Developing Green Talent Trainee's

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Closing date: Sunday 7 April 2024
Salary: £18,720 per annum
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Part time
Cornwall Wildlife Trust HQ, Five Acres, Allet, Truro, Cornwall , TR4 9DJ
Are you passionate about preserving Cornwall's natural habitats? We have an opportunity for four trainees to join our reserves teams in Mid-Cornwall and our Helman Tor Nature Reserve.

As part of the Reserves Team, you will assist with the delivery of work programmes directly through practical work, working alongside our experienced Reserves Officers.

Reserves estate work will involve management of woodland, scrubland, grassland, heathland, wetland and hedgerow habitats.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust are recruiting for four passionate trainees to join our skilled reserves teams. Two positions are available for individuals eager to contribute to a dynamic work plan at our Mid Cornwall Nature Reserves, and an additional two positions are open at our Helman Tor Nature Reserve.

Applicants should be able to showcase prior experience working on reserves or in similar environments. This role aims to provide candidates with the necessary skills and firsthand experience to pursue a career in the conservation sector.

While there may be some time allocated to office and workshop activities, the majority of the work involves outdoor tasks, requiring engagement in all weather conditions.

Working closely with the Reserves Officer, you will actively participate in diverse habitat management across woodland, scrubland, grassland, heathland, wetland, and hedgerow areas. The tasks will be varied, necessitating both energy and adaptability from candidates. The predominant focus remains on outdoor activities, offering a hands-on conservation experience.

This role is designed to equip you with both the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in the conservation sector. A substantial amount of training and experience is provided. Trust staff will teach practical nature reserve management skills and provide the theory and rationale behind the work you do. A training budget is available which includes externally certified training in First Aid, Brushcutter, Pesticides, 4x4 off-road driving, ATV, Chainsaw (CS30 & 31). Species identification and surveying courses are also available.

If you're enthusiastic, self-motivated, and committed to making a positive impact on Cornwall's natural environment, we want to hear from you!


  • Cornwall Wildlife Trust operates excellent toil and flexible working policies
  • Enhanced company holiday entitlement – starting at 25 days plus bank holidays and rising to a maximum 30 days over a period of time (1 day extra for each year worked after 4 complete years served)
  • 3-days Christmas Business Closure for 2024
  • All employees have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (24/7 counselling service) and Employee health and wellbeing portal
  • Free onsite parking at Five Acres and King Edward Mine sites
  • Stakeholder pension scheme (subject to eligibility)

The role is 30 hours per week, on a fixed term basis until the 31 March 2025.

To Apply:

To apply please send your completed application form (CVs not accepted) to

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 7 April 2024.

Interviews will be held at our Headquarters in Allet on the 12 April 2024.

Further Information:

For further information about this post please contact Andy Collins, Mid Cornwall Reserves Manager at

Disability Confident Employer:

At Cornwall Wildlife Trust, we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive workplace that values diversity and champions the unique talents of every individual. As a proud Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to creating an environment where everyone, regardless of ability, can thrive and contribute to our collective success.

As part of our commitment to accessibility, we offer alternative formats for the application process, ensuring that individuals with varying needs can apply with ease. Whether you prefer an alternative application form, Braille, large print, or any other format that suits your requirements, we are here to accommodate you.

Moreover, our interview process is designed to be supportive and considerate. We understand that everyone has different requirements, and we are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure a comfortable and accessible interview experience. If you have specific needs or preferences, please let us know in advance, and we will do our utmost to accommodate them.

By choosing to be part of our team, you are joining an organisation that prioritises inclusivity and values the unique contributions of every team member. We celebrate diversity and recognise that our differences make us stronger. Apply now to embark on a journey with us, where your abilities are celebrated, and your individuality is embraced.

Equal Opportunities:

We are committed to ensuring transparent and non-discriminatory recruitment and employment. As a progressive charitable organisation, we champion equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristic.