Young conservation trainees needed to restore Great Caledonian Forest. Deadline: 18/03/19

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Trees for Life seeks young local people for conservation traineeships in rewilding the Great Caledonian Forest. The deadline for applications in 9am on Monday the 18th of March.

The Great Caledonian Forest was one so huge it covered most of the Scottish Highland. Now young people are being invited for traineeships to get trained up in vital conservation skills and help bring this native forest back to its former glory.

The rewilding training scheme is brought to you by the conservation charity Trees for Life and backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Traineeship details

  • 5 traineeship positions on offer
  • Local young people especially welcomed to apply
  • Applicants must be UK nationals and at least 18 when the traineeships start in July.
  • The programme covers living expenses.

What will you get from this conservation traineeship?

  • Spend a year learning practical skills in landscape management, horticulture, community engagement, and estate management.
  • Gain accredited qualifications with the chance to go on placements with organisations like the RSPB and Scottish National Heritage.
  • Carry out hands-on projects like growing native trees from seeds, landscape management, helping volunteers plant trees, engaging with communities and schools, and ecological monitoring.

“We’re looking to train young people who haven’t found their niche yet, or who are looking to change careers. It’s an exceptional opportunity to gain the practical experience that is highly sought after by employers, while being based in a spectacular setting,” said Paul Greaves, Trees for Life’s Skills for Rewilding manager.

Last year’s programme attracted more than 100 applicants from backgrounds including education, painting and decorating, and the hospitality sector. The charity says it hopes to attract people from groups poorly represented in nature conservation, including younger local people.

Steve Micklewright, the charity’s chief executive, said: “The idea for this scheme came about because things are changing in the Highlands, and we needed more people who are equipped to help us to do rewilding and forest restoration. It is also about finding roles for people that are from the Highlands and are from this part of the world.”

This renewed forest could benefit people and wildlife for centuries to come. And you could play a major part.

Main photo by Erik Fitzpatrickimg_7147.jpg, CC BY 2.0, Link

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