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There are lots of reasons why you might choose to work for the Countryside Education Trust. We offer a range of different roles, opportunities to develop new skills and a great working environment. People tend to stay for a long time - and return – which we think means we are doing something right! Most importantly you’ll know that you are helping people, and in particular children, to connect with the countryside, growing the environmental champions of the future.

Countryside Traineeships


Commitment: 1 day per week over 6 months. Flexible start dates between April and July 2019. Applications are open until May 31st however there are a limited number of placements available for 2019 and so once these have been filled applications will close.

Pay: Budget for expenses and training. Uniform, PPE and staff cards provided

Do you want to work in the environmental sector but lack experience? We are looking for trainees who are passionate about the countryside. We offer placements in environmental education, community engagement, horticulture, conservation and farming. Traineeships are usually 1 day a week over a 6 month period. You will need a keen interest in the environment, be willing to learn and undertake training, to engage with members of the public and to work outside in all weathers. Applicants must be over 18 and able to work independently.

Conservation Trainee

Assist with the conservation of our farm and semi-natural ancient woodland sites. Tasks will vary according to the season but may include coppicing and woodland management, wildlife surveys and environmental monitoring. You will also be involved in work with volunteer groups and nature survey activities with visiting groups of school children.

Farm Education Trainee

The Countryside Education Trust Home Farm is a traditional mixed livestock farm run in an environmentally sensitive way for production and educational purposes. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks including animal handling, mucking out, environmental surveys, fencing and hedge laying and an opportunity to assist with animal feeding, farm tours and external events/shows. The use of CET machinery and vehicles may also be included after a suitable period of training.

Community Engagement Trainee

We run a wide range of countryside related courses covering everything from spoon carving to bee keeping. The Community Trainee will assist with planning, preparation and delivery of courses and will take an active role in the running of our children’s nature clubs. This role includes the preparation of craft resources and educational interpretation, contributing to CET social media and involvement with open days and shows.

Community Horticulture Trainee

The gardens at the Countryside Education trust are going through an exciting period of redevelopment. We already have a large productive garden that supplies the on-site residential centre with fruit, vegetables and herbs. We are also starting to grow crops specifically to feed our farm animals. The major project for 2019 is to install a new sensory trail into the garden for use with visiting school groups and on open days. You will work alongside the education team to gain experience in practical horticulture, deliver gardening activities to visiting school groups and engaging the public in open events. This role also involves working with our regular garden volunteer groups.

Schools Education Trainee

Our education team deliver an exciting and busy programme of outdoor education activities to residential and day visit school groups from preschool to college level. You will assist with sessions such as pond dipping, orienteering, healthy eating, living history, farm tours and habitat studies and have the opportunity to lead activities for small groups after a suitable period of training. Responsibilities will include setting up for sessions, preparation of educational resources and assisting with administration for the education team.

To apply, please follow the link below to download a traineeship application. You may list multiple traineeships within the same application form:

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Housekeeping Vacancy

We require a Housekeeper to join our friendly team at the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu for general cleaning and houseskeeping duties in our residential centre and office buildings. The successful applicant will also be trained to cover breakfast duties in our kitchen.

Reporting to the Residential Centre Manager, you will be responsible for carrying out housekeeping tasks such as washing up in the kitchen, preparing bedrooms and general cleaning duties. You will also be trained to prepare and serve breakfast to groups of school children staying in the centre on residential visits.

18 - 25 hours a week. Hours are normally 7.00 am - 10.00 am worked on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 7.00 am - 12.00 midday on Fridays (total of 18 hours). An extra 7 hours are also available if required and may be worked flexibly.

Excellent benefits include a staff pass for the Beaulieu Motor Museum and Buckler's Hard for the employee and family members.

Annual leave pro rata to 22 days per year plus Bank Holidays. Plus an extra half day on your Birthday!

This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS clearance.

To apply please follow the link below to complete an online application form:



To apply to work at the Countryside Education Trust, please download, save, complete, and submit the Application Form below. If you open the form in a web browser please make sure you are able to save your changes.

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