Six new conservation trainees have been appointed by South Yorkshire wildlife workers as part of a fast track process that could lead to full time jobs in the field.
There were 470 applications for the nine-month Lottery-funded positions with Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.
As well as some classroom teaching, much of the programme will involve on-the-job training, which will teach the young people heritage skills in environmental conservation.
Two of the trainees will be based in Sheffield and will work on themes linked to urban wildlife habitats.
Jack Simmons, who grew up in the city, is a BSc biology graduate who specialises in woodland heritage with Sheffield Council at the Woodland Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods.
He said: “This project to me is a great way of gaining invaluable experience in a work-based environment as well as having an opportunity to fill gaps in my skills and meet new people in the conservation sector.
“I am hoping to get the training and experience I need, and to develop me into a more successful and effective conservation worker. I hope to make friends and have fun too, of course.”
The placements are now under way and will run until early in the new year.