Snowdonia society invests in conservationists of the future

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Are you passionate about conservation?

As part of its 50th anniversary activities, the Snowdonia Society looked to the future and invested in its volunteers – by launching a new and accredited Practical Conservation Skills unit.  The unit allows you to demonstrate your practical conservation skills – an essential in many job descriptions.  This unit is ideal for those who wish to have a more formal way of demonstrating their practical experience and knowledge.  Due to the success and popularity of this unit in our 50th year, we will be continuing to offer volunteers the opportunity to take part.

By undertaking this unit, you will:

  • Undertake a range of practical conservation tasks in a range of habitats
  • Demonstrate your ability to work in a safe manner, gain knowledge about risk assessments and the importance of e.g. personal protective clothing.
  • Become familiar with a range of tools, their maintenance, and uses

This unit is great for people who already volunteer with us, or for those who are keen to begin. The unit should take around 30 hours to complete, with around 20 – 25 of these being out on workdays or doing practical tool maintenance.

Paper work is light, requiring you only to fill in brief a reflective log after each workday as well as filling in 2 risk assessments highlighting the main 3-4 risks of a site/task.  This unit can be completed over the course of 2-3 months.

Thanks to funding from Snowdonia Giving and Natural Resources Wales, we can offer this round of training for free.  However, places are limited and if you were to secure a place you would be committing to attending 4 workdays between February and April 2018 (weekend workdays will be available as will some free transport from Bangor and Caernarfon).  You would need to be available on February 3rd to attend the first workday introducing you to the training and to take part in a footpath maintenance day and on February 17th to attend a tools maintenance session.  You may pick the other two dates for when suits you before mid April 2018.

To apply for a place, please write a paragraph (of no more than 200 words) detailing why you would like a place on the training and what you hope to get out of it.  Please include your name, address, email address and phone number at the top of the document.  Email mary-kate@snowdonia-society.org.uk, final applications for this intake should be received by Monday January 8th.  Successful applicants will be notified by January 15th.

What our recent volunteers said about their experience of completing the unit.

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