Wildlife Trainee (Conservation, Oxon)

We are looking to recruit two volunteer Wildlife Trainees to join a dedicated team delivering a programme of works across our Oxfordshire reserves.

The appointed trainee, based out of Oxford, will gain experience working on a wide variety of habitats across our 25+ Oxfordshire reserves. From the limestone grasslands on the edge of the Cotswolds, the floodplain meadows of the Thames, the boggy fens around Oxford, to the mature beech woodlands and chalk grassland of the Chilterns.

The Wildlife Trainee role involves practical conservation work on the reserves; restoring and improving habitats for wildlife. Trainees will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, work with power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys, vegetation management, and work with and lead volunteers. There is also an opportunity to assist other Oxfordshire teams with environmental education and events.

Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, all trainees will receive a substantial amount of external and internal training, covering habitat management, species ID, surveying, community engagement and interview training among many others. A training budget is available which includes externally certified training in First Aid at Work and NPTC chainsaw CS30&31.

Limited travel expenses are also available.

The position would suit those wishing to develop the skills required to follow a career in the wildlife and countryside sector. 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.

Hours: A commitment of 3-5 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. Core work days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm. Please note that this is an unpaid position.

Closing date: Thursday 13th July, 9.00am.

Interviews: Wednesday 19th July, BBOWT HQ, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XT.

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