Looking to start your career in the Environment?

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

It's National Apprenticeship Week so we've decided to help those that might be looking for a career in the Environmental Sector.

When I was young, like most people, I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I was older and ended up wasting 3 years on a degree subject that I had very little interest in - International Business and Politics. It wasn't until a lecture on Greenwashing and the Environment's role in business (as well as a Gap Year spent seeing the damage we've done to our oceans and planet - but more on that later!), that I really wished I had gone down the Environmental route from the start. I made up for it by going on to do my Masters in Sustainability and Adaptation, however I'm in my 30's and trying to get your foot in the door at this later stage can be really difficult.

If you've just left school or college, have an interest in climate change, conservation or renewable energy and are looking to get your career started, an Apprenticeship can be a great way to get some paid experience and a brilliant first step on the career ladder.

We've included some useful links below, as well as volunteering opportunities if you're just looking to do something in your spare time.



The Society for the Environment champion all routes into the environmental sector that equip aspiring professionals with the necessary knowledge and experience to begin a successful and rewarding career in their desired discipline, including apprenticeships.


An environmental science degree isn't the only route into the sector - explore the different paths into environmental work to see which best suits your skills and ambitions


Environmental Jobs, Graduate/Junior/Trainee


Conservation Careers has teamed up a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).


An alternative route is to take your first step into an ecology career with an environmental conservation apprenticeship. You’ll get to build your awareness and enjoy the environment while earning a salary and training up in rural and/or urban conservation



There are hundreds of ways for you to join in with TCV. Get fit, help look after green spaces, meet people and have fun - all at the same time!


However you choose to support us, you’ll be helping ensure future generations can enjoy nature, beauty and history for ever


We are a grassroots movement that believes we need nature and it needs us. More than 850,000 members and 35,000 volunteers work together with their Wildlife Trust to make their local area wilder and make nature part of life, for everyone

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