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: 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: http://www.conwy.gov.uk/studentplacements Chat: Great Orme Country Park, 01492 874151. For more information about our work: http://www.conwy.gov.uk/countryside

 


Ranger / Naturalist Guide Posts

Remuneration up to £18,000​​pa (pro rata)​

Highlands of Scotland.

The Aigas Ranger Training Scheme starts ​at the beginning of February 2018 and takes six-seven weeks. Aigas Field Centre is the only private organisation in the UK to offer a formal ranger training programme, followed by 7 month’s work experience. The posts involve providing a professional level of interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands to adult groups from all over the world and environmental education to children of all ages.


  • Closing Date: 13/11/2017
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Environmental and Outdoor Education Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 23/10/2017

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: 13/11/2017 extended
  • Sector: Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Region: National
  • Posted: 18/10/2017
  • Updated 18/10/2017

TCV Natural Talent Traineeship - Species Discovery, Empowered Communities and the Edinburgh Shoreline

Based in Edinburgh

35 hours per week

Bursary: £13,500

TCV is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Natural Talent UK aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that supports them. The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places.


  • Closing Date: 05/11/2017
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Ecology
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 17/10/2017

TCV Natural Talent Traineeship - Intertidal Mudflats

Based in Liverpool

35 hours per week

Bursary: £13,500

TCV is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Our Trainee will become an informed, passionate champion for the UK’s intertidal mudflats - a very biodiverse but poorly understood and perceived habitat of international significance.

Intertidal mudflats are currently under threat from pollution, climate change and major infrastructure developments. They are a highly productive habitat and support a fascinating but hidden ecosystem that is poorly known and under-recorded.


  • Closing Date: 05/11/2017
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: North West
  • Posted: 17/10/2017

TCV Natural Talent Traineeship - Arachnids (spiders, harvestmen and pseudoscorpions)

Based in Shrewsbury

35 hours per week

Bursary: £13,500

Natural Talent UK aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that supports them. The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places. Arachnids, including spiders, harvestmen and pseudoscorpions, are an incredible diverse and interesting group of species. There are found in all UK habitats and at all times of year, making them a perfect group to study wherever and whenever you are!


  • Closing Date: 05/11/2017
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Countryside Ecology Publicity and Fundraising
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Midlands
  • Posted: 17/10/2017

TCV Natural Talent Traineeship - Peatlands and micro-moths.

Based in Stirling

35 hours per week

Bursary: £13,500

The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places. The trainee will specialise in micro-moth taxa with a particular focus on peatland habitats. peatland restoration has greatly increased across Scotland in recent years; however the effects of this on moth diversity are largely unknown. The ecological dynamics of Lepidoptera in peatland habitats are also poorly understood.


  • Closing Date: 05/11/2017
  • Sector: Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 17/10/2017

TCV Natural Talent Traineeship - Hemiptera as indicators of grassland management and quality

Based in Cardiff

35 hours per week

Bursary: £13,500

Hemiptera (leafhoppers, planthoppers, plant bugs) are among the most common and diverse insects in grassland habitats. Their varied life-cycles, plant/habitat preferences and dispersal/colonisation abilities make them especially useful for assessing site quality and the success or otherwise of habitat management and restoration. The traineeship will build confidence in identification skills in this group focusing on species found in established compared to restoration grasslands. Training in sampling techniques and interpretation of results will be given. A specific final objective will be to develop and publish standard sampling protocols to encourage others to use these insects for site assessment.


  • Closing Date: 05/11/2017
  • Sector: Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Wales
  • Posted: 17/10/2017

TCV Natural Talent Traineeship - Marvellous Mudsnails

Based in Stirling

35 hours per week

Bursary: £13,500

TCV is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

The Pond mud snail (Omphiscola glabra) is known to exist on only six sites in Scotland. This is an exciting opportunity for a trainee to get involved with our citizen science project ‘Marvellous Mud Snails’ and help reassess the population of pond mud snail in Scotland. The trainee will learn how to identify and monitor freshwater snails and other invertebrates. They will also learn about the ecology of freshwater habitats. Through this project the trainee will participate in school visits, a captive breeding programme and they will train and support volunteers to survey sites across Scotland.


  • Closing Date: 05/11/2017
  • Sector: Community and Volunteers Ecology Wildlife Work and Animal Care
  • Role Type: Apprentice
  • Region: Scotland
  • Posted: 17/10/2017

JOB: Instructor Training Gap Year Opportunities

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: http://www.acuk.net/firm-foundations

 


JOB: Employability and Training Volunteer

BE4:

LOC: North Lanarkshire

PAY: Training andtravel expenses

FOR: Seven Lochs Wetland Park

TCV Scotland’s Seven Lochs Training and Employability Programme is open to North Lanarkshire resident 16 and over. It is a 13 week accredited award which provides work experience and employability training using a range of environmental activities (eg landscaping, horticulture, heritage conservation) at a range of local greenspaces. Each programme is tailored to the needs of the participants, with progression, confidence building and skills development being our main focus. We are a registered centre with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and we can also incorporate  HSE and Lantra accredited training into all of our programmes. 13 weeks ASK:

 


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