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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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Logo: The Grosvenor EstateApprentice Forester (Tree Surgeon)

The Grosvenor Estate is searching for an apprentice forester specialising in tree surgery covering the Eaton Estate.

The main purpose of the role will be to work as part of the Forestry and Conservation Team (FACT) to deliver the annual forestry, tree work and landscape programmes. The work and role is important for maintaining and developing the quality environment which Grosvenor Estate is well known for.  Particular duties will include assisting with tree surgery, felling and extraction of timber and landscape maintenance.  The successful candidate will have a keen interest in tress and woodlands and outdoor work. Be able and willing to develop by keeping up to date with knowledge and undertaking continuous development. Have the ability to listen to others and accept feedback positively and constructively. Have a general understanding of rural issues – woodland management, conservation, farming and shooting.

Closing Date: 7/7/17

Sector: Arboriculture

Region: North West

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 23/6/17

Logo: Don Catchment Rivers TrustApprentice - Environmental Conservation

Do you want a career in the environmental sector?  Are you looking for an apprenticeship?

Don Catchment Rivers Trust are looking to employ an apprentice to train and earn a salary in the field of environmental conservation in South Yorkshire.

The successful candidate will be based at Don Catchment Rivers Trust office in Doncaster and work alongside Trust staff.  During the apprenticeship you will be working towards completing a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation.  This will include day release to Askham Bryan College near York.  This is an opportunity to gain real work experience and skills for a career in the environmental sector.  We are looking for people who have an interest in nature, wildlife and the environment and who enjoy being outdoors doing practical tasks.

Closing Date: 17/7/17

Sector: Countryside / Engagement

Region: North East

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 23/6/17

Logo: North York Moors National ParkNorth York Moors National Park

Countryside Worker Apprentices

Have you decided that school/college is not for you or maybe you are looking for a change of direction?

We have been working with apprentices for the last 15 years and have a great record in helping our apprentices learn new skills and then go on to get a job at the end of their training programme.

 We have a fantastic opportunity for you to join our two year Countryside Worker apprentice scheme based at Danby/Castleton. Working with an experienced supervisor, you will build up your practical skills and learn how to use a range of tools like chainsaws and strimmers properly.  

Closing Date: 17/7/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: North East

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 19/6/17

Updated: 19 June


Logo: Yorkshire Wildlife TrustREF        T2026-ONLINE-7/7

Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders

Are you 16 to 24 years old? Are you looking to grow your career in conservation? If so then we would like to hear from you;

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has opportunities available at: Stirley Farm, Huddersfield - Potteric Carr, Doncaster - Pearson Park, Hull - Logo: Big Lottery Funded, Our Bright FutureAppleton Farm, Pickering and Living Seas Centre, Flamborough.

We are looking for 24 passionate and motivated young people across Yorkshire to join the Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders programme. As part of the programme we help build your practical skills, conservation knowledge, leadership skills and employability in the conservation & environmental sector. This will be achieved through a 4 day week - 12 month placement carrying out a wide range of activities such as; reserves management, habitat restoration, biodiversity monitoring, events management, campaigning, species surveys, livestock management and outreach & education.

In return you will receive benefits including £250 per month bursary a £470 training budget and a £500 completion bonus. 

Applications for this exciting opportunity are open now so please visit http://c-js.co.uk/2rs80gq - ring the office: 01904 659570 or e-mail info@ywt.org.uk for your chance to be a part of the future in environmental conservation.

REF        T1889-ONLINE-30/6 logo: New Forest NPA

New Forest Apprentice Ranger

New Forest, Hampshire
Salary: Apprentice allowance
37 hours per week
13 month fixed-term contract from October 2017

Are you passionate about a career working outdoors in conservation?
Are you looking for an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills while earning a salary?

We are looking for two individuals to undertake a Ranger Apprenticeship working across the New Forest National Park.

To find out more please go to our website: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/jobs  For queries please email recruit@newforestnpa.gov.uk or call 01590 646637 (Monday to Friday).

Closing date:        2pm on 27 June 2017

Logo: Shropshire Wildlife TrustREF        T1890-ONLINE-30/6

Marches Mosses BogLIFE (LIFE15 NAT/UK/000786)

Trainee placement              Full time, 1 year fixed term from September 2017      £8,000

We are looking for a trainee for the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project.  The project aims to restore Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised bog within the Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses and Wem Moss NNRs near Whitchurch, Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales.

You will work on all aspects of the project, from practical habitat management to public engagement.

The post is based at the Natural England base at Whixall SY13 2PD.

The LIFE project is led by Natural England working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The multi-million pound project is supported by an EU LIFE grant.

For more info visit www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs  

Logo: Dorset County CouncilApprentice Countryside Ranger Placements 2017

Do you want a career in the great outdoors? Do you want to help look after some of England’s most stunning scenery?

Dorset County Council has 13 Apprenticeship Countryside Ranger placements available starting September 2017 at various locations around the County.

Closing Date: 25/6/17

Sector: Countryside

Region: South West

Role type: Apprenticeship

Posted: 1/6/17


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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


Other Useful Information. 

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

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