Why work for us?

Why work for us?

Staff at Kidbrooke Village credit Hayley Bray

From engaging campaigns to protect and conserve our wildlife, along with consistent conservation and research; to outdoor engagement and people and wildlife projects - there are many ways to get involved in the work of London Wildlife Trust. We have many strands of activity, and our public facing and back office teams are equally engaged with our mission and values – we all work together to enrich London’s wildlife and natural spaces.
 

But what’s it like?

Working at London Wildlife Trust is varied, to say the least. No two days are the same, no matter what your role is!
We are a team of approximately 60 staff, of which most of us are based in the Head Office. The remaining staff team
are based around various staffed nature reserves, and some rotate from site to site, depending upon their work or
specialism.

What are the benefits?

London Wildlife Trust prides itself on putting our people first. With our focus on well-being through the work we do
when engaging communities with nature, we ensure that our staff practice what they preach!

Annual Leave

All full time staff receive 25 days annual leave, plus 8 days bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff).

Pension Scheme

All staff are auto-enrolled into “The Pensions Trust” pension scheme upon commencing employment, with the 3%
employer and 5% employee contribution rates.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

Cycle to Work: Staff can opt into a cycle to work scheme, and buy a bike to commute to work via a salary sacrifice
scheme.

Childcare Vouchers: The Trust has a childcare voucher scheme for parents via salary sacrifice.

Wellbeing

London Wildlife Trust has an employee assistance programme which offers free, confidential 24/7 counselling to all staff via different mediums (face to face, telephone and online) on a range of issues (personal, work, health, financial, bereavement, legal, etc.)

The Trust also has access to an ad-hoc occupational health service, and is committed to good practice in relation to Health and Safety at work.

The Trust also offers between 2-5 days paid leave for employees that have suffered bereavement within family. Our policy on Leave covers this is further detail.

Flexible working 

For many of our employees, flexible working is an important part of our culture, enabling them to successfully balance the demands of their role with their commitments outside of work. All employees have the right to request flexible working, and for the most part we’re able to accommodate those requests so long as internal processes are followed for fairness.

Support with professional memberships

London Wildlife Trust recognises the importance of professional memberships such as Chartered Institute of Ecology
and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Institute of Fundraising (IoF), and Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to name a few, and supports staff who are members of professional bodies with their annual memberships and continuing professional development, to help cascade any learning and development from these institutions to colleagues.

Professional Training and Development

We recognise the importance of continuous professional development and offer internal online training on Health and Safety, Fire Awareness and Mental Health Awareness. Additionally, we have staff training sessions on various aspects of people management, conservation in London, talks by staff on topics of ecological interest.

We also encourage staff, where relevant and linked to their roles, to go on courses that can help them, which they can feed back to teams and colleagues via peer to peer sharing.

Staff Days 

The Trust has four staff days a year, where the entire staff team gets together to get outdoors and take a walk through one of our reserves and learn about its history; and sometimes, get stuck in with fun (and muddy!) practical work so
we can show our sites how much we love them. We also share updates and find out what our colleagues have been up to, which makes for great team building sessions! 

Free Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate!

We never underestimate the wonders a good hot beverage can do to your working day – so we ensure our head office is stocked with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and herbal teas.