Unpaid placements

Student work experience

If you're a student age 14 or above, you can apply for a placement to gain work experience.

Student work experience placements can range from 5 days to 6 weeks.


If you're a final year undergraduate student, a postgraduate student, or have graduated from UK-based higher or further education in the last 18 months, you may be eligible to apply for a research placement.

A research placement will enable you to complete a defined piece of research which meets our evidence needs.

It may be carried out as part of your studies or to develop research, practical skills and experience.

Research placements can range from 5 days to 12 months.


If you're 16 and over and out of work or training, a work placement could help you gain experience to increase your employability.

Work placements last from 5 days to 6 weeks.


Volunteer placements offer individuals an opportunity to work with us to achieve our goals.

Volunteer placements are for at least six weeks. We review long-term agreements annually.


Although our placements are not open to youth or school groups, you can find out more about how education providers can get involved with our work.

We do not currently offer corporate volunteer days.

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Paid placements


You can gain a recognised qualification and essential skills with one of our apprenticeships.

Placements last up to 100 weeks with study time (days or blocks) and are open to 16 year olds and over.

If you already hold a qualification at the same level or above, you will not be eligible to apply.

Apprenticeships are paid at Grade 1

Higher education placements

You can gain practical skills and experience during or just after your higher or further education course.

Placements are open to 18 year olds and over, up to 18 months after graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate course.

Placements last up to 100 weeks.

Higher education placements are paid at Grade 2

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Placement benefits

Taking part in a placement opportunity will 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 organising your work programme. They'll also carry out risk assessments to protect your health and safety.

You'll receive an induction and training, and ongoing support.

When your paid placement has ended you can request a reference from us. You can supplement any factual reference we give with your completed performance development plan.

For unpaid placements, we would not provide a reference but your completed work programme can be used to demonstrate your achievements.