Wild Paths – more information and how to apply
This scheme is OPEN to new applicants from April 2018 for placements starting in September 2018. Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 7th June 2018.
The Wildlife Trusts are keen to reflect the diversity of the British community within our workforce and applications from under-represented groups, for example people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background or people with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply. If you are disabled and meet the minimum criteria for the post, we guarantee to interview you. We also use an anonymous sifting process to remove as much unconscious bias as possible.
Wild Paths is the third Skills for the Future Training Programme to be funded by Heritage Lottery Fund in one or more of the South West Wildlife Trusts. For an overview of the programme click here or read on for information on how to apply for a training placement in 2018.
Information for Candidates
The Wild Paths Training Programme is designed to enable participants to gain a broad range of hands-on experience that will give them the skills and confidence to make a valuable contribution to the conservation of the natural heritage, and to communicate with, inspire and enthuse others about our natural heritage. It is ideal for someone who is looking for a career working outdoors with wildlife and people, but candidates do not need to have any prior formal training in this sector. Candidates will however need to demonstrate a genuine desire to work in natural heritage conservation.
The aim of The Wildlife Trusts is to contribute to the creation of Living Landscapes –the name given to our approach to restoring and reconnecting large areas of habitat to allow wildlife to adapt to climate change and other environmental challenges. Within your host Trust you will be a key member of a team assisting with the management of our nature reserves, surveying and monitoring wildlife and engaging people and communities in natural heritage activities. The Wildlife Trusts are keen to reflect the diversity of the British community within our workforce, and applications from under-represented groups, for example people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background or people with disabilities, are particularly welcome. Candidate need to be over 18, but there is no upper age limit.
What placements are on offer?
There are 10 Practical and Engagement placements on offer across the South West, in Avon, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Candidates are invited to apply via a single process to one, or as many placements as they wish (we will ask for priorities). Details of each placement can be found by clicking the links below:
More information can be found about each Trust on their websites by clicking the logos down the right hand side of the page.
Each placement starts on 1st September and lasts for 9 months, with an expectation that trainees attend an average 32 hours training time per week. Trainees will receive a bursary of £1000 per month, to pay for rent, bills, food etc whilst they are in training.
How will the training be delivered?
Training will be delivered;
What does a trainee do on a day to day basis?
When trainees are not on formal training such as the residential weeks or chainsaw training, they will be involved in work-based training activities as follows;
Nature reserve management and maintenance skills including:
Engaging people with natural heritage including:
Trainees will be required to keep a learning journal during their placements, so that they can refer to their notes for interviews, future roles etc.
What formal qualifications and accreditations can trainees gain?
Each placement offers slightly different opportunities which are given in the placement descriptions, but all trainees will expect to gain the following:
Awarding body and qualification or accreditation and level:
What are the core requirements for candidates?
How do candidates apply?
It is recommended that candidates carefully read these notes, and the individual placement descriptions, before completing our straightforward 2 step application process as follows:
Step 1: Download and fill in our simple application form (here) and/or if you are feeling more adventurous or just hate forms, send us a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation, a link to a webpage, or a YouTube video (or similar) where you tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to work in conservation and what is currently preventing you from achieving this.
Step 2: We also need EVERYONE to fill in our short information form so that we have all your contact details, know which placement(s) you want to apply to and some additional background data about you to help us monitor the efficacy of our recruitment process. Download this form here.
Then just send the information form AND either the application form or alternative info to email@example.com or by post to Rachel Janes, Wild Paths Project Co-ordinator c/o Dorset Wildlife Trust, Brooklands Farm, Forston, DT2 7AA who will acknowledge receipt of your application within 72 hours.
If you have any questions about the scheme prior to applying or any difficulty with opening the forms, either email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call on 01305 264620.
A pdf of this additional information can be downloaded here.
Deadline for applying for the 10 placements starting in September 2018 is 5 pm on Thursday 7th June 2018.
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