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Nick Askew and Fernando Mateos González

Podcast: Fernando Mateos González |

By Conservation Careers | March 30, 2020

Don’t let anyone talk you away from your dreams says conservation biologist and today’s guest Dr. Fernando Mateos González. In his free time Fernando (‘Nando’) runs where he helps students and early career professionals find their dream environmental role. Whether it’s sharing job offers internships, volunteer opportunities and more Nando loves helping up and coming biologists. In

Conservation Careers advice from WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini

By Conservation Careers | March 24, 2020

Conservation Careers speaks to the top person in global conservation – WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini. He shares his passion for wildlife, his career story of how he started out as a volunteer for WWF and ended up as their Director General, and provides advice and hope for people looking to start working in


Podcast: Emily Daniels | WiseOceans

By Conservation Careers | March 16, 2020

Would you love to work in marine conservation but you don’t know where to start? Are you struggling to find work or do you dream of switching your career into Blue Planet conservation? During this WiseOceans podcast we’re speaking to Emily Daniels from WiseOceans. Emily has always had a sense of adventure and this led

Wrong Way Sign

Avoid These Mistakes in your Conservation Job Hunt

By Conservation Careers | March 10, 2020

Are you doing everything you possibly can to land a conservation job, but not having any success? Are you considering a career in conservation in the near future and wondering how to fast-track your steps to employment? Or perhaps you’d like to switch careers into conservation and you’re wondering what the best approach is? It’s

Podcast: Nick Bubb | Fauna & Flora International

By Conservation Careers | March 2, 2020

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to switch careers into conservation, maybe moving from banking, marketing or law and supply your trade in an effort to save nature? Well, that’s what today’s guest has done in this special Fauna & Flora International podcast. Nick Bubb is the Business Development Director at Fauna & Flora

Top Conservation Scholarships | Your ticket to Training, Experiences, Research & Projects

By Conservation Careers | February 25, 2020

At Conservation Careers we’re on a mission to help conservationists achieve career success, and create a world where wildlife thrives. We believe all conservationists should be able to pursue the best training opportunities, have the best experiences, conduct meaningful research and lead impactful conservation projects to boost their careers and ultimately help wildlife thrive. But

Turtle Conservation in Malaysia – Lang Tengah Turtle Watch

By Conservation Careers | February 24, 2020

Bella Jack works as the Project Co-ordinator and Tanjong Jara Site Co-Manager for Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW), a small conservation organisation based on the East coast of Malaysia. LTTW was founded in 2014 with the aim to help save sea turtles from extinction, and to date has expanded to work on three different project

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Conservation Career Kick-Starter Course

By Conservation Careers | February 21, 2020

Feeling lost in your conservation job hunt? Want to work in conservation, but don’t know where to start? Get your career on track with the Conservation Career Kick-Starter is designed to help you understand the job market, to navigate your career options, and to get hired more quickly. Whether you’re at university and planning your


Podcast: Francesca Trotman | Love the Oceans

By Conservation Careers | February 17, 2020

In this Love the Oceans podcast we’re talking to someone whose drive, passion and achievements in a short space of time have just blown me away. Francesca Trotman is the Managing Director and Founder of ‘Love the Oceans’, an organisation seeking to create a marine protected area off the coast of Mozambique. Fran first visited


Podcast: Ada Grabowska-Zhang | University of Oxford

By Conservation Careers | February 4, 2020

Are you interested in switching careers into conservation? Or perhaps you completed some studies and you wish you’d done something more conservation-y instead? So how do you transition across and how do you reskill? Today we’re talking to Dr Ada Grabowska-Zhang, from the University of Oxford. Ada is the Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate

Video | Marine Conservation Careers

By Conservation Careers | January 29, 2020

Would you love to work in marine conservation, but don’t know where to start? Are you struggling to find work, or dream of switching careers into the deep blue? During this live event, we spoke to leading marine conservationists to answer your questions about marine conservation careers. Marine Conservation Careers Topics covered include: What are


Meet the Top Conservation Training Opportunities worldwide!

By Conservation Careers | January 21, 2020

At Conservation Careers we’re on a mission to help conservationists find the best training opportunities to launch or boost their careers. That’s why we’re sharing the Top Conservation Training Opportunities worldwide, based on transparent reviews from current and past students. The list of Top Conservation Training Opportunities is drawn from over 1,300 conservation training opportunities


Podcast: Victoria Price | Vision Wild

By Conservation Careers | January 13, 2020

This week we’re talking to Victoria Price from Vision Wild, a new organization which designs, implements and evaluates wildlife conservation projects. In this podcast we discuss how to create a successful project and share tips for how to fundraise for conservation projects. We also explore the importance of project management skills for career development. If

Advice from The Conservationist Island Girl

By Patrick Pester | January 6, 2020

Mauritian conservationist and Fulbright Scholar Véronique Couttee talks about the challenges faced by local staff in conservation, her six-year scholarship journey and her blog – The Conservationist Island Girl. How did you begin your conservation career? “I always liked nature but growing up I didn’t know that could even be a career. I ended up

Lana Müller

Carnivores, communities and conservancies in Africa: An interview with Lana Müller

By Michael Henshall | December 26, 2019

Lana Müller has been involved in carnivore research and community-based conservation for almost a decade and has experience working in multiple National Parks and community conservancies across Africa. She has been instrumental in the on-going success of organisations like the Cape Leopard Trust and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. She is currently the Operations and

Podcast: Dr Nick Askew | Conservation Careers

By Conservation Careers | December 24, 2019

Welcome to this special extended edition of the podcast. Today we’re turning the tables slightly and talking about, well us; Conservation Careers. We thought it would be a good end to the year and to the decade to look back at the journey of Conservation Careers over the past six years and also to look forwards to

Purposefully lost: The story of Manon, a woman for nature

By Valentina Iesari | December 23, 2019

In this interview, we’re acknowledging women for nature, the thousands of women around the globe who strive to make the world a better place in the conservation sector. Manon Mispiratceguy is one such woman and Programme Assistant – Purposefully Lost at Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve, a 1000 hectare wildlife estate in South Africa. In many parts

Conservation Careers | Highlights from 2019

By Conservation Careers | December 18, 2019

Since Conservation Careers officially launched in 2013, we haven’t stopped learning, growing and innovating – even for a second! This year is no exception – we’ve developed a new conservation training board, ultimate guides, live webinars, and a brand new membership scheme. As we look ahead to a new year, we wanted to reflect on

Emily Stevenson: Creating a Stronger Community Through Beach Cleaning

By Rosie Brown | December 16, 2019

It was a crisp autumn afternoon when I first met Emily Stevenson, Co-Founder of the Beach Guardian. Beach Guardian is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that holds beach cleaning events across several beaches in North Cornwall, which is in the Southwest of the UK. At just 22 years old, as well as running the Beach


Podcast: Andrea Pawel | Oana Namibia

By Conservation Careers | December 9, 2019

Oana wildlife reserve in the deep south of Namibia is 45,000 hectares of breath-taking mountainous semi-desert. Home to a previously unknown population of leopards, the reserve encompasses 50km of the lush Orange River, which is a wildlife refuge amid the extensive hues of orange and red rocky and sandy plains. For the past three and

TOP US Conservation Organizations

By Conservation Careers | December 5, 2019

At Conservation Careers we’ve helped a huge diversity of Conservation Organizations working in or out of the United States, and come across many more. As we expand into the US ourselves (sharing the latest conservation jobs in the US), we thought it would be useful to share our list of Top US Conservation Organizations. The list

Write to win the trip of a lifetime | One month left to become a Travel Blogger of the Year!

By Conservation Careers | December 4, 2019

Calling all writers, bloggers, journalists, communications professionals and aspiring storytellers! Are you passionate about ethical travel, ecotourism or conservation? Would you love to give your career a boost while winning amazing prizes? This is YOUR opportunity! Conservation Careers is partnering with Terra Incognita’s the ethical ecotourism community to find and award the next Travel Blogger

Learning how to solve Wildlife Conservation Crime Scenes!

By Nick Huisman | December 2, 2019

Every year, thousands of animals are killed by poachers that get away with it, due to the lack of evidence. Starting next year, the worlds of Crime Scene Investigation and Wildlife Conservation come together to tackle this problem at the very first Wildlife Forensic Academy!    Andro Vos is the founder and CEO of the Wildlife Forensic Academy, located


Podcast: Suzanne Smith | Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation

By Conservation Careers | November 25, 2019

When you think about the Amazon basin and the vast area of dense jungle and vegetation, do you think about seeing dolphins? Me neither. Today we’re talking to Suzanne Smith, the Executive Director and Founder of the Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation. This is a charity set up in 2014 to conserve the species through

How to turn volunteering into a paid conservation job

By Brandon Fox Burgess | November 20, 2019

Luke Stahl is a hands-on conservationist who is not afraid to get close to venomous snakes, biting caymans and stinging wasps. He is currently a Senior Field Staff member for Crees, an organisation focused on education, research, and sustainability located in the Peruvian Amazon on the borders of Manu National Park. Luke is originally from Mornington, Victoria,

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Finding the Best Conservation Internships and Volunteering Opportunities

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

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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


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


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


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

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, where he helps students and early career professionals find their dream environmental job. Whether sharing job


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


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,


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

David Hetherington - The Lynx and Us

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

Jack Randall

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