FORTY hopeful path work trainees hit Conic Hill this week as part of a practical selection exercise which will see eight successful applicants being offered six-months of paid training and real-life hands-on experience in environmental conservation.
The 40 were chosen from more than 120 candidates who applied for the traineeship at a recruitment fayre held in Balloch last month to source path work trainees and a project officer for The Mountains & The People project – a five-year initiative that aims to engage the people of Scotland in the conservation of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and Cairngorms National Parks.
The project’s activity programme manager Tom Wallace tells G63: “Conic Hill is the perfect place to let our applicants see examples of the kinds of work they could be undertaking – the path work features hand built steps and machine work sections and there’s a range of drainage features and other measures that have been introduced to protect the environment and allow public access.
“This gives them a feel for a mountain environment all within 20 minutes’ walk from the Balmaha car park.
“Also, it’s one of the hills where work is planned as part of the project.”
As well as the practical sessions on Conic Hill, candidates took part in face-to-face interviews and completed written questionnaires.
Newly appointed project officer for education and volunteering Rosie Winch was also on hand to help introduce candidates to other aspects of the project including the development of educational resources and inspiring volunteers to get involved in the maintenance of mountain paths.
The Mountains and the People project is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural heritage as well as the countries two National Park Authorities. The project is led by Scottish charity Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.
For more info visit www.themountainsandthepeople.org.uk
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