Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) – 4 placements

We are looking for four Trainees to boost their experience in the environmental sector and make an enduring contribution to our work in securing a better future for wildlife.

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 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, then a Trainee position with BBOWT may be just what you need.

We are looking to recruit four Wildlife Trainees to join our Berkshire Land Management Team based at Woolley Firs near Maidenhead, delivering a programme of works on our reserves.  The Berkshire Land Management Team manages a suite of sites including heathland, woodland, wetland and grassland across the whole of Berkshire.  In order to manage these sites we have a large weekly volunteer team and our Wildlife Trainees; plus cattle and sheep.

The Wildlife Trainee role for Conservation is a voluntary one, which involves practical tasks on our nature reserves, restoring and improving habitats and connectivity for wildlife. Trainees will help to look after our livestock, repair and install site infrastructure, use power tools and machinery, carry out species surveys, lead and engage with volunteers.  They will spend some of their time assisting with the preparation and delivery of various community events.  There is also an opportunity to assist other Berkshire teams with environmental education projects.

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.  This will include external accreditation such as the Forestry First Aid at Work certificate and other training such as NPTC certification in felling small trees. 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.  All recent Trainees in the Berkshire team have gone on to conservation roles.  In past years Trainees from Berkshire have taken positions such as Assistant Land Management Officer at BBOWT, Warden at Dinton Pastures Country Park and Ecological Surveyor for an AONB. Other subsequent roles have included Ranger, Warden, Seasonal Warden, Estate Management Assistant on a private estate and commencement of a Masters Degree to name a few.

Applicants should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, learning and imparting conservation knowledge, a good level of physical fitness, a valid UK driving licence and be willing to supervise and lead volunteers. Relevant volunteering experience is also desirable. Either an immediate or a flexible start date is possible.  Please see the Role Description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

How to Apply

For an application form and more information please visit our website. CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date: Wednesday 16th May 2018, 9am.

Interviews at Woolley Firs, Berkshire SL6 3LJ on Wednesday 23rd May.

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!

Key Information


Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)


Fixed Term


Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Conservation, Nature & Wildlife


Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

16th May 2018 at 9:00am