Virtual placements

Our placement scheme goes 'virtual' during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our highly-rated placement scheme was sadly cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, we’re running a remote offer, open to any UK students studying a conservation-related discipline.

Talks from Industry Leaders

We're including talks on topics such as employability, effective engagement, countryside management, wildlife monitoring and career development.

Those currently signed up to speak are below but keep checking back for more speakers as they confirm:

Simon Roper – Director of AMBIOS responsible for International Relations and Vocational Education and Training

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Through an enthusiasm for training and witnessing people who ’can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without a job’, I co-founded the not-for-profit Ambios Ltd in 2001 to deliver nature conservation training to people interested in following their goals for nature, education, science or employment.  Ambios is training the next generation of wildlife professionals.  I deliver training in camera trapping and mammal tracking as well as how to delivery great walks and talks and how to grow into leadership. 

Frances Jenkins – Careers and Industry Lead, Kingston Maurwood College

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Frances started at KMC in 2018 as the college’s Industry Placement Coordinator. Before that she worked with long-term unemployed people helping them get back into work.  Frances has always had a passion for supporting others and helping people to identify their skills and strengths. 

As KMC’s Careers and Industry Lead Frances is responsible for designing, developing and delivering KMC prepared – the college’s careers programme. This includes working with staff, students, employers, colleges and universities to make sure that students get exceptional support to make well-informed career and progression choices. 

Frances is particularly keen to help students who may have a health condition; encouraging them to explore ways in which this can be seen as a positive thing, especially when talking to employers. 

Elise Sutton - Reserve Warden, Natural England

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Elise is a wildlife conservationist with a passion for conservation grazing and native breed livestock. She was a volunteer ranger here at Hengistbury Head and also undertook a placement with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). She is now a Reserve Warden for Natural England and can provide sound advice and experience on the path to employment within conservation.

Tom Munroe - Lead Officer for the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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Tom and his team work on a broad front to conserve and enhance natural beauty in this nationally-important landscape, which covers nearly half of rural Dorset.  Work includes advising planning officers on development plans, encouraging farmers to adopt more nature-friendly practices, restoring built heritage (e.g. dry stone walls and Bronze Age barrows) and helping locals and visitors connect with nature and develop an understanding of what they can do to help.

Gareth Walters - Owner, Deeper Green Services

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Gareth has spent 38 years working in both the natural and built environments. He is now providing Countryside Management services exclusively to third sector landowners. He is passionate about access and is the Director of a social enterprise that supports community engagement with the Countryside.

Owain Masters - Public Engagement and Education Officer, ARC Trust

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Owain works for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation as the Snakes in the Heather Public Engagement and Education Officer. Snakes in the Heather is a partnership project to further knowledge about our rarest reptile, the smooth snake, for better coordination of conservation essential for its long-term survival. Alongside colleagues who manage reptile survey programmes, Owain’s role is to educate the public about our most elusive reptiles and the dry lowland heath on which they depend.

David D'Souza - Director of Membership, CIPD

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David joined the CIPD, the professional body HR and people development, in 2014 and has been its Membership Director since 2018. He is responsible for growing membership and ensuring the CIPD connects effectively with the profession to understand how it can continually improve its support offer.

He previously worked as an independent consultant and has also held roles across a range of financial services and retail organisations.  

David is a respected and in demand speaker and writer on progressive HR and business practice, with his commentary regularly featuring in national media. He has expertise in a wide range of areas, including organisational development and culture, learning and development, corporate ethics and the future of work.

He is a Fellow of the Learning Performance Institute, the Centre for Evidence Based Management and the RSA - as well as being a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Andrew Bell - Director UNESCO Biosphere, North Devon


Andy is the originator of the Biosphere reserve in North Devon, which was the first of its type in the UK. Since establishing the site in 2002, he has been coordinating all the work of the 34 partners in the area and he is the CEO of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation charity, which supports the financing of the Biosphere reserve.

Having a degree in Forestry from Aberdeen University, a MSc in sustainable development from University of Exeter and a Post Grad Diploma in Tropical Forestry, he is on the roster for UNESCO as an expert to advise in Biosphere Reserve management in a range of contexts. His passion for the marine environment has brought him into the realms of managing marine areas and terrestrial areas as interlinked systems.

He has worked in country parks in Gloucestershire, then for the National Trust In south Devon where he designed one of the first managed realignment projects in the country before developing the Biosphere in north Devon from an integrated coastal zone management project. Andy was the Chairman of the UK National Committee for the MaB programme and is now the International projects development lead for the committee to ensure that the programme truly delivers internationally, and as such has supported work in South America, North America, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, SE Asia and also the Solomon Islands.

Dr Stacy Wall - Digital and Marketing Communications, Bournemouth University


Stacy is a Lecturer in Digital Communications at Bournemouth University, with a focus on understanding people-environment relationships and community interventions which aim to achieve long-term sustainability. She works with local social entrepreneurs, charities, and organisations to help them, through student collaboration, to better engage communities in need. 

She has over 14 years of professional experience in environmental communications and engagement working with local councils in Canada and in the UK. Her past roles have focused on building community capacity for low carbon lifestyles with the aim of meeting community CO2 reduction targets. Her current research projects include: youth nature connectivity, media and the positivity effect, digital nomadism and wellbeing; and tipping points for sustainable consumer behaviour.

Emily Burton - Associate Director, A Focus on Nature


Emily is the Associate Director of the UK youth nature network A Focus On Nature, which aims to connect more young people with training, opportunities, and careers in conservation. She is also the Conservation Officer at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, where she coordinates volunteers and delivers practical conservation work out on the seabird islands in the Firth of Forth. She didn’t go to uni, instead gaining experience with various conservation charities around Europe including the RSPB, WDC, and Birdlife Malta.

Danny English - Founder, We Be Kids & CommuniTree


Danny lives happily in the North of England with his partner and daughter. He spent a lot of his early adulthood living and working at a centre of Experiential Education in the USA where he discovered the power of community living, nature connection and experiential Education.

Danny studied Outdoor and Environmental Education at Liverpool University and founded the Outdoor Education Project CommuniTree, directing it up until this spring.

When Covid hit, Danny and his partner Annie started a nature-based wellbeing project called We Be Kids and are currently working on this to bring free nature based online resources to children and families to help them build connections and boost wellbeing. Danny is also a children's author, storyteller, poet, spoon carver, birdwatcher, ultra-marathon runner and homeschool Dad

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