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Nature Recovery Apprentice (Level 7)

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Colvend, Hebden Road, Grassington, BD23 5LB
£18,332.00 annually
Closing date
30 Aug 2022

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Apprenticeship, Degree
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What will the apprentice be doing?

A fantastic opportunity to work at the cutting edge of conservation on landscape-scale Nature Recovery initiatives and implementing Biodiversity Net Gain in a National Park setting.

You will gain experience and learn alongside an experienced multi-disciplinary team delivering positive outcomes for farming, trees & woodlands and nature.

Assisted by other Wildlife Conservation Team members and under the supervision of the SWCO:
  • Update and improve the Authority's 'Re:Cover' mapping, which is used in land-use decision-making by a variety of users including some external to the Authority;
  • Use QGIS to produce mapping of ecological networks, potential nature recovery areas and sites where Biodiversity Net Gain might be implemented or where targeted assistance to farmers and landowners could deliver nature recovery objectives;
  • Analyse 'Dale x Dale' habitat survey datasets to obtain accurate statistics on the condition of key habitats;
  • Help plan, coordinate and carry out data gathering for Habitat Suitability Modelling (HSM) for selected species and use the results to update HSM mapping for the National Park;
  • Assist Conservation Officers with monitoring species populations and with habitat condition surveys, including inputting data and drafting reports;
  • Contribute to the preparation of a triennial 'Trends and Status' report concerning the state of the natural environment within the National Park and progress towards nature recovery goals;
  • Support the SWCO and Wildlife Conservation Team in the delivery of other conservation activities including tasks that deliver Farming in Protected Landscape schemes, woodland creation and other practical conservation projects.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will be enrolled with Cornwall College to study and achieve the Level 7 Ecologist Apprenticeship qualification

By the end of the Apprenticeship you will be expected to have:
  • Completed taught modules and a research project counting towards the award of an MSc in Land and Ecological Restoration (accredited by Plymouth University);
  • Undertaken four residential field courses at the Eden Project, St Austell as well as any additional training required to perform the technical aspects of the role.
  • Passed the apprenticeship End Point Assessment conducted by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On completion, apprentices will be fully competent ecologists able to work in a wide range of organisations including, ecological consultancy, local authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations, government agencies, and research. Graduates may be able to progress to more senior roles with their employer and will be well prepared to undertake a PhD. On completion, apprentices will be eligible for the appropriate level of membership of several
professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4) Essential
Other Ecology (Grade Pass) Desired
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