Bee Conservation Trainee

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Sittingbourne, Kent

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 21st December 2018  

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a part-time Bee Conservation Trainee to support conservation work with the Making a Buzz for the Coast project. This is an ambitious natural heritage project focused on safeguarding rare bee populations in north Kent, with Heritage Lottery Funding for habitat improvements and community engagement.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to enter a career in conservation to gain valuable experience working on a large conservation project with a number of organisations, working closely with both Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust and as well as our many other partner organisations and project stakeholders.

You will assist with practical conservation, surveys and landowner engagement in the Making a Buzz for the Coast project area. The successful candidate will have a proven interest in wildlife conservation and an interest in working with landowners to promote wildlife-friendly practices. You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic, with good communication and IT skills.

This is a part-time, temporary position for 9 months from February 2019. The position will be based from our office in Sittingbourne with regular travel for meetings, training and events across Kent.

Person Specification


Qualifications & Experience 

  • Currently undertaking or recently completed an HND/degree in ecology, countryside management or equivalent OR having a proven interest in the environment and actively seeking employment in this field.
  • Proven interest in wildlife conservation and the environment.
  • An interest in working with landowners to help them create and restore habitat for bees.
  • Basic wildflower identification skills.
  • Experience of working with volunteers.

Communication Skills 

  • A mature approach and the ability to communicate effectively with the public.

Initiative and planning 

  • Ability to self-motivate and willingness to work remotely.

IT Skills 

  • Computer literate including the confident use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • Full driving licence and access to own vehicle for work use with a willingness to travel to meetings and sites within the designated working area.
  • Willingness to work some weekends and evenings
  • A willingness to undertake outdoor work in all weather conditions.


  • Basic bumblebee identification skills
  • Intermediate wildflower identification skills.
  • Some experience of carrying out habitat surveys and/or knowledge of survey techniques such as Phase 1 and/or vegetation surveys using quadrats.
  • Some experience of practical habitat management.
  • Knowledge and experience of using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

Other considerations 

  1. The role is advertised as a paid, part-time, fixed-term post  
  2. The role is offered on a fixed term agreement for 9 months starting in February 2019.  
  3. The appointment will be subject to a one-month probationary period.  
  4. No person shall be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, age or disability.  
  5. As an equal opportunities employer, applicants for vacancies shall be short-listed for interview and appointed purely on the grounds of their suitability for the post as laid out in the advertised role description (subject to procedures below).  
  6. All staff and volunteers share a common duty to recruit members and volunteers and enhance the good reputation of the Trust whenever the opportunity arises.  
  7. Under Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all staff have a legal responsibility to:  

    1. Take all reasonable care of their health and safety while at work.
    2. Ensure as far as reasonably practicable the safety of other persons, whether other employees or members of the public, who may be adversely affected by their own actions.
    3. Cooperate with the Trust to enable it to discharge its obligations satisfactorily.

Application Process  

Apply online attaching an up to date CV (not more than 2 pages):
Once this has been received a full job description and application form will be sent to you which will also need to be returned.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities and are committed to having a charity that is made up of diverse skills and experiences.

Any questions on the role please contact the MAB team on Please note we are not able to accept applications on this email for GDPR purposes.


Pension: This fixed-term post is eligible for the BBCT pension scheme (7% Employer contribution). 
Location: Based from our office in Sittingbourne with regular travel for meetings, training and events within the project area of Kent. 
Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Suite 33, 940 The Innovation Building, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8HL 
Hours of work: 3 days per week (21 hours). 
Annual leave: 21 (on a pro-rata basis for part-time staff) in Annual leave entitlement inclusive of Bank/Public Holidays. 
Training - Generous Training Package (Internal and External Training)

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