Trees for Life – Traineeship opportunities

Trees for Life (TfL) is an award-winning charity working to restore Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest. Our long-term vision is to restore natural forests and rare wildlife to a spectacular wilderness region of the Scottish Highlands, including our 10,000 acre Dundreggan Estate near Invermoriston. Our work is about people as much as places. Our conservation work is carried out by volunteers and funded by our members, charitable trusts, corporate supporters and people who dedicate a tree or grove.

TfL are embarking on the ‘Skills for Rewilding’ project that will provide fully funded places, including accommodation if needed, to 15 trainees over 3 years (aiming to start in Spring 2018) in learning and developing the skills needed to work on landscape scale ecological restoration.

The skills the trainees will learn include nursery and horticultural skills related to growing native trees from seed, landscape and deer management, ecological monitoring and engaging rural communities in conservation work. The training will be accredited via University of Highlands & Islands.

5 trainees will be recruited each year to the programme, with recruitment focusing on:

· Women wanting to work in less gender stereotypical roles

· Older career changers

· Young less educated local people

These groups have been chosen because they are poorly represented in the nature conservation workforce at the moment.

The training will be mostly based at TfL’s Dundreggan Estate but we also hope to partner with organisations like Forestry Commission, RSPB and SNH to give the trainees the opportunity to learn about how other organisations contribute to woodland conservation work.

More information about TfL can be found on our website: http://treesforlife.org.uk/