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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Please remember to contact only the organisation or person mentioned in the ASK section and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS. Explanation of headings here.

Year in industry placement 2023/2024 - River Holme Connections

Logo: River Holme Connections

Placement duration: 11 month placement (expected start July 2023)

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

Working hours: Full time, 37.5 hour week, Flexible working hours.

Honley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The student will have the opportunity to get involved in all the work of the charity including environmental education work, practical river restoration and conservation work with volunteers (such as tree planting, footpath improvements and wildflower planting), invasive non-native plant control, citizen science work (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.

Higher Education Student Placement - Field Studies Council

Logo: Field Studies Council

Vacancy Location Regional

To be a Higher Education (HE) Student Placement with FSC you must be undertaking a UK-based higher education course where a 1-year work placement is a requirement. We are looking for candidates studying towards a degree in Geography, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Education, or a closely allied discipline.

The role is to support our teaching staff in the delivery of field courses along with supporting other departments with a range of other residential and domestic duties. To be successful we need people who want to work with people, who are enthusiastic about the environment and keen to see that people are taught to understand and respect it better.

Conservation Strategy Intern - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust


Salary: £21,507 (£17,205 pro rata) per annum

Contract: 1 year fixed term contract / Hours: Part-time (28 hours per week)

Location: The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4XT

We are looking for a passionate and self-motivated individual wishing to take on an exciting development role and gain essential conservation work experience in the UK.

The Conservation Strategy Intern will join the Conservation Strategy Directorate teams supporting nature’s recovery across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. Our directorate’s programme spans policy, planning advocacy, and landscape recovery.

Work Placement Scheme 2023 - ECOSA


We are looking for suitable candidates for our 2023 spring/summer work placement scheme. The scheme will start in April and will run to the end of October 2023. The placement is based at our head office in Hampshire.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience with a leading UK ecological consultancy. Many of our work placements have secured employment with either ourselves or other ecological consultancies/multi-disciplinary companies. Structured training will be offered as part of the placement and will cover field survey work including bat, great crested newt and reptile surveys as well as office-based tasks such as ecological report writing, sound analysis and desk studies.

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