Apprenticeships, volunteering, work experience and other placements

We have a range of 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. 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.

Find out what current placements we have on offer below.


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 the Real Living Wage

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

The duration of volunteer placements depends on the opportunity. We review long-term agreements annually.

Gower Volunteer

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Partnership volunteering opportunity

​A new partnership project is calling for volunteers to help protect important rivers from the threats of invasive non-native species in West Wales.

NRW's Four Rivers for LIFE project is working in partnership with the West Wales Rivers Trusts  to control the impact of invasive non-native species (INNS) on the rivers Teifi, Tywi and Cleddau. For more information visit: Balsam Eradication Project | West Wales Rivers Trust


Student work experience

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.

Student work experience SWE24-008: Ynyslas - closing date for applications: 30 June 2024

Student work experience: SWE24-009: Integrated Engineering (Mid Wales) - closing date for applications: 30 June 2024

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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.

Research placements

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.

Work placements

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.

Paid placements with external funding

Suitable for individuals who are eligible under the specific scheme criteria. Work placements last from 5 days to 6 weeks.

Group placements

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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