Trainees will receive work-based training in practical conservation activities, community engagement, visitor
centresupport,andpubliceventsbysupportingstaffacrossarangeofvenuesandsitesintheBirmingham area. This will be underpinned by a grounding in health and safety practice, communicating with members of the public and supporting range of community events. All Natural Prospects trainees will receive training in additional skills that are needed to start a career in the urban conservation sector e.g. First Aid at Work and leadership. Trainees will also have a personalized budget enabling them to access specialist training such as chainsaw, brush cutter and spraying Licenses and be given the chance to develop these skills in the work place.


  • To participate in formal and work based training under the guidance of WTBBC and Birmingham council staff members.
  • To carry out day-to-day practical conservation work at Birmingham council nature reserves and parks.
  • To deliver public facing events and activities to engage local communities in their natural heritage.
  • To follow risk assessments and adhere to health and safety requirements and regulations.
  • To maintain a portfolio of evidence throughout the traineeship, recording all work undertaken in order to achieve the City & Guilds level2 Work-Based Certificate in Environmental Conservation.
  • To support the Reserves and parks team in the delivery of work relating to key species, habitats and reserve infrastructure across the relevant sites.
  • To work with colleagues and undertake other duties as requested by your line manager to further the organization’s strategic goals.
  • The nature of this post means that occasional out of hours and weekend working will be required, for which time off in lieu will be granted.
  • To abide by all policies including equal opportunities and health & safety.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum GCSE/O-level or equivalent level of education.
  • Experience of participation in related activities, including voluntary roles or Natural Prospects taster days, making positive contributions to local community.
  • Experience of working with hand and/or power tools.
  • Team player, keen to engage or lead others in wildlife conservation work.
  • An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • An interest in and appreciation of local wildlife and conservation activities.
  • Knowledge of Birmingham & Black Country, its people, wildlife and wild spaces.
  • Ability to undertake and practical work as required.
  • A good understanding of health and safety and safe working methods when working outside and using tools.
  • Able to prioritize and organize time and resources effectively.
  • An ability to inspire and enthuse others.
  • Full clean UK driving license.