Belfast Hills Partnership are delighted to offer a one-year paid employment placement as part of the New to Nature programme. The placement has commenced in May 2023.

The role is part of the wider New to Nature programme, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, that offers paid work placements to young people from diverse backgrounds to undertake roles across the natural environment and landscape sector.

The programme focuses on attracting those who are from diverse backgrounds as research shows:

  • 57% of disabled people feel excluded from being able to reduce their environmental impact
  • Less than 5% of environment professionals are from ethnic minority backgrounds

This exciting new initiative aims to inspire and show that green jobs are both an accessible and exciting prospect for all. In turn the initiative will boost the diversity of the green jobs sector.

New to Nature

New to Nature is an exciting programme of paid work placements in nature-focused roles. This is one of 70 roles that will be created across the UK to encourage young and diverse talent into the Natural Environment sector. We’re particularly interested in receiving applications from young people (aged 18-
25) who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, who are living with a disability or are from low-income households.

You’ll enjoy a paid placement that helps the environment while you learn loads of CV boosting skills. You even get access to a Youth Employment Coach to help plan your future career. There’ll also be opportunities to learn about potential careers in the natural environment. Should you wish, you can also connect with other young people working in New to Nature roles across the country. This is a unique opportunity to try something new, and to take a first step on a career path where you can make a real difference.