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Rachel Allerton, PECT Volunteer

Category: General

Date: 18.07.2013

Time: 14:48

I am currently in the middle of my A Level studies taking Geography, History, Maths and Chemistry and I would like to study Geography at University. I thought it would be a good idea to do some work experience at PECT as it’s an environmental charity. I have been able to take part in quite a few of the projects which has been a great experience! I have helped out with the Greeniversity project by researching relevant free classes in the area and contacting the companies and uploaded some classes onto the website which was cool to see something I helped with actually go online! I also helped out with the Love Local campaign and had a really good experience  visiting some sheltered housing for the homeless. We did a cooking demonstration of carrot cake in one, and cooked a BBQ for the residents and staff in another. It was a really enjoyable experience to get to know people from different backgrounds and give back to the community. I worked on a project helping to collate figures of unemployment and job seeker allowance claims to help measure cities on their environment and sustainability. Finally I have just started working on the schools project and I am currently researching information for a campaign to put climate change back on the curriculum for key stage 1 and 2. This is really good as it nice to feel like you can actually help a bigger cause! Overall I have had a great time volunteering at PECT!! Everyone is so friendly and it’s been great to be able to get a taste of lots of different projects to get a feel of how geography can be involved in a future career! I would recommend coming to PECT for work experience to anyone!!!

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Peter Hogan, Trainee Ranger at Nene Park Trust, Skills for the Future Trainee

Category: General

Date: 18.07.2013

Time: 14:46

I have been working within the Landscape Team at Nene Park Trust since January 2013. Park Rangers are responsible for a wide range of jobs within the Park, including site safety checks and site security, customer liaison, as well as actively managing the landscape of the Park.
Although my previous working background has been in a different work sector, I returned to study in 2008 - 2011 undertaking an FdSC in Conservation and Wildlife Management, alongside of which I developed a portfolio of volunteering within the landscape sector.
The position of Trainee Ranger will allow me the opportunity to continue to develop and expand my practical landscape management skills and knowledge, working with new machinery and tools, applying them to different habitats and landscape features.   The Park Ranger role will give me a practical understanding of working within a busy and vibrant Country Park.
To date, I have been assisting with a variety of practical landscape tasks including: hedgerow maintenance, horse route widening, paths maintenance and general grounds maintenance. I have also been shadowing the Rangers on their duty ranger shifts, in preparation for my own duty shifts, and have undertaken First Aid at Work and Play Area Routine Level inspections training.
I am thoroughly enjoying my placement, and looking forward to the continued learning and new challenges that this year will bring.

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