What is it about?
The New Forest National Park Authority working together with the Forestry England, National Trust, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will offer two Environmental Conservation apprenticeships per year over four years.
Apprentices will undertake a 12 month paid apprenticeship. More information about future roles will be announced in June 2020.
What will I do as part of the apprenticeship?
- Attend college sessions
- Carry out practical conservation work
- Teach groups about the New Forest
- Undertake wildlife surveys
- Assist with public events and activity sessions
- Look after country parks, nature reserves and countryside sites
- Undertake office work
- Work outdoors in all weather!
What qualifications will I get?
You will get the following essential qualifications:
- Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation
- Level 2 Award in Business Management for the Environment
- NPTC Chainsaw Certificate – maintenance, cross-cut and felling
- NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides certificate PA1 and PA6
- NPTC Brushcutters and Strimmers certificate
- Emergency First Aid certificate.
What else will I gain?
Alongside formal qualifications, this apprenticeship will give you:
- Experience of working with five New Forest Ranger teams
- On the job experience in a supportive knowledge-sharing environment
- Increased confidence
- Experience of working with volunteers and the general public.
What will I get paid?
£138 per week.
When will I work?
This is a full-time role for 37 hours per week, mainly Monday to Friday, but there is a requirement to work some weekends and bank holidays, especially during the summer season. The working day will usually be between 8.30am and 5pm.
You will move from one New Forest organisation to the next spending up to three months with each of the Ranger teams learning about the work they do and their unique responsibilities. You will need a driving licence to drive the dedicated vehicle.
Where and when will I go to college?
The college sessions take place one day a week at Kingston Maurwood College in Dorchester. There are 12 sessions in total in two blocks of six. There will also be some additional training days that will take place at the College.
Don’t just take our word for it
This is an amazingly unique opportunity to get experience working with different organisations and people to see how each one works and the roles they play in wildlife conservation in the New Forest. Here’s what some of our previous and current apprentices have to say:
Katherine Argyrou, New Forest Apprentice Ranger 2016/17, said: ‘I’ve never come across an apprenticeship that is so varied in what it offers. An example of this is that I’ve been involved in burning rhododendron and then assisting a ‘toddler toddle’ event. Each day is different and you never get bored!’
Pete Dovey, New Forest Apprentice Ranger 2017/18, said: ‘I’m thoroughly enjoying this unique apprentice opportunity. It’s great to learn how diverse and intricate the environment is.’
Marty Meaker, New Forest Apprentice Ranger 2017/18, said: ‘It’s great to put back in what I have taken from the Forest, I am loving the whole journey and looking forward to where I will end up!’ Marty successfully completed his apprenticeship with us in 2018 and was been awarded best Intermediate Environmental Conservation Apprentice and Best Apprentice of the Year 2018 by Kingston Maurward College.
Sounds great! How do I apply?
The apprentice scheme is now at the end of the four year scheme. We are currently looking at ways to extend this successful apprenticeship and hope to have news in June 2020, so keep an eye on our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our email newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out on upcoming opportunities.
Who can I contact if I have any queries?
Please don’t hesitate to contact Gillie Molland, Lead Ranger at the New Forest National Park Authority.
Tel: 01590 646682 email: Gillie.Molland@newforestnpa.gov.uk
A number of partners in this pilot are considering launching apprenticeships in the future and it is hoped that this will be used to evaluate the viability for this.