Trees for Life are embarking on the ‘Skills for Rewilding’ project that will provide fully funded places, including accommodation if needed, to 15 trainees over 3 years (aiming to start in Spring 2018) in learning and developing the skills needed to work on landscape scale ecological restoration.
The skills the trainees will learn include nursery and horticultural skills related to growing native trees from seed, landscape and deer management, ecological monitoring and engaging rural communities in conservation work. The training will be accredited via University of Highlands & Islands.
5 trainees will be recruited each year to the programme, with recruitment focusing on:
- Women wanting to work in less gender stereotypical roles
- Older career changers
- Young less educated local people
These groups have been chosen because they are poorly represented in the nature conservation workforce at the moment.
The training will be mostly based at Trees for Life, Dundreggan Estate but we also hope to partner with organisations like Forestry Commission, RSPB and SNH to give the trainees the opportunity to learn about how other organisations contribute to woodland conservation work.
More information about Trees for Life can be found on their website.