Keeping it Wild Traineeships x7

London Wildlife Trust


Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 30th November 2020   7 days left

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 x7 paid traineeships for young people aged 16-25. Trainees will be based at various London Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the capital. The traineeship will also include desk-based working from home and online/digital-based learning.


  • x4 full time 3-month placements starting in mid-January 2021*
  • x3 full-time 3-months placements starting in early April 2021*

*please note that start dates may be subject to change according to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions outlined by the UK Government

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


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 (Preparation for Employment in the Creative and Digital Industry)
  • 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
  • Community engagement and environmental education
  • Work readiness, CV and job application support

In order to encourage diversity and inclusivity within the environment sector, we particularly welcome applications from young people who meet at least one of the following:

  • Young people who are non-graduates,
  • Young people from BAME backgrounds (Black, Asian or minority ethnic),
  • Young people living in socio-economically deprived areas in London

We also welcome applicants who may have SENDs (special educational needs and disabilities). Trainees will need to be able to work independently and without 1-2-1 supervision.

Note – to check whether or not you live in a socio-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 [email protected]

How to Apply:

To apply, please click here and complete the application form.

Closing date: Monday 30th November at 9am
Interview date: Thursday 3rd December

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