Apprenticeships and Internships

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 OpportunitiesUnpaid or expenses only posts, available on full, part time and odd day basis
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JOB: Volunteer Learning Assistant Internship - RSPB Conwy

BE4: 19/01/2018

LOC: RSPB Conwy

PAY: All the training necessary and background information will be provided and since you'll be giving up your time, it's only fair that we offer to reimburse your travel expenses (up to 25 miles)

FOR: RSPB Cymru

2 to 3 days a week 9am to 5.15pm, March - September 2018. Fancy spending 6 months volunteering in a fantastic place, with fantastic people, seeing things you'd never normally see? You will deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages and abilities throughout our summer season. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain exp working with families and adults. All the training necessary and background information will be provided. ASK: Contact: Helen Jowett, Conwy, 01492 584091 helen.jowett@rspb.org.uk http://c-js.co.uk/2AoYRbH

 


JOB: Bursaries to study wildlife in Scotland

BE4: 31/1/18

IV: 31/01/2018

LOC: Scotland

PAY: Bursary

FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage & Glasgow Natural History Museum

Small bursaries designed to help develop skills that will be used to support wildlife recording in Scotland. Biological Recording in Scotland, SNH & GNHS together, are offering 9 bursaries to anyone living in Scotland. ASK: www.brisc.org.uk/Bursaries.php

 


Cost-free Ecology Course

Canary Islands: one week March 2018.

Survey skills, species identification, CV and interview skills.  

Airfares, tuition and accommodation provided by registered charity Operation New World if you are aged 20 – 25 without a fulltime job.


  • Closing Date: 31/01/2018
  • Sector: Ecology
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: International
  • Posted: 15/01/2018

Seasonal Avicultural Warden - Internship Opportunity

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Salary: National Minimum Wage for age group  

Fixed Term - Summer 2018 (April to October) 

Unique opportunity to help deliver our passion for nature and supporting and sustaining the development of key species in our local area working on our renowned Corncrake Release Project.  


  • Closing Date: 04/02/2018
  • Sector: Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Intern
  • Region: Anglia
  • Posted: 09/01/2018

2 x 12 Month Trainee Positions

Full-time 35 hours/week

£9,000 Bursary (Plus £1500 training budget)

We are looking for two trainees to jumpstart their career in the environmental sector – to make a long lasting impact on our natural world and engage people to care for it. The traineeship will give you the essential skills and experience to put you ahead in securing a career in environmental conservation or environmental education. 


  • Closing Date: 02/02/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Environmental and Outdoor Education Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 09/01/2018

Level 3 Apprentices

Based in Haverthwaite

Competitive Advanced Apprentice Salary

Full-time, fixed term contract for 18 months

This is a great opportunity to gain further qualifications, training and practical skills within the environmental sector. Working within the Rusland Horizons scheme area, you will join a friendly and focused team supported by a wide network of organisations and members of the local community. To succeed, you need to be motivated and able to plan and deliver work tasks, organise other apprentices and volunteers and work as part of a team.


  • Closing Date: 02/02/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North West
  • Posted: 05/01/2018

JOB: Volunteer Internships

BE4: 19/1/18

LOC: Various UK reserves

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: RSPB

We have volunteer internships from March - September 2018 on various UK reserves; Rainham Marshes in Greater London, Minsmere in Suffolk, Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex, Sandwell Valley in Birmingham, Leighton Moss and Ribble Discovery Centre in Lancashire, Saltholme in Teesside, Fairburn Ings in West Yorkshire, Old Moor in South Yorkshire, Conwy in North Wales, and Loch Leven and Lochwinnoch in Central Scotland. We are looking for volunteers to deliver clearly defined sessions to groups of up to 30 young people of all ages and abilities throughout our summer season. You would mainly be delivering to school groups but will also have opportunities to gain experience working with families and adults. You’ll get training in delivery, local species ID, the safe use of all equipment and first aid, mentoring & lots of first-hand experience. Good communication skills and enthusiasm are essential and some experience of working with children would be helpful. You will be working outside and on the go all day. ASK: To register your interest and for more information contact: Cindy Grant, Schools on Reserves Officer, RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. SG19 2DL, 01767 693602 cindy.grant@rspb.org.uk

 


JOB: Cumbria Conservation Undergraduate Student Placement Opportunities

BE4: 8/1/18 (10am)

LOC: Cumbria

PAY: 3000 bursary

FOR: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

We are offering two exciting opportunities to undergraduate students reading an ecology, wildlife or conservation rel degree. South Cumbria Placement based at our Kendal office & focusing on our south Cumbrian reserves, particularly Foulshaw Moss (beginning early May 2018). North Cumbria Placement based at our Carlisle office & focusing on our north Cumbrian reserves, primarily at Eycott Hill (beginning early June 2018). These placements will give you the unique opportunity to develop conservation skills & knowledge across many of the Trust’s reserves being involved in field work, incl practical estate works, monitoring habitats & / or species, working with volunteers & the public, & data analysis. There will be opportunities in community engagement & training as well as other aspects of work the Trust is involved with, such as the Red Squirrels Northern England project. Full driving licence & own transport essential. It is expected each student will work 4 days per week for at least 9 months to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their degree. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2lqJxDC 01539 816300.

 


JOB: Trainee Countryside Ranger

BE4: 04/01/2018

IV: 11/01/2018

LOC: Berry Head NNR & SSSI, Brixham

PAY: £1000 training budget & on site accomm

FOR: Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

9 to 12 month placement, starting January 2018. To assist with delivering the practical countryside management programme, assist with ongoing scientific studies, stock handling & public engagement. Living on the reserve, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the most important sites in the region. The ranger team, based at the NNR, work with volunteer groups & help to staff the visitor centre. Initially assist then eventually lead events such as bat walks & volunteer work parties. Working duty weekends & occasional evenings will be required. These placements are a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the day to day management of a National Nature Reserve through the changing seasons. Those selected for interview will have the opportunity to come & spend a day on site, with a reserve tour & practical session in the morning & interviews in the afternoon. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2iHm4ki

 


JOB: Level 2 Apprenticeship, Waterside Parks & Fishery Ranger

BE4: 17/11/2017

LOC: Kielder Reservoir, Northumberland

PAY: 10850

FOR: Northumbrian Water

18 months duration. 37 hours per week across 7 working days (Monday to Sunday). Shift patterns apply - between 7am & 9pm. As an apprentice you'll be working as part of a team, delivering leisure services within Kielder Water & Forest Park, as well as supporting on any of the company's 24 reservoir sites, if required. Key aspects of this role will be the promotion & delivery of commercial activities & parks maintenance. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2h7Gf8N

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 Computer Science & Wildlife Research

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Fordingbridge

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

One undergraduate student placement available. The placement will be split between the Trust’s IT, Biometrics & GIS teams, liaising with other research staff as needed. These teams are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the IT systems within the Trust, managing the Trust’s long-term research databases & carrying out data mapping & analyses. You will apply IT solutions to a variety of wildlife research projects, involving database construction & design, scripting & application development. The database work will require SQL database upgrades & maintenance. The student will use their skills to allow for more efficient & modern data collection & analysis, including web-based data entry & helping to automate standard statistical analysis of long-term datasets. The successful student needs to be familiar with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA); PHP / ASP scripting; relational database design; Python. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Julie Ewald, Head of Geographic Information Science, 01425 651005 jewald@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 GIS & Farmland Wildlife Conservation Research

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Fordingbridge / Southern England

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

One sandwich student placement available. The placement will be split between the Trust’s GIS & Grey Partridge ecology teams.   The GIS team is an active team involved in all aspects of spatial data analysis within the Trust. In addition, this team is responsible for running the Partridge Count Scheme, which forms the basis of the Trust's work, encouraging farmers across the country to conserve grey partridges.   You will assist with GIS data entry & analysis in support of work associated with Grey Partridge & the Partridge project. You will be involved in wildlife & habitat monitoring on lowland farmland, field data entry & the analysis of monitoring data. Training will be given in GIS software (ArcGIS). Proficient in MS Office. Exp with this software, as well as statistical analysis or computer programming, would be an advantage. As would good field skills in ornithology & wildlife in general. You will be expected to work to a high standard, with attention to detail being very important. A driving licence is necessary for fieldwork. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Julie Ewald, Head of Geographic Information Science, 01425 651005 jewald@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 GIS with Wetlands Research secondment

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Fordingbridge / Southern England

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Two student placements available to be split across the Trust's GIS & Wetland teams. This is a unique opportunity, combining field research, mapping & statistical analytical skills. The secondment with the GWCT's Wetland team will involve fieldwork on the Sussex Study area, working with lapwing on arable land. It will take place from approximately March to June, during the lapwing breeding season & for those months the students will work within the Wetlands team. Training will be given in GIS software (ArcGIS) & MSAccess. Proficient in MS Office. Exp with GIS, as well as statistical analysis or computer programming (e.g. in R) advantageous. Able to work long hours in the field, often in inclement conditions, & are expected to have suitable outdoor wear. A full driving licence. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Julie Ewald, Head of Geographic Information Science, 01425 651005 jewald@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 Farmland Ecology Unit (FEU)

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Fordingbridge

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Two undergraduate student placements available. The FEU investigates the ecology & management of wildlife within farmed areas, with an emphasis on entomology & ornithology. Insects perform many functions on farmland but three of the most important are: their value as food items for farmland birds & bats of which many species have undergone severe declines in recent decades; their contribution to biological control of crop pests; in pollination of crop & wild plants. Much of our research focuses on these subjects using either core funds or those received from external grants. The Trust always aims to ensure that the research findings are used practically & many of the options within the current agri-environment schemes are a consequence of our research. This work continues today as the schemes require further revision. Applicants would be expected to be physically fit & possess a driving licence. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Niamh McHugh Post-doctoral Scientist Farmland Ecology Unit, 01425 651 057 nmchugh@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 Lowland Game & Wildlife Research (LGR)

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Fordingbridge

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

One student placement available. The LGR undertakes research relating to lowland game & wildlife & the habitats they share, in particular woodlands & farmland. The research is usually applied & based on a fieldwork data collection programme. There is a likelihood that you would be involved in some fieldwork, data handling & analysis. You should be able to expand your exp in ecological experimental design, database construction & data analysis, fieldwork techniques incl wildlife surveys, maybe using GPS & GIS. There would be the opportunity to work on more than one project, within the LGR or within the GWCT. Confident & able student with an interest in or at least an appreciation of game management & shooting. Data handling & analysis skills might be useful as would bird or plant ID skills. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Rufus Sage, Head of Lowland Gamebird Research Unit 01425 651 030 rsage@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 Scottish Lowland Research

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Aberdeenshire

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

One student undergraduate placement at our new Cromar Farming With Nature (CFWN) project. We could accommodate the student for up to a year if required, or shorter periods as necessary. The CFWN project is comprised of the Game & Wildlife Scottish Demonstration Farm (GWSDF) & the MacRobert Trust land nearby. These two areas combine to provide a huge study site supporting a wide diversity of habitats & wildlife. On both areas we are working on a number of projects, but focusing currently on investigating the ecological & economic impacts of rabbits, factors influencing the breeding success of waders & thrushes, documenting the distribution of breeding raptors & experimenting with ‘Agrilasers’ as a means to control the movements of an array of mammals as part of a new EU LIFE project. Confident & able with an interest in ecology & in working outdoors. You must be happy to be based in a remote, rural location. Some data handling & analysis skills might be useful as would bird ID or other field skills. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Dave Parish, Head of Scottish Lowland Research 01382 581 111 07889 891956 dparish@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Student Placement in 2018/2019 Uplands Research Unit

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Barnard Castle

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

We seek two students each year, based at our uplands research centre in Northern England. Our Upper Teesdale outstation is a base for research work on many aspects of upland ecology, with the primary focus being the conservation & management of grouse populations; their habitats & associated moorland species. We also conduct projects in the Scottish Highlands where you may be able to work periodically to assist with the monitoring of capercaillie, black grouse & mountain hares within forest, moorland & mountain ecosystems. The students will primarily be involved in assisting with data collection for long-term monitoring & research projects on grouse & other ground nesting birds; including grouse parasite interactions, the ecology of breeding waders & black grouse restoration. An appetite for ecological fieldwork & full driving licence. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Julia Hopkins Office Manager (Uplands), Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Coach House,

 


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 Wetlands Research

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Fordingbridge

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

One undergraduate student placement. This team undertakes research on woodcock, lapwings & other breeding waders, but also on issues relating to the habitats they utilise. The research ranges from fundamental ecology to investigating solutions to specific conservation issues. Enthusiastic, motivated individual to be involved in projects on woodcock & lapwings. Winter fieldwork will involve studying woodcock foraging behaviour & there will be opportunities to assist with capture & tagging of birds. There will be a night-time component to this fieldwork. During spring & summer, fieldwork will involve surveying lapwings & redshank for a large-scale wader recovery project & will incl finding nests & monitoring broods, assessing predator abundance & recording vegetation. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Andrew Hoodless, Head of Wetland Research 01425 651 031 ahoodless@gwct.org.uk

 


JOB: Trainees x 2 (Conservation & Environmental)

BE4: 14/11/17

LOC: East Sussex

PAY: 11320 (NMW & accommodation offset)

FOR: Sussex Wildlife Trust

The Trust is working in partnership with the Leysdown Conservation Trust to provide an opportunity for 2 individuals to gain a vast array of valuable exp & skills in the conservation & environmental field under The Vera Dalley Lederman Scholarship & Environmental Training Programme.  The 18 month programme is a fantastic opportunity for individuals wishing to pursue a career in land management or public engagement. Each trainee will have the benefit of working alongside fully qualified & highly experienced staff within the Land Management & People & Wildlife Departments of the Trust & will receive a wide range of internal & external industry training in a variety of activities dependent on the specific career path they wish to follow. Prev exp is not required but an understanding of countryside management & / or environmental education will be beneficial.   ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2iT1aAr

 


JOB: Instructor Training Gap Year Opportunities

BE4: N / A

LOC: Staffordshire, Shropshire & Northamptonshire

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

FOR: ACUK

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. Open to 18-24 year olds across the UK. ASK: http://www.acuk.net/firm-foundations

 


JOB: Countryside Student Placements x 4

BE4: 26/01/2018

LOC: North Wales

PAY: £100 per week

FOR: Conwy County Borough Council

1 placement October 2018 to July 2019 based at Great Orme Country Park, surveying & assisting in the development of promoted walking routes, organisation of walking festivals & practical management work. 3 posts November 2018 to August 2019, 2 of these undertaking practical management works on a number of different nature reserves, interpretation work, assisting in leading events & carrying out wildlife surveys; the remaining post undertaking practical management, wildlife monitoring, interpretation & education work at the Great Orme Country Park, with the opportunity to work on other nature reserves. All placements will gain an understanding of how nature reserves & SSSIs are managed; a chance to attend training courses; knowledge of different habitats & associated species; experience supervising work experience placements & volunteers; a chance to make contacts in the countryside sector. Accommodation is not provided but help can be given in finding a place. Driving licence essential ASK: http://www.conwy.gov.uk/studentplacements Chat: Great Orme Country Park, 01492 874151. For more information about our work: http://www.conwy.gov.uk/countryside

 


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