Emily Morshuis of London Wildlife Trust writes:
Keeping it Wild is a three year project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, that aims to empower and inspire 600 young people aged 11-25, from backgrounds currently under-represented in the environmental sector, to gain vital skills while discovering, conserving and sharing their experiences of the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces. Over the next three years the project will enable the Trust, and other partner organisations such as the John Muir Trust, to inspire more young people to care about, and protect, wildlife and wild spaces. Alongside John Muir Trust, London Wildlife Trust will be working closely with London Youth and Headliners (UK).
The Keeping it Wild Traineeships offer a unique opportunity for young people aged between 16-25 to undertake a full-time, three month paid traineeship based at one or more London Wildlife Trust reserves, where you’ll spend time learning key skills from the London Wildlife Trust team, including valuable practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement, media/journalism and communications. Trainees will have the opportunity to progress to higher levels of the John Muir Award through deeper level engagement and stewardship of the natural spaces they are working in and will have opportunities to mentor and support other young participants on the other project activity strands.
Trainees will work 35 hours per week, 09.00am – 5.00pm, including one hour for lunch. Depending on project activities the role might include some weekend and evening work, for which time off in lieu is given.They will receive a tax-free bursary of £4,095 for three months (paid in three instalments). The traineeships run from Monday 20 April to Friday 10 July 2020, or Monday 6 July to Friday 25 September 2020.
In order to encourage diversity and inclusivity within the environment sector, we are keen to encourage applications from young people who identify with one of the following criteria: non-graduates, young people with SENDs or from BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) backgrounds, young people living in economically deprived areas in London, and those who are at risk of social exclusion.
If you want to find out whether you are eligible to apply for this training, please e-mail Emily Morshuis.
For more information see the London Wildlife Trust website.