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Natural Environment Trainee – Kickstart

Full time Peterborough
Position #19042 Closing date 30/09/2021
£9.50 per hour

Background information:

Would you like to join an organisation taking real action for people and the environment?

PECT is an independent charity creating sustainable places by supporting the reduction of resource use, enhancing the natural environment, educating on the changes needed and improving the health and wellbeing of communities that we work with.

Based at the entrance to a country park on the outskirts of Peterborough, PECT is a fun and dynamic place to work. We deliver real impact and benefits for the environment and our values are based around our team, partners and those we work with:

  • Change – Creating sustainable places that are better for people and the environment
  • Expertise – Use knowledge and experience to design and deliver meaningful impact
  • People – Strong and vibrant team who are committed to sustainability
  • Together – We take collaborative action to create positive change

Purpose of role:

This is an exciting new role to be part of a new programme at PECT, working to create and support the John Clare Countryside Vision. The John Clare Countryside Vision is a resident-conceived and led, area-based project putting nature at the heart of local action tackling the climate emergency and post-Covid recovery. It draws from and celebrates the links to literature and the arts through the area’s connections with the nature poet, John Clare.

The project will support landowners and communities to help double nature, an ambition of the Local Nature Partnership, endorsed by Peterborough City Council and the Combined Authority. It will help turn community assets such as road verges, churchyards, and community centres into nature rich locations, creating more resilient countryside and communities.

This role will work predominantly with local residents, parishes, community groups and other volunteers to undertake a range of activities to drive forward the goals of the programme, including supporting of Parish Nature Recovery plans, planting days, community events and activities.

You will be part of the John Clare Countryside team, working within PECT Natural Environment theme. The role will give you a good understanding of working in a team, working with communities, developing and delivering projects as well as a good understanding of nature-based skills and conservation.

PECT operate a range of programmes and projects and as part of your role you will be required to support on other tasks.


Employer: PECT

Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU with some home working considered.

Salary (per hour, pro rata): £9.50

Start Date: ASAP

Hours/Week: 37 hours

Work outside normal hours: Occasional evening and weekend work may be required

Reports to: Division Lead

Person specification

Essential criteria:

  • We are looking for a confident and creative person who is able to self motivate and work as part of a team.
  • Someone who enjoys working with people, learning new skills and sharing their passion for the environment and nature.
  • You must be confident talking to people on the phone and in person as well as communicating through written correspondence.
  • You will need basic IT literacy and an understanding of social media as well as the ability to multitask.
  • The ideal candidate will have a driving license and the ability to transport equipment to events, but this is not essential.

PECT will also provide a thorough induction process, and with regular 121’s and management support will ensure you gain as much experience and knowledge as possible through your placement. You will have the ability to manage multiple tasks at one time.

Change Agents UK will be providing training and development opportunities, plus additional mentoring and networking support, throughout the placement.

This will include:
Access to a selection of Essential Skills online workshops covering key skills such as communication, time management & prioritisation, attendance and travelling to work, presentation skills, communication skills, teamwork and an introduction to sustainability, to support the development of the key workplace skills they will need for success;

Access to our Learning Academy - an online platform of self-led training activities and support notes, designed for people at the start of their careers, to help Kickstarters at their own pace to develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to create positive careers in sustainability;

An end-of-placement online interactive workshop on CV, application and interview skills with tailored next-steps advice from our experienced team;

121 phone support from our experienced placement team providing objective/goal-setting, assistance with looking for long term work, career advice and support with upcoming interviews or application-writing during their placement;

Apply for this role

To apply:

Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme are open to 16-24 year olds, who are claiming Universal Credit. See more at

Talk to your work coach if you are interested in the vacancy and to gain your Introduction ID that you will need in order to apply.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Stuart Dawks, [email protected] or call 01733 866 436

Postal address: PECT, Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU

For some activities, such as working directly with children on a regular basis, a DBS check may be required.

Variation Clause:

This is a description of the job, as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of the Trust periodically to examine job descriptions, update them and ensure that they relate to the job performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes. The appropriate Manager in consultation with the post holder will conduct this procedure.

In these circumstances it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible management reserves the right to make changes to your job description following consultation.