Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust: Working for Nature – Skills for the Future Traineeship (2 roles available)

Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust is offering a fantastic opportunity to gain practical conservation skills through its brand new Working for Nature: Natural Heritage Skills for the Future programme.

A series taster days will be held in June from which attendees will also achieve a John Muir Discovery Award. The Award will be a great stepping stone to volunteering opportunities in conservation. Upon completion of the Award those interested will also be invited to apply for a training placement.

There are 2 traineeship places available with Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust to start in September. The 2 successful trainees will develop a fantastic range of skills and knowledge including tool use, working safely, ecological surveying, habitat management and engaging the public.

Trainees will be supported in developing a personal independent project where they can investigate an area of interest to them, practicing research, investigating and reporting skills.

On the traineeship you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Work based Environmental Conservation. There will also be the chance to gain industry recognised competency certificates in first aid, strimmer and brush cutter.

The traineeship is funded by Heritage Lottery Funding.


The John Muir Discovery Award – will be run over 5 days with a 2 hour introduction on Thursday 6th June followed by four practical days the following week on the 10th, 11th 12th an 13th June.

The traineeship is full time for 44 weeks, Mon – Fri with occasional weekends. The exact hours that you work are expected to vary depending upon where you are working.

Requirements for traineeship: Must be 18+ and must not be a graduate. Will need to have at least Level 1 in maths and English – don’t worry if you are not sure if you have Level 1 in maths and English as you can be assessed.


For taster days travel will be covered.

For the successful traineeship starters, there is a bursary available of around £10,000.

To find out more

Potential trainees: For more information and to book on John Muir Discovery Award those interested should attend one of the following:

Information session 10:15am Wednesday 22rd May at Job Centre Plus, Bailey Court 112 West St.

Drop in session from 10:00am to 1:00pm Thursday 30th May at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division Street.

Interested organisations

Contact Chris Bates (Training Officer) at or 0114 2792646 or 07784234799.