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An Interview with Dr Stuart Butchart, Chief Scientist at BirdLife International In this conversation with Dr Stuart Butchart, Chief Scientist at BirdLife International, we talk about his fascinating career driving forward the conservation of birds and their habitats. Dr Butchart shares a wealth of advice for other conservationists with disabilities, and for anyone wishing to
Have you ever met someone and feel like you’ve known them for years? You just clicked? That happened with today’s guest for me. Marnix van Holland is the WWF Global Programme Manager for their Youth & Education work. Before the podcast we were chatting and getting to know one another, and in the space of about 10-15 minutes
Speaking with Dr Nikki Tagg, Head of Conservation at Born Free, gives insight into what it’s like to work in a large conservation organization striving to protect wildlife around the world. Born Free is a conservation charity with its head office UK based, additional offices in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa; and conservation projects worldwide.
Within conservation there is a growing realisation that we need to do much more to share our messages and encourage more support and action. As a result, conservation employers are rapidly looking for people with communications skills. They want staff who can plan communications activities, write effectively, get press and media attention, engage audiences on
If you’re like me, you’ve been missing exploring new landscapes and cultures during the pandemic, and you’re itching to travel again. But have you ever struggled with how to travel ethically? Travel has come under the global spotlight recently – and for good reason. There is growing awareness about the negative impacts travel can have
In this episode we’re delving deeper into the world of applying for jobs in the conservation sector. Joining our host Dr Nick Askew is Dr Fernando Mateos-González of Bioblogía – or Nando he’s often known and Dr Stephanie Schuttler from the world of Fancy Scientist.   During this second of a new pilot format of the podcast the conservation career super-team talk about their
Dr Andrew Digby is a conservation biologist who works for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation. He dedicates his time to saving two of New Zealand’s most vulnerable birds; the Takahē and the Kākāpō, and is the scientific advisor for the two teams responsible for their recovery.  Andrew hasn’t always worked in conservation, however. Originally from
Does fear of failure hold you back from pursuing your dreams? Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong, or weren’t worthy? Are you overly negative or critical of yourself, and worry about what others think? If you feel stressed, anxious or stuck, you’re not alone! But did you know that your own mind may be holding
Conservation internships can be a great way to gain valuable experience, and help you to secure your first paying conservation job. But we know when you’re studying or job-hunting that money can be tight, and paying for a conservation internship can be out of the question. Which is why we thought it would be helpful
In this Conservation Careers interview, learn how you can get into conservation without a degree by upskilling as you go. “You don’t have to be a scientist to be a conservationist” This single statement is possibly one of the most powerful sets of words an aspiring conservationist could hear. Catherine Edsell is a world-renowned conservationist
In this episode we’re exploring a new format which we hope you’ll enjoy. We’ve had 2 years of 1:1 podcast interviews and spoken to over 50 amazing conservationists about their careers, the industry and shared their advice. We love it and will continue to do this. However, through the podcast we’ve often felt the need
Of the hundreds of successful conservation professionals we’ve interviewed, the overwhelming majority say that volunteering as one of the best ways to start a career in conservation. But when does volunteering become exploitation? In this Ultimate Guide we explore what exploitation in volunteering is, and what it isn’t. We also help you determine whether volunteering
We know that successfully applying for conservation jobs can be a huge barrier to success. We’re seeking honest insight from conservationists about applying for conservationists jobs, so we can serve you better. All input is treated as anonymous. Thanks in advance for participating!
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic I was fortunate enough to steal an hour of time from Rupert Koopman, the Conservation Manager for the Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSocSA). Prior to this role Rupert spent more than a decade as a botanist with CapeNature, focusing on Fynbos, threatened species and habitats in the
How do you conserve a species which is incredibly hard to see? A ghost species? That’s the challenge faced by today’s guest Helen Turnbull, CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa. The Cape leopard is the stuff of legends. It’s seldom seen and highly elusive, surviving in some of the most inhospitable habitat