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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 impact, purpose 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 impact, purpose 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

  • A 12-week programme. Each week you’ll receive the latest module guiding you through the process of how to unlock more impact, purpose and happiness in your career within nature conservation. The commitment is around an hour per week. However, you can choose to work entirely at your own pace over a year.
  • Career Action Plan. All your insights will be captured in a workbook which forms your personalised career action plan.
  • Support from us. You’ll have support from us via email, monthly live Zoom sessions, and in our private Facebook group. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
  • Online community. You’ll get access to an online community of conservation professionals from across the globe to share ideas, ask questions and support one another.
  • Rock-solid guarantee. Try it for 14 days. Not happy for whatever reason? We will refund 100% of your money.
  • Certificate. Everyone who completes the course receives a certificate.
  • SPECIAL BONUS #1 | The Conservation Careers Academy containing the best career-boosting resources, training, and support from the leading experts in the conservation industry.
  • SPECIAL BONUS #2 | Two Career-Boosting Guides. How to apply for a conservation job? AND Careers Advice Compendium.

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.

She’s really passionate about helping conservationists find and fulfil their potential in the sector.

Her conservation work has led over the past 7 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) and is looking forward to helping you along on your career path!


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.

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.

Course Outline

The accelerator is organized into 17 units delivered over 12 weeks as shown below. You can choose to work according to 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 tight 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 creates 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.

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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.

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.

Lana Müller

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.

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, to identify your next steps, and to 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.

SPECIAL BONUS #1 | The Conservation Careers Academy

The Conservation Careers Academy contains the best career-boosting resources, training and support from the leading experts in the conservation industry.

As a member you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re getting your career on the right track quickly, and that you’re not alone. 

Included in the Conservation Careers Academy are 11 ways to make saving the planet your day job.


Get access to the world’s biggest conservation job board with over 8,000 jobs from across the globe enjoyed by our participantss each year.

Covering all job types and levels, we work especially hard to find the early career roles so important to get your career going. As a participant you can also bookmark, add notes and set up unlimited job alerts.

Don’t let your dream job slip you by…


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

We know some experiences can be expensive … and constantly strive to uncover those precious free (or even paid) opportunities for our members to enjoy.


Explore hundreds of 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.

Plus, get priority access to, and amazing discounts on, workshops and online courses run by Conservation Careers, and our growing selection of Conservation Careers Partners.


Get support, ask questions, share experiences, network with like-minded people, and much more in our private Conservation Careers Academy Facebook group.

We’re a global community of conservation job seekers and career switchers, who are here to help you get your career on track.

You’re not alone.


Join in with our regular live classroom events covering the key elements of finding work in the conservation sector.

Topics include how to apply for a conservation job, the conservation job market, how to choose the right job for you etc.

Missed the classroom? Don’t worry we’ll send you recordings, and you’ll get access to our growing archive of training videos.


Want to know which conservation employers are located in your area? Need to know the entry-level requirements for a certain job type? Or perhaps what are the job types within a corner of the industry?

As a participant you can explore an-ever growing library of over 20,000 conservation jobs from across the globe. An invaluable tool in your career exploration and planning.


Showcase your CV or resume in our featured talent pool used by employers and recruiters.

You can also link to your LinkedIn profile for people to find out more and connect with you.


Got a question? Enjoy live chat support from one of our advisers in the Academy.

If we’re offline, we’ll respond via email as quickly as we can.


Access hundreds of careers advice articles, interviews, podcasts and more.

You also get our world-famous careers advice newsletter dropped neatly into your inbox each week.


Enjoy special participant discounts on all our services such as CV, Resume and Application checking and practice Interviews..

We’ve got your back, and can help you to get hired much quicker.


We know money can be tight as a conservation job seeker. Our packages are really affordable, and as a student you get access to our unique Conservation Careers Affiliate Programme.

This enables you to earn in return for recommending Conservation Careers to your friends. It also provides you discounts to a growing range of partner courses and more.

SPECIAL BONUS #2 | Two Career-Boosting Guides

How to apply for a conservation job?

As a participant you’ll also enjoy our complete guide to producing successful CVs, Resumes and Cover Letters.

Whether you’re applying for your first professional experience or shifting careers into conservation, this step-by-step guide will help you write a killer application designed to get you an interview.

Throughout the eBook, you’ll find exercises, tips and links to extra resources. You can work through the guide from beginning to end, or jump to the sections you need most. It also includes CV, Resume and Cover Letter examples for you to learn from (aka copy!)

Careers Advice Compendium

You’ll get our careers advice uber-guide jam-packed with honest, accurate and useful advice for those seeking to conserve the environment through their work.

It includes top career tips based on interviews with 342 professional conservationists from around the world with over 1,734 combined years of experience.

If you’re hunting for a job, or looking to switch careers into conservation, it’s a must read.


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. We’ve worked hard to fast-track your learnings and condense everything into just what you need to know. All shortcuts, no extra fat. 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 cost for the course is $395 / £295 / €350 and includes a year’s membership to the Conservation Careers Academy.

Once you sign up for the course you’ll get a confirmation email with full details for how to join the course and access the materials straight away. We’ll hold monthly Zoom live event to answer any questions you might have, and we’re available via email, live chat or in the Facebook Community at any time.

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

We’ve helped some of the biggest names in conservation


“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 conservationist. 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.

How much does it cost?

The regular cost for the course is $395 / £295 / €350 and includes a year’s membership to the Conservation Careers Academy.

How about a guarantee?

The Conservation Career Accelerator comes with a 14-day 100% money-back guarantee. 

If 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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