Keeping it Wild Traineeships x5

London Wildlife Trust

Bursary of £4,095 for three months (paid in monthly instalments)

Paid • Full Time • Temporary 020 7261 0447

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental education

Closing date: Thursday, 30th January 2020  

Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practically minded and want to learn new skills? Have you thought about a career in nature conservation?

As part of the Keeping it Wild project, we are offering x5 paid traineeships for young people aged 16-25. Trainees will be based at various London Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the capital.


  • x3 full time 3-month placements starting Monday 20th April and ending Friday 10th July 2020
  • x2 full time 3-month placements starting Monday 6th July and ending Friday 25th September 2020

Bursary: Tax-free bursary of £4,095 for three months

Note: Recruitment dates for further application rounds in 2020/21 will be posted on the London Wildlife Trust website.


The Keeping it Wild Traineeships offer a unique opportunity for young people aged between 16-25 to undertake a full-time, paid, three month vocational traineeship based at one of our reserves, where you'll spend time working with the London Wildlife Trust team, learning valuable practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement, media/journalism and communications. You’ll also have the chance to shape and influence how the Trust works with young people in the future.

Keeping it Wild is a three-year project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will empower and inspire 600 young people aged 11-25, from backgrounds currently under-represented in natural heritage, to gain vital skills while discovering, conserving and sharing their experiences of the capital’s wild spaces. Over the next three years the project will enable the Trust, and other partner organisations such as the John Muir Trust, to inspire more young people to care about, and protect, wildlife and wild spaces. Alongside John Muir Trust, LWT will be working closely with London Youth and Headliners (UK). You can read more about the project here:

Keeping it Wild trainees will have the opportunity to gain the following accreditations:

  • OCN Level 2 accreditation in Media and Journalism, with a focus on digital media production about your local green spaces and LWT nature reserves;
  • John Muir Award – an environmental award scheme.
  • First Aid training (Emergency First Aid at Work) certificate

In addition trainees will develop a broad range of skills required in the conservation sector:

  • Practical conservation & nature reserve management
  • Surveying and monitoring
  • Community engagement and environmental education
  • Work readiness, CV and job application training

***In order to encourage diversity and inclusivity within the natural heritage sector, there will be a strong focus on recruiting young people who identify with at least one of the following criteria: non-graduates, young people with SENDs or are from BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds, young people living in an economically deprived area and those who are at risk of social exclusion.***

Note – to check whether or not you live an economically deprived area, you can enter your postcode here to get an index of multiple deprivation figure (1 = low, 10= high):

If you are not sure if you can apply for this training, or for more information, please get in touch with Emily Morshuis on

How to apply:

To apply, please send a completed Candidate Details Form and Application Form to 

Closing date: Thursday 30th January 2020 at 9am
Interview date: Thursday 6th February 2020
Practical assessment morning: Monday 10th February 2020

If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to the application process or interview due to disability please contact us on 020 7261 0447 or email:

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