Careers in Nature Conservation

Careers in Nature Conservation was designed to provide enhanced employability guidance for higher education students in the context of European biodiversity management.  The project worked with partner Universities, University of Évora, Portugal, and Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Hungary and charities from the nature conservation sector; Ambios LtdPortuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and Barn Owl Foundation (BOF), Hungary.  The programme was aimed at students who are passionate about conservation and looking to actively pursue a career in the conservation sector.  Students have been able to engage with the project in four ways:

1. Mobilities

Mobilities were held in Portugal, October 2016 and Hungary, April 2017 involving students from each university.  Students worked with a range of experts throughout the week developing employability and enterprise skills, honing species identification and GIS skills, and culminating in the development of nature walks led by the trainees.

Louise (BA Geography, 2nd year) took part; you can find out about what she got out of it on her Career Zone Blog post.

"Not only have I reaffirmed my interest in nature conservation and learnt some valuable skills for my future career, I had a great time laughing and learning with individuals, now friends, from across Europe"

2. Participative Management Training Programme

We are holding a ‘Participative Management Training Programme’  in August 2017 near Totnes in Devon. After an induction and intensive training period, students from the three universities will gain real time commercial awareness working alongside the Chief Executive and Directors of our partner Ambios. It will be an immersive experience where students prepare for, observe, and ­– where appropriate – participate in key areas of decision making and operational negotiations relating to biodiversity management and project partners. Students will 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.