Environmental Conservation Apprentice Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The apprenticeship vacancy is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in nature conservation. Working closely with experienced Norfolk Wildlife Trust staff to deliver a variety of conservation management tasks.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    30 hours per week worked over 4 days, 8.30am – 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    04 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The role is based at our reserves in the South Broads area (working from Upton) and will work as part of the NWT reserve team . 

To assist the small team of NWT staff to implement and undertake nature reserve management involving:

• Scrub management
• Fen management
• Maintenance of electric and permanent fencing
• Maintenance of buildings and infrastructure
• Use of machinery such as, mowers, chainsaws, brushcutters, tractor, boats, hand tools
• Routine maintenance of equipment
• Use of herbicides
• Working with conservation livestock
• Working with contractors
• Recording biological data

  • Meet the Easton College assessor/trainer as often as required in the terms of the apprenticeship
  • Supervise volunteers and placements in the day to day running of the reserve as directed
  • To undertake general land management duties as agreed. This will include a range of work related to environmental conservation and land management tasks
  • Assist the South Broads team in stock management including regular checking and movements
  • Ensure compliance with the Trust's health and safety policy
  • Operate and assist in the maintenance of machinery and equipment to approved standards.  Keep records as directed and advise of any machinery requirements
  • Assist the Broads South Reserves Manager in the collection of biological / environmental data


Promote the work of the Trust whilst undertaking the above duties and recruit new members.


  • Able to undertake a variety of tasks suitable to experience, with other staff, contractors and volunteers
  • After training to have the ability to have safe and sustained use of reserve machinery and equipment
  • Ability to maintain good relations with reserve user groups and deal with them in a friendly and courteous manner
  • Ability to maintain confidential information

A visit to our website at www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk will provide more information on the breadth of work NWT is involved with.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for learning about managing a nature reserve
  • An interest in wildlife and habitats
  • Reliable with initiative to take on responsibility
  • Aware of safety, particularly when using machinery

Personal qualities

  • Good communicator
  • A keenness to learn and then use newly acquired skills
  • Friendly and courteous with colleagues and members.

Qualifications required

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-E or 9- 2 or equivalent. Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment

Future prospects

Once relevant training and apprenticeship have been achieved, employment opportunities with a variety of employers would be open.

Things to consider

The vacancy is based outdoors and requires the use of practical conservation machinery. A driving licence is an advantage as some sites are remote and not served by public transport. Candidates will be expected to communicate with reserve visitors and present a Corporate image.

About the employer

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the county’s largest environmental charity, committed to the protection and enhancement of Norfolk’s wildlife and wild places. This opportunity will provide support to NWT’s reserve operation, which incorporates more than 50 nature reserves across Norfolk. The majority of NWT’s reserves are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), nine are National Nature Reserves and over half boast international conservation designations. Norfolk Wildlife Trust was established in 1926 and is the oldest of the 47 wildlife trusts throughout the UK. It works for the survival and enhancement of Norfolk's wildlife and countryside. With some 80 full and part time staff, nearly 36,000 members and over 600 active volunteers NWT achieves its aims through a variety of means: NWT owns and manages over 4500 ha throughout the County. This includes internationally important sites such as Cley Marshes, Hickling Broad, Weeting Heath, Roydon Common and Holme Dunes. We undertake active conservation management on all our reserves to ensure the survival of the very special wildlife found in these places. We work with many other organisations and with private landowners to promote nature conservation in the wider countryside. This includes our work in monitoring County Wildlife Sites and in advising others on how best to manage land for the benefit of wildlife.


Norfolk Wildlife Trust



Thorpe Road



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Training provider

Qualification: Environmental Conservation Level 2

This is a work based apprenticeship.
Training for all job specific tasks will be given. In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks. There may be the occasional need to attend either the Otley or Easton campus for short training courses and tests.

Training for all related job specific tasks will be given provided the apprentice has the aptitude.  Full first aid, Manual Handling, Brushcutter, PA1 & PA6, Chainsaw – are examples of training offered

Apprenticeship framework

Environmental Conservation

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Easton and Otley college


Carolyn Chapman carolyn.chapman@eastonotley.ac.uk

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: today