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

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Coast Explorer Intern - Kent Wildlife Trust

Logo: Kent County Council

Salary Range: £10.85 per hour

Contract Type: Fixed Term, Full Time (5 days per week)

Internship Date: 3rd May to 5th November 2021

Location: London and Kent.

The Coast Explorer Internship Programme will offer a unique opportunity to candidates who are passionate and enthusiastic about the marine environment. The Coast Explorer intern will gain skills, knowledge and experience across a variety of sectors in the marine environment, to help direct and shape their future career ambitions.

Meadow Makers Trainees - Plantlife International

Logo: Plantlife

Location – Home based for the three Plantlife trainees, mix of home and office based for partner employed trainees (COVID permitting)

Salary – National Living Wage (£8.91/hr from April 2021)

In all cases Trainee Meadow Makers will work alongside expert grasslands project staff to support the delivery of all aspects of the Meadow Makers project. Each provider will offer a wide range of opportunities for you combining work-place learning and experience, practical action (including conservation and people engagement), peer to peer learning and the completion of a training framework. There will be an opportunity to focus training to reflect the interest of individual trainees, supported by a personal training budget.

Horticultural Trainee x 10 - Moor Trees

Logo: Moor Trees

Horticultural Trainee x 10. Full Time. Temporary – 12 months (March 2021 – March 2022)

Location: Moor Trees tree nurseries – Broadley or Dartington, Devon

Salary: £6.00 p.h. Trainee salary. 37 hours a week. This role will include working on regular Saturdays. Temporary – March 2021 – March 2022

Moor Trees (formed in 1999) is a charity that works with volunteers and communities to recreate native woodland in and around Dartmoor and South Devon.

Nature Restoration Trainees - North Pennines AONB Partnership

Logo: Fellfoot Forward

The North Pennines AONB Partnership is seeking two trainees for two of our flagship nature restoration projects for a period of one year with an anticipated start date in March or April 2021.

Are you passionate about the environment and keen to support nature recovery on a landscape scale? The North Pennines AONB Partnership are looking for two trainees to follow a course of conservation training with our staff unit and our partners. The North Pennines AONB Partnership has three flagship nature recovery schemes: Fellfoot Forward, High Helbeck and Tees-Swale: Naturally Connected

River Holme Connections – Year in Industry Placement 2021/2022 - River Holme Connections

Logo: River Holme Connections

11 month placement (expected start June or July 2021)

A stipend of £6,000 will be paid in monthly instalments.

Full time, 37.5 hour week, Flexible working hours.

The successful student will be based in the charity`s office in Honley (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire), working alongside the small team of staff, trustees and volunteers. The student will have the opportunity to get involved in all the work of the charity including practical river restoration and conservation work with volunteers (such as tree planting, footpath improvements and wildflower planting), invasive non-native plant control, supporting staff and potentially delivering school education events, scientific studies with the University of Huddersfield, citizen science work (fish population monitoring and riverfly sampling), helping at public events, social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) updates, funding bids, river surveying, geographical information system updates (QGIS) and general admin work.

Visitor Experience Team Placement Ranger - Severn Trent Water

Logo:Severn Trent Water

Location: One of Carsington Water, Draycote Water or Staunton Harold Reservoir

Contract: 12-month Undergraduate Placement

This role is an excellent opportunity for any environmental, or countryside management undergraduate, to gain valuable in-depth experience and training at one of Severn Trent’s busy and beautiful Visitor Sites. As the public face of Severn Trent Water, good communication and people skills are always essential. During the placement you will develop first class customer service skills and will look to protect and enhance the company’s brand and image through the quality of service offered. This

Level 3 Landscape/Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship (L3) - Royal Horticultural Society

Logo: Royal Horticultural Society

Salary: Circa £15,154 (those under the age of 25) £16,010 (those above the age of 25) per annum, three years (fixed term) 37.5 hours per week

Do you have at least three months’ worth of work experience in horticulture, and want to learn more about horticulture and develop team leader/supervisory skills?

We are delighted to be able to offer the Level 3 apprenticeship programme at RHS Garden Rosemoor.

This apprenticeship will enable you to learn about the science, art and practice of horticulture in the setting of an RHS Garden. You would work within its departments and with its teams and individuals to enhance and deepen your current understanding of horticulture, and develop Level 3 knowledge, skills and experiences to prepare you for professional life in the industry.

Horticultural Operative Apprenticeships (L2) - Royal Horticultural Society

Logo: Royal Horticultural Society

Salary: Circa £15,154 (those under the age of 25) £16,010 (those above the age of 25) per annum, two years (fixed term) 37.5 hours per week

Are you interested in plants, gardening or horticulture, but new to the industry?

We are delighted to be able to offer horticultural apprenticeships at each of our five RHS Gardens: Hyde Hall, Rosemoor, Bridgewater, Harlow Carr and Wisley.

This apprenticeship will enable you to learn about the science, art and practice of horticulture in the setting of an RHS Garden, and in doing so, work within its departments and with its teams and individuals to gain knowledge, skills, training and experiences in and of horticulture (in terms of study and the work-based context).