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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: 17 July


Logo: South Lakeland District CouncilParks and Open Spaces Apprentice

Full-time 37 hours per week, Fixed term 2 years, Flexi time scheme

National minimum wage for age

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Apprentice to join our diverse Parks and Open Spaces Team.

We are offering a two year apprenticeship, working alongside our team to deliver great projects on our parks and open spaces.

The work will be varied and challenging, from vegetation management with volunteers to grant applications for new projects, school educational sessions and woodland surveying. Building on existing environmental conservation experience, the successful candidate will work with volunteers and partners to make a difference in South Lakeland.

Closing Date: 31/7/17

Sector: Arboriculture / Countryside / Education / Grants / Volunteers

Region: North West

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 11/7/17

Logo: Torbay Coast & Countryside TrustAre you looking to gain hands on experience in the Environmental Horticulture, Education or Conservation sector? Want to be provided with accommodation, a training budget and the chance to work with skilled professionals already working in the industry? This intensive trainee scheme has provided 90% of individuals who have completed the scheme the knowledge, skills and confidence to secure jobs in the environmental education, conservation, horticulture or teaching sector.

With 3 different training schemes available; which will be the best fit for you?

Trainee Countryside Education Officer: Based at Occombe Farm

Trainee Countryside Engagement Ranger: Based at Cockington Country Park

Trainee Country Park Gardener: Based at Cockington Country Park

Closing Date: 31/7/17

Sector: Countryside / Community Engagement / Education / Horticulture

Region: South West

Role type: Trainee

Posted: 4/7/17

Logo: North Pennines AONBTemporary Peatland Conservation Trainee

Contract Type: Temporary

Working Pattern: Full time

Salary: £52 per day paid via a bursary

Hours per week: 37

Employment Location: Stanhope and Allendale

Applicants are invited for a 12 month traineeship in peatland conservation with the North Pennines AONB Partnership. In exchange for comprehensive training across the range of our conservation initiatives 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 peatland conservation. This traineeship is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Closing Date: 23/7/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: North East

Role type: Trainee

Posted: 3/7/17

Logo: Yorkshire Dales National Park AuthorityLand Management and Conservation Apprentice

2 Year Apprenticeship

Full-time – 37 hours

£7,888 per annum (£4.10 per hour) for first year.  Rising to the national minimum wage in the second year.

This apprenticeship is based at our office in Grassington, North Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK and we are looking for an individual who would love to help us look after it. We have an opportunity within the Land Management Team which would be ideal for an enthusiastic individual who would like to kick start a career in forestry, land management or wildlife conservation. 

Closing Date: 24/7/17

Sector: Arboriculture / Countryside / Wildlife

Region: North East

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 27/6/17


REF        1181-TRAIN-OK10


BE4        N / A


PAY        £200 per month spending money, training, accommodation & food

FOR        ACUK

DES        Free 12 month training scheme. The Firm Foundations Instructor Training Scheme is run at our 3 ACUK centres: Whitemoor Lakes is our watersports centre in Staffordshire; Pioneer Centre is our outdoor centre set near the Wye Forest in Shropshire; Benham Sports Arena is a busy indoor sports centre in Northamptonshire. We offer various qualifications across the 3 centres. You can earn nationally recognised qualifications from the British Canoe Union, British Fencing Association & many more awards ranging from watersports to climbing, archery to first aid. On top of this you will also receive centre-specific training. 2nd year option available for full salaried position & extra training. ACUK is the wholly owned operating company of registered charity Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). Operating upon a foundation of Christian principles & offering service regardless of race, religion or creed, NAYC has over 50 years’ experience in providing people with opportunities.   BUT   Open to 18-24 year olds across the UK.   ASK   www.acuk.net/firm-foundations


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