Working for nature

Let's pass on the skills

Learning how to survey, Matthew Roberts

Working for nature

Our Working for Nature trainee scheme is an excellent opportunity to spend a year working alongside our team and volunteers, developing professional skills to help take that first step to a career in conservation.

Six placements will be awarded each year, 24 over a four year period. The training programme will see the recruits study for their Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation as well as receiving internal training from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust that will equip them with habitat and species management skills.

Let us tell you more...

Why are we doing this?

The fascinating programme came about because we are concerned that important conservation skills may be lost from generation to generation unless there is an appetite for people to study conservation and carry them forward. Along with this, the team wanted to ensure that people who have struggled to get a formal education would have a chance at taking part and gain lifelong skills.

Conservation is such a difficult profession to get into – so many people want to be part of the movement but there are so few opportunities for free or cost effective training and even fewer opportunities for employment. We are hoping to address that. 

John Muir Discovery Award

We are also going to help 100 people take part in the John Muir Discovery Award.


What are the requirements?

Each round of training is 12 months. 

The Working for Nature project training is open to anyone over the age of 18 and particularly aimed at those who have not received graduate level education and can commit to a full time (or part time on request) schedule of training starting in September.

Will I get paid?

Yes you will! 

Thanks to the funding from National Lottery we are able to give a bursary of £10,875 to each successful applicant to cover their year working with us. 

Great, how do I apply?...

We're sorry - applications have finished for this year.

The next round of recruitment will be July 2019 - if you’re looking to gain experience in the meantime, then you would be welcome to join one of our volunteering days which run throughout the year.

With thanks to

The fascinating project has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players through The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund logo
The Wildlife Trusts believe that people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do impacts upon it.
The Wildlife Trusts

Like what we do? Get more involved...


Get hands on


Act now