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Nature Conservation Traineeship UK (Erasmus+/IndividualPays)

project description

A 12 week nature conservation traineeship (not EVS) in South West England, ideal for final year undergraduates, Masters students or recent graduates. This is a self funded traineeship and/or Erasmus+ funding is available. The Ambios nature conservation traineeship provides the foundation skills required for a career in nature conservation along with a comprehensive insight into working in the sector. Trainees are based at Lower Sharpham Farm in the picturesque Dart River Valley, Devon, where they will live and work with a team of fellow trainees as well as working with a range of conservation organizations from our extensive network. The traineeship can count toward university credits.
Placements include field trips to local conservation sites; biodiversity assessments, practical skills in wildlife survey; techniques for the management of rural skills landscapes; employability & language skills. Volunteering & EVS also available - 2 week, 6 week and 3 month stay.


accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Our ‘cabin’ has 8 single bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen/lounge with wood burner. This accommodation is part of our working care farm, managed for biodiversity and learning. It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees, hedgerows, surrounded by idyllic countryside with spectacular views of the River Dart. 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 internet access.


training during the project

We like to follow the interests of individual learners when we can and therefore the exact content may vary. There are 5 main areas of learning, grouped under the headings; UK biodiversity in context, UK wildlife surveys and habitat and species monitoring, Applied conservation management, Research projects and community work, Education and widening participation. The
learning pathways weave its way through these subject areas to deliver a quality unique and work focused experience.


volunteer profile

We are looking for people that are sincerely interested in nature conservation/wildlife/environment/natural world and want to use this opportunity as a platform into the job market or as an insight into the different experiences available. Volunteers should be hard working, socially aware, happy to share space and work with a wide mix of people. A love of the outdoors is a must. English language skills required: intermediate level. We provide excellent language support to help those who need more confidence with their language skills.


how to apply

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12 wk - €3000 inc accom and food. Up to 50% Erasmus+ funding is available.
Start dates: 2nd Jan, 2nd April, 2nd July, 2nd October 2018 - deadline 6 weeks before each start date.


additional information

We have our three month traineeship which can be self funded or accessed through Erasmus+. If through Erasmus please contact your university as well as applying to us. we also have EVS opportunities through service volontaire. We also take self funded volunteers for 2 weeks - 3 months.


Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has a physical environment suitable for young people with physical, sensory or other disabilities (such as wheelchair access and similar.
  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.

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