Working Holidays & Traineeships

Working Holidays with the National Trust

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At the heart of rich farmland and woodland in the Penrose Estate near Loe Bar, the National Trust offer several working holidays each year. Join us for a week in the woods as we carry out traditional management in our semi-ancient woodland bordering Loe Pool (Cornwall's largest freshwater lake). You will also get the chance to spend some time with our experts in green woodworking and basketry and learn the skills yourself. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors, meet new people and learn the skills needed for deciduous woodland management and including some fun with green woodworking.

bunkhouseOur working holidays are for adults. Accommodation is provided in the Penrose Bunkhouse at Chyvarloe. Prices may vary depending on the time of year. To find out more about working holidays with the National Trust visit the working holidays page on our website and search for 'Penrose', or call 0844 335 1291.

Trainee Rangers with the National Trust

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For people wanting a career in the countryside, we offer residential Trainee Ranger positions of 6 to 12 months' duration. These positions are unwaged, but accommodation is provided, together with training in, eg. use of brushcutters, first aid, etc. Completing a Trainee Ranger placement with the National Trust is a proven way to get the experience required to gain countryside employment, and the National Trust Lizard Ranger team can offer a varied and fulfilling volunteer role, encompassing everything from practical skills to education and events.

For further information on residential placements and how to apply, please contact or 01326 291174.

Trainee Wardens with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust offer full-time nature reserve volunteer (trainee warden) positions. Become one of the team of full time volunteers working both independently and alongside staff out on our nature reserves. By joining us you will support the work of the Mid and West Cornwall Reserves Officers and develop your knowledge and skills in practical habitat and reserve management. You'll benefit from a training package to meet your needs, including theory and vocational courses, such as qualifications in chainsaw, tractor, first aid, brushcutter and pesticides.

A passion for nature conservation, a commitment of 12 months, and a full UK driving licence are essential. Previous experience and a relevant qualification desirable. For more information visit our website or contact Rich Moore: (01872) 240777 ex. 216.