the conservation career accelerator

 

 

Unlock more purpose, impact and happiness in your career as a conservation professional.

 

THE CONSERVATION CAREER ACCELERATOR | Take your career to the next level

What is the Conservation Career Accelerator?

Do you work in wildlife conservation, but feel you’d like to have more purpose, impact, and happiness in your career? This is a 12-week online course, which takes you through a step-by-step process to help you achieve just that.

The structure of the course has been informed by six years of teaching career planning to over 120 amazing students on the University of Cambridge, Masters in Conservation Leadership.

The commitment is around an hour per week, but you can choose to work entirely at your own pace over the course of a year. It’s totally flexible.

Scroll down to find out how you can unlock more purpose, impact, and happiness in your career….

 

“The training provided by Conservation Careers is ideal for mid-career conservationists who are looking to find that sweet spot where their skills and passion can achieve the highest impact”.

Dr Chris Sandbrook | Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters in Conservation Leadership, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Official Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge.

The Conservation Career Accelerator includes

The Conservation Careers Accelerator is a comprehensive programme of training, support and jobs designed to take your career to the next level. Within the programme are three career-boosting elements to unlock more purpose, impact, and happiness in your career as a professional conservationist.

Training

The Conservation Career Accelerator

Follow our proven step-by-step system to unlock more impact.

Support Community

CC Pro

Join our private CC Pro community for support, events, networking & more.

Jobs

The Conservation Careers Job Board

Enjoy full access to the world’s biggest conservation job board.

Your Career Support Team

Dr Nick Askew

Nick is the Founder and Director of Conservation Careers and holds a PhD in the behavioural ecology of Barn Owls.

As a professional conservationist over the past 20 years he has worked across the Academic, Private, Public, Charity and Enterprise sectors.

During his career, he has raised over £2,500,000 for conservation projects across 120 countries to help threatened species and habitats. Recently, he has helped thousands of people into their dream conservation job.

Since establishing Conservation Careers he has helped thousands of aspiring and practicing conservationists in their careers. He’ll be your lead course guide and can’t wait to help you get your conservation career on track!

Kristi Foster

Kristi is the Head of Engagement at Conservation Careers and has a Master’s in Conservation Biology.

Her conservation work has led over the past 9 years to Africa, UK, Australia and Latin America in everything from field work and environmental education to project management and communications.

She has worked for Ecotourism Australia, Fauna & Flora International (UK) and the World Agroforestry Centre (Kenya).

Since joining Conservation Careers, she has coached over 100 conservationists in career planning, job applications and interviews, and is looking forward to helping you on your career path!

WHO IS IT FOR?

This is a course for people who have at least three years experience in the wildlife conservation sector and wish to unlock more purpose, impact and happiness in your career.

This includes all roles within the expansive nature conservation sector and from across the globe.

Who is the Conservation Careers Accelerator for?

This is a course for people who have at least three years experience in the wildlife conservation sector and wish to unlock more impact, purpose and happiness in your career.

This includes all roles within the expansive nature conservation sector and from across the globe.

Training | The Conservation Career Accelerator

The accelerator is organised into 17 units delivered over 12 weeks as shown below. You can choose to work at the pace of the units being released each week, which equates to about an hour per week, or do them entirely at your own pace. You have full access for a year, so there’s no rush or schedule to follow.

The Modules

Balance | How to find more career fulfilment (quickly)?

In this unit, we’ll seek to identify ways for you to find more fulfilment from any role, including your current one. 

You’ll do this by gaining a deeper understanding of four key elements should be in a form of balance to feel greater happiness, day-to-day. 

Your task will be to identify ways to bring your current work into more balance to unlock some quick impact and get the course rolling.

Impact | How to increase your career impact five-fold?

In this unit, we’ll explore ways for you to unlock at least five times as much impact in your work, using two fundamental principles of productivity. 

Your task will be to identify the elements of your work which create most of your career fulfilment. 

Equally as important, we’ll also help you to find and minimise elements in your work which create most of your headaches, stress and pains.

Projection | What does your amazing career look-like?

The goal here is to capture your initial ideas about what an amazing career might look like for you, five years from now. 

It is a fun task where we enjoy envisaging together what your amazing career might look and feel like, in order to start clarifying where you might want to go next.

Talents | What are your career superpowers?

We’re all unique and have special talents which can help us in our careers. The problem is, what are they and how do we identify them? 

In this unit we’ll provide you a simple method to uncover your career superpowers, so you can set them more to work going forwards.

Timeline | What can you learn from your career?

In this unit you’ll look back across your career to date and visualise the highs and lows. We’ll then analyse your key roles to gain a deeper understanding of what you liked, didn’t like and your favourite memories. 

By looking across your career timeline, you’ll reflect on what you want to bring with you into your future career, and what you may want to leave behind.

Causes | What issues do you want to tackle in your career?

In this unit you’ll clarify the causes (issues) you feel strongly about which you may wish to tackle in your career. Causes are very personal, and might be large or small scale. 

We’ll lead you through a simple task designed to unearth your deepest passions, in order to give you more purpose.

Priorities | What are your career priorities?

In order to move forward in your career with more happiness, we’ll help you to identify the key elements which are important for you. 

Do you need a job that pays well, provides training, a flexible work-life balance, or something else? Through a simple task we’ll uncover what you need going-forwards so you can make better, more informed decisions.

Flow | When do you come alive in your work (and life)?

There are moments in our lives when we really come alive. We lose track of time, feel energised and excited about doing it again soon. 

These are moment of flow, and they tell us SO MUCH about what really matters to us. In this unit we’ll uncover your moments of flow, and seek to identify patterns from across them, in order to create more of these magic moments in our lives.

We spoke with Anthony Ochieng for this Tony Wild podcast

Revelations | What have you learnt?

This is a time for reflection, where you review everything you’ve learnt about yourself from the tasks so far and identify your biggest career revelations (so far). 

We’ll identify your biggest a-ha moments, and process them into a useful form to help provide clarity moving forwards.

Potential Directions | What are your career options?

In this unit we’ll help you to identify the potential directions you may wish to take in your career. Based on your work to date, and your career revelations, you’ll capture your ideas for potential future career directions, which may provide more impact and happiness for you, within the next five years. 

Has it confirmed your plans so far? Has it suggested a pivot in a new direction? Have you had a crazy idea that’s got you excited? We can’t wait to find out!

Outreach | What can you learn from others?

In this unit we’ll help you to speak with people doing roles which may provide a future career direction which provides you with more career impact, purpose and happiness. 

Using our archive of 35,000 conservation jobs in combination with LinkedIn, you’ll have a series of discussions to clarify which of your potential directions feel right to you personally. You’ll also begin the process of understanding of how you might get there.

Clarity | What direction do you wish to take in your career?

At this key stage in the course, you’ll seek to describe, as clearly and succinctly as you can, the direction you’d like to take in your career over the next five years.

Gaps | How to prepare for your next career move?

The goal of this unit, is to uncover any skills, experience, educational or knowledge gaps you may need to fill, in order to achieve your vision over the next five years. 

You’ll work through a step-by-step process to analyse job descriptions, past and present, to form a clear plan of action to identify and address any gaps.

Experience | How to secure the right experience?

Getting experience can be great way to test drive your next career move, address any employment gaps, build your network, and help you to stand out at interviews. 

In this unit we’ll help you to carefully reach out to other conservation professionals, with a view to securing an experience of working alongside them in an internship or similar position.

Lana Müller

Side Hustles | How to engage in your ‘crazy career idea’?

Through the course you may have identified a ‘crazy idea’ that got your excited, and that you’d like to explore. In this unit we help you to engage with it as a side-hustle. 

Something you can do alongside your current work, for fun, with a view to finding more purpose, impact and happiness.

Personal Brand | How to position yourself online?

In this penultimate stage of the course, we help you to start building a personal brand around your chosen career direction. 

We help you to position yourself online – using social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram – to follow, share, support and engage within your chosen area of influence, and be seen as a potential thought leader. 

Through this you’ll widen your network, gain a deeper knowledge of your area, and improve your employment prospects.

Commitments | How to secure career success?

In this final unit we help you to reflect on what you’ve learnt, identify your next steps, and make a commitment to really make things happen. 

So you finish with a renewed sense of purpose, with clear direction and a roadmap to greater happiness and impact.

“After settling into a senior position as Head of Conservation at BirdLife South Africa, I was curious to explore further ways on how to be more impactful and remain equally fulfilled.

I enrolled for the Conservation Careers Accelerator which has seen positive outcomes aligned to productivity and an ability to better prioritise. The Accelerator has also shaped my thinking regarding a possible next career move.

I would consider the Conservation Careers Accelerator course as a vitally important “must-do” for early-career conservationists. I would also highly recommend the course to mid-career conservationists seeking any new direction and for continued job satisfaction”.

Dr Hanneline Smit-Robinson, Head of Conservation, BirdLife South Africa.

Community Support | Ask questions and get support

The training is a work-at-your-own pace course. You can go as fast as you want, or you can take your time. But what happens when you have a question?

We’re glad you asked! Included within the programme are two great resources to help answer your questions and get you unstuck:

Weekly office hours with Conservation Careers

Sometimes you just need to ask the coaches a question. That’s why we host a weekly Zoom call to get your questions answered, and learn from the questions of the others. Can’t make it? All call replays are available inside the course.

Access to the CC Pro private community

Can’t wait until office hours? Ask your question inside the CC Pro private community!

Join our totally new private, growing community of aspiring and professional conservationists in CC Pro. You’ll be welcomed into our private community for six months. Get answers to burning questions, enjoy regular live events, participate in growth challenges, share your coursework, celebrate your successes, chat with your fellow participants and more. 

You’re not alone in this.

Live Events

Enjoy regular live events, delivered right to your calendar.

Hear from experts during our webinars, sit in on job application hotseat coaching sessions and more. 

Growth Challenges

Participate in challenges that help you grow professionally. 

From networking to goal setting, we’ll challenge you to get outside your comfort zone and expand your limits (in a good way!)

Feedback

Get 1:1 feedback from your coaches and community.

Get the personalised feedback you need to progress from the team of CC coaches and other community members.

Celebrate Successes

Celebrate your successes and build momentum.

Share your highs and lows with the community to get support and encouragement. 

Peer Support

Get support from a global community of conservationists. 

Chat with your fellow participants and build a global support network for your career.

Private Chat

Connect 1:1 with other members via private chat.

If you share an interest, need advice or want to collaborate, it’s easy to connect.

Jobs | Access over 15,000 jobs, volunteer placements, internships, courses & more...

Included in the programme is full access to the Conservation Careers Job board. By far the biggest collection of jobs, volunteer placements, internships and training courses. Find the right opportunities quickly, and easily, and stop them slipping you by…

Over 15,000 jobs

Enjoy the biggest conservation job board in the world, with over 15,000 conservation jobs globally.

Covering all job types and levels, we work especially hard to find the early career roles so important to get your career going. 

Vol. & Internships

Search through hundreds of Internships, Volunteerships and Expeditions from across the globe. 

We know some experiences can be expensive … and constantly strive to uncover those precious free (& paid!) opportunities for you to enjoy.

1,500 Courses

Explore career-boosting courses, training-events, Masters Degrees, online courses and much more.

Many of these courses are totally free, and can really boost your employability; helping you to stand out from the crowd.

5,000 Organisations

Which conservation employers are located near you? Who works on marine conservation?

Access our full archive of jobs to identify the right employers for you.

Email Alerts

Don’t let your dream job slip you by, and set up unlimited email alerts.  

You can set up daily, weekly or monthly email alerts, filtered by location, job type, level or keywords. 

Bookmarks

Organise all your jobs with notes so you can save them for later with ease.

Bookmark jobs, volunteer, internships and courses with the click of that bottom, and add your own notes. 

Helping hundreds of conservation organisations find new staff

We work with some of the biggest (and smallest) conservation organiations to find new staff, students, volunteers and students. 

FAQs

The commitment is around an hour per week over 12 weeks, but you can choose to work entirely at your own pace over the course of a year. It’s totally flexible, and designed to do in your lunch hour (or any hour!)

We’ve worked hard to fast-track your learnings and condense everything into just what you need to know. You can go entirely at your own pace, and have a year’s access to the units.

You have access to the course videos for the full year of your membership to the site, so you don’t have to do a module a week if it doesn’t suit your schedule for any reason. However, we’ve found it best to try and work through the modules at a similar pace to your course-mates, so you can share your learnings and support one another.

This is a course for people who have at least three years professional experience working in wildlife conservation. Through the course you’ll learn how to unlock more impact, purpose and happiness in your career.

The regular cost for the course is $395 / £295 / €350. 

Once you sign up for the course you’ll get a confirmation email with all the details you’ll need in order to get going.

If within 14 days, if you are unhappy for whatever reason just email us and you will receive a full refund.

“I have just completed the last module of the Conservation Careers Accelerator and wanted to say thank you! I can honestly say that the support I have received from you has changed my outlook on my career, and I now have a real plan for the next steps that I need to take. I think that you are doing a fantastic job in inspiring and guiding people to make better decisions in their careers” Miranda Maybank, January 2022.

What's Included?

The Conservation Careers Accelerator is a comprehensive programme of training, support and jobs designed to take your career to the next level. Within the programme are three career-boosting elements to unlock more impact, purpose and happiness in your career.

Training

The Conservation Career Accelerator

Follow our proven step-by-step system to unlock more impact.

Support Community

CC Pro

Join our private CC Pro community for support, events, networking & more.

Jobs

The Conservation Careers Job Board

Enjoy full access to the world’s biggest conservation job board.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the course is $395 / £295 / €350 and this includes the training, support community and access to jobs.

The Conservation Career Accelerator comes with a 14-day 100% money-back guaranteeIf within 14 days, if you are unhappy for whatever reason just email us and you will receive a full refund. No questions asked. 

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or problems please don’t hesitate to get in touch by mail@conservation-careers.com