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 Ranger (Danby/Castleton)

1 year FTC

Minimum wage for your age group plus £1150 per annum

This is a great opportunity to work alongside one of our Senior Rangers and help deliver a wide range of work to maintain and improve our Public Rights of Way. You’ll be working alongside our enthusiastic volunteers and Level 2 apprentices as well as on your own.

  • Closing Date: 02/08/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 16/07/2018

Garnock Connections Volunteer Engagement Assistant

Location: Renfrewshire

Employment Basis: 22.5 hours per week – 12 month contract

The succesful candidate will engage with heritage organisations, existing volunteers and potential volunteers in the Garnock Connections area to understand the current constraints in relation to volunteering, and identify opportunities for improvement. You will also assist in developing an internet based vounteering hub and deliver volunteer engagement events. We are looking for an individual who has good communication skills with an ability to engage with a range of different audiences. You will also need to be able to work well as part of a team and have the enthusiasm to get involved in a range of different activities.

  • Closing Date: 22/07/2018
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Publicity and Fundraising
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 03/07/2018

Garnock Connections Wildlife Recording Assistant

The successful candidate will assist in organising and delivering a series of wildlife recording training events, assist in developing an online recording system and support local biodiversity recorders. There will also be be the opportunity to take part in a range of other activities including practical ecological surveys and community engagement events. We are looking for an individual who has good communication skills with an ability to engage with a range of different audiences.

  • Closing Date: 22/07/2018
  • Sector: Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 03/07/2018

Trainee Countryside Ranger

Salary: £17,770 - £18,569

Sevenoaks District Council is seeking to recruit a Trainee Countryside Ranger to assist in the daily and seasonal work activities required for the protection, safety, maintenance and improvement of the Councils Parks and Woodlands assets and its Commons responsibilities.

The post is based at our Rangers Lodge, Shoreham and will help you to develop a broad knowledge of the Countryside Ranger role and responsibilities and you will study through an agreed course which will lead to an appropriate Countryside stewardship qualification.

  • Closing Date: 06/08/2018
  • Sector: Countryside
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: South
  • Posted: 26/06/2018

JOB: Instructor Training Gap Year Opportunities

BE4: N / A

LOC: Staffordshire, Shropshire & Northamptonshire

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


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:

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