Meadow Makers Green Recovery Challenge Fund Trainee Opportunity

18th February 2021



Plantlife and its project partners are seeking six enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with a strong interest in conservation to become Trainee Meadow Makers and take part in a fully funded trainee programme.  We are particularly interested in hearing from young people keen to develop a career in conservation.


Six full-time, fully paid (based on the National Living Wage) career entry positions are available.  Each position is for six months, from April to September and will be hosted by Plantlife (x3), Cumbria Wildlife Trust, High Weald AONB Partnership and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.  You will work in areas including Herefordshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Devon & Cornwall and East Sussex. 

The Meadow Makers project is taking place thanks to funding from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.  The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Deadline for receipt of applications Sunday 7th March at 9PM

Interviews will be held online during the week commencing 15th March.

About the role:Bell Sykes Hay Meadow

Meadow Makers is a new and exciting project, taking place thanks to funding from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.  The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Led by Plantlife, it aims to restore species-rich grasslands across England in partnership with Arnside & Silverdale AONB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Duchy of Cornwall, Herefordshire Meadows, High Weald AONB Partnership, Moor Meadows and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Plantlife is seeking to appoint three Trainee Meadow Makers - one to work across Herefordshire, working alongside Herefordshire Meadows and two to work across Devon/Cornwall, working alongside Moor Meadows and the Duchy of Cornwall.  All three posts will be employed by Plantlife and fully supported by a nominated member of staff.

The other three opportunities available will be employed by external partners, High Weald AONB Partnership, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.  To find out more about what each provider is offering, follow the links on the webpage.

In all cases Trainee Meadow Makers will work alongside expert grasslands project staff to support the delivery of all aspects of the Meadow Makers project.  Each provider will offer a wide range of opportunities for you combining work-place learning and experience, practical action (including conservation and people engagement), peer to peer learning and the completion of a training framework.  There will be an opportunity to focus training to reflect the interest of individual trainees, supported by a personal training budget.

The training framework will comprise of five units and training will be delivered via a mix of digital remote learning, by Plantlife, by your host project partner and by yourselves.  The five units are as follows:

  1. Understanding an organisation - the organisation you are employed by, who, what, why, how.
  2. Being a responsible colleague - workplace behaviours, values, communication.
  3. A developing professional - training, work placed learning.
  4. Leadership and management - with your employer identify your own ‘mini project’ and take responsibility for all aspects from planning to completion.
  5. Next steps: create your portfolio, diaries, blogs, photos, case studies, videos.


It is anticipated that there will be an opportunity for all six Trainee Meadow Makers to work together as a team on a project over the full length of the placement.

Throughout the six months there may also be wider opportunities within project partner organisations and there is potential for a programme of ‘expert’ speakers to be pulled together.

For more information please visit plantlife's website:  You will also find information there about our trustees, our policies and projects, as well as our annual reports and accounts.

About the job

This is a full-time post (35 hour week) and is for six months.

The Plantlife Trainee Meadow Makers will be home based. 

Frequent travel will be needed within the postholder’s project area (either Herefordshire or Devon/Cornwall) and occasional travel may be necessary to other project areas in England.

We work normal office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday), although this role will also require some weekend and evening working.  Flexible working is offered.

The reward package includes being paid the National Living Wage (£8.91 an hour) plus contributions to a group personal pension scheme and other benefits, including up to 12.5 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

How to apply

A full job description and person specification are set out below. If you fit the bill, please write explaining why you would like to be considered for this role and please complete a Plantlife application form (available online) and return it to  by Sunday 7th March at 9PM

We expect to hold interviews on-line during the week beginning 15th March

If you have any questions about the role please contact Isobel Hall, the Meadow Makers Project Manager ( or 07960 152687

In order to minimise our administrative costs, applicants should assume they have been unsuccessful if they have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date.  In such instances we are thankful for your interest in Plantlife International.