Wildlife Trainees (Education) Berkshire x3

At BBOWT we know that high quality educational experiences are critical in helping young people understand the importance of the environment around them as well as contributing to greater wellbeing and health. If you have a desire to work in environmental education as a new career or as a new direction in your life, then one of our voluntary Education Traineeships might be for you!

At our three education centres in Berkshire, we have an enthusiastic team of professional educators who develop and deliver activities for children of all ages and their families. One Year 1 child said “At the end my head was whirling with sounds and thoughts of nature”.

As one of our 20-30 BBOWT Wildlife Trainees, you will spend 2-3 days per week over a period of 6-12 months, developing your skills in environmental education, building experience in working with children in an outdoor setting and inspiring the next generation at our beautiful nature reserves. Previous Trainees have had a high rate of success in finding employment and have found their Traineeships instrumental in helping them begin their career in this field.

You will be based at one of our three education centres, all located within exceptional wildlife sites. Here there will be ample opportunity to be involved with our varied and exciting range of educational programmes. This will include assisting with and leading school group activities, both at the centre and offsite, planning and delivering events for families and developing resources.

  • The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, is surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats, including the internationally recognised Thatcham Reedbeds.
  • Windsor Great Park Environment Centre is a wonderful location in a private area within the Great Park, providing an indoor and outdoor classroom for inspirational and exciting activities.
  • Woolley Firs, Maidenhead is a 300 year-old farm and nature reserve, with fantastic outdoor learning spaces in our woodland and meadows and an education centre in a renovated barn full of exciting resources.

Applicants should have a strong interest in environmental education and conservation, working with children and enjoy engaging with people of all ages. Relevant volunteering or work experience is desirable.

Preferred placement months are March – August, our busiest time for supporting large numbers of school visits and events. You will spend 2-3 days per week, from 8am – 4pm (with flexibility).

How to Apply

For an application form and more information about all three roles please visit our website.

Please complete the application form and return it to berkshireeducation@bbowt.org.uk. You can specify your preferred location, in order of preference, on the application form. CVs will not be accepted. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified.

Closing date: Friday 1st February 2019.

There will be a short interview on Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th February 2019.

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


Education, Nature & Wildlife


Berkshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

1st February 2019 at 5:00pm