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Volunteer Traineeships - Hill at the Heart Project, Dover

Closing date: Thursday 26th October 2017

Location: Based at Old Park Hill (close to Whitfield Hill) and Dover Town Council, with some work at other sites in Dover

Want to learn new skills: grounds maintenance, nature conservation, community engagement, office skills? Enjoy outdoor and/or indoor work? If yes, then we want to hear from you!

Big Lottery FundedHill at the Heart Project


Trainees will work with Kent Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers and will be based at Old Park Hill (close to Whitfield Hill) and Dover Town Council, with some work at other sites in Dover. The traineeships are usually between 3-6 months and open to applicants aged 17+; the time committed to the project can be flexible to suit your other commitments, from as little as one day per fortnight to 3 days per week to suit. Priority will be given to applicants local to the Dover area.

You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and training in a very supportive work environment in the following areas:

  • Countryside/grounds maintenance skills, such as constructing livestock fencing, grass mowing (brush-cutting)
  • Assisting with public engagement and events
  • Working with children
  • Monitoring wildlife on nature reserves and learning wildlife identification skills
  • Livestock management and husbandry
  • Office skills including Word, Excel, and social media
  • Emergency first aid, fire safety, risk assessment, manual handling, group leadership
  • Personal confidence, organisation and leadership through responsibility and working with a dedicated team of professionals and committed volunteers

Other training may be available, subject to resources and in agreement with the Project Manager.

The Hill at the Heart Project

Kent Wildlife Trust manages over 70 nature reserves and four visitor centres. The Old Park Hill nature reserve, adjacent to Whitfield Hill in Dover, is managed by the Trust on behalf of Port of Dover. It forms an essential link for wildlife in this part of Kent and is special because of its ancient chalk grassland, a habitat which is very rare in the UK. Our aim is to restore this nature reserve and we would like to involve the local community in doing this.

The site is part of a wider network of conservation sites around Dover, including Nemo Down, High Meadow, Whinless Down, Gorse Hill, Dover Castle, Lydden Temple Ewell and the River Dour. All these areas provide areas of tranquillity and green space for people in Dover to explore and enjoy, but we need help to manage them and to provide events and other activities for local communities.

As a charity, we rely heavily on support from volunteers and we do not receive government funding. Your support as a trainee would, therefore, be invaluable to make this project a success.

For more information, please visit our project website You can also visit our Facebook page.

Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) is supported by over 31,000 members and is one of the 47 Wildlife Trusts which together make up the Wildlife Trusts Partnership to preserve natural habitats and wildlife across Kent. KWT run a full programme of education work with schools, colleges and adult groups

Other Considerations

  1. The duration of this fixed term voluntary agreement position can be suited to the individual: from a few weeks up to six months, for a minimum of one working day per fortnight to 3 days per week.
  2. The training opportunities available will vary according to the duration of the placement and the needs and aspirations of the individual.
  3. Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory probationary period.
  4. No person shall be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, age or disability.
  5. This post may involve working with children and vulnerable adults, and it is therefore required that a Standard Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau be obtained for the successful applicant. This will disclose all criminal record information, including details and dates of ‘spent’ convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. The successful applicant will need to present evidence of ID (e.g. passport, drivers’ licence) and relevant qualifications
  6. This post is unsalaried. Reasonable travel and other expenses will be paid as agreed with the Project Manager, or Head of Section.

 Procedure For Applicants

If you are interested, we would like you to join our team. Please feel free to discuss the opportunities available through the traineeship to see if it is right for you. You can contact Camilla Blackburn on 07889 822323 or 01622 662012 for an informal chat.

To apply, please complete and return the application documents below.

Informal Interview and Enrolment
Successful candidates will be contacted by telephone or email and invited for an informal discussion at Dover Town Council Office, Maison Dieu House, Biggin Street, Dover CT16 1DW at a mutually convenient time and date.


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Recruitment and Diversity Form296.5 KB
Old Park Hill Volunteer Traineeship Role Description1.29 MB

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