Working for Nature Conservation Traineeship 2022

Working for Nature Conservation Traineeship 2022

Closing date:
Salary: £11, 500 training bursary
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trusts, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sandy Hill, Main Street, Middleton, Matlock, DE4 4LR

Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, 37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF

Idle Valley Nature Reserve, North Rd, Retford, DN22 8SG

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Barton Lane, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, NG9 6DY
Are you passionate about wildlife? Do you have a genuine desire for a career in outdoor nature conservation? Have you always wanted to study or train in conservation but don’t have the right qualifications or experience yet? Well, the Working for Nature traineeship might just be for you!

The Working for Nature Traineeship offers a unique and exciting opportunity to undertake paid, work-based training at our nature reserves.

We have seven full-time, funded traineeships available across Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trainees undertake a range of practical conservation work under the supervision of Wildlife Trust Rangers, Reserve Officers and Living Landscape Officers.

Contact details

If you want to know more about The Working for Nature Traineeship please visit our dedicated web page

If you would like to discuss the traineeship, please call Laura Jones on 01773 881188 or email

Interested? Find out more...

What will you gain?

You will gain a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation to support you in starting and developing a career in practical environmental conservation.

You will also gain other accredited training such as outdoor first aid and brush cutter certification. As well as this, there will be an opportunity to do a work placement with another conservation-based organisation.

What are we looking for?

You don’t need to have lots of conservation experience or qualifications, but some knowledge of why conserving nature is important.  We are looking for passion for wildlife and nature, a love of the outdoors and a willingness to learn new skills.

What will the traineeship involve?

Everything you do will involve managing habitats to support wildlife.  One day you might be clearing scrub and the next constructing fences and footpaths.  The work is predominantly outdoors in all weathers, so a willingness to work in all weathers is a must! 

Previous Working for Nature Trainees say...

"Some of the things I have been up to are: learning tree and wildflower ID skills, taming sheep, assisting with cattle TB testing and the badger vaccination, driving the pickup truck, visitor risk assessments, fixing fences, building drystone walls, QGIS training (mapping), volunteer work parties, installing waymarkers, building steps, forest school, outdoor first aid… the list really does go on."

"I am delighted that I have the opportunity to retrain with a great Trust in such a fantastic location. Since starting the traineeship I have been working closely with conservation experts, alongside volunteers and reserve managers and we have been undertaking activities such as  Hedge laying, Fence repairs, Pond management, Wooden construction, Meadow clearance and identification classes."

How to apply

  1. Read the trainee Role Description and fill in the application form by clicking apply.
  2. Fill in the Equality and Diversity monitoring form. Found within the application form.

Although this is voluntary, your responses to this are really useful in helping us to know if we are reaching applicants who reflect the communities in which we live and work and also to ensure we know about any specific needs in order to give our trainees the right support.  Please note, in order to keep your responses to this confidential, this form is submitted independently of the application form.

  1. Complete a John Muir Discovery Award.  If you attended the Information Session on 15th September, you will have received a John Muir pack.  If you need one of these sending to you, please contact

The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th October.  If you are successful in applying for this traineeship, you will be invited to an informal interview.  Interviews are planned for the weeks commencing 8th and 15th November.  

The traineeship is for people aged 18 and over who do not have a higher education qualification. This should be your first opportunity to work in conservation.

With thanks to National Lottery players and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Supporting documents

Working for Nature Trainee Role Description

Working For Nature 2022 Terms of traineeship

Our Trusts are equal opportunities employers that strive to be diverse and inclusive environments in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within our Trusts and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

We positively welcome applications from people with experience of mental health problems. As employers we are committed to supporting, promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of all our people. We want all our people to flourish, just like nature!