The Cotswold Water Park Trust is offering a limited number of long-term (9-12 months) part-time volunteer placements for students who are currently studying, or have recently completed a conservation or land-based course at HND, foundation degree, or degree-level (or equivalent). Applications may also be accepted from candidates who have not followed an academic pathway but have demonstrated a commitment to gaining practical experience in this field. The role will involve working with our ranger team carrying out practical land management on our own nature reserves and public amenity sites, as well as across the wider Cotswold Water Park. Experience may also be gained through working with other staff, volunteers, corporate work parties, student groups, statutory bodies and other partners.

Interested applicants must submit a completed application form along with a CV. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an informal interview.  There is no application deadline for this post and places are subject to availability at the time of application.

This is an unsalaried post, and as such the voluntary working days per week will be reasonably flexible to allow students to gain part-time employment alongside the placement should they need to do so. However, a suggested commitment of 2-3 days per week would be the normal expectation. There is currently no accommodation available for volunteers, so it is expected that candidates will live locally or have the means to support their own living arrangements.

CWPT Application Form Volunteer Ranger 2018 (Word document)
CWPT Application Form Volunteer Ranger 2018 (pdf)


Work experience

We receive a large number of requests from school pupils and students about work experience opportunities, but as we are a very small organisation it is not possible for us to find placements for everyone. Sorry but we are not able to offer any work experience for students under the age of 18.

However, we do occasionally offer volunteer work placements for students looking for relevant experience, so it is always worth sending us an email to find out more.

Contact the CWPT office on or call 01793 752413.


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