Park supports drive for more green career opportunities

As a proud partner of the New to Nature scheme, we are honoured to support its Force of Nature campaign to create more career opportunities for young people and those from underrepresented groups.

As a partner, we are pleased to pledge that we are working towards a more inclusive environmental sector by:  

  • Committing to an action plan designed to make our organisation more inclusive and diverse  
  • Adopting recruitment practices that proactively seek to address a lack of diversity in the environmental sector  
  • Opening up pathways for diverse talent by creating entry-level positions with prospects for career progression 

We have been a partner of the New to Nature scheme since this year, when we appointed Lucy Fenwick, 18 from Stonehaugh, a trainee Ranger on a 12-month paid placement.  

The scheme helps us provide paid work placements in nature focused roles and encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to apply to gain hands-on work experience and contribute to the conservation of our natural environment. 

We felt it was vital we joined the scheme because we want to inspire the next generation to care about, protect and conserve Northumberland’s countryside, cultural heritage, and wildlife.  

We feel strongly that recruiting, developing, and nurturing young trainees from diverse backgrounds will enable us to address emerging green skills and knowledge gaps in a sector underrepresented by broader society.  

New to Nature Ranger Lucy Fenwick and Head Ranger Margaret Anderson

New to Nature Ranger Lucy Fenwick and Head Ranger Margaret Anderson

Now, Lucy is more than half-way through her paid placement and is already making a positive impact on the local landscape she stewards. Read Lucy’s story here.

In addition to the New to Nature scheme, we offer many routes into nature focused careers or opportunities to gain useful experience, for people from different backgrounds and circumstances, including; the seasonal Ranger Programme, Young Ranger Volunteering placements for 17-25 year olds and new Ranger roles to be announced soon, as well as a whole host of other volunteering opportunities 

To find out more about opportunities open to you, visit jobs and volunteering for the latest openings. 

New to Nature scheme is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and spearheaded by the community charity Groundwork.