Building Skills and Communities through Conservation Action

Building Skills and Communities through Conservation Action

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Castle Douglas, United Kingdom

This activity is closed, you cannot apply.

Activity description

This project will work with 10 long term volunteers from 4 countries (Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium) in protecting biodiversity on our nature reserves, broadening experience by offering the opportunity to work on and experience a broad range of habitats across Scotland. Volunteers will also be involved in enhancing access opportunities and raising awareness of Scotland's natural heritage, thus protecting biodiversity by encouraging local communities to value and conserve their local natural resources. We aim to make volunteers much more employable by providing 12 month placements with varied work experience and training. Examples of activities will be: - Meadow management - targeted cutting and raking of site, control of bracken - Control of non-native invasive species – cutting & hand pulling - Peat bog management - removal of scrub and including installation of plastic dams - Woodland management and restructuring - removal of non native species, felling of timber.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

We will rent private accommodation close to the project location. This may be shared with other volunteers. We will provide a monthly food and pocket money allowance for volunteers to purchase their own food. We provide transport from our project bases in Castle Douglas and Irvine to the worksite and back.

Training during the activity

We provide a range of on the job learning opportunities such as: use of tools, working as part of a group, communication, health & safety awareness, aspects of nature reserve management, learning about different habitats, seeing wildlife in Scotland. There might be the opportunity for more formal certificated skills training.

Participant profile

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in conservation/the environment and who want to undertake outdoor practical work on different nature reserves in the South West and West of Scotland. A desire to work in the environment would be useful. We are looking for enthusiasm, desire, an easy going attitude and an ability to get on with others.

Activity dates

A total of 52 week(s) during the period 01/11/2021 to 30/11/2022

Activity location

Unit 3 Station Road, DG7 1LA Castle Douglas United Kingdom

Looking for participants from

Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal

Activity topics

Environment and natural protection

Deadline for applications

No application deadline