LSF Traineeships

12 Week Nature Conservation Traineeship

A 12 week nature conservation traineeship at Lower Sharpham Farm in South Devon, ideal for final year undergraduates, Masters students or recent graduates interested in a career in nature conservation. It is possible that this traineeship can count toward your university credits. 

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 conservation sector. 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 organizations from our extensive network.

Are you affiliated to a non-UK, European university? You might be eligible for Erasmus+ funding. Take a look at our Erasmus+ traineeship page.

2018 traineeship dates:
Winter: 2nd January – 23rd March
Spring: 2nd April – 22nd June
Summer: 2nd July – 21st September
Autumn: 1st October – 21st December


Course Content

The exact content of the 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 employability prospects. 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. 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 Experience and the full course content.


“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”


Our ‘cabin’ 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 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: £2700 for the 12 week placement  including accommodation and food.
Are you affiliated to a non-UK, European university? You might be eligible for Erasmus+ funding. Take a look at our Erasmus+ traineeship page.

Application Process:

1. Please complete this application form  and return to

2. We’ll get in touch to schedule a Skype chat.

3. If we think we’ll be a good fit for your needs, we’ll offer you a place on the traineeship and you can then pay the deposit below.

Please note that we allocate traineeships on a non-competitive, ‘first come first served’ basis, rather than merit. If the programme you wish to apply for is full, we’ll offer you a space on the next programme.

Application Deadlines 2018:

Winter programme (2 Jan – 23 Mar): Apply by 28th November, 2017
Spring programme ( 2 Apr – 22 Jun): Apply by 5th March, 2018
Summer programme (2 Jul – 21 Sept): Apply by 21st May, 2018
Autumn programme (1 Oct – 21 Dec): Apply by 21st August, 2018

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page to find more details about how you will spend your time during the traineeship.

If you have any other questions regarding this 12 week placement, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)1803 732747 or email


Making Payment

Once Ambios has accepted your application for the Nature Conservation Traineeship, you can make payment using the link below. The cost is £2700 which includes food and eco-accommodation. Payments are taken in three stages – pre placement deposit, mid placement and on completion.

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