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Wildlife Skills Traineeship

Devon Wildlife Trust has four training placements available from 1st July 2015 to highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in conservation and environmental education. 

This is not a salaried position, but a bursary of £9000 is available.

There are vacancies for:
•    Two Practical Conservation Trainees
o    based at Meeth Quarry nature reserve but also working at other reserves mainly in the north of the county.
•    Two Education and Community Engagement Trainees
o    based in Exeter, but also working at schools, centres and events across the county.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, this programme seeks to meet skills gaps in the conservation sector and to diversity the conservation workforce by providing opportunities for individuals with an aspiration to pursue a future career in either an environmental education role or in a practical conservation role such as a Warden/Ranger position.

These roles are particularly suited to young people and those in transitional phases of their lives and careers.

Note that these are 12 month training opportunities only and there is no salaried position offered on completion of the programme.

Accommodation is not offered for any of these training posts.  Trainees will be expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation for the duration of the training programme.

A bursary of £750 per month will be paid to trainees, with a further completion payment also payable.

No formal educational qualification or training is required but applicants must be able to demonstrate their potential and desire to learn new skills, work as part of a team and the personal commitment to complete a comprehensive 12 month training programme.

Applications are invited in any format that applicants feel best demonstrates their personality and enthusiasm for the training post. Our preferred method of application is through a simple application form, however we are also happy to accept applications by video, slideshow, email, letter or other suitable means.  All applications MUST include all relevant details conversant with the online application.   

The application form can be downloaded here:

Further information for candidates about the placements can be downloaded here:

Further information about work-based training is here:

If you would like a Word or paper version of the application form sent to you, or wish to submit your application in a format other than the application, please email:

Alternatively, contact:Dawn Lenn, Volunteers Officer, Devon Wildlife Trust, Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AB or telephone 01392 279244

Deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 30 April 2015.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to a selection and interview day to be held on Tuesday 19 May for the Practical Conservation Trainees and Wednesday 20 May for the Education Trainees.

Area Co-ordinator

Home-based, covering Gloucestershire & Worcestershire
Permanent, part-time, annualised contract
0.6 FTE (22.5 hours per week)
Basic pay is £31.2k, pro rata to 0.6 FTE – also 3% pension contribution, plus commission based on achieving business targets, in the region of £8k pa.

Would you like to build on your successes in sales/fundraising and maximising team performance? Come and be part of an innovative and growing membership recruitment business that’s transforming the way charities can deliver on their conservation goals. South West Wildlife Fundraising Ltd (SWWFL) is a collaboration between seven of the Wildlife Trusts across the South West.  SWWFL raises essential funds by recruiting members for each of the charities across the region and further afield.

SWWFL is now seeking to recruit a new Area Co-ordinator to support, motivate and coordinate Wildlife Trust face-to-face membership recruiters in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

The Area Co-ordinator will maximise membership recruitment opportunities by building effective recruitment teams and by identifying and building relationships with appropriate venues and monitoring performance at these sites across designated areas.

If you are a target driven individual, who is able to lead, motivate and develop sales/fundraising professionals, this rewarding role could be for you.

This role will be based at home with extensive travel to your teams across your patch.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the business, which will be providing an essential service to established conservation charities. We look forward to hearing from you.

Applicants must have use of their own car.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd April 2015

For further details please download an application pack and full job description from  or email All completed application forms should be emailed to

SWWFL is an equal opportunities employer.  No agencies or advertisers please.

Administrator – Venue and Events Booking

For:  South West Wildlife Fundraising Limited (SWWFL)
Salary:  £16k per annum
Based:  Cricklepit Mill, Exeter

Are you an experienced administrator, with excellent communication skills and a great telephone manner? Would you like to work as part of a friendly team that helps local Wildlife Trusts to recruit new supporters? South West Wildlife Fundraising Limited (SWWFL) is looking for two highly organised, self-motivated and resourceful individuals to source and book good quality venues and events for SWWFL’s Membership Recruiters and to provide general administrative support for the business.

If you have at least two years administrative (or similar) experience in a customer service/customer facing environment, considerable experience of telephone work and strong proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes and/or databases, this rewarding role could be for you.

We are looking for two people to fill these posts, which will be based at Cricklepit Mill (Devon Wildlife Trust’s head office) in Exeter.

If you think you have what it takes to be part of our committed team, please go to our website to download a Job Description and application form (
Please return completed applications and direct any queries to . 
Deadline for applications is Monday 20 April.

Business Manager (SWWFL)

Salary: £42,000 basic FTE plus commission and pension
Location: Across the SW of England with admin office in Exeter
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 0.6 FTE (22.5 hours)

The seven Wildlife Trusts that set up and are members of SWWFL are looking for a skilled professional capable of driving forward their face-to-face membership recruitment operation.  Concentrating on building capacity and meeting performance and financial targets, we are looking for someone with vision, drive and a proven track record in leading successful sales teams. 

Importantly, success will underpin your client Trust’s financial ability to secure the future of key wildlife sites and species and increase support for wildlife locally, regionally and nationally.

Key Responsibilities

•    Provide professional leadership and management to deliver SWWFL’s strategic objectives and to ensure delivery of performance targets, operational plans and budgets.

•    To lead and manage area co-ordinators and senior office staff in order to deliver a high quality, effective service that responds appropriately to the needs and targets of clients.

•    To represent SWWFL at all levels and build meaningful and profitable partnerships with client Trusts, suppliers and stakeholders.

•    Develop and maintain SWWFL’s capacity to operate in a challenging environment and maximise income streams.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 17th April 2015

For further details please download the application pack or to request a pack directly, please email All completed application forms should be emailed to

SWWFL is an equal opportunities employer.  No agencies or advertisers please.

Neighbourhood Fundraiser (self-employed contract)

Do you have previous fundraising or sales experience? Could you use your skills to help secure support for Devon's wildlife and wild places?

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) has opportunities for flexible, well-rewarded work as a house-to-house fundraiser, securing new DWT members. Working as a self-employed contractor, provided with DWT corporate clothing and promotional materials, hours and days of work are flexible and remuneration is by commission on funds raised.
Typical earnings from previous fundraisers were £65 per day, working 3 hours late afternoon/early evening.
Previous fundraising or sales experience (either event/private site, street or door-to-door) is essential to be considered for a contract.

To apply please send a covering letter detailing why you are interested in this opportunity and a copy of your CV to DWT's Membership Lead Rachael Fielder-Pine by email For further information and enquiries about this opportunity please email or phone 01392 279244.

Membership Recruiter

Good with people? Enthusiastic about local wildlife? Looking for work that is flexible and with a great rate of pay? South West Wildlife Fundraising Limited (SWWFL) is looking for self-motivated people to recruit members for Devon Wildlife Trust .

Our local wildlife is amazing and makes where we live unique and special. But 6 out of 10 UK species are under threat. Thankfully, organisations like the Wildlife Trusts are working hard to secure its future through direct conservation, education and community projects.
But we can’t do it without the support of our members.

Would you like to be part of the team of fundraisers that recruit members and help to provide vital funding for the work of Devon Wildlife Trust?
South West Wildlife Fundraising Ltd (SWWFL) is looking for Membership Recruiters to help Devon Wildlife Trust protect wildlife for the future.

Hours are flexible and earnings dependent on hours worked. A Recruiter working for 22.5 hours per week could earn up to £18,000 OTE equivalent (£8.50 - £15 per hour OTE, depending on performance). SWWFL also offers some travel expenses and a pension scheme.

Click here for further details about this role.

For more information on  South West Wildlife Fundraising Limited and the team, please see the website

To apply, please send your completed application form  to

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