James Gomery

Warden with the National Trust

What I did on my work placement

When I first started my course, everyone interested in completing a work placement with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) was asked to attend a recruitment day, produce a written application and attend an interview. I was lucky enough to secure one of the four placements available and got to support the reserve manager for one day a week over two years. My typical day involved meeting the manager at his workshop on the edge of the River Wye – a truly stunning location! I supported him in a range of practical management tasks relating to the 25 nature reserves he manages across the Forest of Dean, but also with surveying and monitoring and volunteer and community engagement.

Career ambitions

I went on to secure paid work with the GWT over the summer, carrying out habitat surveys, which provided me with more valuable experience and I’ve now got a job as a warden with the National Trust in Sherborne.