Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Durham Wildlife Trust Ltd

Houghton Le Spring, Tyne & Wear

Volunteer • Part Time

durhamwt.com cjones@durhamwt.co.uk 01915843112 Chris Jones

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 31st October 2019  

Vacancy – Volunteer Conservation Traineeship

Post Title: Volunteer Conservation Trainee
Location: Based at Rainton Meadows, Chilton Moor, Houghton-Le-Spring, Tyne & Wear, DH4 6PU
Responsible to: Living Landscapes Officer (North)
Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month. (12 month post)

General Brief:

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.


Enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people. Applicants must hold a full clean driving licence, have good communication and people skills and a willingness to learn.


Bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel. Full training is provided (including access to external courses). Applicants will gain practical experience in conservation skills, co-ordinating and leading tasks and assisting with education events plus significant ecology training.

Training Provided

  • Chainsaw
  • Pesticides
  • First Aid
  • Off Road (4x4)
  • ATV
  • Safe use of brushcutters


  • Placement period with Durham Wildlife Services
  • 1 week plant and habitat surveying with an experienced ecologist
  • Work with DWT Botany Group to survey DWT reserves


  • Gain experience in delivering children’s and family education events


CV with covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for the post.

Closing date:

Thursday 31st October 2019. Successful candidates will be invited to interview Friday 8th November at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

Applications / chat: Chris Jones, Living Landscapes Officer (North) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 01388 488728.

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