Building Careers and Changing Lives

New to Nature aims to provide life-changing experiences for people who might not normally have access to a career in the environmental sector, with young people who are from an ethnic minority, who are disabled or who are from low-income homes being encouraged to apply for roles in all areas of the nature sector. 

One of the key aspects that sets New to Nature apart is that our trainees are paid a competitive wage for 12-months while gaining valuable hands-on experience in the environmental sector. This not only allows them to support themselves but also offers a stepping stone towards a fulfilling career. 

New to Nature provides dedicated support through employment mentors who guide and assist trainees, helping them navigate the challenges of the workplace and providing valuable insights and advice. 

News and Blogs

Read the latest programme news and trainee authored blogs


Learn how to make recruitment practices more inclusive

Force of Nature

Pledge to create more accessible pathways into the sector

Meet the trainees

The New to Nature peer group includes 96 people, all of which are new diverse talent undertaking traineeships in environmental organisations across the UK, with each member going on their own unique, personal journey. Read some of these stories below:

New to Nature Trainee Aydan stands on a hill in a natural green landscape
New to Nature Trainee Heather is tending to a fire in a woodland
New to Nature Trainee Ben is digging in a community allotment
New to Nature Trainee Laura smiles in her RSPB fleece.
New to Nature Trainee Stephanie stands smiling in a green space
Trainee Gregory is mid-digging outside and smiling.
New to Nature Trainee, Ben, smiling on a bridge outdoors.
Trainee Ade stands outdoors by pink flowers.
Bonita, a new to nature trainee, socialising at a Tree Equity event in London.
Trainee Peri stands in front of a waterfall.
Adam, a New to Nature Trainee, smiling outdoors.
Trills, a New to Nature trainee, holding two plants
Trainee Hugo stands in front of autumnal trees.
New to Nature Trainee, Ed, smiling at the camera.
Trainee Nina is working in the office on her laptop.
New to Nature Trainee Thea is tending to a raised bed in a community garden
Trainee Hugh stands smiling in a park
Trainee Freya working on a RSPB stall at an event
Trainee Ben kneels in woodland with two children
New to Nature Trainee Rebecca smiles outdoors and wears a flower crown.

Growing green careers across the UK

Who’s behind New to Nature?

New to Nature is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the King’s Coronation. The programme is delivered through a partnership of Groundwork, The Prince’s Trust, Disability Rights UK, Mission Diverse and the Youth Environmental Service.