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Natural Environment Trainee

Part time Peterborough
Position #19613 Closing date 11/02/2022
£19,050 (pro rata £9,525)

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:

People – Strong and vibrant team who are committed to sustainability

Expertise – Use knowledge and experience to design and deliver meaningful impact

Change – Creating sustainable places that are better for people and the environment

Together – We take collaborative action to create positive change

Purpose of role:

This is an exciting role 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 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.

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.

The trainee role is funded through the DEFRA Green Recovery Fund.

The role is for 2.5 days per a week, with the trainee encouraged to undertake a formal qualification at the same time.


Employer: PECT

Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane Peterborough PE2 5UU, with regular work outside in Peterborough. There may be opportunities to work from home on some days.

Salary (per hour, pro rata): £19,050 (pro rata £9,525)

Closing date for applications: Friday 11th February, although interviews will be ongoing so please apply ASAP.

Interview date: Ongoing

End date: 30th December 2022

Hours/Week: 2.5 days per a week (days and times can be flexible)

Work outside normal hours: Evening and weekend work will be required

Reports to: Director of Operations


Key responsibilities:

  • Recruit, induct and manage volunteers to support the delivery of John Clare Countryside
  • To keep accurate work planning data and other records and files
  • To undertake appropriate administrative duties relevant to the project
  • Organise, and supervise event days
  • Organise training and equipment needs for volunteers (including producing training plans)
  • Produce and maintain risk assessments for all works with volunteers
  • Work with PECT’s Marketing Manager to promote the project.


Person specification

Essential criteria:

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to transport equipment to events, undertake physical work and manual handling
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently and use own initiative, and within a small team
  • To be able to relate to people of all backgrounds and ages
  • A positive attitude to working outside
  • A willingness to learn and undertake training where appropriate
  • Enthusiasm for/understanding of environmental/sustainable development issues.


  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Local knowledge of Peterborough and the surrounding area
  • Experience of organising and promoting events

Apply for this role

To apply:

Please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected] We prefer to receive applications electronically; however, we understand not everyone has access to the internet, therefore you can also post your application to the address below.

You may be contacted for a brief telephone interview before the formal interviews. If shortlisted for interview you may be required to prepare a presentation or complete a brief task, relevant to the role, as part of the interview.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Stuart Dawks at [email protected] or call 01733 568408

Postal address: 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.

[This Job Description was compiled by Stuart Dawks on 10th Jan 2022]