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Video | Postgraduate Training for Conservation Careers

By Conservation Careers | November 18, 2019

Are you looking for the best postgraduate training to further your conservation career? Do you think you might need to do a Masters, Postgraduate Certificate or similar? During this live event, we spoke to leading Course Directors from Cambridge and Oxford Universities to answer your questions. Panel | Postgraduate Training for Conservation Careers Dr Nick

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Do I need a Master’s Degree (to work in Conservation)?

By Conservation Careers | November 16, 2019

In the conservation sector, the question “Do I need a master’s degree to work in conservation?” is asked almost as often as ‘How do I get a conservation job?’, and for good reason. While undergraduate degrees used to set graduates far apart from the crowd, master’s degrees are becoming increasingly common. A Conservation Careers survey

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Travel Blogger of the Year 2020 | Where’s your favourite place on Earth?

By Conservation Careers | November 11, 2019

Do you have a favourite place on Earth? Maybe it’s where you first set foot in a tropical rainforest, your senses overwhelmed by the rich life around you. Maybe it’s a dive site where you could spend hours exploring a reef. Or maybe it’s a special place in nature close to home that brings you

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Podcast: Stacy Jupiter | Wildlife Conservation Society

By Conservation Careers | November 10, 2019

Have you ever dreamt about a career exploring the coral reefs of the south Pacific, diving in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and all the lost corners of Papua New Guinea? Perhaps you’d love to spend time with the local communities whose lives depend on the health of their forests and fisheries, working in partnership

From Wilderness Ranger to Division Chief – A Wild Career!

By Nick Huisman | November 7, 2019

Garry Oye started his career in 1978 as a Wilderness Ranger in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho, USA. He worked for National Forests in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and California, where his last two jobs with the National Forests were Group Leader for Wilderness, Rivers and Special Areas and District Ranger on the Inyo National

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Join the Search for the World’s Top Conservation Training Opportunities!

By Conservation Careers | November 4, 2019

Do you know an amazing conservation training opportunity? Are you considering training to boost your career or wondering which course or programme is best for you? Join the search for the Top Conservation Training Opportunities in the world! “At Conservation Careers we’re searching for the world’s Top Conservation masters, degree/Bachelors, short courses and more, to

Can Postgraduate Training boost your Conservation Career?

By Conservation Careers | October 29, 2019

“Do I need a masters degree?” is one of the top questions we receive at Conservation Careers. If you’re considering a masters, Postgraduate Certificate or similar, or wondering where to find best training to further your conservation career, don’t miss our next webinar! On Wednesday 6th November we’ll host a free live event online, ‘Postgraduate

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Podcast: Ben Sullivan | Fishtek Marine

By Conservation Careers | October 28, 2019

On average every five minutes an albatross dies accidentally behind a fishing boat. Caught on a hook set for a fish, entangled in a net or striking a tensioned wire. During this episode a number of albatrosses will die needlessly. Dr Ben Sullivan has dedicated his career to tackling similar marine conservation issues. Starting with a PhD

Caring for the Kakapo, New Zealand’s Endangered Parrot

By Marcia Welch | October 24, 2019

When you’re working alone in the bush the last thing you want to see is the outside toilet door opening, but for Department of Conservation ranger Ricki Mitchell, this was an intrusion of the avian variety. The kakapo. New Zealand’s critically endangered flightless parrot, and a welcome relief for her to say the least! After

Diving into Conservation, with Sharks!

By Nick Huisman | October 22, 2019

Since a young age Guido Leurs has been fascinated by wildlife. At first, he was into snakes and reptiles in general, heavily influenced by the late Steve Irwin. Later, his fascination moved to the underwater world and specifically towards sharks. This world inspired him so much that Guido decided to try and get into marine

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Podcast: Applying for a Conservation Job – CVs and Resumes | Conservation Careers

By Conservation Careers | October 14, 2019

Competition when applying for a conservation job can be tough. The good news is that there are more jobs available than ever before. We list over 8,000 conservation jobs on our site each year and that continues to grow. The bad news is there are more people like you looking to work in the sector.

Conservation is a way of life!

By Nick Huisman | October 7, 2019

Bradley Schroder has worked in the Wildlife, Conservation and Tourism Industries for the past 27 years, and gained extensive experience in all departments related to the management of conservation areas. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Welgevonden Game Reserve and Welgevonden Reaction Non-Profit Companies in South Africa. Recently he moved from

Conservation Careers | Six Years on…

By Conservation Careers | September 30, 2019

Conservation Careers was launched on 30th September 2013, so today we’re celebrating our sixth birthday! We felt it was a great time to reflect on the Conservation Careers journey so far, and look forward to where we might be going… The History of Conservation Careers I set up Conservation Careers following a diverse career spanning

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How to switch careers into conservation | Your top ten questions answered

By Conservation Careers | September 24, 2019

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 switch careers into conservation. We’re here to help you understand the conservation job landscape, where

Testing out conservation | Honest insight from an intern in the Amazon

By Mackenzie McDermott | September 24, 2019

Before Ciara Morton could so much as spell biodiversity she was out in the wilderness searching for species. Growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, Morton’s “hippy” parents were determined to share their love of the outdoors with their children. “[My parents would] always make [me and my siblings] look for species that were rare in an

Podcast: Rhett Butler | Mongabay

By Conservation Careers | September 16, 2019

Rhett Butler is the founder and CEO of Mongabay, one of the largest, longest running and most important environmental news sites online.  Rhett started the site just 20 years ago when an area of rainforest he had visited and enjoyed in Borneo was cut down just eight weeks later, logged down for woodchips to supply a

Finding your path | Trying out different experiences to discover your conservation niche

By Triin Rennit | September 16, 2019

Anik Maxine Levac is a 28 year old conservation biologist from Canada. However, her experiences have taken her all around the world and she has not lived at home for the last 8 years. She has a bachelors degree with honours in Ecology and right now she is working as a research coordinator for Crees

From banking to tropical biology | Switching careers into conservation

By Michaela Riley May | September 10, 2019

Mark Thomas works as Senior Field Staff for Crees Manu – teaching and training the next generation of conservation enthusiasts, dedicated to protecting the Amazon and its people. Mark is from Brighton, London in the UK and after working in a bank for nine years, he decided he wanted something different out of life. He explained

Ensuring Animals Have Lives Worth Living

By Sarah Blake | September 4, 2019

Before I met Georgina, I’d heard a lot about her. People were always talking about how determined she was to make a difference to the lives of animals around the world. I spoke with her a lot before I met her too. She talked me through three gruelling months of practical welfare work in Vietnam.

Podcast: Mark Anderson | BirdLife South Africa

By Conservation Careers | September 4, 2019

With over 800 species of birds in South Africa and over 100 of them threatened, where do you start with trying to conserve them? Growing up in South Africa, Mark Anderson was taken out into the bush for days on end by his grandfather and from an early age he knew that he wanted to

Conservation Internships and Volunteering | Finding the best opportunity for you

By Conservation Careers | August 30, 2019

Conservation internships and volunteering are often considered fundamental rites-of-passage to land a conservation job. But if you haven’t had much experience in the sector, how can you choose the best path for you? In this article we’ve compiled years of experience in the conservation sector, plus advice from conservationists from around the globe to help

Top turtle conservation internships

By Conservation Careers | August 29, 2019

Our planet’s seven species of sea turtle have captured the fascination of conservationists and concerned citizens the world over. In this post, we profile turtle conservation internships and volunteer opportunities around the world where you can help out. Maybe it’s the story of their against-all-odds journey from egg to open ocean and back, completing one

Empowering Future Environmental Leaders – Action for Conservation

By Catherine Hunter | August 27, 2019

Action for Conservation (AFC) is a youth environmental education charity working to empower young people, aged 12-18, to take action on environmental issues that are important to them. AFC was founded in 2014 with a mission to bring the wonder of nature into all young peoples’ lives, inspiring a youth movement committed to conservation and

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Podcast: Neil Prem | Seven Steps to Purpose

By Conservation Careers | August 20, 2019

There are many times in our lives when we might find ourselves at crossroads looking for purpose and direction. At these times, we might feel stuck and confused and perhaps we don’t know what to do. And if we do have a sense of what we need to do, we might find ourselves lacking the courage

Top 20 PAID or FREE Conservation Internships

By Conservation Careers | August 19, 2019

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

Want to work in conservation? There is no better job interview than to volunteer

By Kathleen Retourne | August 13, 2019

It is no secret that starting a career in the conservation industry is difficult. It is a hugely competitive environment and, for you to stand any chance of succeeding, evidence of your determination is essential to put you ahead of the crowd. So, where to start? How do you stand out among hundreds of other

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Podcast: Brendan Godley | University of Exeter

By Conservation Careers | August 5, 2019

Have you ever considered doing a conservation science master’s course to kick-start your career in conservation? What would completing a masters course (degree) achieve? Is it right for you and would it lead to a conservation job? These are some of the topics covered in a wide-ranging discussion with Brendan Godley, Professor of Conservation Science

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How to apply for a conservation job: our guide to nailing your next job

By Conservation Careers | July 29, 2019

So you want to apply for a conservation job? Great! With wildlife in crisis all around the world and numbers of threatened species at an all-time high, the natural world needs your help. Now. Better yet, you’re ready to be a conservation hero. You’re motivated, qualified – possibly even very experienced – and you’ve found

Podcast: Ken Norris | ZSL

By Conservation Careers | July 23, 2019

In this podcast we’re speaking with Professor Ken Norris, Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Ken leads the ZSL Institute of Zoology, the world’s only university in a zoo, and also oversees the vet teams who look after the welfare of animals at London and Whipsnade zoos. He’s a busy guy!

What makes a conservation job attractive? Top 10 tips for employers

By Conservation Careers | July 18, 2019

We’re often so tight on time and resources in the conservation sector that we don’t invest in one the most important steps in recruitment: writing a great conservation job advertisement. A job advert is a sales document, and its purpose is to attract attention to your role and organisation. If you want to attract the

Crafting CVs and Resumes for Conservation Jobs: Secrets for Success

By Conservation Careers | July 17, 2019

It’s that heart-sinking, soul-crushing, bewildered feeling. You’ve just realised that you didn’t get the dream job you applied for – the one that you were SO well qualified for. How did it happen? What went wrong? Who managed to outshine you? How did they do it? Who wants to stick with this conservation field anyways

Podcast: Gianluca Cerullo | Wildlife Blogger of the Year

By Conservation Careers | July 9, 2019

When the opening line of a story mentions an Aldi bag-for-life full of human poo, you know it’s gonna be worth reading on, right? That story was the winning entry in the Wildlife Blog of the Year competition and written by Gianluca Cerullo. He’s a conservation scientist and writer with a passion for adventure, wildlife

The Ultimate Guide to 15 Key Conservation Jobs

By Conservation Careers | July 2, 2019

Much bigger than you might imagine, the conservation industry has become a professional industry offering a dizzying array of conservation job types for job seekers. For example, on Conservation Careers to date we’ve listed 19,247 conservation jobs which cover 12,356 different job titles! When finding your niche is so important to becoming competitive – and enjoying your career

Let’s Get Wild! The European Wilderness Society

By Catherine Hunter | July 2, 2019

Nick Huisman works for the European Wilderness Society and is based in Austria. His main job is to develop new Wilderness projects with his colleagues for submission to national and international conservation programmes. It may sound like a boring desk job, but Nick and his team play an important role in designating and stewarding Europe’s

Your dream career is closer than you think: an interview with Bioblogia’s Fernando Mateos González

By Conservation Careers | June 25, 2019

Don’t let anyone talk you away from your dreams, says Conservation Biologist Dr Fernando Mateos González, who will be helping deliver our next Kick-starter online training for Early Career Conservationists – open until this Friday. In his free time, Fernando runs Bioblogia.net, where he helps students and early career professionals find their dream environmental job. Whether sharing job

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Podcast: Chris Thompson | Audley Travel

By Conservation Careers | June 24, 2019

What do you do if you’ve got a great degree, stacks of quality volunteer and intern experience in nature conservation but then spend over six months applying for jobs without a single interview? Having left university, this is what faced our guest today, Chris Thompson. He decided to try a different approach and one which

Making your career meaningful: Insights from Conservation Careers Director Nick Askew

By Conservation Careers | June 18, 2019

Conservation Careers Director Dr Nick Askew might just be the leading expert on the diverse conservation job market. Former Director of British Birds and former Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Manager for BirdLife International in the UK and Pacific (Fiji), Nick has raised over £2,500,000 for conservation projects across 120 countries and knows the conservation industry

Free Live Training Event: 15 Key Conservation Jobs

By Conservation Careers | June 11, 2019

Want to kickstart your conservation career journey? Join Conservation Careers on Wednesday 19th June 2019 for our free live training event 15 Key Conservation Jobs | Inside the Conservation Industry! Conservation has become a professional industry offering a dizzying array of job types for job seekers. On Conservation Careers we’ve listed nearly 20,000 conservation jobs covering 12,356 different

Podcast: Nirmal Jivan Shah | Nature Seychelles

By Conservation Careers | June 10, 2019

In 1968 the global population of a small brown bird called the Seychelles Warbler, according to Nature Seychelles, was down to just 30 individuals. Habitat destruction and predation by introduced species like rats had driven the birds to the very edge of extinction and it was listed as critically endangered. Cycle forwards 50 years to

Working in Conservation as a Mercenary Biologist: 5+ highlights after leaving academia

By Conservation Careers | June 10, 2019

Ever wondered what it’s like to drop academia for a different kind of conservation adventure? ‘Mercenary biologist’ Dr Fernando Mateos-González – who we’re so thrilled to have join us in delivering our next Kick-starter online training for Early Career Conservationists course – did just that. Fernando is a Spanish biologist with a PhD in Behavioural

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Podcast: Ruben Hoekstra | Future For Nature Academy

By Conservation Careers | May 27, 2019

In this episode we’re speaking to a young, budding conservationist, Ruben Hoekstra, at the very start of his career. Ruben attended the prestigious Future For Nature Awards, where talented young conservationists from across the globe win support for their projects alongside a tasty cash prize of €50,000. Normally in these podcasts we speak with professional

Biodiversity for life: Careers that link conservation and health

By Conservation Careers | May 21, 2019

Perhaps the ultimate way we recognise our dependence on nature is when we see biodiversity as the foundation for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. That’s precisely the theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, which recognises the power of biodiversity to transform global food systems,

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Podcast: Cheli Cresswell Sinclair | Conservation Optimism

By Conservation Careers | May 14, 2019

When you think about wildlife and conservation efforts, do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges we face? Saddened by the state of the planet and the rate of biodiversity losses? Upset by the volumes of plastic in our oceans, that slaughter of migratory birds over Malta? Or the clearing of our rainforest for palm oil? Or, do

The Conservation Career-Starter | UK Workshop Announced!

By Conservation Careers | May 7, 2019

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! It’s being held at Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire, between 21st – 24th September 2019, and is for job-seekers, career switchers and career explorers. The Conservation Careers Kick-starter designed to

Volunteer to Conservation Manager with Zoo Keeper Sara Fee

By Patrick Pester | May 2, 2019

Sara Fee is General Manager of The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project, a multi-faceted conservation NGO based in a remote region of Gabon, Central Africa. Having spent much of her career in zoos, Sara talks about her transition into the field and the important role zoos played in her conservation journey. Describe your current role? “My role

Podcast: Dominic Jermey OBE | ZSL

By Conservation Careers | April 29, 2019

Are you working in something totally unrelated to conservation and dreaming of switching into a career helping wildlife to flourish? Well that’s exactly what today’s guest has done successfully, and right in at the top. Dominic Jermey OBE worked as a senior British diplomat for over 20 years in countries such as East Timor and

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How to get a conservation job? Version 2:0

By Conservation Careers | April 18, 2019

When we first set up Conservation Careers, we wrote a post outlining ‘How to get a job in conservation’. Five years on, thousands of conservation jobs, and hundreds of interviews later, it’s time we updated it… So here’s the all-new ‘How to get a conservation job | Version 2:0’. Why getting a conservation job is

Online career course for budding conservationists – Open till Friday!

By Conservation Careers | April 17, 2019

The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists is a proven step-by-step system to get clear, get ready, and get hired in the conservation sector. No confusion. No ambiguity. Complete hand holding. 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)

Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation at Cardiff University

By Conservation Careers | April 10, 2019

What is the Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation at Cardiff University? Our Masters in Global Ecology and Conservation is a full-time, one-year course that has been developed to train the ecologists and conservationists of the future. The world’s ecosystems are facing significant challenges – from a growing human population and habitat loss, to plastic

Mission, vision and values in nature conservation

By Conservation Careers | April 8, 2019

As Conservation Careers grows, learns and evolves we have looked again at our conservation mission statement, vision and values. These are important because they communicate to everyone the key aspects of an organisation, provide focus and clarity. Together they help to make decisions, hold organisations to account and set the culture of an organisation. Important

Heather McFarlane | Bat Conservation Trust

By Conservation Careers | April 3, 2019

Heather McFarlane is Former Director of Communications and Fundraising at the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and is responsible for growing the income and the number of supporters for the UK conservation charity. What are you most proud of achieving in your work? I’m really proud of our Big Bat Map, which is a website that

Conservation Scientist | Joan O'Shaughnessy

Lawyer to Conservation Scientist | Joan O’Shaughnessy

By Kayri Havens-Young | March 27, 2019

Joan O’Shaughnessy is a Conservation Scientist who switched from Laywer to managing the Dixon Prairie and the Skokie River Corridor with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Joan bravely decided to leave her stable (if personally unfulfilling) career as an attorney to achieve her dream of working outside, in the elements, with plants. Joan’s story demonstrates that

Women for Conservation | Luwi Nguluka

Women for Conservation | Luwi Nguluka

By Kathleen Retourne | March 19, 2019

In conservation, a gender gap can be evident, with women being under-represented in many countries. Often, the barrier to entry is not due to a lack of intelligence and education for the science roles, or a lack of strength for the fieldwork, but a lack of respect and belief from others. Females face stereotypical perceptions

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The secret to getting a conservation career abroad | Francesca Cooke

By Kathleen Retourne | March 8, 2019

A big appeal of conservation work is the opportunity to travel. But, increasingly, countries are favouring to hire internally. Obviously, this approach is commendable, as governments understand the importance of community buy-in. It has, however, meant those who want to work in these countries find it tougher to gain access and employment. Yet, you needn’t give-up

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David Hetherington | The Lynx and Us

By Valentina Iesari | March 7, 2019

David Hetherington works as the ecology advisor at the Cairngorms National Park Authority. His career goal is to help ecological restoration in the Scottish Highlands through consensus and collaboration with a range of people, including land managers, conservationists, scientists and the wider public. In addition to his day job, through a growing network of colleagues

Dr Ada Grabowska-Zhang | Ecological Survey Techniques Course at the University of Oxford

By Conservation Careers | March 4, 2019

Dr Ada Grabowska-Zhang is the Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Ecological Survey Techniques. Here she tells Conservation Careers about the exciting one year, part-time course providing the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to conduct effective ecological field surveys and data analysis for a range of key taxa… What is the Ecological Survey

Conservation Career Starter UK Residential – Enrollment Open

By Conservation Careers | February 27, 2019

With just 39 days to go till our special UK Conservation Career Starter Residential, we’re busy preparing for the four day retreat, and excited to share that we still have some places available. If you haven’t heard of our Conservation Career Starter Residential, it’s a unique training course jointly-run by Conservation Careers and WildTeam UK designed

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Podcast: Jack Randall | Wildlife Filmmaker, global adventurer, conservationist

By Conservation Careers | February 25, 2019

In this episode we’re speaking to a rising star in conservation, Jack Randall. Jack is a global adventurer on a quest to find, study and promote the world’s most amazing animals. He began sharing his wildlife stories as a wildlife filmmaker and cameraman whilst traipsing through the jungles of the Amazon researching anacondas. And since

Conservation Field Scientist | Ashley Vosper

By Patrick Pester | February 25, 2019

Ashley Vosper is an experienced conservation field scientist who uses his skills to increase our knowledge and understanding of the distribution of species, how many there are and what threats they face. He then creates action plans that can help protect them. He has worked extensively in the Congo, as well as Afghanistan, and is

The Wildlife Blog Collection

By Conservation Careers | January 31, 2019

An exciting new book The Wildlife Blog Collection is now available to pre-order in time for Valentine’s Day! The Wildlife Blog Collection is a 300+ page compilation of 70 short stories submitted to Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018. It celebrates some of the most memorable, entrancing and exciting wildlife moments as told by top nature writers from across the

Bag of poo delivers conservation message | Wildlife Blogger of the Year

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

A conservationist’s account of fieldwork in Borneo – starring a bag full of his own poo – packs a powerful message of hope for biodiversity in heavily degraded, yet surprisingly resilient tropical rainforests, winning the 2018 Wildlife Blogger of the Year competition (sponsored by CC). Destruction of tropical rainforests often seems like a one-track countdown to biodiversity

The one that got away | by Alex Brickle

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

The Iberian Wolf: It can smell and hear its prey from miles away, has a huge territory and, with a top speed of 30mph, can dart across a field in seconds. So to see one you’d have to be at exactly the right spot at the right time. This’ll be easy, we thought to ourselves.

The truth behind my lion selfie | by Jess Murray

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

As I apprehensively shuffled into the cage, my gut clenched and my heart stopped…I immediately knew that I was in a bad place, and I desperately wanted to run straight back out. But something stronger told me to carry on, and that by enduring the next hour in this awful place I could find hope

Mulling Over Culling | by Asiem Sanyal

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

To the majority of the world, Bermuda is one of two things – an exotic paradisiacal getaway, with pink sand-filled beaches to sink one’s toes into, and crystal clear turquoise waters to frolic in; or a place shrouded in mystery, situated in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle, where ships and aeroplanes disappear mysteriously, never

Crowning the King by Josh Robertson

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

Heavy winds swept across the footsteps of the king, burying his tracks. The Ju/’Hoansi bushmen of Namibia’s Nyae Nyae Conservancy and I searched tirelessly yet found no fresh lion sign. Living alone and working alongside these ancestors of man, I’d completed the first predator survey this forgotten section of Namibia had seen in 20 years.

First time in the wilderness: thought and reality | by Uthman

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

I eagerly packed my luggage and camp-net – I’ve been longing for this field trip. In anticipation to meet my dream game species, I left home without taking breakfast. I was the earliest bird at the department car park patiently waiting for others to join me. Unfortunately, the bus developed a fault and affected our

The rare jungle cat that thrives in degraded rainforests | by Gianluca Cerullo

By Conservation Careers | January 22, 2019

My nostrils had already been assaulted by months of trekking through the Bornean rainforest with an Aldi bag-for-life full of my own poo. Such is the price of conducting research on dung beetles. The one bonus? I thought I had become immunised to bad smells. But the putrid stench of carrion slammed me like a

Michelle Proulx | Wolf Conservation & Welfare

By Catherine Hunter | January 22, 2019

Michelle Proulx is the Director of animal care and educational programmes at W.O.L.F Sanctuary, Colorado, USA. W.O.L.F is an acronym for Wolves Offered Life and Friendship. The wolf conservation charity rescues captive-born wolves and wolf dogs that have previously been kept as pets and provides them with a permanent life long home at the sanctuary’s facility,

Podcast: Dr Mike Clarke | RSPB

By Conservation Careers | January 10, 2019

In this podcast episode we’re speaking to Dr Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB. An organisation with over 1.2 million members, 2,000 staff and 13,500 volunteers, the RSPB is a Goliath in the conservation industry and needs no introduction. Mike became a member of the RSPB at age 12 and has worked professionally for them

New Year = New Career!

By Conservation Careers | January 9, 2019

Feeling lost in your conservation job hunt? Want to work in conservation, but don’t know where to start? Get your career on track in 2019 with career training from Conservation Careers. Whether you’re at university and planning your next steps, a graduate in the job hunt or working in an unrelated job but interested to switch into

Dionne Slagter | Animal Welfare Manager

By Sarah Blake | January 8, 2019

Have you ever met someone whose energy exudes from them so powerfully that you cannot help but be affected? Well that is Dionne. I first met Dionne Slagter – Animal Welfare Manager – in Hanoi, Vietnam. She was to be my supervisor for three months on an animal welfare project we were working on. I was

John Aitchison | Wildlife Filmmaker

By Rachel Gunn | December 20, 2018

John Aitchison is a BAFTA and Emmy award winning wildlife filmmaker. Working on programmes such as Planet Earth II and the recent Dynasties series on BBC, John has had a firsthand insight into how humans are changing the natural world. Here, he talks about some of his experiences, discussing when we should intervene with the

Emma Pooley | Hedgehog Conservation Detective

By Catherine Hunter | December 20, 2018

Hedgehogs are in severe decline all over the UK, Emma Pooley was tasked with trying to map London’s hedgehog population to monitor their population numbers and movements. She has just completed a year long project as the Hedgehog Conservation Officer for London Wildlife Trust. Hedgehogs are shy and nocturnal, and they don’t leave clear field

Podcast: Steve Gwenin | GVI

By Conservation Careers | December 4, 2018

If you’re looking for hands-on conservation experience but don’t know where to start or are feeling overwhelmed by choice; perhaps you’re mid-career looking to take a break from the grind and get back to nature whilst also exploring new career paths. Joining us this week to discuss these matters and more is Steve Gwenin, Chief

Misleading Entry-Level Conservation Jobs

By Conservation Careers | December 4, 2018

We recently got an email from a concerned user of our website which said: “I just wanted to voice a small concern or something that has irritated me a bit recently. You post entry level conservation jobs are often far removed from being ‘entry level’. A lot of these jobs require … anywhere from 3

How to be an Effective Ecologist | Neil Middleton

By Valentina Iesari | November 21, 2018

Neil Middleton is the author of  the ‘The Effective Ecologist’ which covers the stuff that no-one told you about at university – how to develop your office-related and business skills to succeed in your career as a professional ecologist. An effective ecologist is someone who … Behaves professionally and fully understands how to operate with positive

A look in the Ecology Careers | Neil Middleton

By Valentina Iesari | November 21, 2018

“My most helpful advice for people looking at ecology careers would be: to reach for your goals. Be determined, be consistent, do not other people tell you that something is not possible. But realistically, you need to work very hard at the right things in order to achieve at a high level”, said Neil Middleton

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Exploring the road to conservation filmmaking | conservation filmmaker Eilidh Munro

By Amy Freeman | November 21, 2018

From working in marketing in Scotland to filming in the Amazon rainforest, Eilidh Munro shares her journey to becoming a conservation filmmaker, as well as her inspiration for her latest project, a film following the story of an illegal road currently being built in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. What was your path to becoming a

Connecting art and conservation | An interview with visual artist, Pooja Gupta

By Grace Cavanagh | November 21, 2018

Pooja is a conservation artist who tells us how her work takes her around the world documenting the natural world and communicating conservation through a range of different creative mediums. Connecting art and conservation. In the setting of the Peruvian Amazon, with the sounds of the jungle as background noise to the interview, she gives us

Online course closes in 2 days and 13 hours….

By Conservation Careers | November 21, 2018

The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists is a proven step-by-step system to get clear, get ready, and get hired in the conservation sector. No confusion. No ambiguity. Complete hand holding. 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)

Podcast: Dr Alasdair Harris | Blue Ventures

By Conservation Careers | November 8, 2018

If you’re interested in wildlife conservation and concerned about the loss of species from this little planet of ours, then you’ve probably heard of a term called community-based conservation. But what is it? And how can wildlife conservation provide a pathway to helping people out of poverty? And finally, why have some of the poorest

Alvaro Cubero | Costa Rica’s Wildlife Photographer

Alvaro Cubero | Costa Rican Wildlife Photographer

By Valentina Iesari | November 7, 2018

Alvaro Cubero is a celebrated Costa Rican Wildlife Photographer who’s work has been published in National Geographic, is a TEDX Speaker, and a finalist of the Smithsonia Institute Photo Contest. “During a typical day as a wildlife photographer, my favorite moment is when I am in front an animal, and I can see into its nicked eyes

Radio stations unite around the world for African conservation efforts

By Conservation Careers | November 6, 2018

Born Free is delighted to announce that SNARED, a new radio drama about an age-old conflict – the poaching of Africa’s wildlife – will premier in a synchronised broadcast on Saturday 10th November 2018. Taking place on the 23rd anniversary of Nigerian writer, television producer and environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa’s execution, the radio play will be aired

Podcast: Dr James Borrell | Conservation Scientist, Explorer & Blogger

By Conservation Careers | October 30, 2018

Have you ever dreamt about going on a conservation expedition? Travelling to a remote corner of the globe to explore and discover the wildlife found there? Where would you start? What would be the destination and what would be its purpose? Who would you choose to take with you? Perhaps most importantly of all, how

Ian Drysdale the Honduras Coordinator of the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative

Ian Drysdale | Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative

By Rachel Gunn | October 29, 2018

The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative encourages dialogue and collaboration to strengthen efforts to protect the Mesoamerican Reef. Ian Drysdale is the Honduras Coordinator of the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, responsible for data collection and training, as well as partner relations, media and outreach efforts in Honduras. In this interview, Ian talks about

The Crees Foundation

The Crees Foundation | Setting the Rainforest Agenda 

By Jone Troconis | October 29, 2018

“Almost everything is off the grid and you have to think very creatively about what you do,” Hillary Fenrich, the Experiential Learning Coordinator at Crees, excitingly points out. The Crees Foundation explores the value of a regenerating rainforest from a research station inside the buffer zone between two protected areas in the Manu Biosphere Reserve,

Blue Ventures | Community-based Conservation

By Catherine Hunter | October 11, 2018

It all started with octopuses… In southern Madagascar, the community of Vezo became concerned that their fisheries were in decline. Blue Ventures, an award-winning marine conservation organisation stepped in and supported temporary closures of fishing zones, as a result, octopus landings increased dramatically, and local incomes grew. News soon spread and Blue Ventures introduced the Locally

Wildlife Blogger of the Year – The Search Begins!

By Conservation Careers | October 8, 2018

The Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 competition has opened for entries. We’re calling on bloggers from around the world to put their favourite wildlife moment into the spotlight, in 800 words or fewer. Sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK, organised by Terra Incognita and with prizes from Conservation Careers, the competition aims to celebrate storytelling for

Podcast: Andrew Lewin | Speak Up For Blue

By Conservation Careers | October 2, 2018

In this episode we’re speaking to Andrew Lewin, who’s the founder of Speak Up For Blue, a marine ecologist and an Ocean-preneur. He also runs three podcasts of his own so we’ve got a real veteran on today. We talk about marine careers, what the different jobs in the marine environment are and how you

Podcast: Justin Lennon | Conversation Guide

By Conservation Careers | September 25, 2018

In this episode of the podcast we’re speaking to Justin Lennon – CEO of Conservation Guide and marine biologist at the National Marine Aquarium. In this podcast you’ll hear us talking about what to look for when searching for your next volunteering project, and we also discuss what it’s like to work in marine conservation and

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Top 17 Conservation Organisations for Conservation Job Seekers to Watch

By Conservation Careers | September 11, 2018

Over the past five years we’ve listed 16,675 jobs from a whacking 2,218 conservation organisations on Conservation Careers. We thought it would be fun to publish some lists based on the statistics from these roles. Here are the conservation organisations which have published the most conservation jobs over the past five years… World Wide Fund

Frances Humber | Blue Ventures

By Sam Knowles | September 10, 2018

After working over 12 years for Blue Ventures, an NGO that focuses on rebuilding tropical fisheries with coastal communities, Frances Humber has dedicated her entire professional career to non-profit and social enterprises and has a wealth of experience in marine conservation. I was fortunate enough to speak with Fran about how she developed from a

Angie Willemse | Boots on the Ground in South Africa

Angie Willemse | Boots on the Ground in South Africa

By Catherine Hunter | September 7, 2018

Angie Willemse from Boots on the Ground arrived in South Africa four years ago to continue her training in wildlife and travel photography. She now lives near Kruger National Park and has looked extinction in the eye, travelled through warzones in Mali and met the gorillas of Rwanda. While travelling through southern Africa, Angie filmed

Podcast: Alasdair Davies | Creative Technologist

Podcast: Alasdair Davies | Creative Technologist

By Conservation Careers | September 3, 2018

In this episode we speak to Alasdair Davies – Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and creative technologist on a journey to deliver affordable, open conservation technology for all. We talk about how fast-changing technologies from drones, to sat tags, camera traps and mobile phones are rapidly changing the way we collect and interpret data in the quest to

Conservation dogs with conservation jobs

Louise Wilson | Conservation Dogs with Conservation Jobs

By Sophie May Watts | September 3, 2018

My Labrador can do “sit” and “salute” … and that’s about it, but there are some much better trained pups out there with well-respected jobs; those who act as seeing-eye dogs, hearing dogs, therapy dogs, avalanche rescue dogs, and those I want to talk about; conservation dogs. Conservation dogs are taking on increasingly vital roles

Dale Wright | BirdLife South Africa IBA Conservation Implementation Manager

By Tessa Cooper | September 3, 2018

Dale Wright is the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Conservation Implementation Manager for BirdLife South Africa, where he focuses on the safe-guarding of South Africa’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), as well as the direction of conservation programs within these areas.  How did you first become interested in conservation? Was it something you

Elana Mostert | Environmental Consultant

By Tessa Cooper | September 3, 2018

Elana Mostert began her career in conservation with a 14 month stint on a sub-Antarctic island, along with 21 strangers. She spoke to us about how she ended up here, some of the highlights and challenges of this role, and how it equipped her for her current career as an environmental consultant and ecological specialist

Karen Mitchell | Conservation Communications and Fundraising

By Kathleen Retourne | September 2, 2018

Karen Mitchell is the Relationships Manager for Trees for Life, a re-wilding charity based in Scotland. She is passionate about conservation communications and fundraising; getting the message out and raising support. She told Conservation Careers how to get your foot in the door, and key ways to make an impact… Starting out in conservation communications

David Hancocks | The Paradoxical World of Zoos

By Patrick Pester | August 24, 2018

Renowned zoo architect, director and consultant, David Hancocks, has long provided controversial yet credible commentary on the captive animal industry. Having authored ‘Animals and Architecture’ and ‘A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future’, in addition to other works, he is currently heavily engaged in writing a new book but was

25 DAYS to go before our UK Training Course!

By Conservation Careers | August 20, 2018

We still have some places if you’re looking to start your career in conservation and gain vital skills to boost your CV. WHICH type of person are you? Job-Seeker – Such as under-graduates and post-graduates looking for that first paying role in wildlife conservation? Career Switcher – People looking to switch into conservation from a totally