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2016 Trainee Ecologist Positions

21st January 2016

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Trainee Ecologist Positions x3

Are you looking for a way into a career in ecology and conservation? The Blackdown Hills Natural Futures (BHNF) Project is offering three positions to ambitious Trainee Ecologists looking for a way into jobs in the sector.

Our programme is expressly structured to rapidly increase the employability of our Trainee Ecologists. Whether you are hoping for a career in ecological consultancy or looking for a thorough foundation of fieldwork to support a career in conservation, we aim to give you the edge. To give a flavour of what applicants can expect to get from the training programme, the following will all be covered: 

  • Training in Phase 1 Habitat Survey methods used when assessing sites for development. Thorough training in UK and EU wildlife legislation, including on-going examples of legislation issues in the field throughout the year.
  • Training in UK and EU Protected Species ecology and field survey including great crested newt surveys and trapping, dormouse handling, bat surveys and sound analysis, white-clawed crayfish surveys and reptile surveys.
  • Continuous training in botanical identification skills and habitat classification using the National Vegetation Classification (NVC), covering a wide range of Local/County Wildlife Sites on behalf of Local Environmental Records Centres.
  • Specialist training sessions focusing on bryophyte identification, freshwater invertebrate ecology and vegetative plant identification, led by national experts.
  • Short placements with Local Environmental Records Centres, learning how to digitize site information in GIS programmes, process survey data, and use professional ecological recording software.
  • Opportunities to meet local employers in the sector, including staff from governmental agencies, third sector organisations and commercial businesses.

The BHNF Project is also working with the kind support of three local ecological consultancies, all of whom are willing to offer paid work to our Trainee Ecologists where opportunities arise. It’s is crucial to note we are looking more for potential rather than current ability, those with ambition to progress and drive to learn will be assessed favourably regardless of any existing expertise. Trainee Ecologists will be positioned in a voluntary role, but expenses to cover transport costs and subsistence will be paid.

Location: Blackdown Hills AONB office in Hemyock, although the majority of time will be spent in the field.

How to Apply: Applications can be made using the role application form found on the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures website

Applications should be sent to the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Officer at  conrad.barrowclough@devon.gov.uk or posted to Blackdown Hills AONB, St Ivel House, Station Road, Hemyock Cullompton, EX15 3SJ. Application deadline: 5pm Monday15th February 2016. Interviews: Friday 4th March 2016.  Role commencement: Wednesday 13th April 2016.

If you have any questions about the role and would like to discuss informally them please email  conrad.barrowclough@devon.gov.uk or call 01823 681935.

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