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Work Placement Scheme

Thank you for your interest in our Work Placement Scheme.

Due to the large number of applications received, applications for our 2020 scheme have now closed.

However, if you are looking for ecology work experience, you can still apply to undertake bat surveying work with us!


The work placement will run from mid-April to the end of September 2020 and is based at our head office in Hampshire. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience with a leading UK ecological consultancy. Many of our work placements have gone on to secure employment with either ourselves, other ecological consultancies/multi-disciplinary companies or conservation groups.

Structured training will be offered as part of the placement and will cover field survey work including bat, great crested newt and reptile surveys, as well as office-based tasks such as ecological report writing, sound analysis and desk studies.

The scheme is open to any student with a keen interest in ecology who is currently studying a related degree/masters, or a recent graduate in a related subject. The placement is full time and you must be able to commit for the full duration of the summer survey season. Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests for short-term placements i.e. one to two weeks.

Successful candidates will receive a salary and are entitled to paid holiday and pension benefits. Our placements are predominantly field based; therefore, you will need a full driving licence, be a confident driver and have your own transport. Field surveys are carried out across the South and further afield, sometimes involving overnight stays.

How to Apply

Please email your Curriculum Vitae, ensuring to highlight all relevant knowledge, experience and skills, and a covering letter explaining why you would like to undertake a work placement with ECOSA, for the attention of Anita Mackley (Office Manager) at

Please let us know how you found out about this opportunity and title your email in the subject line 'Work Placement Scheme 2020'.

If you would like to informally discuss this role, please email in the first instance.


We regret that due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to acknowledge every application and reserve the right to close this opportunity early if suitable candidates are found.

If we think that your skills and qualifications are suitable, we may invite you to apply for other similar positions at ECOSA.


Page updated 6th January 2020

Page revised 5th February 2020

Page updated 9th March 2020