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The importance of being Ernest

Our founder, Ernest Cook, had great wealth thrust upon him. Combining this good fortune with a passion for conservation, he bought several country estates which were eventually bequeathed to The Ernest Cook Trust – the educational charity he established in 1952.

The importance of being you

The important work he began continues to thrive today. This success emanates from a diverse range of people who share the wealth of their skills and abilities, working together for one of the UK’s foremost providers and funders of Outdoor Learning.

Our work makes a difference to children, young people, their families and communities throughout the UK, especially those that are disadvantaged. We help to nurture a lifelong journey of learning, appreciation and respect for the countryside. We do this through grant support, direct delivery, research and advocacy.

Join us

If you’d like to be part of this important work, any current job opportunities are shown here, as they become available (please click on the links for more details).

Research & Impact Manager

Applications for this role are now closed.

We have a growing team of people focusing on the delivery of strategic learning projects and are looking for the right person to work with us to strengthen the reporting of the impact of our charity’s educational objectives.

As Research & Impact Manager your work will be vital in improving the effectiveness of our educational delivery and developing an evidence base for our advocacy ambitions.

Project Manager – The OWL Collaboration

Applications for this role are now closed.

This new £2m+ programme gives disadvantaged young people meaningful and enjoyable outdoor experiences. As Project Manager, you will lead and manage a collaboration of schools, Outdoor Learning Centres and funders providing Outdoor Weeks of Learning (OWL) across the UK.

About us

What can I expect, working for the Trust?

I love going to work every day!
Game & Wildlife Management Apprentice

As a land-based educational Trust, our people fulfil a wide range of roles across the Learning, Estates and Grants teams, and at our Head Office in Gloucestershire.

Bring your wellies!

Whatever the job, working for us will involve wellies, because we firmly believe that everything is better outdoors!

The variety and geographical spread of our roles means that we often work apart, so the Trust’s calendar includes events that regularly bring us together. We are a community of individuals with one aim – to support the charitable impact of the Trust.

As a people-centred organisation, the wellbeing and ongoing development of each person is vital. We invest in each individual for the benefit of the whole team.