Voluntary trainee scheme

Career development

Voluntary trainee scheme

(c) Katie Greenwood

The first step towards a career in conservation

Our trainee scheme is an excellent opportunity to spend up to a year working alongside our staff team and volunteers, developing key professional skills, to help take that first step to a career in the competitive environmental sector.

In addition to being mentored and shadowing staff, our trainees will also receive formal training. Training could cover first aid at work and the use of a brushcutter or pesticides, as well as internal training courses on topics such as water vole ecology, wildflower identification, hedge-laying and wildlife law.

Depending on interests and career aspirations, there may be opportunities to work across other teams at the trust, which will hopefully put you in the best stead for securing your next role. Traineeships are open to everyone, though some level of experience in the role your applying for will be expected.

Our trainees are offered branded clothing, out-of-pocket travel expenses, a competitive training budget and access to a host of internal and external training.

How to apply

We are just in the process of inducting a new trainee into the team, which means that we have no availability for this opportunity currently. 


Depending on traineeships and their lengths, trainees could complete a selection of training deemed suitable to their career development. Previous trainees have completed some of the following trainings:

  • First Aid at Work
  • CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting Training
  • Brushcutter and Trimmers Training
  • PA1 & PA6 Pesticide Training
  • Volunteer Management
  • Project Management
  • GIS
  • Barn Owl Ecology, Survey and Signs (BOESS)
  • Grasses, Sedges and Rushes identification
  • Stock Fencing
  • Hedge-laying


A trainee might typically gain experience in the following areas:

  • Reserve management
  • Habitat restoration
  • Species identification
  • Practical conservation tasks including: hedge-laying, ditch clearance, coppicing, woodland thinning, access improvements and fencing
  • Surveying
  • Volunteer management
  • Data analysis
  • Community engagement
Cheshire Wildlife Trust provided me with a fantastic opportunity and were really supportive throughout. The experience I gained was a big contributing factor to getting my new role with Save the Rhino!
Susie Phillips
Access Participant & Surveying Trainee

Volunteer enquiries

Email volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk
Call 01948 820728

Volunteering at Cheshire Wildlife Trust is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through our project Natural Futures.