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Wildlife Skills Trainee Scheme for 2018 

A new training programme ‘Wild Paths’ has been awarded £501,100 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), under its Skills for the Future programme, allowing five Wildlife Trusts in the South West to train 30 aspiring conservationists over the next three years.

Wildlife Skills is a scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in conjunction with Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts to each provide four Trainees of any age or background, the opportunity to gain paid full time, real world experience and specialist training  for a year. Ensuring the next generation of environmental decision makers are well equipped for the challenges of the future.

Places you can apply for at Somerset Wildlife Trust: 

Each placement starts on 1st September and lasts for 9 months, with an expectation that trainees attend an average 32 hours training time per week.  Trainees will receive a bursary of £1000 per month, to pay for rent, bills, food etc whilst they are in training.

More information

To find out more and apply, please visit the Dorset Wildlife Trust's webpage, here for more information. Also for any questions you might have on the Skill for the Future programmes, please contact the Wild Paths Project Co-ordinator , Rachel Janes on 01305 264620 or email  or tweet @Wild_Paths.

Wildlife Trainees from 2016 - 2017 

Previously a similar programme called Wildlife Skills ran from 2014 and 2017, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and aspiring conservationists came to Somerset Wildlife Trust to benefit the county's community and wildlife and gain the skills they needed to get a job in the conservation sector - you can see our trainees from 2016-2017 below and what they got up to during the programme.  

Adam Llewellyn

Practical Conservation Trainee 

Freya Morgan

Community Engagement Trainee, 

Phil Freya

Find out about Adam's experience here.

Find out about Freya's experience here.


Phil Bruss

Practical Conservation Trainee

Stephanie Wheeler

Community Engagement Trainee



Find out about Phil's experience here. Find out about Steph's experience here.


For more information on our previous Wildlife Trainees, click here.