Erasmus+ Nature Conservation Traineeship UK

Course Overview

A 12 week Erasmus+ nature conservation traineeship in South West England, ideal for final year undergraduates, Masters students or recent graduates interested in a career in nature conservation.

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, 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 for students and Erasmus+ funding is available. (If you are UK based or have no affiliation to a European university to qualify for Erasmus+ funding, please see our UK traineeship page.)

2018 traineeship dates:

  • Summer: 2nd July – 21st September (Apply by 21st May, 2018)
  • Autumn: 1st October – 21st December (Apply by 21st August, 2018)

2019 traineeship dates:

  • Winter: 1st January – 22nd March (Apply by 20th November, 2018)
  • Spring: 2nd April – 21st June (Apply by 19th February, 2019)
  • Summer: 2nd July – 20th Sept (Apply by 21st May, 2019)
  • Autumn: 1st Oct – 20th December (Apply by 20th August, 2019)

Course Content

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.

Read more about our 12 week Erasmus+ 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: €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

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

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:

  • Summer programme (2 Jul – 21 Sept): Apply by 21st May, 2018
  • Autumn programme (1 Oct – 21 Dec): Apply by 21st August, 2018

Application Deadlines 2019:

  • Winter programme (1st Jan – 22nd March): Apply by 20th November, 2018
  • Spring programme (2nd April – 21st June): Apply by 19th February, 2019
  • Summer programme (2nd July – 20th Sept): Apply by 21st May, 2019
  • Autumn Programme (1st Oct – 20th Dec): Apply by 20th August, 2019

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


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