The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) has a number of volunteer and educational postgraduate placements available each year providing unique and essential experiences in the world of wildlife conservation

Placements can range through ecology, conservation and reserve management to education, IT and communications. Many of our past placements now have successful careers as ecologists, reserve managers, environmental consultants and community officers. Some have moved on with their education and we are please to say several have now gained their PhDs. 

Our day-to-day activities are never the same, and if you enjoy working in a small team with a variety of interesting challenges then check out our available positions below.

If you would like to see what some of the 50+ individuals who have unidertaken placements with the Trust are now up to watch this short video

Industrial Placements

AWT also supports university work placement schemes and field courses.   We advertise directly with colleges but also accept applications from those still in education, where they have the revant quualifications, on our general placement positions.

Advertised positions


Closing date: Sunday 6th December 2020

Alderney is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Currently the Bailiwick Covid-19 Bubble enables, those who have undergone quarantine (length varying on the location from which they travel), unrestricted travel and socialisation within the islands. We are pleased to say that because of this, at the time of writing, there have been almost no restrictions on how the Alderney Wildlife Trust operates day-to-day since June 2020. More details on the current situation can be found here and please do not hesitate to contact the Trust for more information on how this situation works in practice.

This is a focused work placement where you will be expected to take on significant levels of responsibility including a programme of surveys and helping to develop the island's ecological recording system (Alderney Biodiversity Record Centre).

The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) promotes the conservation of Alderney’s terrestrial and marine wildlife and associated habitats. The AWT manages several terrestrial reserves totalling over 100ha, a Ramsar site, over 20km of footpaths, along with a handful of smaller sites. It undetakes numerous annual surveys and other wildlife recording.


  • Coordination of and/or conducting of other ecological monitoring projects in conjunction with the AWT’s Conservation and Ramsar Officers and its Avian Ecologist. This includes:
    o Elements of the Longis Reserve and Community Woodland Strategies including common bird census, wetland birds survey, Bat Conservation Trust annual bat survey etc.
    o Supporting elements of the Ramsar Strategy including seabird monitoring
    o To construct and carry out a study of the local Ringed Plover population (and other beach nesting species) with the aim to assess productivity and investigate the causes of nest loss with support from the Avian Ecologist
    o Hedgehog population review
    o Supporting other survey work
  • Supporting the development of the Alderney Biodiversity Record Centre, both through the development of new database and website systems, in conjunction with the NBN and Jersey Biodiversity Centre, and the processing of existing records
  • Supporting the development of on island volunteer skills to assist in ongoing ecological survey
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of the natural environment within Alderney, and the efforts of the AWT to safeguard it, through organizing events and activities and by making contacts.
  • Supporting the AWT team in delivering public events and activities under the outreach programme.
  • Supporting the delivery of the social media programme
  • Assist in other aspects of the operation of the AWT as required. This may include assisting with walks and presentations and include public speaking

Personal Specification:

  • A self-motivated, and focused person wanting to benefit from their time in this role.
  • A background in Ecology, minimum BSc or equivalent, or a year’s relevant work experience.
  • An interest in the maintenancce and use of ecological data for conservation purposes.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Flexibility and positivity.
  • Full, clean driving licence.

Desirable qualities:

  • Experiene of ecological monitoring/surveying techniques.
  • A strong understanding of data management and analysis.
  • An understanding and some experience of Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS or equivalent).
  • Experiene of working with and managing volunteers.
  • Some knowledge of relevant flora and fauna
  • Good organisational skills and forward thinking.

The person undertaking this role will act as a full-time (placement) member of staff, with all the responsibilities this brings.

The placement runs for up to one year, with a week’s induction and one-month probation period, overseen by the AWT CEO. Placement staff will receive in house training, and there may be opportunity for training courses, dependant on time and resources.

The placement includes travel to the island and back, from the UK. In addition, the AWT will provide quarantine facilities and if necessary will cover any additional costs of testing.

Accommodation at the AWTs Essex Farm Field Centre (inclusive of private room, Wi-Fi access, shared kitchen, bathroom, sitting-room and office facilities).

How to Apply for a role

Please use the Personal Specification and Desirable Qualities subheadings in your cover letter to show us why you are the right choice for this role. Do also consider the Duties outline when doing this. Please also provide a relevant CV to support your covering letter.

If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact or call +44 (0) 1481 822935.

The AWT regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt.

Interviews will be undertaken on-line or this is impossible by telephone.

The successful candidate and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest opportunity.