Natural Prospects

Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practical and willing to learn new skills? Ever thought about a career in nature conservation? From September 2018, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country will be providing a series of 24 one-year practical conservation training placements to highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in wildlife and conservation.

If you are aged 18 or over and live in Birmingham or the Black Country, you could be eligible for Natural Prospects.  This work based practical training also involves written coursework and leads to a Level 2 Work Based Certificate in Environmental Conservation.

To be eligible, you must be 18 or over, living in Birmingham or the Black Country paid, and either:

  • from a black or minority ethnic group, or
  • a non-graduate, or
  • in receipt of benefits/from an economically deprived area.

The Natural Prospects projct has been specifically designed to challenge the barriers that exclude some people from working in the environmental conservation sector.

Each year, 3 trainees will be hosted by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and 3 trainees will placed with Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to work hard outdoors in all weathers, the motivation to connect with people from a range of backgrounds, the desire to learn new skills, to work as part of a team and the personal commitment to complete the training programme. Some kind of volunteering experience in a related activity will be beneficial, as will basic IT skills.

A monthly bursary of £750 per month will be paid to trainees, a total of £9,000 over the year.

The recruitment process will include working as part of a team on practical conservation tasks at different location across Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

To find out more about working in your local natural environmental and for opportunities to take part in volunteering or taster sessions please contact us via this link

You can also check out this short film made about a similar program in London called Wild Talent.