Old Chalk New Downs Volunteer Trainees in collaboration with Kent Country Parks

We currently have two voluntary traineeship positions available

The traineeships were developed to give higher education students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain a good insight of the various aspects of nature conservation in Kent. Whilst working alongside us or our partners, the trainees have the opportunity to support a wide range of tasks including practical conservation work, desktop and field research, contributing to draft policy, etc.

The traineeship comes with a generous training packages and we will cover work and travel related expenses.

Old Chalk New Downs Volunteer Trainee – Various Sites
3-6 months role with the Old Chalk New Downs team- click here to see role description.

Kent Country Parks Volunteer Trainee - Various sites
6 months role primarily based with the Kent Country Parks team at Trosley Country Park - click here to see role description

Please send your CV and a 500-word supporting letter to OCND@kent.gov.uk

Your supporting letter should state which traineeship you are applying for, why you are applying for the volunteer trainee position and what skills you would bring to the role (paying reference to the role’s duties and responsibilities and person specification).

For more information call: 03000 415956

Student Bursary

Old Chalk New Downs is offering bursaries to students who wish to initiate a project on one of our sites. We aim to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to carry out research and gain experience, through a landscape-scale habitat connectivity initiative
  • Foster continued, long-term research and monitoring of work carried through the project
  • To highlight among the student community the inportance of chalk downland habitats and people'r interaction with the landscape through the years.
  • We are interested in research work to be centred around our three main project themes: Managing, Accessing and Learning about the Old Chalk New Downs project area. 


Duration of Funding and Award Period

The OCND bursary scheme will run for the duration of the project, until May 2021, and grant awards will be allocated on an annual basis. 

MSc and BSc students needs notification by the end of Term 2, i.e. before Easter.


What Can Be Funded?

  • Desktop studies, research, and field work based on the OCND project objectives and individual actions- see PP presentation and project summary note for more information.
  • Travel costs.
  • Purchase of specialist materials to undertake research work.
  • Acquisition or access to data not currently held by the OCND project or the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre.


What Cannot Be Funded?

  • Subscriptions to professional bodies
  • Student fees
  • Training

Who is Eligible?

  • Undergraduates and postgraduate students on part or full-time courses
  •  Students on a year out in industry.


How to Apply

To apply for the OCND student bursary you must submit a fully costed project proposal along with a detailed schedule of work (GANT Chart).

Applicants must have the support of their course tutor or head of department.

For more information about the application process and the terms and conditions of the grant please contact OCND@kent.gov.uk. 


If you would like to apply for the OCND Student Bursary then please email OCND@kent.gov.uk