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Details of apprenticeships and internships available within the countryside, conservation, ecology, environmental education, wildlife and animal management sectors.


What's the difference between an apprenticeship and a volunteer placement?  CJS classifies a voluntary placement as one which is totally unpaid or has only out of pocket expenses. Whereas an apprenticeship has some remuneration in addition to a significant level of training leading to a recognised qualification. Occasionally there are a few unpaid internships.

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Voluntary Opportunities

Unpaid or expenses only posts, available on full, part time and odd day basis

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Opportunity to help with a specific task on one or two days.

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Updated: 21 February

Logo: Natural England

Focus Area Adviser or Apprentice

Location: Ashford (Kent), London, Wallingford, Winchester, Worthing

This is a local role as an adviser within one of the focus area in the South East, supporting the Lead Advisers with their daily work and other project management duties. For candidates that qualify we will be offering up to 6 of these 12 roles as apprenticeships, this will involve one day a week training towards a qualification alongside the role.


Closing Date: 22/3/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: South

Posted: 21/2/17


logo: Operation New World

REF        T21-ONLINE-17/3    Cost free training in Canary Islands!”

“Unemployed? Under 25? A few places still available on NO COST taught course in environmental studies, survey work, cv and interview skills. Provided by Operation New World Ltd to help unemployed young people to get a job in the environmental sector. Teaching is by leading professionals. One week March 2017. Application form from anne@opnewworld.co.uk

Find out more on www.opnewworld.co.uk

Delete Date: 15/3/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: International

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 5/1/17

Logo: Pyecombe Golf ClubPycombe Golf Club

40 hours a week with early morning starts (6am in the summer) and occasional weekends (part-time, paid at overtime rates) on a rota basis.

An opportunity has arisen for a Trainee Apprentice Greenkeeper position at Pyecombe Golf Club. Pyecombe is a members’ club, situated six miles north of Brighton, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

The duties will include a range of golf course maintenance tasks including some construction, treework and conservation activities to present the Golf Course to the highest standards for members and the paying public.

Closing Date: 24/2/17

Sector: Arboriculture / Horticulture

Region: South

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 31/1/17

An opportunity for a Landscape and Heritage Conservation Trainee (focus on Communication and Engagement) is required from April 2017 until March 2018.

Applicants are invited for a 12 month traineeship in landscape and heritage conservation and interpretation with the North Pennines AONB Partnership, focussing on work to communicate and engage with the public. In exchange for comprehensive training across the range of our projects, the successful candidate will work in the AONB team to enhance their existing qualifications. This should equip them to take up a professional role in landscape and heritage conservation or perhaps in communications.

Delete Date: 27/2/17

Sector: Community Engagement

Region: North East

Role type: Trainee

Posted: 30/1/17

Logo: The Mountains and The People14 Trainee Upland Path Workers required in Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Parks

The Mountains and The People is an innovative partnership project which will engage the people of Scotland and beyond in the conservation of the iconic mountains across our country’s two National Parks. The Mountains and The People project is led by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with Scotland’s two National Park Authorities, Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  The project aims to engage those who live in and visit our National Parks in the protection of their fragile upland mountain environments through a programme of upland path maintenance and environmental conservation activities, leaving a legacy of motivated, well trained people from all backgrounds to be the custodians of Scotland’s spectacular outdoor spaces.

Closing Date: 24/2/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: Scotland

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 27/1/17

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