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Entry level and Graduate posts


Details of entry level jobs and roles suitable for new graduates across all sectors: countryside, conservation, ecology, wildlife work.


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See apprenticeship and trainee level jobs here and for voluntary roles start here.

We also have helpful hints covering everything from choosing your speciality through the application process to interviews, with links to recordings of useful online webinars. Find out more about some of the jobs in our Job Profiles section

Trainee Ecologist - Woodmeadow Trust

Logo: Woodmeadow Trust

Salary: £9.50 per hour (£18,278 pro rata)

Hours per week: 16 hours a week for 39 weeks

Contract: 39-week fixed term contract

Location: Three Hagges Woodmeadow, near Escrick, York

Woodmeadow Trust is a pioneering Yorkshire charity taking practical action for nature and people by creating woodmeadow habitat and inspiring others to establish and look after these exceptional habitats. We are looking for trainee ecologist to assist with site management, surveys, associated analysis, record keeping and report writing. This is an exciting opportunity for an early career entrant ecologist to learn and develop new skills and contribute to our multi-disciplinary approach to habitat creation and management.

Seasonal Ecologist - Wild Surveys Limited

Logo: Wild Surveys

We are a small ecology company based in Renfrewshire, Scotland who are looking for assistance during our busy period. Although we specialise in bats, we cover the full range of protected species. The job will include bat surveys, therefore unsocial working hours is to be expected. Report writing and project management is an essential part of the position.

Countryside Ranger Apprentice - North York Moors National Park Authority

Logo: North York Moors National Park Authority

National minimum wage for your age up to £18,327 per annum
Helmsley, York

As a Countryside Ranger Apprentice, you will help to deliver a programme of prioritised maintenance on public rights of way and properties in the National Park. You will organise and plan tasks, while developing your confidence and practical skills. If you are keen on a career working within the environmental sector, this is the unmissable stepping-stone you have been waiting for!

Forestry Intern - Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland

12 months fixed term

Salary: £24,633.70

Location: Glenlivet Estate Office (Main Street, Tomintoul, Banffshire, AB37 9EX)

Crown Estate Scotland has an exciting opportunity for a Forestry Intern to join our team on a full-time 12 months fixed term basis.

This role will assist with the coordination and implementation of planned forest management activities on the Glenlivet Estate and other locations as required.

Trainee Tutor (Graduate Development Programme) - Field Studies Council

Logo: Field Studies Council

Various FSC Locations

Apprentice salary of £9,380 per annum

37.5 hours per week / Fixed term for 53 weeks to commence on 19 September 2022

Accommodation available

This Graduate Development Programme is designed to equip individuals with the skills and attributes to become Outdoor Education Tutors, building experience through the delivery of courses to an increasingly wide range of audiences also whilst working towards a nationally recognised Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship qualification.

Discover Rye Harbour Heritage Trainee - Sussex Wildlife Trust

Logo: Sussex Wildlife Trust

Contract Type: Fixed Term – 12 months

Hours: 35.00 per week

Salary: £17,290 per annum

Sussex Wildlife Trust is pleased to be able to offer a 12-month traineeship funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The trainee will gain a vast array of valuable experience and skills in both the conservation and environmental education field, at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Discovery Centre. This opportunity will enable an individual embarking on a career in the sector to gain on-the-job experience and access to relevant training such as Level 3 Forest School and Wild Beach, safe use of tools such as brushcutters, and first aid at work.

Countryside Ranger Apprentice - Surrey County Council

Logo: Surrey County Council

The salary for this position is £18,013 per annum for working 36 hours per week. This is a 24-month fixed term contract for a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Are you looking for a varied role in the countryside helping to maintain and improve public rights of way with the opportunity to learn about the broader aspects of Countryside Management and gain a Level 4 Countryside Ranger qualification?

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Surrey County Council to help deliver improvements across the Rights of Way network in Surrey.

Conservation Operative Trainee - Environmental Land Management Solutions Ltd

Training will be provided in sector specific skills. Salary will start at £19,760 with increases as skills are developed.
This role would suit anyone wishing to enter the sector either pre or post tertiary education. Good levels of fitness are required and an ability to work in changeable weather conditions.

Seasonal Ecologist - Midland Ecology

Logo: Midland Ecology

Competitive salary

West Midlands

Midland Ecology provide a variety of ecological surveys and services across the Midlands. Due to expansion, we are looking to recruit full time and/or part time seasonal field assistants to support the existing team with a variety of duties. The role will be both desk and field based. The main duties will include preparing desk studies, mapping, collating survey results and writing reports, undertaking bat emergence/re-entry surveys, Ecological Clerk of works site supervision, supporting ecologists on other protected species survey visits.

Trainee Archaeologist - MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

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£20,553 pa (rising to £21,635 pa after mid-point assessment)

Archaeology is all about understanding the past through the physical evidence left behind. MOLA has lots of exciting work coming up in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and we are looking to grow our team.

On this programme you’ll spend time with dedicated, experienced Trainers, learning how to work as a professional archaeologist. No experience or qualification in archaeology is required – we will teach you everything you need to know.

Trainee Ranger - Chiltern Rangers

Logo: Chiltern Rangers

We are delighted to announce two 12 month traineeships at Chiltern Rangers as part of the Chalk, Cherries & Chairs Project with The Chilterns Conservation Board, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

If you are looking to kick off your career in conservation, then this may be the opportunity you are looking for. Join the Chiltern Rangers team to learn what it means to be a Ranger and gain experience of conservation tasks throughout the seasons.

RFS Forestry Roots - College and University Leaver Traineeships - Royal Forestry Society

College Leaver: Forestry Ranger – Lincolnshire; Assistant Forest Worker – Norfolk; Woodsperson – Cornwall

University Leaver: Communications Assistant – Herefordshire; Forestry Assistant – South Wales

We’re looking for someone who: Is aged 18 - 30; isn’t currently employed in Forestry; has faced barriers to education or employment; has a full driving licence.

Countryside Worker Level 2 (Apprenticeship) - ODS

Logo: ODS

Salary: £10,251 year 1
Countryside Workers will be able and willing to do challenging work outdoors, in a variety of locations, which may be remote, including moorland, heathland and woodland, interact with the public and explain their work as well as undertaking their role all year round in a variety of weathers, both on their own and as part of a team.

Grounds Maintenance Level 2 (Apprenticeship) - ODS

Logo: ODS

Salary: £10,251 year 1, ranging to £12,103 year 2 (increases with age).
The Grounds Maintenance Apprentice will learn to carry out all aspects of grounds maintenance in ODS Group Parks & Open Spaces in keeping with good horticultural practice, with a particular emphasis on quality of work. You will learn to use and maintain a full range of horticultural equipment.

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