in environmental education and conservation, working with children and enjoy engaging with people of all ages. Relevant volunteering or work experience is desirable; please see the Role Descriptions for a full list of essential and desirable criteria for each location.

Preferred placement months are March – August, our busiest time for supporting large numbers of school visits and events. You will spend 2-3 days per week, from 8am - 4pm (with flexibility).

Closing date: Friday 1st February 2019

Interviews: Monday 11th or 12th February – at one of our education facilities.

To apply please complete the application form and return it to berkshireeducation@bbowt.org.uk. CVs will not be accepted. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. Please specify your preferred location, in order of preference, on the application form.