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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Conservation Intern - Exmoor National Park Authority

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Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset

Salary of £15,821 pro rata

Exmoor National Park Authority is the organisation that manages a unique and beautiful part of the country that has been shaped by nature and people over thousands of years.

We’re now looking for a Conservation Intern to join us on a 12 month internship. As a Conservation Intern, you will undertake an incredible learning experience where you will promote conservation activities across Exmoor National Park.

Assistant Instructor (Apprentice) - Sayers Croft Outdoor Learning Centre

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First Year £7,768 per annum plus rent and bill free accommodation
A resident Assistant Instructor post is available for 18 months, starting From April 2020 at Westminster City Councils highly respected outdoor learning centre, Sayers Croft in Surrey. The Centre delivers residential and day visit experiences to over 20,000 people every year. We work mostly with primary aged children although there will be plenty of opportunities to work with our Duke of Edinburgh and family programmes as well. Our range of activities is huge, you’ll be delivering everything from adventure sessions like artificial caving and rafting to mini beasts and stream studies, you’ll even be able to lead historical story telling sessions in our round house.

Skills for Rewilding - Tree Nursery and Horticulture Traineeship - Trees for Life

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Trees for Life are recruiting two tree nursery and horticulture trainees, to be based at the tree nursery on Dundreggan Estate near Loch Ness. The nursery grows 70,000+ native trees per year from seeds or cuttings. Over a 12-month period, trainees will gain experience in all techniques and processes associated with tree nursery production.

Skills for Rewilding - Deer Management and Estate Maintenance Traineeship - Trees for Life

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Management of deer on the estate is an important component in assisting the recovery of the ancient Caledonian forest. Deer management in this case means reducing the number of deer to a level where there is a balance between the deer continuing to fulfil their vital role within the ecosystem and them preventing recovery of the forest. The trainee will learn management and monitoring techniques from the deer manager, who has 30 years’ experience. In addition, the trainee will learn practical estate maintenance skills.

Skills for Rewilding - Conservation and Landscape Planning Traineeship - Trees for Life

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Throughout the Highlands there are remnant fragments of Caledonian forest and part of the traineeship will involve developing skills associated with assessing, recording and reporting on the health of these remaining fragments. The qualification associated with this traineeship also includes elements that are relevant to a broad spectrum of conservation based jobs, including understanding and communicating environmental best practice, promoting responsible public use of outdoor sites and working to create or manage habitats.

Skills for Rewilding - People and Community Engagement Traineeship - Trees for Life

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Trees for Life are recruiting a community engagement trainee, to be based at the Dundreggan Estate, near Loch Ness. Community engagement in the environmental heritage sector covers a wide range of activities including education projects linking people of all ages with nature, identifying how communities want to engage with their local environment, signposting ways people can contribute to environmental restoration all the way through to external communication using methods such as blogs, social media, film etc.

Traineeships in Conservation / Environmental Education - Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

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Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practically minded and want to learn new skills? Have you thought about a career in nature conservation or environmental education?

As part of the Our Bright Future “One Planet Pioneers” project, we have a unique opportunity for two paid Traineeships (6 months) for young people aged 16-25 funded through the National Lottery Community Fund.