Marine and Coastal Heritage Progamme

Trainees from Cohort 3 - 2016/17 with Mari-Ann ParkTrainees from Cohort 3 - 2016/17 with Mari-Ann Park

The Marine and Coastal Heritage Programme has been established to provide work-based training for highly motivated individuals with an interest in marine conservation and community engagement, and an enthusiasm to gain the skills required for employment within the conservation sector.

The three year project, led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust in conjunction with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, is financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Skills for the Future scheme. This project aims to provide people with the skills to pursue a career in marine and coastal heritage – a specialised area of the environmental sector.


Each year, Trainee Marine and Coastal Conservation Officers will be chosen to embark on a range of taught courses and gain on-the-job experience. During their placements on the project, the trainees will receive in-house and external training in marine conservation and community engagement. This will enable them to develop the specialist marine knowledge and inter-disciplinary skills necessary to gain employment in the sector. The trainees will have the opportunity to work with staff from all partner organisations and those that we share close links with such as the NWIFCA, National Trust, Natural England and the RSPB.


As a Wildlife Trust we specialise in community engagement and therefore there is a strong focus on this area within the placement. The trainees also have the chance to take a personal approach to their training through the development of Individual Training Plans.

 

 

Some of the aspects that the training programme covers are:
• Community engagement and education
• Heritage interpretation and education
• Volunteer management skills
• AQA unit awards
• Species identification
• Habitat surveys
• Practical conservation
• Personal projects

 

While on the programme, trainees have the opportunity to experience working within the Head Office of the lead project organisation Cumbria Wildlife Trust, based in Kendal, as well as living and working at the Trust’s coastal nature reserve on Walney Island, Cumbria.Throughout the three year programme two types of placements will be available:

 

 

Placements for university graduates

These placements will offer recent university graduates with a degree in a marine or coastal related subject the opportunity to apply and broaden their knowledge and experience in a working environment.


These placements will be full time roles (35 hours per week) for a 9-month period and will include a combination of training courses and on-the-job experience. During the placement trainees will receive a monthly bursary allowance and be provided accommodation for half of their placement duration (four and a half months) while living at South Walney Nature Reserve.


To be considered for a graduate trainee placement you must:
* be committed to gaining a career in marine conservation;
* be able to take up a full time placement for 9 months on the date specified (this date cannot be changed)
* demonstrate how you meet the trainee person specification
* have access to a vehicle and be willing to use it on Trust business
* have a marine and/or coastal related degree

Placements for trainees who do not hold a degree level qualification


These placements will offer people with a non-graduate level qualification (please see person specification for exact details of qualifications) and an interest in the marine environment the opportunity to gain a range of work-based, accreditations through the AQA Unit Award Scheme in marine and coastal subjects.


These placements will be full time roles (35 hours per week) for a 9-month period and will include a combination of training courses and on-the-job experience alongside graduate trainees. The traineeships will provide a theoretical grounding in UK marine conservation issues. During the placement trainees will receive a monthly bursary allowance and will be based at Cumbria Wildlife Trust's head office near Kendal.


To be considered for a non-graduate trainee placement you must:
* be committed to gaining a career in marine conservation;
* be able to take up a full time placement for 9 months on the date specified (this date cannot be changed)
* demonstrate how you meet the trainee person specification
* have access to a vehicle and be willing to use it on Trust business

Note: Individuals with a degree-level qualification will not be eligible for these placements and should apply for the graduate placement as detailed above.


Building on past success

The Marine and Coastal Heritage Programme builds upon the hugely successful Marine Graduate Training Programme that hosted twelve graduate trainees between May 2011 and May 2014. After completing placements on the previous programme, our trainees (formerly Marine and Coastal Conservation and Community Engagement Officers) have gone on to secure paid employment with some of the most prominent and influential organisations within the UK marine conservation sector, including Natural England, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs). Most trainees have done so within six months of completing their placement. To learn a little more about our past trainees, their time spent with the Trust and what they have gone on to do take a look at our Trainee Case Studies page. You can also hear from some of our recent trainees in our Marine Graduate Training Programme video