THE Conservation Career Kick-Starter 2023

 

 

Start your career in wildlife conservation with our unique programme of training, support community & jobs.

 

Getting started can be hard. Don't go it alone.

Do you want to spend your career helping wildlife to flourish, but are feeling a little lost, confused or disillusioned? If you’re a student, job-seeker or career-switcher, getting started as a professional conservationist can be hard.

But what if you didn’t have to do it all on your own?

What if you had full access to a career training programme trusted by over 2,500 people, and 40 universities, with 99% ratings?

What if you had direct access to Conservation Careers and a support community, so you can ask questions and move forwards much more quickly?

And what if you had full access to the world’s biggest conservation job board, with over 15,000 jobs and more globally?

Introducing the Conservation Career Kick-Starter

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is a comprehensive programme of training, support community and jobs designed to get you hired quicker as a professional wildlife conservationist. Within the programme are three career-boosting elements to turn your dreams into reality.

Training

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter

Follow our proven step-by-step system to get hired quicker.

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.

Meet your instructors

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. During his career, he has raised over £2,500,000 for conservation projects in 120 countries.

Since establishing Conservation Careers he has helped over 2,000 conservationists to get their careers on track.

Dr Fernando Mateos-González

Fernando is the Head of Community at Conservation Careers and a Spanish biologist with a PhD in Behavioural Ecology and an MSc in Animal Biodiversity.

His research on animal behaviour and conservation has led him to work in Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.

He enjoys helping students and early career professionals to find their dream environmental job.

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 has coached over 100 conservationists in career planning, job applications and interviews.

Training | The Conservation Career Kick-starter

Included within the programme is the Conservation Career Kick-Starter – our proven step-by-step system to get clear, get ready, and get hired in the conservation sector. No confusion. No ambiguity. Telling you EXACTLY what to do. Walking you through the entire process.

You’ll get a much clearer idea of the sector, the hot (and hidden) jobs, which ones are right for you, what experience and education you need, and how to apply for them, get interviews and get hired.

After going through the course, you’ll have created a personal career plan which gives you confidence in your job hunt and makes everything quicker, simpler and more fun!

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Taught at over 40 Universities, including...

“You will not regret enrolling in this course! This is an absolutely unmissable opportunity in my book if you have any career aspirations whatsoever: academic, conservation, consultancy, general graduate market.

The process of self-reflection as part of the training will deeply empower you going forward, no matter what path – it will be a fruitful one

Professor Brendan Godley, Chair in Conservation Science, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter.

The proven step-by-step modules

This self-paced course is organised into three modules and seventeen units. You have a full year’s access to the training included within the Kick-Starter, so you can go at a pace that suits you.

The total time commitment is around 15 hours, and you’ll create a clear and complete plan of action for how to secure the conservation job you deserve.

Click the modules below to find out more about each one. 

Discover a deeper understanding of yourself, laying the foundations for a successful career.

Units include:

  • Your Superpowers | Uncover the unique skills and abilities you possess.
  • The History Test | Learn from your past roles to help your future career.
  • Your Skills | Identify what you love doing, and are great at!
  • The Airport Test | Enjoy exploring where you might want to be in five years’ time.
  • Your Preferences | Get clear about which work contexts suit you.
  • Your Causes | Clarify the issues you might want to tackle in your career as a conservationist.

Module outcome – A clearer understanding of who you are, and what’s important in your career going-forwards.

Identifying your dream job within the expansive conservation sector.

Units include:

  • Conservation Employer Types | Learn the different employer types within the conservation, their pros and cons, and explore which is right for?
  • Conservation Job Types | Get a clear picture of the 15 key conservation job types in the sector, their duties, employment criteria, plus an analysis of the hot (and hidden) jobs.
  • Your Job Shortlist | Explore the jobs which suit and excite you, to produce your shortlist.
  • Your Target Conservation Job | Nail your target conservation job. The one which will make you happy, impactful, and successful.
  • Stepping Stones and Switching careers | Identify any transitional roles which can help to get you hired quicker. (Especially relevant for career switchers who might be able to quickly apply your current skills in the conservation sector).

Module outcome – A target conservation job to focus upon.

With a target job the plan becomes simpler. This final module is all about pulling together a plan of action to get you the dream conservation job you deserve.

It includes:

  • Your Gaps | Identify and fill any gaps, quickly, easily, and cheaply, to become super-employable for your chosen role.
  • Commitments | Make a commitment to ensure your career in conservation starts quickly.

Outcome – A clear and complete plan of action for how to secure the job you deserve.

Learn our proven ten-steps system for how to apply for a conservation job.

This includes CVs, Resumes, Cover Letters, and Applications Forms.

By the end of the module, you’ll know the process to follow to craft applications that get you interviews. 

Understand the key aspects of preparing for, and delivering, great interviews that get your hired.

We’ll cover how to handle nerves and ensure you really shine on your special day. Delivering an interview that gets you hired.

By the end of the module, you’ll know the process to follow to be fully prepared to deliver interviews that lead to job offers.

Community Support | Ask questions and get support

The Kick-starter 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 Conservation Career Kick-Starter 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 teachers 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 coursemates 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 teachers and community.

Get the personalised feedback you need to progress from the team of CC teachers 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 coursemates 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 Kick-Starter 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. 

IS THE KICK-STARTER RIGHT FOR ME?

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is for anyone who's seeking to work in the conservation sector.

This includes job seekers, career switchers and students.

Is the Conservation Career Kick-Starter right for me?

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is for anyone who’s seeking to work in the conservation sector. This includes job seekers, career switchers and students.

Job Seekers

Are you currently hunting for a conservation job but struggling? 

We’ll walk you through the process of how to craft applications that make you stand out from the crowd.

We’ll teach you our ten-step system for how to create successful applications. 

We’ll also teach you how to impress in conservation interviews (plus how to control nerves…).

Career Switchers

Have you always had a passion for wildlife and want to work in nature conservation, but don’t know where to start?

You might be working in a totally unrelated field right now, and need some clarity on what’s needed to get going.

We’re here to help you understand the conservation job landscape, where you might fit in (especially with all your lovely transferrable skills) and to help you form a plan of action to make your dream career a reality.

Students

Are you currently at university or college, and planning to try and find work in the conservation sector when you finish?

There’s no better time to start getting clear about your career options than now.

This way you can use the time before you graduate to fill any gaps we identify together, and be ready to hit the ground running on your graduation day.

FAQs

If you are currently at university or college, and planning to try and find work in the conservation sector when you finish. There’s no better time to start getting clear about your career options than now. This way you can use the time before you graduate to fill any gaps we identify together, and be ready to hit the ground running on your graduation day.

If you are currently hunting for a conservation job but struggling. We’ll walk you through the process of how to craft applications that make you stand out from the crowd, and how to impress in conservation interviews (plus how to control nerves).

If you have always had a passion for wildlife and want to work in nature conservation, but don’t know where to start. You might be working in a totally unrelated field right now, and need some clarity on what’s needed to get going. We’re here to help you understand the conservation job landscape, where you might fit in (especially with all your lovely transferrable skills) and to help you form a plan of action to make your dream career a reality.

The total time commitment for the CC Kick-starter training is around 15 hours.  We’ve worked hard to fast-track your learnings and condense everything into just what you need to know. All shortcuts, no fluff. You can go entirely at your own pace, and have a year’s access to the units.

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

No! CC Pro is a private support supporting and does not use Facebook. We don’t like Facebook either 🙂

The regular cost for the course is $395 / £295 / €350 (see here), but you can get it now for an investment of just $265 / £195 / €230. That’s 33% off! This offer expires on Sunday 8th January 2023.

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

What's Included?

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is a comprehensive programme of training, support and jobs designed to get you hired quicker as a professional wildlife conservationist. Within the programme are three career-boosting elements to turn your dreams into reality.

Training

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter

Follow our proven step-by-step system to get hired quicker.

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 regular cost for the course is $395 / £295 / €350, but you can get it now for an investment of just $265 / £195 / €230. That’s 33% off. This offer expires on Sunday 8th January 2023.

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter 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. 

Are you ready?

If you’re serious about becoming a conservationist, why not follow your dreams …

Why not give yourself access to the best resources you can get your hands on?

Why not arm yourself with support, training, and guidance from industry experts?

Why not give yourself every opportunity to become a professional conservationist?

I'm ready!

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Don't take our word for it

More happy customers

“I am writing you because I had a direct result because of the Kick-Starter course. I used the training correct my CV and applied I for a job. I quickly had an interview, and I am hired!” Jim Houdkamp, Netherlands. 

“I wanted to let you know that FFI offered me the role, and I have accepted. I also got offered a role with the RSPB as well! I wanted to thank you again, as the help you’ve provided through the Kick-Starter – I don’t think I would be in the same situation without it!” Rosie Crawley, UK. 

I got the job with WWF! Thanks a lot for everything. I knew a job, in line with my passion, was out there for me. I knew I needed to look for it.  But how to start? Conservation Careers helped me a lot in the process of defining what I was most interested in, what I was qualified for and how to pursue it. The coaching during the Kick-Starter Course gave me focus and a plan. A plan that ultimately led to a job I’ve always dreamed of with WWF!” Naomi Terriere, Bulgaria. 

“I particularly want to thank Nick for really giving me the confidence to pursue my dream and could not recommend the Kick-Starter highly enough”. Alexander Liversidge, UK.

“Looks like I’ll be dropping out of the Kick-Starter, but with good reason. I just got offered a year-long contract as a co-ordinator ay an animal rehabilitation centre on Costa Rica, working with Sloths (my favourite animal). Two weeks in and the group already has it’s first success story!” Matt Roland, USA. 

“I just wanted to share with you that thanks to the Kick-Starter course … I’ve been offered an internship this summer with the Sea Trust! I don’t’ want to brag (although I am a little because I’m so happy hahaha) but if I can do it, we all can! I really think what we did on the course made such a difference to my application!” Chloe Naan, UK. 

“I knew I wanted to work in conservation but felt lost and overwhelmed about how to achieve my goal. Even just starting the course gave me the confidence to start applying for conservation jobs. I was quickly invited to 3 interviews and I now have a conservation job!” Lucy Deans, USA

“I just wanted to thank you for the content, set-up and general friendliness associated to the Kick-Starter course. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and experience of this course and would recommend it to anyone I speak to” Natasha Pulford, South Africa.

This course really helps you to the next level in the conservation career. For me I was just finishing my Masters and it felt like I was falling into the big deep ocean… Conservation Careers helped me to sit back, think over the simplest goals and values of life, they gave me the practical information on how to take the next step in the conservation career but also gives you the courage and self-confidence to do so. Conservation Careers is so personally involved and are willing to help you with everything you are struggling with. They give you the feeling that you are not alone in this blue big ocean”. Jessica van Mildert.

Thanks to Conservation Careers, I am currently working for RiverCare and BeachCare, a Keep Britain Tidy project that supports local volunteer teams to conduct regular river and beach cleans and wildlife surveys. I genuinely love the job and couldn’t be more grateful to you for helping me to get it!!” Catherine Holborn, UK. 

Thank you Nick for a great Kick-Starter course. I really learned a lot and have been using all my skills in applications. I got an interview the other week and just found out I got the job as an environmental science educator! Thank you again!” KB, USA. 

For anyone considering or unsure of joining this Kick-Starter course, I cannot recommend it enough. It will give you inside knowledge as to how the conservation sector works, help you redefine which sector you would be best suited for and what experience to gain, but most importantly, it will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants. I can safely say that without this course, I probably would still be working in a pub in Manchester and applying for my dream jobs, unsuccessfully. I now work in one of the most beautiful places in the west of Scotland, get to see amazing wildlife every day and through that teach and inspire people about the importance of conserving our natural world” Kilian Hughes, Scotland.

Your advice is great, especially to emphasize what I achieved during my positions and study – such a “duh” moment! It gives my CV much more value :)” Stefanie Roy, Australia.

Thank you, again, for all your help the last two years, you have really provided me with some great opportunities and I have no doubt this has helped me get into my current role at ZSL.” Emma Ackerley, UK.

“I learnt so much (and really enjoyed doing so) and it has given me a great deal more hope in switching to my dream job, I’d happily recommend this Kick-Starter course to anybody thinking about a career in conservation” Jack Capon, UK. 

The Kick-Starter was the bridge I needed to switch from a career in IT to a career in conservation and I know that I’ll be working in conservation by next year!  Thanks to conservation careers for helping me make the right decision for my life!” Maureen Doyle – Ireland.

Conservation Careers has been such a beacon of hope and opportunity for not only myself but my classmates.  I know many of my peers (myself included) consult it regularly, and have had job successes through it. Thank you for providing this service to early career job seekers like us!” Ruby Finlen – Australia.

Conservation Careers has undoubtedly been the number one resource in my own job search and it does so within what feels like an inclusive community, which is fantastic, especially when you’re job hunting!” Bryn Morgan – England.

“When I saw my dream job come up I knew I couldn’t miss my chance! I decided to get the help and advice from Conservation Careers and, guess what, it paid off: I got the job!” Lise Goudeseune, Brussels.

 “This was such a great experience! I’ve received high-quality advice and support! During my application process, I felt as if I have my own team supporting me. Following received guidance, I have learned much more than I would on my own. Total recommendation.” Karolina Kass, Edinburgh.

I have been extremely happy with the service that Conservation Careers has provided, and I have already managed to a job as a result!” Craig Turley – England.

Conservation Careers has been a great help as I sought to make a career switch into conservationAnd the best thing? With the support and encouragement of the Conservation Careers community, I have now found an exciting job in conservation at WWF!” Karen Sim Clerk – Singapore.

I’ve worked with Conservation Careers over the past few years and have found them to be supportive in offering students and recent graduates expert advice and information to embark on successful careers in the environment sector”. Richard Carruthers, Careers Consultant – Imperial College London.

Are you ready?

If you’re serious about becoming a conservationist, why not follow your dreams …

Why not give yourself access to the best resources you can get your hands on?

Why not arm yourself with support, training, and guidance from industry experts?

Why not give yourself every opportunity to become a professional conservationist?

I'm ready!

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Got a question?

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