Wildlife Trainee (Conservation) West Berkshire

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

Estovers, Greenham & Crookham Commons, Berkshire

Volunteer • Part Time


Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 23rd April 2019   2 days left

We are recruiting for one voluntary Wildlife Trainee looking to gain experience in the environmental sector and make an enduring contribution to providing a better future for wildlife.

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust is a membership-based voluntary organisation, managing 90 nature reserves, influencing land management, and educating and encouraging all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife. The Wildlife Trainee position would suit someone wishing to work in the environmental sector but who lacks the experience to secure their first job.

You will join the Berkshire Land Management Team based at Estovers, Greenham Common, near Newbury. The successful applicant will be involved in managing a suite of sites including extensive areas of heathland, ancient woodland, lakes and reedbeds and a variety of grasslands across the whole of Berkshire, but predominantly the west of the county. These reserves include Greenham and Crookham Common, Snelsmore Common, Hosehill Lake and Thatcham Reedbeds. The area also includes the West Berkshire Living Landscape.

The Trainee position is a voluntary role, with the largest part of the time involving practical, outside, physical tasks on nature reserves, to help restore and improve habitats for wildlife, and maintaining the infrastructure like gates, signs and fencing. The management of these reserves is strongly supported by volunteers, including a weekly volunteer team which you will lead. You will also help to look after the herd of Exmoor and New Forest ponies as well as assisting with cattle and sheep occasionally. There will also be an opportunity to assist with some species and habitat surveys, with the preparation and delivery of occasional community events and corporate tasks, and environmental education projects.

The role would suit anyone at the beginning of a career in conservation or the environmental sector. Applicants foremost should have a real interest and desire to work in UK wildlife conservation and be keen to learn a variety of new skills. You will need a good level of physical fitness and be willing to supervise volunteers. You should be happy to engage with a range of people and have some previous experience of practical conservation or similar. A valid UK driving licence is desirable. Please see the Volunteer Role Description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria.

For an application form and more information please visit our website. CVs will not be accepted.

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