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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

Practical Workdays

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

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Updated: 27 March


Logo: Kent Wildlife TrustVolunteer Trainee – Local Wildlife Sites Assistant

Part-time role for 11 months, starting May/June

Salary Range:   This role is unsalaried but offers a training budget and travel expenses as outlined in the role description.

Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

Are you looking for experience in the environment sector? We are looking for someone to help us with the running of the Local Wildlife Site System, whilst gaining experience in our busy conservation office. Local Wildlife Sites are an important part of Kent’s core biodiversity. You will help to ensure that we have up to date information, maps and citations to help protect this vital resource. 

Closing Date: 24/4/17

Sector: Ecology

Region: South

Role type: Volunteer

Posted: 22/3/17

logo: Chiltern Open Air MuseumChiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfonts, Bucks

Heritage Farming & Rural Skills Traineeship

£16,765 per annum

40 hours a week, 18 Month contract starting 3 July 2017
Outstanding opportunity for an 18 month Training Placement with Chiltern Open Air Museum in Heritage Farming & Rural Skills, including learning and participating in the management of the traditional arable / livestock farm and traditional landscaping at the Museum, working with volunteers and occasionally assisting with museum operations.  

Closing Date: 16/4/17

Sector: Countryside / Farming

Region: South

Posted: 20/3/17

Logo: The Wildlife TrustVolunteer Trainee Reserves Officer

6 and 12-month placement available

Status:  3 days per week – primarily weekdays

Expenses:  This is not a salaried role but out of pocket expenses are paid

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is seeking a Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer to join its Landscapes department.

This role offers an opportunity to gain experience and training in practical and applied conservation work on over 50 different nature reserves, including Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake, to further a career in conservation and make a positive contribution to the conservation of Herefordshire’s habitats and species.

Closing Date: 3/4/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: Midlands

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 17/3/17

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For possible sources of financial help have a look at the Grants and Funding page.

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