Start your career in conservation and boost your CV

  • When: 10th - 13th September 2020 inclusive. 9am-6pm each day.
  • Where: Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire, SY4 1DX.
  • Who: Students, job-seekers, career switchers, career explorers.
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Overview: The Conservation Career-Starter

Give your conservation career a huge boost with a special four-day residential training course designed to increase your chances of employment within the competitive conservation sector.

Get your career on track with the Conservation Careers Kick-starter designed to help you understand the job market, to navigate your career options, and to get hired more quickly. You'll leave with a personal career plan which will get your career on track.

In addition, stand out from the crowd and get certified in Project Management for Wildlife Conservation from the experts at WildTeam UK.

This is a co-run workshop, with Conservation Careers and WildTeam each delivering 50% of the training.

With Conservation Careers, you will ...

Develop a personal career plan to guide you on your conservation job hunt and make you super-competitive. This includes:

  • Getting a detailed understanding of the conservation job market and working through a series of tasks designed to help you identify the right job for you.
  • Identifying the education, knowledge and experience you need for your chosen job, and how to fill any gaps quickly.
  • Learning how to successfully apply for a conservation job, including how to write the perfect cover letter and CV.
  • Understanding how to deliver a great interview which will get you hired (and how to keep your nerves in check...).

With WildTeam UK, you will ...

Learn the project management skills to run your own conservation projects, whatever the type or size - a much sought-after skill by employers across the sector. This includes how to:

  • Apply a set of practical and ethical principles to guide your project.
  • Assign roles to clarify team structure and decision-making, and improve internal communication and coordination.
  • Split projects into clear phases to manage a project from start to finish.
  • Apply control processes to monitor the progress of your work and adapt to new information and changing conditions.
  • Implement administrative processes to make the best use of staff time in meetings, and improve the quality of internal documents, donor reports and technical deliverables.
  • Standardise reporting to record, evaluate and share the impact of your work, both internally and externally.

Is it right for you?

The residential is designed for:

  • Job-Seekers - Such as under-graduates and post-graduates looking for that first paying role in wildlife conservation.
  • Career Switchers - People looking to switch into conservation from a totally different sector, but don’t know where to start and need a helping hand.
  • Career Explorers - Those doing an unrelated course or training right now, but feel their passion is in nature conservation. This course will help you to explore your career options and get a clear, actionable plan together to help you pivot and change direction with confidence.

If you want to start working in wildlife conservation, or just would like to know more about what’s involved, this is the course for you!

The Venue

The residential will be held at the fabulous Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire, SY4 1DX.

This will be your home for four days - 10th - 13th September 2020 inclusive.

Preston Montford Field Centre is set in 21 acres of land and sits on the banks of the River Severn.

It is one of 18 residential centres in the UK managed by the Field Studies Council, an independent educational charity that promotes environmental understanding for all with 70 years of experience.

Preston Montford is located 6 miles west of Shrewsbury and is less than 1 hour from Birmingham.

There are frequent bus and train services to Shrewsbury.

Find out more.

Preston Montford

What people are saying

People Trained

Why should someone attend this workshop?

"This workshop is a comprehensive guide in applying for a conservation job. It is the best career workshop that I have been to. I feel everyone will benefit from the course, no matter what stage they are in their careers. Additionally, the project management course is very informative and good to have on your CV". Zoe Trott.

"To get a better understand of what opportunities are available and build confidence and clarity regarding the steps to take in order to gain the desired career", Leah Pittman.

"The workshop is a sturdy stepping stone which gives you confidence to change careers", Anna Hutchings.

What message would you give to someone considering attending the workshop?

"There's not a thing that isn't useful on the course!" Fi Fern.

"If you're thinking about attending this workshop but are unsure, do it! Even if you have absolutely no experience, do it! As someone who has been wanting to get into the conservation field for so long this has really given me the motivation and the confidence to believe that it's possible", Chloe Naan.

"I am going through the process of changing my career and the information I learnt on the conservations careers starter workshop has been invaluable. It enables you to get a clearer picture in your own mind of the job you are seeking and gives you practical steps you can follow to get there. The trainers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the other participants were very friendly!", Jessica Burnett-Wain.

"If you are struggling with any aspect of getting into a conservation career, this can help you in every aspect as well as a bonus Project Management certificate", Julia Daly.

"If you even have half an incline to sign up, do it you won't regret it!", Dave Flexer.

"Hugely useful if you are trying to orientate yourself in the field, or trying to make the first progress in your conservation career", Ceres Wan Kam.

"If you are thinking of a career in conservation, go for it!", Steven Allison.

General feedback

This course has been exactly what I had hoped it would be. Thanks all so much for your commitment and training. It has been a blast! Charlotte Williams, UK.

Thank you guys for this amazing course. The lost depressed me is no more and I can now head off knowing that if I work hard enough and be tactical to my approach I can do more than I thought. Robyn Caple, UK

A huge thank you to the whole team for all your help and encouragement this weekend. Really appreciated! Aimee Farndale, UK.

I just want to say a big thank you. I found the boot camp really valuable and not only did I learn lots of new things but I feel so positive about my future in such a competitive industry. Georgina Lindsay, UK.

Great experience all round, feel much more motivated and prepared for the future. Ellen Wilson, UK.

Thank you to all at the WildTeam and Conservation Careers who organised the bootcamp, it was great to be apart of. Tomos Eaves, UK.

I want to thank the whole team for such a great experience, you were all very supportive and helpful throughout, and I can't recommend this workshop enough...! Saskia Dahl- Meadows, UK.

Thanks for the boost in confidence and for your obvious commitment to education and conservation! Joe Jeffcoate, UK.


The Price

  • Places:
    • Limited - 30 Available.
  • Course-only:
    • £398 for four days of training.
  • Accommodation Add-On:
    • £123 for four nights (Just £30.75 per night).
    • Shared rooms - most rooms are two max, on very rare occasions will be three.
    • Single rooms may be available upon request at a small additional cost. Please enquire if interested.
    • The first night of accommodation is on the evening of 9th September.

This includes

  • A year's access to the online video modules, and a year's full membership of Conservation Careers worth £195.
  • Exam & Certificate in Project Management for Wildlife Conservation - worth £50.
  • The Accommodation Add-On includes four nights and days with breakfast, cold lunch, cooked dinner, drinks throughout the day and cake in the afternoon. Bedding and towels are also included.
  • The course-only option includes cold lunch, drinks throughout the day and cake in the afternoon.


How does this course differ from the online Kick-starter training?
This is a four-day residential course covering the kick-starter training from Conservation Careers in person. The material covered by Conservation Careers is similar in both the online and residential versions. However, in the residential course, you get four days access to the Conservation Careers expert trainer, the ability to network with the other course mates and the head-space to take a deep dive into your career planning in a fabulous location. You also get the online training course included as part of this residential, so you can always go back and refresh your knowledge anytime within 12 months of doing the course. In addition, stand out from the crowd and get certified in Project Management for Wildlife Conservation from the experts at WildTeam UK. The course is split 50:50 between Conservation Careers and WildTeamUK.

I don’t work in conservation, or have any training or background in it. Is the course right for me?

Yes! If you want to start working in wildlife conservation, or just would like to know more about what’s involved, this is the course for you! We’ve helped lots of people make the switch into conservation, and to follow their dream job.

I have special dietary requirements, can you cater for me?

Yes. We can cater for all dietary requirements. and we will ask you to fill in a simple form when you book your place.

Is the course open for people from outside the UK?

Yes! Anyone is welcome to come along. On previous courses we’ve had people from America, France, Germany, Columbia and many more places.

Who is the course for?
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

Book your place

Places are very limited. To secure your place today, please choose from the following two options:

Not sure about something?

If you have any questions or queries please contact [email protected]