Wild Skills Conservation Training and Volunteering

Avon Wildlife Trust

Name: Wild Skills Conservation Training and Volunteering
Organisation: Avon Wildlife Trust
Location: Grove Park, Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2QJ
Type: Short Term


An opportunity for young people aged 16 to 24 years to gain experience in practical conservation and wildlife gardening skills as well as working towards accreditation certificates and references.

Aims and objectives
• To enable participants to use tools and techniques effectively and competently.
• To engage participants to take a lead in practical tasks and understand why these activities are beneficial for nature and us.
• To increase transferable skills such as team working and communications.
• To improve wellbeing and understanding around nature and mindfulness.
• Gain up to 6 AQA accreditations over the course and on completion an Avon Wildlife Trust Certificate.

This is a 12 week programme.

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Organisation Description

Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest local charity working to protect wildlife and inspire people in the West of England. We work across the old county of Avon and cover the four local authority areas of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset.

We care for 30 nature reserves - from ancient bluebell woods to Iron Age forts, nationally important wetlands which are a haven for rare, wading birds, and wildflower meadows. Our educational and community programmes help people of all ages connect with and benefit from the natural world around them - and take action themselves to help nature's recovery.

We work with landowners in the countryside across our region to reverse the decline in wildlife by creating connected living landscapes.


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Cause / Interests

  • Environment
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Gardening
  • Practical Work and DIY

Skills and Qualifications


No skills necessary but an interest in being outside and willingness to learn more.


References and up to 6 accreditations certificates such as “Introduction to horticulture” and “building a planter”.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: 24
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: yes
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Yes
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, Taster session