Apprenticeships and Interns

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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 Opportunities  Unpaid or expenses only posts, available on full, part time and odd day basis

Practical Workdays Details of organisations offering opportunities to help with a specific task on one or two days.

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Countryside Ranger Apprentice - North York Moors National Park Authority

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National minimum wage for your age up to £18,327 per annum
Helmsley, York

As a Countryside Ranger Apprentice, you will help to deliver a programme of prioritised maintenance on public rights of way and properties in the National Park. You will organise and plan tasks, while developing your confidence and practical skills. If you are keen on a career working within the environmental sector, this is the unmissable stepping-stone you have been waiting for!

Trainee Tutor (Graduate Development Programme) - Field Studies Council

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Various FSC Locations

Apprentice salary of £9,380 per annum

37.5 hours per week / Fixed term for 53 weeks to commence on 19 September 2022

Accommodation available

This Graduate Development Programme is designed to equip individuals with the skills and attributes to become Outdoor Education Tutors, building experience through the delivery of courses to an increasingly wide range of audiences also whilst working towards a nationally recognised Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship qualification.

Forestry Intern - Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland

12 months fixed term

Salary: £24,633.70

Location: Glenlivet Estate Office (Main Street, Tomintoul, Banffshire, AB37 9EX)

Crown Estate Scotland has an exciting opportunity for a Forestry Intern to join our team on a full-time 12 months fixed term basis.

This role will assist with the coordination and implementation of planned forest management activities on the Glenlivet Estate and other locations as required.

Discover Rye Harbour Heritage Trainee - Sussex Wildlife Trust

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Contract Type: Fixed Term – 12 months

Hours: 35.00 per week

Salary: £17,290 per annum

Sussex Wildlife Trust is pleased to be able to offer a 12-month traineeship funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The trainee will gain a vast array of valuable experience and skills in both the conservation and environmental education field, at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Discovery Centre. This opportunity will enable an individual embarking on a career in the sector to gain on-the-job experience and access to relevant training such as Level 3 Forest School and Wild Beach, safe use of tools such as brushcutters, and first aid at work.

Countryside Ranger Apprentice - Surrey County Council

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The salary for this position is £18,013 per annum for working 36 hours per week. This is a 24-month fixed term contract for a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Are you looking for a varied role in the countryside helping to maintain and improve public rights of way with the opportunity to learn about the broader aspects of Countryside Management and gain a Level 4 Countryside Ranger qualification?

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Surrey County Council to help deliver improvements across the Rights of Way network in Surrey.

Conservation Operative Trainee - Environmental Land Management Solutions Ltd

Training will be provided in sector specific skills. Salary will start at £19,760 with increases as skills are developed.
This role would suit anyone wishing to enter the sector either pre or post tertiary education. Good levels of fitness are required and an ability to work in changeable weather conditions.

Nature Reserves Trainee - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Based at Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve, near Spalding

Fixed term contract for 12 months

Circa £17,500

Are you looking to kick start your career in nature conservation working with one of the UK’s leading conservation bodies? Do you want to gain on the ground practical habitat management experience across an array of wetland, grassland and woodland habitats? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a person to be based in our South Lincolnshire region assisting managing 19 nature reserves including our flagship site Willow Tree Fen (home to Lincolnshire’s first pair of breeding Cranes for at least 400 years).

Trainee Ranger - Chiltern Rangers

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We are delighted to announce two 12 month traineeships at Chiltern Rangers as part of the Chalk, Cherries & Chairs Project with The Chilterns Conservation Board, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

If you are looking to kick off your career in conservation, then this may be the opportunity you are looking for. Join the Chiltern Rangers team to learn what it means to be a Ranger and gain experience of conservation tasks throughout the seasons.

Trainee Archaeologist - MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

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£20,553 pa (rising to £21,635 pa after mid-point assessment)

Archaeology is all about understanding the past through the physical evidence left behind. MOLA has lots of exciting work coming up in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and we are looking to grow our team.

On this programme you’ll spend time with dedicated, experienced Trainers, learning how to work as a professional archaeologist. No experience or qualification in archaeology is required – we will teach you everything you need to know.

RFS Forestry Roots - College and University Leaver Traineeships - Royal Forestry Society

College Leaver: Forestry Ranger – Lincolnshire; Assistant Forest Worker – Norfolk; Woodsperson – Cornwall

University Leaver: Communications Assistant – Herefordshire; Forestry Assistant – South Wales

We’re looking for someone who: Is aged 18 - 30; isn’t currently employed in Forestry; has faced barriers to education or employment; has a full driving licence.

Grounds Maintenance Level 2 (Apprenticeship) - ODS

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Salary: £10,251 year 1, ranging to £12,103 year 2 (increases with age).
The Grounds Maintenance Apprentice will learn to carry out all aspects of grounds maintenance in ODS Group Parks & Open Spaces in keeping with good horticultural practice, with a particular emphasis on quality of work. You will learn to use and maintain a full range of horticultural equipment.

Countryside Worker Level 2 (Apprenticeship) - ODS

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Salary: £10,251 year 1
Countryside Workers will be able and willing to do challenging work outdoors, in a variety of locations, which may be remote, including moorland, heathland and woodland, interact with the public and explain their work as well as undertaking their role all year round in a variety of weathers, both on their own and as part of a team.

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