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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JOB: ‘Skills for Rewilding’ Traineeships

BE4: Spring 2019

IV: 01/02/2019

LOC: Highlands of Scotland

PAY: Bursary of £7,450*

FOR: Trees for Life

Trees for Life, an environmental charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest and its unique wildlife to the Highlands of Scotland, are offering five exciting ‘Skills for Rewilding’ traineeships starting in July 2019. These positions offer a fantastic opportunity to live and work on a Highland Estate for 12 months, learning practical skills from professional mentors, whilst also working towards industry recognised qualifications. Stay out of the classroom and learn by doing. Trainees may specialise in skills associated with horticulture and tree production, deer management and estate maintenance, woodland planning and creation or building relationships with communities through creative projects. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to offer a bursary of £7,450 *with accommodation provided, or an additional £2,000 for living off-site. The application process will open early in 2019 with people 18 years old or over, at the start of the traineeship, able to apply. No relevant qualifications are required. ASK: If you would like to find out more, please visit - to register your interest and be kept informed please email

Conservation Placements

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 at Stirley Community Farm in Huddersfield.

We are looking for 4 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: 11/01/2019
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North East
  • Posted: 07/12/2018

JOB: Free Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Program

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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