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

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Countryside Worker Apprentices

18 month Apprenticeship

Full-time - 37 hours

£8,658 per annum (£4.50 per hour) for year 1. Rising to the national minimum wage in the second year.

These apprenticeships are based at our office in Tebay.

The Westmorland Dales is a beautiful landscape within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and we are looking for individuals to gain Skills for the Future. We have four apprenticeship opportunities, ideal for enthusiastic individuals who would like to kick start a countryside career in land management or wildlife conservation.


  • Closing Date: 11/07/2019
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East North West
  • Posted: 14/06/2019

Countryside Worker Apprentice

Based in both Castleton and Helmsley

You will be paid a training allowance of £9,056 in year 1 and this will increase considerably as you go into year two.

North York Moors National Park and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway are working together to offer fantastic apprenticeship opportunities thanks to the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is a great chance for you to develop practical countryside skills, working as part of a team, alongside the railway and in the rest of the National Park.

The apprenticeship is for an initial period of 2 years and you’ll be working alongside our experienced staff who are looking forward to sharing their skills with you. If you think that you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you.


  • Closing Date: 12/07/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 14/06/2019

Nature Reserve Apprentice

Yorkshire Water

This is a unique opportunity to be based at our Tophill Low Nature Reserve, Watton Carrs, Hutton Cranswick nr Driffield. 

The nature reserve opened in 1993, is adjacent to the Water Treatment Works and has 12 hides, including reception hide and photography hide spread across the 120ha site. The reserve is known for its birds but is also valuable for its flowers, insects, reptiles and mammals and has a growing reputation as a site for wildlife photography. The two reservoirs have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers. Around the perimeter a network of marshes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands result in an annual 160+ bird species, with over 60 readily visible even in mid-winter.


  • Closing Date: 21/06/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 12/06/2019

Trainee Tutor

Salary: £17,208 - £21,210

Leeson House Field Studies Centre is looking for a Trainee Tutor to join our friendly team. This post offers an ideal opportunity for someone to initially train alongside our tutors and then take on a more prominent role with teaching subjects such as geography, geology and ecology.


  • Closing Date: 30/06/2019
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Region: South West
  • Posted: 11/06/2019

Volunteer Conservation Trainee

Location: Based at Low Barns, Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland DL14 OAG

Time commitment: 4 days p/w (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) plus one weekend day per month

Benefits: A bursary of £111/week is provided plus travel.

To support Living Landscapes Officers in their work, particularly the management of the Trust’s nature reserves and planning and leading volunteer tasks.


  • Closing Date: 27/06/2019
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Volunteer
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 06/06/2019

Conservation Placements

Are you aged 24 or under? 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 across Yorkshire.

We are looking for 24 passionate and motivated young people 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.


  • Closing Date: 30/06/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology Publicity and Fundraising Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 31/05/2019

JOB: Free Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Program

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: www.acuk.net/firm-foundations

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