Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) Berkshire

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. We are looking for trainees to help deliver our Linking the Landscape project and also trainees to assist the Land Management team in carrying out conservation across our nature reserves in Berkshire.

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.

We are recruiting for 4 trainees to be based at Greenham Common near Newbury, 2 of these positions will be joining the current team of trainees delivering a programme of works for our Linking the Landscape project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information on the project visit our website¬†http://www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/living-landscapes/west-berkshire-livi…. The other 2 trainees will join the Berkshire Land Management team carrying out practical land management across all our Berkshire nature reserves.

Living Landscape trainee roles will involve practical conservation work on heathland, woodland and wetland nature reserves and privately owned land, improving habitats and connectivity. Trainees will also carry out species surveys; work with local community groups and volunteers.

Berkshire Land Management trainees will assist the team in carrying out work across our nature reserves in Berkshire; you will undertake conservation work on a variety of habitats including heathland, woodland, wetland and grassland. Work will also include site infrastructure maintenance such as fencing, gate repairs and sign installation. There will also be a chance to gain livestock experience and opportunity to join in with species and habitat surveys.

Alongside the day-to-day learning experiences, all trainees will receive a substantial amount of external and internal training covering habitat management, work with livestock, species ID, surveying and community engagement; this will include NPTC certification in Felling small trees and a First Aid at Work certificate. Limited travel expenses are also available.

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, and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience and a valid UK driving license are desirable. A commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential (Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday). The normal working hours will be 9am to 5pm. Please indicate clearly on the application form which of the two roles you are interested in. You can apply for both if you wish using one application form.

Closing date: 4th September 2017, 9.00 am.

There will be a short interview at Greenham Common near Newbury, Berkshire

Start date: Sept/October 2017.

CVs will not be accepted.

For an application form and more information please click on ‘More Information’ below.

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