Wild Paths Trainee

Do you dream of working in conservation? Make that dream a reality by learning practical conservation skills on our Wild Paths training scheme.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) Skills for the Future (SFF) Programme has provided millions of pounds of funding to organisations that provide work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce.

This year the programme sees Avon, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire Trusts teaming up to give people the chance to apply for nine-month long training placements in practical conservation and engagement skills. The partnership will offer people from diverse backgrounds a chance to access entry into a career in the natural heritage sector, by offering a comprehensive work-based training plan and a bursary of £1000 per month, to pay for rent, bills, food etc whilst they are in training. Wild Paths was launched in 2018 and aims to deliver 30 placements across three years.

Devon Wildlife Trust are looking for 2 trainees to join the team at Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve, Meeth, Nr Hatherleigh, EX20 3ER. The trainees will be involved with a number of reserves across north Devon giving experience in a range of habitats from a former clay quarry dominated by two huge lakes, grassland and woodland featuring bike trails, easy access trails and paths, though coastal heath, woodland glades, Culm grasslands, upland meadows and moors.

How to Apply

This scheme is OPEN to new applicants from April 2019 for placements starting in September 2019.  Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 6th June 2019. 

An application form, and further information about the traineeship, can be downloaded here: https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/WildPaths

Contact: Rachel Janes at Dorset Wildlife Trust – rjanes@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk  /  01305 264620

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Key Information


Devon Wildlife Trust




Full Time, Part Time


Entry Level


Conservation, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve, Meeth, Nr Hatherleigh, Devon, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

6th June 2019 at 5:00pm

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