12 wk Immersive Nature Conservation Traineeship - Residential - Devon, UK (SelfFunded/Erasmus+)

Agriculture Sciences, Geography and/or Geology, Natural Sciences
United Kingdom
Ashprington, Totnes
30 Nov, 2019 to 31 Dec, 2022
28 Feb, 2020

General information

3 months

A 12 week Nature conservation traineeship in South West England, ideal for final year undergraduates, Masters students or recent graduates interested in a career in nature conservation. This can be your internship, work experience, research post, life adventure! SOMETHING FOR YOU, SOMETHING FOR NATURE. 

The AMBIOS 12-week immersive course is suitable for anyone with an interest in nature. Whatever field of work you are in this course will be of benefit. Each industry/sector/ job has a role to play in knowing about and making informed decisions with regards to our natural world.

Our experience suggests that graduates looking for crucial experience, career changers who are looking for a way into working in the nature conservation sector or those who are inspired by the natural world and want to broaden their horizons really benefit from this course.

Whether you are aiming to be the next Director of a wildlife NGO or the Environment Minister; a teacher, support worker, countryside ranger; researcher; inspired artist; tree surgeon, biologist, consultant or historic site manager this experience will set you on your way.

Trainees are based at Lower Sharpham Farm in the picturesque Dart River Valley, South Devon, where they will live and work with a team of fellow trainees as well as working with a range of conservation organisations from our extensive network. T

The exact content of the 12 week training course can vary depending on the season, however we aim to provide an introduction to the UK conservation sector and comprehensive and thorough applied English language training. Placements include field trips to local conservation sites; biodiversity assessments, including practical skills in wildlife survey; techniques for the management of rural landscapes; and employability skills.  Alongside the practical work, trainees also focus on one of our applied research projects, with the option to look at either Badger (Meles meles) population/TB Vaccination Deployment, Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) longevity, spatial and temporal use of the farm by bat populations, bird survey data recording and analysis or using trail cameras for public engagement.  Data from these project can contribute to your degree modules.

3 month Traineeships available throughout the year, starting in  APRIL, JULY, OCT 2020

he course can count toward university credits for students.  You can get Erasmus + fudning to help cover the costs of accomodation, foood etc, please contact your university department directly. Or you can self fund your placement.

Read more about our 12 week Erasmus+ Nature Conservation Experience and the full course content.


Nature  Conservation  Farming  Environment  Education  Biology  Geography  Wildlife  Traineeship  Travel  Botany  

Additional Information

Testimonials “Things I’ve learnt here and the people I’ve met have really changed how I see things” “It was the best 3 months of my life” “With this placement I feel I have practical knowledge and experience which is not just a piece of paper and will help me achieve my goals” “I gained a lifelong experience and lasting knowledge about the scientific part and the personal side of life too.” “The experience will help me in my future work” “An experience for a lifetime” Accommodation Our ‘cabin’ has 8 single bedrooms with 2 toilet/shower rooms and an open plan kitchen with a large comfortable lounge featuring a wood stove. This accommodation is part of our working farm, managed for biodiversity and learning. It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees, hedgerows and spectacular views of the River Dart and is surrounded by idyllic countryside. This is a secure and tranquil place for relaxing between learning sessions. All meals are provided from local produce (direct from our farm where possible) with special dietary requirements catered for on request. We have a Yurt and an open plan office (with free Wi-Fi) which we use as training spaces. Fees & How to Apply Fees: €3000 for the 12 week placement, including accommodation and food. Up to 50% Erasmus+ funding is available. Please contact your University Erasmus+ office and ask about Traineeships. They can contact us at [email protected] English language skills required: basic/intermediate level. We provide excellent language support to help those who need more confidence with their language skills. To apply for this placement, Please complete this application form and return to [email protected] Application Deadlines: 6 weeks before start date July 2nd & Oct 2nd 2019 If you have any questions regarding this 12 week placement, please contact us on +44 (0)1803 732747 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
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