Placements for University of Cumbria Students with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Cumbria Wildlife Trust has recently started working with the University of Cumbria to provide work experience placement for students from the university.

This film about our placement scheme was created by Chris Bristow, Wildlife and Media student at the University of Cumbria.

"My placement with Cumbria Wildlife Trust has gone by too quickly. It seems only five minutes since I was disastrously messing up my interview – which I still got through, showing how understanding the staff are – something that continued to be demonstrated throughout the year, I never felt uncomfortable asking questions, or for asking for help.

I really think that my time spent working with the Trust has given me invaluable experience of working in my chosen field of study; I’ve been involved with the practical management of various habitat types and I’ve a deeper understanding of ecological concepts studied academically; I hope that these practical skills will help to give me a competitive edge over other graduates when applying for jobs at the end of my final year.

Now I have done this placement, my future career ideas have changed somewhat; initially, I was interested in working on a species based, ex-situ conservation program, now, I am quite keen on the idea of working on a more landscape based conservation effort such as the work carried out by the Trust.

I still have one more year at university but I’m eager to get it finished and get out there doing something practical again!

Massive thanks to everyone I worked with and everyone else who made it possible."

Ian Kane, University of Cumbria placement student 2013-14

Placements are available for students studying nature conservation and those on media courses. For more information on our placements and how to apply, contact Volker Deecker