University student placements

Experience in the field

Giving school and university students a solid foundation of practical experience

Watch this short film to find out more about the University of Cumbria student placement scheme with Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

How do I apply?

If you're seeking wildlife conservation practical work experience directly in the field whilst studying your nature conservation and/or media courses then get in touch!

What they said

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.
Ian Kane, University of Cumbria placement student 2013-14
University of Cumbria

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Andrew Macaulay, Conservation Apprentice, Cumbria Wildlife Trust 2018-2020

I am currently studying Conservation Biology at University of Cumbria. I have just begun my placement with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and I am looking forward to land management work such as peat bog restoration at Foulshaw Moss, that will stand me in good stead for applying for jobs in the conservation sector.

I have a keen interest in plants and birds and during my time at the Trust I hope to develop my identification skills and hone my survey techniques.

Sian Bentley, Conservation Apprentice, Cumbria Wildlife Trust 2016-2018

My two-year traineeship at Cumbria Wildlife Trust has been special and unique as it has given me so much experience, knowledge and direction.

The flexible and supportive nature of the Trust has enabled me to do work where my interests already lie, but still develop new skills and confidence.

I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity and I’m now going to university in September to study Environmental Science. I will definitely be sad to leave!

Ian Kane, Conservation Apprentice, University of Cumbria placement student 2013-14

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.

Blogs by some of our student placements

A short film by school student Rhys Walker after partaking in work experience with Cumbria Wildlife Trust in 2016.