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Amanda Assistant Reserves Officer, Skills for the Future Trainee


Having grown up on a farm and in the countryside I always knew I would never want a desk job. I have always had a passion for animals and wildlife and went on to study Zoology at University and found conservation and biodiversity interesting which prompted a Masters in this area. Once I had got all the academic qualifications all I needed now was some experience.

I applied for this position as it provided a lot of the training I need to get into practical conservation. This scheme allows me to learn on the job and gain experience in how the organisation works. There are multiple opportunities to get involved in lots of different areas as well as just the practical work.

In the last 2 months I have already gained my first aid at work and brush-cutter training. Every day has been different; I’m gaining the confidence I need with the machinery aspect of things and enjoying every day.