Skills for Wildlife Traineeships

The Wildlife Trusts have 5 new trainee positions at Stirley Farm.

Skills for Wildlife Trainees must be aged between 16 and 19 on 1st January 2013.

Hours: 32 hours per week
Salary: No salary, but living expenses provided as a £145 per week bursary.
Duration: 12 months, starting 7th January 2013
Location: Stirley Farm, Berry Brow, off Ashes Lane, Huddersfield.
Application deadline: 5pm on Monday 3rd December 2012
Interviews due to take place on: Tuesday 11th December 2012.

Skills for Wildlife Trainees will be based on Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s exciting new community farm development at Stirley. They will spend three days a week on site learning heritage conservation skills and techniques and working to implement environmental improvements on the site. The trainees will have one day a week based at another conservation organisation on a placement they organise for themselves. The other day will be spent at Sheffield Wildlife Trust collecting evidence for their Diploma in Environmental Conservation.

The Skills for Wildlife trainee roles are varied and give people a good range of experience and knowledge of working in the field as well as First Aid training and Brushcutter and Strimmer training. No previous experience is required to be a trainee. However candidates will have to work outside in all weathers, work well as part of a small team and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude. The Wildlife Trusts will supply any necessary safety clothing or footwear.

For an informal chat about the placements please contact Rachel Stevenson on
0114 263 4335 or 07898 126969.

How to apply
To apply please request an application pack from the Sheffield Wildlife Trust Human Resources Department.

Please email
or call the recruitment hotline:
0114 279 2651 (Direct Line), 0114 279 2649 (Answer Phone)

alternatively write to: Sheffield Wildlife Trust, 37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF.

When you request an application pack please state where you saw this post advertised. No agencies.

Sheffield Wildlife Trust aims to make sure all staff, volunteers and service users have free access to accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance on training, education and career progression. Sheffield Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

Want to be a Farm Conservation trainee at Stirley?

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust logo

Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield

Application deadline
: 2pm, Thursday 2nd August 2012

Interview date: Monday 20th August 2012 at Stirley Farm

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is developing a 240 acre community farm in Newsome on Huddersfield’s pennine / urban fringe. The Stirley Farm project aims to unite conservation farming with people and local food production.

As a Farm Conservation Trainee you will assist in developing the farm’s conservation programme and help establish the West Yorkshire grassland restoration programme. You’ll work with the Farm Manager, other staff and volunteers to look after the farm site and its herd of Beef Shorthorn cattle.

You will gain skills in:

  • Animal husbandry, welfare and conservation grazing.
  • Fencing and dry stone walling.
  • Wildlife surveys and fixed point photography.
  • Assisting with events, guided walks and public meetings
  • and lots more…

More details about this role:

Farm Conservation Voluntary Trainee role description (Doc)

More details about working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust:

Voluntary Trainee Vacancies

Commitment: Ideally 3 – 5 days a week

Duration: Ideally we are looking for a commitment of 6 – 12 months

Training Opportunities

Group of people holding up their handmade basketsIn April 2012 we said farewell to wonderful farm volunteer trainee, Sue Brown. Over the past year Sue has been busy at Stirley Farm, driving tractors, welding huge barn doors, leading school groups, tending the herd of cows and very patiently showing Growing Newsome participants how to weave our own baskets. Sue has found a job on a farm in Warwickshire, where she will be producing 60 veg boxes a week. We’re really going to miss her, and we wish her well in her new job.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will soon be looking for new trainees to follow on from Sue and fellow trainee Charlotte.

There is also a new member of staff at the Farm, Toby Needs. Toby is training people in a host of conservation, horticultural and farming skills to NVQ Level 2 status. The scheme is open to anyone who is not currently in work – travel and training expenses are provided.

For more details about training opportunities at Stirley, please call 01484 663 185.

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