Course: Nature Recovery - Spring Traineeship (16 weeks)


Totnes, Devon
25th March - 12th July 2024

Cost: £4,450 (inclusive of accommodation, food and field trips)

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, food, farming & horticulture

Spend 16 weeks with Ambios and leave with the skills you need for a career working for nature recovery.

This deeply immersive residential traineeship lays the foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience needed for many emerging jobs in the environment sector.

You’ll be based on our wildlife-friendly farm and rewilding site on the Sharpham Estate in South Devon. The training is embedded in Ambios’ nature recovery work, helping you build a wealth of first-hand experience indispensable in developing a future working for wildlife.

During the 16 weeks, you’ll explore a great breadth of learning which includes:

  • Ecology & land management - Presentations, workshops & field experiences examining ecological principles, the current state of UK wildlife & different approaches to managing land for nature.
  • Wildlife identification - Workshops developing key identification skills for important wildlife groups including plants, birds, insects, bats & other mammals.
  • Wildlife survey & monitoring techniques - This traineeship is timed to coincide with the main ecological survey season, giving you access to the best possible range of learning experiences & opportunities
  • Practical land management - Taught sessions in animal handling & care, safe tool use, countryside management techniques, woodwork & traditional rural crafts.
  • Personal development & communication - helping you find your passions & achieve your career goals & sessions developing key skills including how to deliver effective presentations
  • Public engagement & networking - connecting you with the Ambios network, opportunities to engage in our on-site community engagement, outreach & partnership work
  • Field trips - Visits to other nature recovery projects & a diversity of key Devon habitats

You will also be encouraged to live sustainably during your time with us, helping in our organic garden, farm, and shared community life.

This is a unique chance to gain hands-on experience in a real-world setting, supported by a team of wildlife professionals. People who have trained with Ambios previously have gone on to work for key environmental organisations including The Wildlife Trust and RSPB and leading consultancies.

“Without doubt, doing the traineeship with Ambios has enabled me to make the leap from working for arts charities to working in conservation in a matter of months. The traineeship gives you practical, tangible skills that employers in the environmental sector need to see"


Places are limited. To find out more about the traineeship and how to apply visit click here.

This is a full board residential placement, the price includes accommodation, food, training, and field trips.

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