Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practically minded and want to learn new skills? Have you thought about a career in nature conservation?

As part of the Keeping it Wild project, we are offering x5 paid traineeships for young people aged 16-25. Trainees will be based at various London Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the capital.


Since 2018, London Wildlife Trust has been delivering the Keeping it Wild programme which successfully inspired over 1000 young people aged 11-25 to become actively involved in the protection and promotion of London’s natural heritage. Young people took part in nature conservation projects in their local communities, completed paid traineeships and were involved with our youth forum with the overall aim of making nature conservation more inclusive, accessible, and relevant to young people living in London.

We have received further funding for the programme which means we have the exciting opportunity to continue the impactful work being achieved with young people at London Wildlife Trust. This opportunity is funded by the Greater London Authority and the National Lottery Heritage Fund with support from the Westminster Foundation and The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers.

The Keeping it Wild Traineeships offer a unique opportunity for young people aged between 16-25 to undertake a full-time, paid, four-month vocational traineeship based at one of our reserves, where you’ll spend time working with the London Wildlife Trust team, learning valuable practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement and communications.

Trainees will develop a broad range of skills required in the conservation sector:

  • Practical conservation & nature reserve management
  • Surveying and monitoring (seasonally dependent)
  • Community engagement and environmental education
  • Work readiness, CV and job application training

Find out more about this position and download the recruitment pack here. 

Job requirements

Our Ideal KIW Trainee:

  • Experience of making positive contributions to your local community
  • Understanding of health and safety and safe outdoor working methods
  • Understanding of and a commitment to equal opportunities best practice
  • A self-motivated, team player with excellent time-keeping skills

Please see the person specification for a full outline of requirements. If you are not sure if you can apply for this training, or for more information, please get in touch with Emily Fox on efox@wildlondon.org.uk

In order to encourage diversity and inclusivity within the environment sector, we particularly welcome applications from young people who meet at least one of the following:

  • Young people who are non-graduates,
  • Young people from Black, Asian or minoritised ethnic backgrounds
  • Young people living in socio-economically deprived areas in London

We also welcome applicants who may have SENDs (special educational needs and disabilities). Trainees will need to be able to work independently and without 1-2-1 supervision.

Dates: X5 full time 4-month placements starting on Monday 10th January 2022*

*please note that start dates may be subject to change according to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions outlined by the UK Government

Bursary: Tax-free training bursary of £6,076 for four months (paid in four instalments, £1,519 per month)

Note: Recruitment dates for further application rounds in 2022/23 will be posted on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Closing date:  Tuesday 30th November 2021 at 9am

Interview date: Monday 6th December 2021

Note – to check whether or not you live an economically deprived area, you can enter your postcode here to get an index of multiple deprivation figure (1 = low, 10 = high): http://imd-by-postcode.opendatacommunities.org/imd/2019.