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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Marches Mosses BogLIFE - Trainee placements

Full time, 1 year fixed term from 25th June 2018

£8,000 Bursary

The post is based at the Natural England base at Whixall SY13 2PD.

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. The LIFE project is led by Natural England working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

  • Closing Date: 18/05/2018
  • Sector: Countryside Ecology Publicity and Fundraising
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 18/04/2018

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:

JOB: The FSC Young Darwin Scholarship

BE4: 22/6/18

IV: 22/06/2018



FOR: Field Studies Council

The FSC Young Darwin Scholarship aims to inspire and support the next generation of naturalists. We welcome 15 young people aged 16-19 each year to attend a five-day residential and receive ongoing support including further trips and discounts on FSC training. Applications are open until 22 June 2018. ASK:

JOB: National Dry Stone Walling Training Bursary

BE4: 7/5/18

IV: 07/05/2018

LOC: Nationwide

PAY: Bursary Payments

FOR: Dry Stone Walling Association

We are offering the opportunity to train for a new career in the traditional craft of dry stone walling. With support from Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future, a National Training Bursary Project has been launched. Our new project is very exciting as we plan to offer 8 young people a 12 month training bursary that will equip them with the skills to make a fresh start with a career in dry stone walling.  The bursary offers opportunities to train with professional dry stone wallers and gain quals up to intermediate level, which will prepare them for their new career. Training is fully funded and bursary payments will be available. ASK: For more information check out and Website: Information & application forms: 01539 567953.

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