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Careers in Nature Conservation

Careers in Nature Conservation is a programme designed to provide enhanced employability guidance for higher education students in the context of European biodiversity management.

The programme is a European collaboration between the University of Exeter and its partners.

Louise (BA Geography, 2nd year) took part in Careers in Nature Conservation earlier this year. You can find out about what she got out of it on her Career Zone Blog post.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is aimed at students who are passionate about conservation and looking to actively pursue a career in the conservation sector.

There are several ways in which you can engage with the project:


1. Participative Management Training Programme

We are recruiting students to take part in a ‘Participative Management Training Programme’. This will be held 21st-30th August 2017 near Totnes in Devon.

After an induction and intensive training period, you will be working with students from Hungary and Portugal and will gain real time commercial awareness working alongside the Chief Executive and Directors of our partner Ambios. It will be an immersive experience where you prepare for, observe, and ­– where appropriate – participate in key areas of decision making and operational negotiations relating to biodiversity management and project partners. You will quickly gain management experience and will be contributing to three main areas of activity for Ambios:

  • widening participation in heritage nature engagement;
  • biodiversity management;
  • entrepreneurial activity.

You’ll also take part in practical activities, helping to complete key projects. 

As a Management Trainee, you should be prepared to be reflective, resourceful and resilient and to respond to both intellectual and physical challenges.

You will be expected to narrate your personal observations and experiences throughout the training programme via a personal blog or video records, as well as to participate in live briefing sessions highlighting key learning points for additional students remote from site via Skype.


2. Virtual Training

We are also recruiting students who will form a pool of trainees able to participate in the virtual training elements, working live via online seminars with students from Hungary and Portugal. 

You’ll have a chance to act as an ambassador for the University, training alongside likeminded students from our partner organisations and developing skills over and above those needed in the conservation sector, such as:

  • cultural awareness;
  • networking;
  • language skills;
  • advanced interpersonal skills;
  • international collaboration.


3. Online Training Materials

The Careers in Nature Conservation project also provides a wealth of online resources which are available to all students.

This includes personal development skills, management training and specific training in the skills needed for a career in conservation.

You can find out more about the project and access learning materials by logging into the project website: http://careersinconservation.elte.hu/moodle/login/.

You do not need to complete an application form in order to use the Online Training Materials. If you do choose to apply for Virtual or Participative Training, you should make sure to consult the Online Training Materials before completing your application.

The programme is open to all current University of Exeter Students. If you have graduated before a non-virtual event takes place, we are sorry to say that for insurance reasons we will no be able to offer you a place. You may still take part in virtual events if you have recently graduated, however.

Applicants should state their availability for:

  • 24th - 28th April: Virtual Training (Biodiversity Management);
  • 21st - 30th August: Participative Management Training;
  • 21st - 30th August: Virtual Training (Participative Management Training).

To apply for a place on the programme, please follow the link below and submit the online application form along with an up-to-date CV.

You are strongly advised to to consult the online training materials provided on the CiNC website, and to be aware of these when writing your application.

Applications close 12th March at 12:00pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 29th March.

All expenses will be paid for the Participative Management Training Event in August.

Click here to apply through My Career Zone.