Wildlife Trainee: Conservation (College Lake)

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.

If you want to work in the environmental sector but lack the experience to land your first job, a Trainee position with BBOWT may be just what you need. As a trainee you will gain employer-valued practical experience of conservation techniques ranging from fencing and tree felling to species survey and livestock management.  You will take part in a comprehensive training programme, tailored to your role (including first aid and NPTC chainsaw certification) and have a dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress, help with personal development throughout your placement and provide a reference on successful completion of your traineeship. Limited travel expenses are available. Over 80% of our previous Conservation Trainees have jobs in the industry.

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 diverse site. These include wetlands, chalk grassland, farmland, woodland, fen and scrubland, and the role offers an opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills associated with these habitats. 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.

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.

A commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm. An additional commitment to work one weekend day per month will also be required with time given off in lieu during the week.

Closing date: 9am Thursday 20th April 2017

Interviews: Thursday 27th April 2017, College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG)

To apply please complete the application form and return it to Leo Keedy (email below).

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

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