Book your place on our Winter 2019 ASSET course and help bridge the industry’s key failing: the gap between graduating in a relevant environmental subject and undertaking professional work as a consultant.
Introduction to Arbtech. Hybrid roles in the business. Preliminary roost assessments.
BERS & EPSLs – with an evening BERS survey as Field work (sunset is at 8:00pm) – location TBC.
Great crested newt & reptiles, with a field exercise of placing reptile felts during the afternoon – location TBC
Preliminary ecological appraisals, mapping & problematic species including a field exercise of collecting the reptile felts – location TBC.
We've worked really hard to design and deliver a course that really adds value for you and closes some of those academia-into-industry gaps. But why take it from us? Here's what some of ASSET 2018 have to say about the course and working with us...
I had the privilege of attending ASSET ecology training from January – May 2018. As a graduate student that was struggling to find a job at the end of my university course, I saw ASSET as the perfect opportunity to gain essential knowledge and experience within an ecological consultancy environment.
Upon completion of the course and assisting with various ecology surveys with one of the senior consultants at Arbtech, I was offered a full-time position with the company. I was over the moon!
I have been working with the company since June 2018 and I have already achieved so much in a short amount of time. I am currently working towards my great crested newt and dormouse licence. I am an accredited agent on a bat licence.
I am trained up to undertake preliminary roost assessments, great crested newt surveys, nesting bird checks and bat emergence/re-entry surveys.
During one of our busiest times in September, I carried out bat surveys in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in less than 2 weeks!
Thank you Arbtech for this amazing opportunity.
Before starting ASSET I had very little experience/knowledge of ecological consultancy, having studied wildlife conservation at university. The classroom sessions provided me with a great background knowledge of the surveys and the processes in consultancy, and the opportunity to shadow experienced, senior consultants in the field, allowed me to gain practical experience of the surveys.
Within one season I was able to start carrying out sub-contracting work with Arbtech and have had some brilliant opportunities to travel and work on some great projects. Without ASSET I probably wouldn’t have been able to get into ecological consultancy, as I wouldn’t have had access to an amazing team of people to shadow.
It has been a pleasure to work with Arbtech this season and I really feel privileged to have been able to attend the ASSET course and to have been given the opportunity to learn so much.
Even now the emergence season is over I'm still doing some shadowing of daytime surveys where possible and am already excited for next season.
ASSET for me really felt like an essential first step into a future career as an ecologist. The focus of the course was wide enough to cover all of the important areas in detail, without being too technical or confusing for beginners.
Best of all, we got to experience bat and amphibian surveying techniques first hand. And it didn’t stop there – after meeting my local Arbtech ecologist I had plenty of opportunities to go out and shadow surveys, and before I knew it I was getting work as a paid subcontractor!
The Arbtech Summer Starter Ecologist Training course (ASSET) is the swiss army knife of professional development for entry level and experienced ecologists.
As a newly graduated student, ASSET has allowed me to develop a breadth and depth of theoretical knowledge and field skills essential for a career in ecological consultancy. Included in the course are classes and practical sessions on topics such as phase 1 habitat surveying, protected species surveying, environmental law and report writing.
Through ASSET I have gotten to know incredibly talented, enlightening and conscientious people who share a morally vested interest in wildlife conservation. The course has also kickstarted my early career in consultancy by presenting further opportunities to work for Arbtech as a subcontractor throughout the midlands.
Arbtech has been very welcoming from the get-go! As a recent graduate I have been researching many different consultancy companies to gain experience in my aspired field of work ecology, Arbtech has been one company that has stood out in how understanding it is towards recent graduates.
Arbtech offers not only intensive training to bridge "the gap between graduating in a relevant environmental subject and undertaking professional work as a consultant", I have also been invited on many different surveys from which I can shadow and gain experience!
In addition to this, these employees have allowed me to pick their brains on any questions I may have and I feel so much more knowledgeable from these experiences. From leaving university I have struggled to gain experience without initially having experience; Arbtech has been so nurturing from the website as well as their employees. I would highly recommend Arbtech not only to any other recent graduates in my shoes but anyone looking for advice on the ecology field.
We are always on the lookout for outstanding arboriculturists and ecologists. Take a look at our current opportunities.