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.
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.
Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) North Buckinghamshire
Based out of Meadow Farm (OX25 1TW), you will join a skilled and knowledgeable team delivering a programme of works across our North Bucks reserves, which include Finemere and Whitecross Green Woods and the Upper River Ray Living Landscape. These reserves form a stronghold of nature in an area under increasing development pressure, and host a range of species including rare wading birds, butterflies, ancient woodland indicator plants and small mammals. In this post you will learn about and complete tasks for the practical management of woodland, species rich hay meadows and hedgerows, as well as wetland and lake sites. You will also improve your species ID skills, and develop your professional network and leadership skills.
Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) College Lake & South Buckinghamshire
Based out of College Lake, near Tring (HP23 5QG), this is a split role shared between the College Lake and South Buckinghamshire teams (your time will be evenly divided between each team). You’ll have a dedicated mentor with the experience to guide and support you through your traineeship. Joining our skilled and knowledgeable teams, you’ll learn about the practical management of a range of habitats at College Lake and across our South Buckinghamshire reserves, which include beautiful woodland at Dancersend, wetland at Weston Turville Reservoir, and chalk grassland at Yoesden. College Lake is also a busy site, with a thriving visitor centre and education centre, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of public engagement; an essential skill in modern conservation work.
Closing date: Monday 30th January, 9am
Provisional Interview date: Friday 17th February
When you will be asked to start: Mid-late March
Days we ask you to be available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm. For the College Lake & South Buckinghamshire role, occasional weekend working will also be required during summer months (with time off in lieu given during the week).
Limited travel expenses are available for your travel from home to Meadow Farm / College Lake.
This trainee role will be DBS checked at basic level.