Wild Paths – new careers in nature conservation (2018-2021)


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Skills for the Future (SFF) Programme has provided millions of pounds of funding to organisations that provide paid work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce.

Previously, the Dorset Wildlife Trust Conservation Skills and South West Wildlife Trusts’ Wildlife Skills programmes offered a total of 88 placements between 2009 and 2017 with approximately 90% now working in the natural heritage sector.  A summary of each of these schemes can be found at Conservation Skills and Wildlife Skills.

Launched in April 2018, Wild Paths is the third SFF programme to be delivered by members of the South West Wildlife Trusts and this time a partnership of Avon, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire Trusts will deliver 30 nine-month long training placements in practical conservation and engagement skills over 3 years.  The partnership will offer people from diverse backgrounds a chance to access entry into a career in the natural heritage sector, by offering a comprehensive work-based training plan and a bursary of £1000 per month, to pay for rent, bills, food etc whilst they are in training.

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. Click here for more information and how to apply. 

More information

For further information on Skill for the Future programmes, please contact the Wild Paths Project Co-ordinator on 01305 264620 or email  or tweet @Wild_Paths.


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