Career development


Career development

Jump start your career in the environmental sector and make a lasting difference to our natural world.

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Get hands-on experience and gain that competitive edge

Learn new skills and gain experience within a friendly environmental organisation.

We're committed to investing in you. Many passionate and talented people want to pursue a career in conservation, but lack the necessary skills and experience to secure their first paid role. Our career development opportunities provide essential skills and experience through training and work-based learning. We offer training courses, work experience, work placements, a voluntary trainee scheme and our renowned Access programme.

Please note our opportunities, apart from our Access programme, are only suitable to those over the age of 18.  

My confidence and skills grew, I got my dream role as a result.
Katie Greenwood
Conservation trainee and Volunteering and Training Manager

Work placement

We work very closely with Universities and Colleges within the area to offer work placements to students. Students can complete placements from anywhere between a few weeks and a full academic year. Students have completed placements in marketing & communications, conservation, planning and event management. Our work placement opportunities are advertised within the Colleges and Universities that we work with. If your education provider doesn't currently offer placements with us, and you'd be interested please get in touch.

Please note: Access to your own transport is necessary to complete a placement with us and we are unable to offer any support with accommodation.  

Work experience

Work experience is an excellent way to learn about working life, get hands-on experience in your potential career path and identify your skills and passions. We offer challenging and enjoyable work experience opportunities in our office as well as on nature reserves. Whether this is a formal part of your curriculum or you wish to gain first-hand experience of conservation work, we welcome your application.

Please note: We are only able to offer work experience in specific circumstances. Access to your own transport is necessary to complete work experience with us and we are unable to offer any support with accommodation.  

Voluntary trainee scheme

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Training courses

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Access programme

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