Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) West Berkshire (BBOWT)

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. Our vision is an environment rich in wildlife, valued by all. Our mission is to create a Living Landscape across our towns, cities and countryside, and inspire our communities to act for nature.

Wildlife Conservation is a competitive field and it can be hard to show that you have the experience needed to land your first job. If you have a real desire to work in this rewarding and satisfying field, but need to boost your skills and experience, a volunteer Wildlife Trainee position with BBOWT may be the perfect role for you. With a mix of hands-on experience, role-specific training, and qualifications, our traineeships have a long track record of success in preparing trainees to get into paid employment.

You’ll have to be able to commit time to be one of our Wildlife Trainees and gain the upper hand when you come to apply for jobs. To get the most out of this opportunity, you’ll need to be available for three days/week over a period of 12 months. You don’t need to be especially knowledgeable, although previous relevant volunteering experience will help you know more about what’s involved. You should have a keen interest in UK wildlife conservation, a good level of physical fitness, feel comfortable in teams and be willing to supervise volunteers.

You will benefit from a substantial amount of training and get plenty of active experience, learning from our experienced, professional employees and volunteers. You’ll spend most of your time out on our nature reserves gaining practical experience of conservation techniques, ranging from scrub clearance and vegetation management to maintenance of site infrastructure and helping to manage our livestock. You’ll also have access to outdoor first aid certification and NPTC chainsaw, and have the opportunity to develop an essential network of contacts in the sector.

Based out of Estovers, Greenham and Crookham Common (RG19 8BZ), you’ll have a dedicated mentor to guide and support you through your traineeship. You’ll join our skilled and knowledgeable team and learn about the practical management of a range of habitats across our West Berkshire reserves. These beautiful places include ancient woodland at Bowdown Woods, the extensive heathlands of Snelsmore Common and Greenham and Crookham Common and the wetlands of the Thatcham Reedbeds, along with smaller chalk meadows of Seven barrows and Watts Bank. Trainees would also help to look after the small herd of Exmoor and New Forest ponies as well as occasional assistance with cattle and sheep. There would also be an opportunity to assist with some species and habitat surveys and the occasional community event or corporate task.

Provisional Interview dates: Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 2023
When you will be asked to start: July 2023

Days we ask you to be available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm, however, we are willing to discuss flexibility at interview

Limited expenses are available for your travel from home to Estovers.

This trainee role will be DBS checked at basic level.

Please send applications to robertcooke@bbowt.org.uk. If you would like an informal chat about the Traineeship with Robert, please email and he will arrange to call you back.

Wildlife Trainee Application Form for West Berks

Wildlife Trainee Conservation Role Description West Berkshire 2023