Working for Nature traineeship

Farewell to our 2018 trainees, and welcome to our 2019 cohort!

In July, we said farewell to our fantastic Working for Nature trainees Liam and Moustafa, who had been with us since September 2018.  Liam and Moustafa joined the other four Working for Nature trainees (based at Nottinghamshire and  Derbyshire Wildlife Trusts), and the Working for Nature team, at their graduation ceremony at the majestic Heights of Abraham in Matlock.  Here are the trainees pictured with their graduation certificates. All the trainees did incredibly well and we are really pleased that following on from completing their diplomas, they have gone on to find work in ecological consultancy services, nature schools and within the Wildlife Trusts!

On 9th September, we welcomed two new Working for Nature trainees into Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust – Shaun and Steven.  They join the other trainees for the second year of the project. Pictured here from left to right are Joshua, Shaun and Steven, Lucy, Pat and Per on their first day, getting to know each other and building mini dry stone walls.

The Working for Nature programme is a 4-year partnership between Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, to teach and preserve vital conservation and habitat management skills.  The project has been made possible with thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage fund which is enabling the three Trusts to collaborate to train 24 people over the four years in practical conservation skills and study to achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation.  The project is also helping 100 people to complete a John Muir Discovery Award.  

The traineeship is aimed at people without a higher education qualification in conservation and who have not had the opportunity to study in this sector before.   It sees recruits working alongside Trust staff to equip them with skills in habitat and species management, giving them a head start to pursue a career in the environmental sector.  The Trusts have identified a growing skills gap in the conservation sector. The Working for Nature traineeship provides participants with opportunities to take part in practical conservation and gain lifelong skills.

We look forward to working with the new trainees over the next 11 months!