12 Week Nature Conservation Traineeship ¦ Wild For People Bursary


Would you like to feel inspired and confident enough to improve the future for nature? Would you like to be part of a pioneering rewilding project, an exciting land management approach for wildlife that is relevant across the world? We are delighted to announce UK opportunities for our award-winning international 12 week nature conservation training course, based in South Devon. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in nature. You will develop the practical skills and understanding to enhance your career prospects and protect wildlife and biodiversity, helping to create a wilder future.

Everyone has a role to play in knowing about and making informed decisions with regards to our natural world. Whether you are aiming to be the next Director of a wildlife NGO, an educator, countryside ranger, researcher, inspired artist, tree surgeon, biologist or consultant this immersive learning experience will set you on your way.

There are eight places available for each cohort ( three cohorts per year – Spring, Summer and Autumn). Trainees will be UK and International. The fully funded places available for UK residents are funded The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Bursary placements for our 2020 traineeships have now been filled.

We will be offering bursary placements for 2021 and will be recruiting in the new year. Please keep an eye out on our social media pages (@AmbiosLtd) for updates. 

Training benefits

  • Direct experience of a pioneering rewilding project
  • Increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in: species identification, survey techniques, practical skills, public engagement, habitat ecology, conservation management, and the use of technology in nature conservation.
  • Receive recognition for short courses, including GIS & GPS biodiversity mapping, Bird ID, Camera Trapping and more…
  • Gain a thorough insight into the UK nature conservation sector
  • Train and live with like-minded people in a beautiful South Devon setting
  • Develop employability skills – personal confidence, effective communication, collaboration, project management, partnership working, report writing and presentation delivery.
  • Gain access to our network within the nature conservation sector
  • Be part of a widening participation agenda, working with adults with learning difficulties

Course Content

The programme is diverse in its delivery and rich in opportunities. Our conservation farm and wilding project is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on conservation experience supported by our team of wildlife professionals. Biodiversity monitoring and applied land management are central elements of the programme, building your field skills and your confidence in understanding the ecology of the countryside and the work required to secure its future. We have identified the most common key skills that conservation employers need, with regular short courses and workshops throughout the 12 weeks focusing on these important areas. Plant identification, Quantum GIS, and a range of industry standard wildlife survey protocols such as Phase1 habitat survey are some examples. We will give you a solid understanding of UK conservation approaches and emphasise forward looking strategies including landscape scale ecological restoration (rewidling) and integrated land management. In addition, we will support you in your development of important transferable skills, such as project management and effective public communication, throughout your time. You will also have the chance to connect with our network of organisations which will be invaluable as you develop you career into the future.

Who is the training for?

We operate an open recruitment and welcome applications from anyone. The benefits to those already on a conservation career path but lack crucial experience are clear. Our experience also however tells us that career changers who are looking for a way into the nature conservation sector, or those who are inspired by the natural world and want to broaden their horizons, also benefit greatly from these placements.

Whether you are aiming to be the next Director of a wildlife NGO, an educator, countryside ranger, researcher, inspired artist, tree surgeon, biologist or consultant this experience will set you on your way.


“…this experience has been absolutely fantastic. I cannot believe how much I have learnt in just 12 weeks. I came in with absolutely no prior knowledge of the UK conservation sector… I can now identify many plants – including the most poisonous ones in the UK! I am also proud of the work I have done and really feel that I have contributed to a rewilding project and gained valuable, hands-on experience.”

“It was the best 3 months of my life”

“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”

Who is delivering the work-based training?

Ambios are a friendly team of wildlife professionals and nature conservation educators with over 30 years experience. Ambios itself is 19 years old.  We work alongside volunteers and trainees, sharing knowledge and passion for conservation and our farm.

You will also spend some of your time working with The Sharpham Trust network to deliver education and engagement events.

Our range of skills will support you on this course, train you and enable shared learning experiences.

Live and Work

Whilst training at Lower Sharpham Farm you will live with an international 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 together from the local area. It is an immersive placement, where your time will be full.


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 wildlife and learning.  It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees and hedgerows, with spectacular views of the River Dart and the truly idyllic countryside.  This is a safe 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 large yurt and an open plan office (with free Wi-Fi) which we use as training spaces.


Once Ambios has accepted your application for the Nature Conservation Training Course, you can make payment using the link below.

The cost of this 12 week immersive, residential training course is..

Training: £1950 (£162.50/wk)

Accommodation and Food: £1350 (£112.50/wk)

Total: £3300

Payments are taken in three stages: pre-placement deposit, mid-placement and on completion.