Restoring the Marches Mosses Trainee Placement

Closing date:
Salary: £6000 bursary, 9 month placement
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: The Manor House NNR Base, Natural England, Moss Lane, Whixall, , Shropshire, SY13 2PD
We are looking for trainees for the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project. The project aims to restore Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised bog within the Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses and Wem Moss NNRs near Whitchurch, Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales.

Contact details

For an informal chat about the post, please contact Pete Bowyer, Senior Reserves Manager at Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses on 07974 784795

This post will be a 9 month placement by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and seconded to the Natural England Marches Mosses BogLIFE project.

You will work on all aspects of the project, from practical habitat management to public engagement. You will gain valuable skills and experience which will provide a good foundation for a future career in wildlife conservation work.

The post is based at the Natural England base at Whixall SY13 2PD.

The LIFE project is led by Natural England working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The multi-million pound project is supported by an EU LIFE grant and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Objective of the job

To support project staff in the delivery of the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project while developing a range of practical skills through working alongside experienced staff.

Key results expected

  • Individual elements of the project are delivered to quality, time and on budget
  • You gain experience in all aspects of the project
  • You take responsibility for the delivery of an element of the project (to be determined with your line manager)
  • You form a valuable asset to the project team


Key tasks

  • Delivering practical habitat restoration alongside staff and contractors
  • Undertaking ecological and social surveys and data collection
  • Working with and supervising volunteers
  • Supporting contaminated land remediation
  • Supporting public and specialist audience engagement events and activities
  • Supporting communication of the project through an online presence


Core skills

This post is suited to someone embarking on a career in nature conservation.

You should show commitment to environmental work via some of the following:

  • Working towards or having recently gained an appropriate qualification
  • Having experience in nature conservation through previous work or volunteering
  • Specialist interest in a branch of natural history
  • Demonstrating a passion for the environmental sector despite its low pay, limited career prospects and working outside in all weathers
  • Showing a willingness to learn by embracing all aspects of the project

You must be physically fit, capable of undertaking arduous outdoor work.

You must have good written and verbal communication skills.  A knowledge of social media is desirable.

You should have good IT skills, ideally with knowledge of MS Office and GIS programs

A full driving licence is essential.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 5th October.

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