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This 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 networkThe course can count toward university credits for students.  If you’re part of European university we can talk more about this at interview.

2020 traineeship dates:

  • Spring: 31st March – 19th June
  • Summer: 30th June – 18th September
  • Autumn: 29th September – 18th December

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COURSE CONTENT

The exact content of this 12-week training course can vary depending on the season, however we aim to provide a solid introduction to the UK conservation sector to boost your subject knowledge and employment prospects. The course includes 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 Re-Wilding, badger (Meles meles) population/TB vaccination deployment, spatial and temporal use of the farm by bat populations, bird survey data recording or using trail cameras for public engagement.  Data from a project can contribute to your degree modules. You’ll also get access to our rich network which will be invaluable as you start and continue your career in the nature conservation sector.

Read more about our 12-week Nature Conservation Course and the full course content which includes our wildlife survey and survey skills curriculum.

OUTCOMES

Whether you’re looking for a learning experience to broaden your horizons, or focused on the career path you want and you need experience to get you there, this training is for you. The aim of the course is to help you gain the skills needed for a career in the nature conservation sector. Employers have identified the skills gap in students coming out of university who lack necessary practical management and species identification and survey skills as well as vital employability skills such as team work, project planning and negotiation skills. This training will tackle this issue by providing you with an opportunity to experience various practical tasks as well as a chance to work towards a Europass Certificate Supplement (by producing a portfolio of evidence proving your competence at practical nature conservation tasks).

WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?

We operate an open recruitment and welcome applications from anyone. Our experiences suggest 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 benefit from these placements; whether you are aiming to be the next Director of a wildlife NGO or the Environment Minister; a teacher, support worker, countryside ranger or researcher; tree surgeon, biologist, consultant or historic site manager this experience will set you on your way.

ERASMUS+ FUNDING AND PLACEMENTS

This 12-week nature conservation course is eligible for ERASMUS+ funding under the ‘Traineeship’ scheme.

English language skills required: basic/intermediate level. We provide excellent language support to help those who need more confidence with their language skills.

Please contact your University ERASMUS+ office and ask about Traineeships. They can contact us directly via [email protected]

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”

“This traineeship was even better than I could imagine, so I only can recommend it”

“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”

WHO IS DELIVERING THE WORK-BASED TRAINING?

Ambios are a team of professional scientists and nature conservation educators with a track record dating back to the 1980s. Ambios itself is over 18 years old.  We have extensive experience of working alongside volunteers and trainees and sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for conservation and the farm itself.  Our range of skills will support you on this course, train you and enable shared learning experiences. You will spend most of your time at the farm with timetabled days for specific field trips in Devon.

LIVE AND WORK

Whilst training at Lower Sharpham Farm you will live with a team of motivated fellow trainees all of whom will share a keen interest in nature and wildlife, have a good level of English language skills and have personal experiences and skills to share. You will be based in the bunkhouse where you will share your living space and eat food from the local area, creating an absorbing placement where your time will be full.

ACCOMMODATION

Our ‘bunkhouse’ has 8 single bedrooms with 2 toilet/shower rooms and a kitchen with a large comfortable lounge and 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 made 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.

TRAVEL

With an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of travel (especially by air), we are encouraging all our trainees to consider overland travel.

Please take your time and plan your travel to us overland.  There are good train and bus connections within the UK from London down to Totnes.  We can pick you up from the railway station in Totnes or coach stop on the main road (A38).

In our experience, travelling long distances overland takes time. Please plan your journey to us with this in mind.  You might need to leave your home country a day or more earlier to arrive with us on the start date of our programme.

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Sometimes personal circumstances including time pressures or health concerns mean that flying is the only way to come to us.  That is fine.  We feel we need to consider our overall travel impact and so if some people can come overland we will start to reduce the overall environmental impact. Once you arrive, you’ll see we continue to actively explore, at every opportunity, different ways to reduce our environmental impact and we are making progression.  You can join in and contribute to our exploration, helping us live, learn and work for wildlife at #LowerSharphamFarm.

9 reviews on “12 week Nature Conservation Training Course

  1. SHIRLEY94H@GMAIL.COM'
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    A great team of engaged and friendly people that teach with an effective, hands-on method that really boosts learning and makes the participant feel confident in what they learn. Independence is encouraged throughout, but the team is always there if some guidance is required. I feel it really boosted both my knowledge and my willingness to just jump into activities feet first and try to make the most out of it. Highly recommend them!

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    Ámbitos is a serious, professional organisation with a kind, caring and expert team. I’d recommend their courses to anyone that shares a passion for nature, hands on learning and the outdoors.

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    Highly recommended! The professional staff is very good at what they do, and their friendliness helps to turn the learning more fun and stress-free, while making you feel right at home. I feel like what I learned during the training is already helping me in my professional life, and will continue to do so. This training also helped me grow as a person, for now, I am much more comfortable in engaging people and in taking action in projects out of my comfort zone.

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    This is a fantastic group with very friendly people, that will not only help and guide you, as they will also transmit (a lot of) their knowledge about nature conservation.
    There are several activities and tasks that you are proposed to complete, and every day is a day to learn and put in practice something exciting.
    These training courses give opportunity for personal growth, create space for independence, deep learning and they are also highly enjoyable.
    I feel that this was one of the greatest experiences I had to enrich my professional path, but it is as well  a great opportunity if you just want to learn more about nature conservation.
    Fully recommended, thank you, Ambios!

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    Ambios have a remarkable track record of running projects that have provided ‘work experience’, ‘training placements’ and similar CV-building programmes that for many participants have turned out to be literally ‘life changing’. Potential employers look for ‘relevant experience’ and that’s precisely what Ambios provides in abundance.

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    By joining this Ambios course I had the opportunity to learn not only about the large amount of possibilities that we have to work in conservation, but also about the advantages of working in a team of volunteers that have the aim of making the Earth a better home for all living beings. Investigation and divulgation are basic in nature conservation, and Ambios does both of them thanks to an amazing team of passionate professionals.

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    In 2018 I decided to enrol in an internship abroad, at Ambios LSF, Ltd. This was an essential step in my studies taking into consideration that this organisation is specialised in nature conservation training, with the UK as a start point. This journey was rewarding giving the fact that helped me to build up not only my professional skills, but also my social skills and my self-confidence (e.g. working with people with learning disabilities and giving oral presentations to a wide public). During this placement I attended training in QGIS, camera trapping, bird monitoring (e.g. on woodland, farmland and wetland), habitat management (e.g. grassland, woodland and farmland), grassland surveys, UK employment network, Red List Species status and application of the EU Birds Directive, among others.
    Overall this was a great experience and I surely recommend it.

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    Well, all I can say is that this trainning was the best thing that have ever happened to me! Loved every single thing! Amazing people, so caring and supportive, they have no ideia of how much they taught us, it’s crazy. I was able to design and execute my own scienfic project, wich I loved and learnd a lot through it, and all the clases we had, the participation in several concervation projects, feeling confident about my english, the landscape and the trips to the natural parks, the oportunities that i got from being there, the people i met…oh well “thank you” is not enough <3 loved it!

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    I joined them trying yo empathize a bit more with the nature. As my target was prsctising English, know new people and helping them, I succed building a cabin with Martin (one of the guys that gave a hand).
    It’s been quite nice and everyone os really helpfull and friendly.

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