Voluntary Conservation Trainees


Voluntary Conservation Trainees

The first step to a career in conservation

Our trainee scheme is an excellent opportunity to spend a year working alongside our estates team, grazing team and volunteers, developing key professional skills to help take that first step to a career in the competitive environmental sector.

Being a Trainee has given me a behind the scenes insight into the important work that goes on at SWT. There’s always something different to do
Ben Habgood
Voluntary Conservation Trainee

Trainee placements require 3 days a week for 12 months, which will be agreed upon from the onset of the trainee role.

In addition to training and working alongside staff, trainees will also receive formal training in first aid at work and the use of chainsaws or pesticides, as well as internal training courses on topics such as livestock welfare checking, wildlife legislation and protected species.

Depending on abilities, experience and career goals there may also be the opportunity to assist other departments of the Trust. This would be agreed from the onset of the trainee role.

Out-of-pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed, and appropriate protective clothing will be provided along with nationally certified training in relevant subjects.

Trainee activities

A trainee might typically gain experience in the following areas:

  • Practical habitat and site management
  • Species identification
  • Implementation of site management plans
  • Co-organise and lead volunteer work parties
  • Assist with preparation of interpretative material and site signs
  • Plan and lead guided walks, educational visits and events
  • Assist with aspects of grazing, including fencing, moving cattle and stock checking

How to apply

Applications for this year's scheme are now closed.

Applications for the 2019 Voluntary Conservation Trainee scheme will open in August 2019.

We take up to three trainees each year and ask applicants to complete a form detailing previous experience, qualifications and the personal qualities which make you suitable for the position.