Work experience

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust offer work experience opportunities for students aged 14-16 for a week long placement.

We have a set programme for work experience students which is outlined below. The aim is to give students a broad understanding of all the different types of work undertaken by the Trust.

The timetable below will give you an indication of what you will be doing each day. Please note: placements are only currently available for one week.

Placement programme

The placement will run from 9.30am to 4.00pm each day and students will have one hour lunch break. On Friday the placement will finish at 12.30pm or after lunch.

Timetable

  AM (9.30-12.30) PM (1.30-4.00)
Monday Introduction to Trust
Admin tasks such as photocopying/ shredding etc
Marketing task – designing a poster and press release for Trust event.
Tuesday Conservation tasks around Wolseley Site Wolseley site audit
Wednesday Education – either prop making or going out with a session Education – designing a session for children
Thursday Conservation task – survey of Wolseley Grounds i.e. wildflower or invertebrate Planning tasks – looking at planning applications and designing wildlife friendly features
Friday Admin task – write a magazine article about their work experience placement  

Interested?

If you are interested in applying to do your placement with us, email education@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or phone 01889 880105. As a busy charity we are only able to take on a certain number of placements each year, so we may not be able to meet all requests. Please note all placements will be based at our headquarters – The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, ST17 0WT.

Careers Advice on how to get into the Environmental Sector

• The conservation team have nearly all come through the specialist degree route, we tend to make that a requirement at recruitment.

• We would suggest you consider joining the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), who are a professional institute offering careers guidance on their website and is a good source of up to the minute info.

• Be prepared to use your existing skills as a good selling point. Possibly getting a newt and/or bat licence, plus the C&G would enable you to work as a consultant /ecological clerk of works where previous experience of the trade would be invaluable.

• Negatives - most environmental work is poorly paid, many consultancies can be unethical (those demanding CIEEM membership are the best), and upward career paths nearly all depend on management and stress like anywhere else.

• Suggest looking at Countryside Jobs (CJS) for the type of job you want to end up in and see what type of qualification is required and also getting more volunteering experience.

• Most reserve management jobs are looking for Foundation Degree or Hons Degree as a minimum, so a Level 2 Diploma may not be high enough, but there are some good entry level positions in various Trusts now such as the Skills for the Future positions which are 12-month posts with lots of experience & training and a small bursary which don't need high qualifications.

• One employee did 12 years IT Sales with a modern languages degree (!) before trying to change career. It took him 2 years to change career and get a full time job in conservation. He had a lot of volunteering experience, but did a part-time foundation degree in countryside & conservation management over 3 years to get his academic qualifications high enough to start getting interviews. Some of the project management skills from his IT career were transferable too.

• It may be worth :

o taking a risk in going for a voluntary placement in the Trust supplemented by some shift work elsewhere to get inside the Trust.
o doing some part time work on one of the reserves.
o volunteering on local nature reserves is good, but we would suggest you try out volunteering for various organisations to get a broader experience of organisations and habitats.