New to Nature Placement: Peatland Restoration Trainee with Nature Reserves


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust



Job Type:

Full Time

Closing Date:



Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Job Description: Are you ready to grow a career that gives back to nature? If so, then look no further than New to Nature – an exciting scheme to give 18 to 25-year olds across the UK paid 12-month work placements that help to protect the planet. You’ll get paid a good wage from a ‘green job’ that’s good for the environment, learn loads of skills to boost your CV and get access to an employment mentor to help you plan your future career. New to Nature aims to provide life-changing experiences for young people who might not normally consider a career in the environmental sector and we strongly encourage applications from applicants who are from diverse ethnic backgrounds, living with a disability or are from low-income households.

Through a programme of on-the-job, internal and external training, the Peatland Restoration Trainee will gain experience in a variety of tasks that will provide the skills and knowledge required for assistant peatland/conservation assistant level roles. It is hoped that the trainee will feel confident to undertake task with some level of autonomy towards the end of their placement.

In this learning and development role you will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities that may include:

  • Learning with the support of Project Officers to carry out surveys to assess condition of peatland and the restoration required.
  • Learning how to produce peatland restoration plans and maps using Geographic Information System software, with the support of project officers.
  • Learning about and supporting project officers with site inspections and meeting with contractors
  • Assisting the Research & Development Team with remote sensing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveys.
  • Learning how to carry out monitoring surveys to evaluate the success of peatland restoration.
  • Assisting with communications activities and updating websites.
  • Learning about other parts of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


  • Promote the Trust and partner organisations whenever possible.
  • Demonstrate our Trust values every day behaving with courage, respect, and integrity whilst trusting others and taking responsibility for your actions at all times.
  • Support and promote the Trust’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Abide by all Trust policies.
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by your line manager and in line with the post.

Weekly Wage: £10.90 per hour, 35 hour per week

Employer Name & Address: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Unit 23 Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton, BD23 1UD

Working week - contracted hours / full time / part time: 35 hour per week, will consider part time as a reasonable adjustment. Monday – Friday, 0900-1700 or core hours

Number of vacancies: 1

Closing date for applications: Friday 17 February 2023 at 12:00pm

Duration – Perm / temp: 12-month placement

Qualifications and Level of Education required for role: Just enthusiasm for the outdoors and willingness to learn!

Driving Licence Required? (Yes/No): No, office accessible by public transport (20-minute walk from Skipton train station)

Essential and desirable skills:

  • IT literate: e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook
  • Willingness to spend long periods of time outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Common sense approach to solving problems
  • Interest and enthusiasm in wildlife and the environment
  • Not essential but a willingness to learn: botanical identification skills, experience of field surveys, GIS or mapping software, social media/website/blog writing.

Training provided: This placement is part of a national programme - New to Nature - funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This will include additional elements of training and personal development support provided by Groundwork UK and partners, as well as on the job training and support from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Each young person will complete an in-depth induction programme with input from The Prince Trust, along with tailored advice and guidance from a Groundwork Youth Employment Coach at key points during the placement. This may include identifying skills and training opportunities or help with your CV and job search skills.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will also be providing support for participants, including: thorough induction, online training courses, training budget for external training to develop skills, bespoke training and development plan, access to free volunteer training programme and all on the job training.

All young people on the New to Nature programme, will be invited to participate in a learning Network. This will create opportunities to take part in different talks, workshops and discussions focused on the environment sector, hosted by Groundwork and our partners.

Additional benefits:

  • Flexible working the Trust endeavours to meet the flexible working needs of its employees. Depending on the nature of the role, the Trust offers hybrid working
  • Holiday Entitlement: 25 days per annum in addition to national public holidays, plus 3 additional office closure days between Christmas and New Year (pro rata for part time employees).
  • Pension: You may be eligible to be auto enrolled into the Trust’s pension scheme.
  • Travel Schemes: The Trust runs a Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Training and support provided, on the placement and formal training
  • Employee Assistance programme

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