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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Trainee Placements

Marches Mosses BogLIFE (LIFE15 NAT/UK/000786)

Full time, 1 year fixed term from 24th June 2019

£8,000

We are looking for trainees 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.


  • Closing Date: 17/05/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Wales Midlands
  • Posted: 23/04/2019

JOB: Wild Paths Trainees

BE4: 6/6/19 5pm

LOC: Meeth Quarry, near Hatherleigh, Devon

PAY: £1000 pm bursary*

FOR: Devon Wildlife Trust

The Wild Paths Training Programme is designed to enable participants to gain a broad range of hands-on experience that will give them the skills and confidence to make a valuable contribution to the conservation of the natural heritage, and to communicate with, inspire and enthuse others about our natural heritage.  It is ideal for someone who is looking for a career working outdoors with wildlife and people, but candidates do not need to have any prior formal training in this sector. Candidates will however need to demonstrate a genuine desire to work in natural heritage conservation. Each placement starts on 1 September and lasts for 9 months, with an expectation that trainees attend an average 32 hours training time per week. *Trainees will receive a bursary of £1000 per month, to pay for rent, bills, food etc whilst they are in training and an opportunity to gain various qualifications and key industry tickets. ASK: Full details about the traineeship and how to apply can be found on the following page: https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/WildPaths. Contact: Rachel Janes at Dorset Wildlife Trust: rjanes@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk, 01305 264620

JOB: Horticultural Trainee Placements x 4

BE4: 5/5/19

IV: 05/05/2019

LOC: Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

PAY: National Living Wage & accommodation

FOR: The Macrobert Trust

Placements start in mid-September and run for one year full time and are based within our 17 acre ornamental and productive RHS Partner Garden at Douneside House. Current or recently qualified horticultural college students, and those without formal qualifications who would like a year of hands-on structured practical training to gain skills, proficiency and work experience in order to progress their career are encouraged to apply. Progression to a second year may also be available to trainees who wish to further their hands on training. Trainees are taught and assessed as they work alongside and learn from our experienced gardens team. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in pursuing a professional horticultural career. Training and assessment towards the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture is also included and undertaken in-house throughout the year. Additionally, partially funded training and assessment in Pesticide Application PA1/PA6 and Chainsaw Operation CS30 is also available. ASK: The application form and further information may be found by visiting our website https://www.themacroberttrust.org.uk and clicking on Horticultural Training Scheme.

Facilities Management Apprenticeship

Trust MTG

Head Office, Tarporley

Full time / 36.5 hours per week / 8:30am - 4:30pm Mon to Thurs, 8:30am - 3:30pm Fri

A superb opportunity is now available for a new team member to join our Estates Department. This is an excellent prospect for an enthusiastic individual who would like to start a career in Estate Management. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable on the job experience.


  • Closing Date: 03/05/2019
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North West
  • Posted: 05/04/2019

Forestry Intern

Salary - £18,720 p/a

Fixed term contract – 1 year

In this role you will work with and be supported by our forestry team to deliver operational plans to ensure that the Heart of England Forest achieves the aims and objectives set out in its strategic plan. This will include practical forestry planting and maintenance working with the staff team, volunteers, corporate supporters and contractors to achieve our vision of a 30,000-acre contiguous woodland.


  • Closing Date: 12/05/2019
  • Sector: Arboriculture
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 02/04/2019

Summer ‘Conservation Work Experience’ Placement

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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 8 passionate and motivated young people to join our conservation skills work experience placement.  As part of the placement we help build your practical skills, conservation knowledge, leadership skills and employability in the conservation & environmental sector.


  • Closing Date: 28/04/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology Environmental and Outdoor Education Publicity and Fundraising Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 27/03/2019

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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