Environmental Work Experience and Placements – Student Information

Generally speaking, student placements be taken at any point whilst engaged in further/higher education (typically 15+). There are many different options to consider:

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Natural Resources Wales

If you’re a student aged 15 or above, you can apply for a placement to gain work experience. Student work experience placements can range from a few days, up to 6 weeks.

All of Natural Resource Wales’ placement opportunities (including work experience, volunteering, apprenticeships etc) are advertised on their placements page: Natural Resources Wales / Apprenticeships, volunteering, work experience and other placements

Placements are dependent on staff identifying opportunities – once placements are available, they will be advertised on the website, therefore it’s worth checking in regularly to be kept up to date.

For the weekly recruitment newsletter subscription link please see here: Natural Resources Wales / Jobs

NRW Gower Volunteer have a range of volunteer placement opportunities to enable you to promote the sustainable management, benefits and value of natural resources and ecosystems. You’ll be assigned a placement manager who will oversee your work programme and you’ll receive an induction and training, and ongoing support.

Natural Resources Wales / Volunteer placement at Ynys Llanddwyn – Newborough Warren and Ynys Llanddwyn NNR, and Newborough Forest

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

The JNCC provide robust scientific evidence and advice to help decision makers turn science into action for nature to guide the UK on a sustainable path. If you are interested in arranging a studentship with JNCC, please write to jnccplacements@jncc.gov.uk who will provide a form and ask for a CV. 

Museum Wales

Placements – All of Museum Wales’ available Student Work Placements are/will be advertised on their website – Placements | Museum Wales

Museum Wales will be recruiting for summer placements in the next few months, providing staff have opportunities to offer.

In the meantime, there are some other opportunities that students may be interested in:

VolunteeringCurrent Opportunities – Become a Volunteer | Museum Wales

Youth – If students are 25 or under, they may also be interested in opportunities with the Youth Team: Young people | Museum Wales

UK CEH studentships

Studentships | UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Any work experience, internship or PhD opportunities will be shared on the above page.


During an internship with us, you can volunteer on a project or specialist piece of work. Our placements last for three, six, nine or 12 months.

Internships in Conservation, Wildlife and Nature – The RSPB

Welsh Water

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water recognises the benefits and opportunities that work experience can offer. We offer work experience opportunities to support young people develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be work ready. Our work experience opportunities are also a great way to showcase the diverse range of careers on offer at Welsh Water.

Work Experience (dwrcymru.com)

UK Research and Innovation (NERC)

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Experience Placements scheme aims to encourage students to consider a career in environmental sciences through funding to support paid summer placements for undergraduate students. Research Experience Placements are currently supported only in institutions involved in NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centers for Doctoral Training. Please contact these institutions for information on individual REPs and how to apply.
Undergraduate research experience placements (REPs) – UKRI

NERC also offer Policy Internships to doctoral students funded by UKRI research councils in organsiations such as JNCC.

The National Trust

The best way to find out what opportunities are available for traineeships is to visit the ‘Other Ways In’ page on our website or to contact National Trust places directly. If you visit our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk you can search for places in your area that may be of interest to you – this is also where you will find all of their contact details.

The Wildlife Trust

There are plenty of ways you can donate your skills and time to look after wildlife! Opportunities include community gardening, species surveying (such as looking for otters!), caring for nature reserves, plant identification and GPS mapping. You can even run Wildlife Watch groups, which enable young people to discover and explore their local environment.

Our volunteers carry out a huge range of tasks but it doesn’t have to be outdoors! You could find yourself making good use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too.

Each Wildlife Trust has a large number of both regular and casual volunteers, amounting to a total of more than 32,500 volunteers across the UK. 
Find your local Trust below and start your volunteering adventure today!

It might also be worth looking at:

Environmental Internship Jobs – 2023 | Indeed.com

Environmental volunteering | Environmentjob.co.uk

Not all work placements will be advertised (or even exist yet!) Here is a good article on how to approach employers for work experience from Prospects.ac.uk:

How to ask employers for work experience

This is an excellent video on getting work experience with no prior experience:

How to get an internship with NO experience || beginner’s guide for college students – YouTube

Your university may advertise and help you to access placements or work experience. It is worth booking an appointment with a careers advisor to find out more.

Some courses will offer placements in industry as a module (for example Aberystwyth University offers a Applied Geospatial Skills in Industry module) or a sandwich year.

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