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 Tutor Scheme

Field Studies Council

Salary –  NMW

Contract Term – Fixed Term –  from Jan 4th 2018 – 16th November 2018

FSC needs to be certain that education staff leading groups are not only competent and enthusiastic, but experienced and professional individuals capable of working with and inspiring students of all ages.  To help ensure the development of education staff, FSC is offering this Trainee Tutor scheme, starting on Thursday 4th January 2018

  • Closing Date: 17/10/2018
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Region: National
  • Posted: 19/09/2017

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: Countryside Student Placements x 4

BE4: 26/01/2018

LOC: North Wales

PAY: £100 per week

FOR: Conwy County Borough Council

1 placement October 2018 to July 2019 based at Great Orme Country Park, surveying & assisting in the development of promoted walking routes, organisation of walking festivals & practical management work. 3 posts November 2018 to August 2019, 2 of these undertaking practical management works on a number of different nature reserves, interpretation work, assisting in leading events & carrying out wildlife surveys; the remaining post undertaking practical management, wildlife monitoring, interpretation & education work at the Great Orme Country Park, with the opportunity to work on other nature reserves. All placements will gain an understanding of how nature reserves & SSSIs are managed; a chance to attend training courses; knowledge of different habitats & associated species; experience supervising work experience placements & volunteers; a chance to make contacts in the countryside sector. Accommodation is not provided but help can be given in finding a place. Driving licence essential ASK: Chat: Great Orme Country Park, 01492 874151. For more information about our work:


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