Biodiversity Planning Intern

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Matlock, United Kingdom

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18 days ago

Closing date: Friday 17 February 2023
Salary: £10.90 per hour
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sandy Hill, Main Street, Middleton by Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire , DE4 4LR
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Are you passionate about wildlife? Do you have a genuine desire for a career in nature conservation? Have you always wanted to study or train in conservation but don’t have the right qualifications or experience yet? Or are you simply interested in learning more about nature, wildlife, and the work it takes to protect our green spaces.

Our Biodiversity Planning Intern role may be for you!

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are proud to offer a unique and exciting opportunity to undertake paid, work-based training on creating space for nature through biodiversity planning. This role will work with our biodiversity planning, policy, and records team to engage with work to protect and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of wildlife in Derbyshire. The post holder will work with the Biodiversity Planning and Records Team ensuring that nature conservation is fully considered within the planning permissions and approvals processes. The role will provide support and assistance to our planning advisory work. The post holder will work on the full cycle of planning applications.

This role has been funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund via the New to Nature programme - an exciting initiative that is helping to support young people into environmental roles.

Contact details

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What will you gain?

As well as work experience and job training you will have coaching and mentoring throughout your placement and varied opportunities for personal development and career development through a wide range of opportunities offered by a highly skilled organisation.

We can also support with formal training such as UK Habitat Classification (a method for assessing and mapping vegetation and habitats), wildlife legislation and protected species courses.

What are we looking for?

You don’t need to have conservation experience or qualifications, but some knowledge of why conserving nature is important. We are looking for passion for wildlife and nature. A willingness to learn new skills is essential.

What our previous trainees, interns and placements have to say about gaining experience with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

“Overall, I really enjoyed my experience and think that it has really helped me with gaining valuable experience in the industry that I am looking for a career in.”

“I feel like schools, colleges, even some adults give the perception that work is scary and strict and unbearable and that was absolutely not the case with DWT. If anything, it made me look forward to future jobs!”

“It was a good traineeship, I felt just as valued as every other member of staff, everyone was lovely which really helped my anxiety, there were ample opportunities to learn and grow and I love how personal development was a priority within the Trust for all staff.”