Higher Education Student Placement
Multiple locations nationwide

£20,378 per annum + Benefits

Fixed Term 12 months / 37.5 hours per week


Accommodation available (on a chargeable basis)


“If you’re looking for a year in industry as part of your degree, and you are passionate about education and the environment then look no further!”


What does a Higher Education placement involve?

The focus of your time with us may vary depending on which location you’re based at, but in whichever centre you’re placed you will be able to gain the valuable experience of living and working within a residential Field centre setting.

All Higher Education Student Placements have the chance to work with a range of varied education groups – some centres work with very young children, some centres have mainly secondary school groups, and others have university and adult courses.

All of our learning locations are based within beautiful surroundings close to nature as this is the essence of what we do!

What you’ll need

To be a Higher Education (HE) Student Placement with us you must be undertaking a UK-based higher education course where a work placement is a requirement. We’re looking for candidates studying towards a degree in Geography, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Education or a closely allied discipline. The placement is to primarily support our teaching staff in the delivery of field courses along with a range of other residential and domestic duties – so we need you to really want to get stuck in and want to work with people who are enthusiastic about the environment; you’ll be eager to see that people are taught to understand and respect it better.

What you’ll gain:

·       Work experience that reflects an environmental educational charity.

·       An opportunity to develop workplace skills and a respected referee for future job applications.

·       Working knowledge of systems and processes relevant to education.

·       Experience of working with people of all ages in the outdoors.

·       The opportunity to develop identification skills and contribute to survey work.

·       Opportunity to attend relevant training courses e.g. Health and Safety, risk assessment, first aid and water safety training.

·       An overview and practical experience of working in the customer service sector.

·       Build and develop you own skills such as personal confidence and improving communication skills, supported by mentoring as needed.

Your application

Take a look at the full vacancy pack for further details on the opportunity before you apply. Make sure your application demonstrates that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of the placement opportunity – these are detailed in both the placement description and person specification section of the pack. Be sure you use examples to bring this to life!

Let us know what makes you the ideal candidate to be a Higher Education Student Placement with the Field Studies Council and what specific areas of your degree you want to develop during your placement year.


The closing date for your completed application is 12 noon on 8 April 2023


Pre-Selection Online Interviews (Zoom) will take place week commencing 17 April 2023


Selection Day will take place on a date to be confirmed at our Bishops Wood Centre.


Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email.

About Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council is one of the UK’s leading providers of outdoor environmental education

We want to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment, so that they can enjoy the benefits it gives and makes choices that help protect it – especially now when our planet is facing issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity.

As an Investors in People charity, we realise that to achieve our vision we need diverse teams of staff who have a wide range of skills, a real passion for the work of the charity and a pride in their role within it. No matter what role you perform, everyone can make a difference and every role is vital to delivering our mission and vision…if this inspires you, we would love to hear from you.