Oly Sayers, aged 20, from Rudgwick near Horsham, has been chosen as Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Volunteer Assistant Reserves Officer thanks to a grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
Open to young people living in, or close to Sussex, the one year scheme enables Oly to gain valuable skills and practical conservation experience to improve his employment prospects in the rural community.
Oly will attend relevant courses on wildlife and receive certificated training in chainsaw operation. His on-the-job training will develop useful skills in habitat management including forestry, grassland restoration, animal husbandry and livestock handling as well as off road driving and first aid, working with the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Land Management Team.
Oly has just completed his second year of a Biological Sciences degree and will spend his placement year with Sussex Wildlife Trust.
He says ‘This is a brilliant opportunity and I’m looking forward to learning practical countryside management and new skills to help in my final year at Uni. I’m planning a career in conservation and this should help enormously.’
In his spare time Oly is a leader at his local scout group, and has represented the UK as an Explorer Scout at the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.
Report and picture contributed by The Sussex Wildlife Trust.