Author Rachel Knott
Volunteer Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer
I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to train with the Sussex Wildlife Trust during the past year. I am so grateful to The Prince’s Countryside Fund who helped to fund my year’s training as a Volunteer Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer, allowing me to work and gain invaluable experience alongside Sussex Wildlife Trust staff in an area I am passionate about – nature conservation.
A typical working day has seen me visit many of the Trust’s 32 nature reserves in Sussex from Filsham Reedbed in Hastings in the east of the county to Ebernoe Common in West Sussex. The work was always varied and involved tasks designed to broaden my knowledge and experience to better equip me for finding employment in the future. In addition to a wealth of hands-on habitat management experience, I have also gained qualifications including chainsaw use, off- road driving, trailer towing and First Aid.
I have had a wonderful year with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and am pleased to report that I have secured employment as Campsite Manager at Knepp Wildland Safaris. The Knepp Wildland Project based at Knepp Estate near Shipley in West Sussex is a pioneering experiment in habitat management, the largest in lowland Europe. Natural processes, driven by large hoofed animals such as ponies, cattle, deer and pigs, are allowed to take place on an influential scale. I will be able to manage the camp site grounds using the skills I have gained over the past year, and aim to inspire and educate our guests about conservation.
- A young person with an interest in wildlife and conservation
- Aged between 18 to 25
- Living in Sussex
- Closing date Sunday 22 March 2015