Wildlife Trainees (Conservation) West Berkshire x2

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. The Wildlife Trainee position would suit someone wishing to work in the environmental sector but who lacks the experience to secure their first job.

We are recruiting two Wildlife Trainees to join the Berkshire Land Management Team based at Estovers, Greenham Common, near Newbury. If successful, you will be involved in managing an amazing suite of sites including extensive areas of heathland, ancient woodland, lakes and reedbeds and a variety of grasslands across the whole of Berkshire, but predominantly the west of the county. These reserves include Greenham and Crookham Common, Snelsmore Common, Hosehill Lake and Thatcham Reedbeds. The area also includes the West Berkshire Living Landscape.

The Wildlife Trainee position is a voluntary role, with the largest part of the time involving practical, outside, physical tasks on nature reserves, to help restore and improve habitats for wildlife, and maintaining the infrastructure like gates, signs and fencing. The management of these reserves is strongly supported by volunteers, including a weekly volunteer team which you will lead. You will also help to look after the herd of Exmoor and New Forest ponies and occasionally with cattle and sheep. There are opportunities to assist with some species and habitat surveys, and also preparing and delivering occasional community events, corporate tasks and environmental education projects.

Your day-to-day experience will enable you to become familiar with a wide variety of skills in land management including use of hand tools, power tools, powered machinery and off road vehicles, as well as learning the practical management and rationale from BBOWT staff. You will also receive a substantial amount of internal training, covering habitat management, species identification, surveying, community engagement, brushcutter use and interview training among many others.  There is also external accreditation offered, including First Aid at Work and the NPTC Chainsaw for felling small trees. The Traineeship is unpaid but you will be able to claim travel expenses each month from your home to Estovers or other BBOWT sites up to a maximum cap.

The role would suit anyone at the beginning of a career in conservation or the environmental sector. In past years Trainees from Berkshire have taken positions including an Assistant Land Management Officer at a Local Wildlife Trust, a warden at a Council country park and an ecological surveyor for an AONB. The job positions have also included a Countryside Ranger, a Warden, Seasonal Wardens, Estate Management Assistant on a private estate and commencement of a Masters Degree.

Applicants foremost should have a real interest and desire to work in UK wildlife conservation and be keen to learn a variety of new skills. You will need a good level of physical fitness and have some previous experience of practical conservation or similar. A willingness to supervise volunteers and to engage with a range of people is also needed. A valid UK driving licence is desirable. Please see the Volunteer Role Description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

A commitment of 3 days per week for 6-12 months is essential. Days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

How to Apply

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

Closing date: Monday 18th February 2019 at 9am

Interviews: Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th February 2019, to be held at Estovers, Greenham and Crookham Common, Burys Bank Road, Greenham. Berkshire RG19 8BZ.

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Key Information


Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)


Fixed Term


Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Nature & Wildlife


Estovers, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

18th February 2019 at 9:00am