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Summer of Nature Recovery 8 week traineeship

Join our Summer of Nature Recovery 8 week traineeship and experience a packed programme of talks, courses, presentations, workshops, practical tasks, surveys and field trips and gain in depth insight and experience of the nature recovery movement in UK. The experience will help to release your potential for a career in nature recovery, be part of a visionary and unique learning experience and gain crucial skills to fast track your career options.

Summer of Nature Recovery

What will I learn?

The summer of nature recovery will explore four different themes, each delving into different aspects of nature recovery. Across 8 weeks you will gain a comprehensive overview of the nature recovery movement, gain skills relevant to working in the nature sector, and improve your confidence.

The themes are as follows:

What to expect

The training will have a rich blend of contributions from different guest experts, talks from people applying their lives to nature recovery, trips to inspirational sites in the local area and practical nature tasks giving you a chance to apply your recently acquired knowledge. 

Ambios team members will meet with you regularly to support your placement.  You will become a valued member of the team, supporting the community and contributing meaningfully to the nature recovery efforts of this important part of the River Dart Valley.

Your 8-week placement will include a series of inspirational talks, courses, presentations and workshops around ecology and nature recovery. Some will explore key wildlife groups such as birds, butterflies and botany, others will explore deep ecology and cover themes such as indigenous culture, nature connection, wild medicines, nature/culture collaborations, wild diets and food provenance.

Your life on a working farm, spent with like-minded others, will be a large part of the experience; harvesting vegetables from the organic garden, creating shared meals, caring for our organic livestock, enjoying conversations around the evening dinner table – knowing that the common thread is that you all care about the natural world.

You will spend time in the stunning River Dart Valley gaining practical and applied field skills. This is a chance to spend quality time outside in a pristine rural landscape and use your body in good practical ways, whilst also invigorating yourself with an inspiring dive into the natural world.

The program of work and learning will be formatted into a weekly schedule around the running of the farm. This will include farm and community living tasks, field trips, livestock handling, practical work, and dynamic learning experiences. We share our farm and work in partnership with United Response, a charity dedicated to supporting adults with learning difficulties.

There is a buzz in the summer months and your evenings will often be full, either with programmed activities or arranged with your colleagues enjoying the facilities of the farm centre and local area. This could include occasional events on a theme or topic, invitational guest speakers, nature immersions such as star gazing, evening bat/bird/moth walks, food evenings/woodland pizza nights, a trip to the local country pub, or a dusk canoe trip.

Field trips will take you to some of the ecological jewels that we have Devon. Some experiences will explore the local landscape of the River Dart and Dartmoor national park. Others might be to other rewilding/reintroduction sites across Devon through our links with the Devon Rewilding Network.

Your experience will be facilitated by key members of the Ambios team, who will hold the space and offer onward signposting to support you in your own journey to nature recovery. Whereas your experience will be shared with others, it will be unique to you; fireside conversations and circle time will allow a deeper reflection as to your own nature recovery experience, and where it may lead you next.

Who's it for?

The summer of nature recovery is for anyone that cares about the natural world and would like an introduction into aspects of ecology. This might be a new world to you and you are just starting on your exploration. It is for those looking for an experience in nature, spent with others, learning and working meaningfully towards positive outcomes for nature.

this might just be the first spark you need to see that the skills you already have can be applied in a role that is working more positively towards the natural world. Our 2-week experiences also act as a good taster for our longer, immersive Ambios traineeships

The desire to do this could be initiated from a need to do something rewarding and enlivening; a desire to take a step in the direction of a career change but just not quite sure where to start; a need to connect with yourself and the land whilst being practical, around like mind others, engaged in projects which are working towards nature recovery.

Current students looking for summer holiday experience & recent graduates looking for practical experience, to develop your CV. Employers are often looking for a demonstration of the skills you have beyond the academic learning of university. This summer placement is a length where you can demonstrate work experience and gain an insight into what might inspire you.

International students looking for a rewarding learning experience in a different country, gaining language and cultural immersions whilst doing something beneficial.

This is a 2 week experience, a chance to get away from your day to day life. Summer placements are more than a holiday, different to a retreat and offer a chance to learn, to apply yourself, to gain skills which can greatly improve your outlook and prospects. 

How to Apply

Application form

Complete the application form below & email farm@ambios.net to let us know you have applied.

Offer of place

We will be in touch with further details, answer your questions, and if we feel the traineeship is a good fit for you, we’ll offer you a place.

Deposit payment

Secure your place by paying a £150 non-refundable deposit. We will confirm your place and send you all the pre-course information. 

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