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Work Experience

School Work Experience Placements

The Earth Trust currently supports school work experience across the following key areas:

  • Land Management
    Working with our Land Management Team as they carry out practical work on our nature reserves. All work is seasonal and therefore tasks will vary. Activities may include: managing wildlife habitats, through activities such as coppicing and hedgelaying; improving and creating habitats, for example through tree planting and reed planting; providing/improving access, through step building, path management, fencing and litter removal. Please note: we are unable to accept any land management work experience students until spring 2018 though you are welcome to enquire and book now.

  • Communications and Engagement
    Working with all members of the Communications and Engagement Team (where appropriate), including helping with Earth School visits, event preparation and marketing.

Places are limited so please ensure that you complete the application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We do not accept block bookings from schools, only applications directly from students or a parent/guardian.  

Please click here to complete an enquiry form.

Essential information:

  Land Management students  Communications and
Engagement students 


Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ. See a map. 


8.30am - 4pm 

9am - 5pm 


Due to the remote location, students are required to bring their own lunch (and a drink if working outdoors). The duration and timing of the lunch break will depend upon the task in hand. 

Health & Safety


The risk assessment for the site can be found here. Risk assessments for specific tasks will be provided. All selected students will be required to complete a medical form at the pre-placement meeting.


You will need comfortable clothing and suitable outdoor shoes. Wellingtons can be provided if needed. A waterproof jacket is essential and, depending on the season, please bring a fleece layer, gloves and hat or a cap and sunscreen.   

Earth School sessions take place outdoors so you will need weather appropriate clothing; wellies can be provided.

Pre-placement meeting 

Should you be successful in gaining a placement with Earth Trust you will be required to attend a half hour pre-placement meeting. Arrangement of this is completely flexible to ensure a suitable day and time can be agreed. 

Case study: Nick Bishop, Senior Groundsman

“While I was at St Birinus Secondary School one of our teachers arranged a volunteer day at the Earth Trust’s Wittenham Clumps. We did tree planting and hedgerow management, which inspired me to volunteer more often and do a couple of weeks’ work experience there. I gained skills in tree planting and management, hedgerow and scrub management and assisted with the lambing. Working outside was the right choice for me and helped me make my career choice.

I am now Senior Groundsman for a 37 acre site, managing wildflower meadows, small woodlands and wildlife habitats as well as parkland and garden. I love the varied aspects of this job from designing planting schemes to encouraging wildlife on our site.”