Wild Talent: training the next generation of conservationists

Over four years our Wild Talent programme has trained dozens of enthusiastic recruits eager to learn new skills and start a new career in conservation.

The Wild Talent project has been specifically funded to challenge the barriers that exclude some people from working in environmental conservation. It aims to address skill shortages in the nature conservation sector and increase the diversity of our workforce. 

Each trainee spends several hours each week working at our London nature reserves alongside professional conservation staff. Here they develop a broad range of skills required in the conservation sector, including practical conservation and reserve management; surveying and monitoring; and community engagement and education.

On completion of the one-year course, Wild Talent trainees gain a Level 2 work-based Diploma in Environmental Conservation (City & Guilds) and professional certificates in chainsaw usage and pesticide application.