Could you be our next River Conservation Trainee?


Alice Fallon

Exciting opportunity to join our team!

The Severn Rivers Trust are excited to announce that we are recruiting a new River Conservation Trainee.

Did you know that the environmental sector is officially the second-least racially diverse profession in the country, after farming? The Race for Nature project is an exciting initiative supporting hundreds of young people from diverse backgrounds to thrive and progress by placing them into environmental organisations across the country.

What will the role involve?

This full-time 6 month paid traineeship will be very hands-on. You will be helping our team with a range of practical work such as tree planting, river clean-ups and wildlife monitoring. You will also be helping us with community events such as volunteering, school visits and public tours. We will train you up to write blogs and posts for social media.

Where is it?

Most of your work will be based in Worcester at the fascinating island of Diglis. Here we are just about to launch a unique visitor experience - a huge fish pass and underwater viewing gallery. We are also planning a season of fish surveys - counting the amazing shad fish to understand more about the species populations in the river. You can read more about Unlocking the Severn on our project website.

Do I need to wear a suit?

No! Lots of time will be spent outdoors, so you will need scruffy clothes and warm layers, but we will provide you with a polo shirt, fleece, waterproofs and sturdy boots, plus any other kit you might need. For some meetings and days in the office you will need to dress a bit more smartly!

Do I need a car?

No. Most work will be around Worcester and sometimes you will be expected to work from home. You will need to travel to some different locations either by car or public transport, and you will need to organise this this independently. Travel expenses for mileage, parking and tickets will be reimbursed.

Who is the traineeship for?

We're looking for somebody who is keen to learn and willing to get stuck in to a whole range of activities. You don't need any previous technical experience or knowledge about rivers or conservation. It's okay if you haven't done much paid work or formal education. You do need to be a good team player, good at communicating with different people, and have sound computer skills.


This placement is part of Race for Nature (, a new programme working to improve the diversity of the environmental sector. It is open to all young people that are eligible for Kickstart placements, i.e. under 24 years old, in receipt of Universal Credit.

We particularly welcome applications from young people who are: i) From BAME backgrounds; ii)Living in economically deprived areas of the UK; iii) Non-graduates.

As this job involves regulated activity with children, an Enhanced DBS check will need to be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis with support of HR specialists.

To apply for this role you must be referred by your work coach, via your local job centre, and you need to quote your DWP reference number on the application form.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept applications from candidates under 18 years old.

Download a full role description and an application form here.