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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 | Global Vision International

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

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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 and greener pastures

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

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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

Credit: Shannon Wild | Wildlife Photographer

Shannon Wild | Wildlife Photographer

By Demi McCollum | August 20, 2018

Shannon Wild is an Australian wildlife photographer and passionate conservationist. She has worked all over the World, capturing the beauty and diversity of wildlife on Earth. In the interview below I ask for her advice and knowledge on the industry… What is your current job title/role?  I am a wildlife photographer and cinematographer.  How did you

Kick-starter online training for Early Career Conservationists

By Conservation Careers | August 14, 2018

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 2018 with the Kick-starter online training for Early Career Conservationists designed to help you understand the job market, to navigate your career options, and to get hired more quickly. Whether you’re at

Dr Charlie Gardner - Conservation Scientist

Dr Charlie Gardner | Conservation Scientist

By Patrick Pester | August 7, 2018

Interdisciplinary conservation scientist Dr Charlie Gardner holds a portfolio type career. With much of his work focussed on Madagascar, he has held various roles from Field Biologist to Consultant and Scientific Advisor for organisations such as WWF and has also been increasingly involved in communicating conservation as a Researcher and Guide for the BBC, Specialist

NEW Podcast and 43 days to UK Training Course

By Conservation Careers | July 31, 2018

We’re super excited at Conservation Careers HQ this week for two BIG reasons… REASON ONE – Our training course starts in just 44 days! From the 14th-17th September we’re running our SECOND EVER ‘Conservation Career Starter – UK Training Course’… The special event will help you to explore your career options and get a clear, actionable plan

Anna Kloth | Paradise Interns

Podcast: Anna Kloth | Paradise Interns

By Conservation Careers | July 26, 2018

In this episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast we’re speaking to Anna Kloth, founder of Paradise Interns. Paradise Interns runs free digital marketing internships at leading dive centers in Indonesia. During your time they teach you how to run a successful digital marketing strategy for any company. You then get to use these skills by running the

Podcast: Professor Bill Sutherland | Cambridge University

By Conservation Careers | July 23, 2018

In this episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast, Nick Askew talks to Professor Bill Sutherland – Miriam Rothschild Chair of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge and Founder of Conservation Evidence. Bill is proposing a ‘revolution in conservation practice’, and we talk today about his drive to develop a sound evidence base for conservation. Doing

Podcast: Adam Barlow | WildTeam UK

By Conservation Careers | July 23, 2018

In this episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast, Nick Askew speaks to Adam Barlow, Executive Director WildTeam UK. WildTeam UK help conservationists to achieve more through expert training in project design and management. In this episode Adam shares his exciting career so far helping to conserve tigers, working with local communities, and now supporting conservationists to be even better. During

Podcast: Patricia Zurita | BirdLife International

By Conservation Careers | July 23, 2018

In this opening episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast, Nick Askew speaks with Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International. BirdLife is the biggest conservation partnership on the planet, with charities in 120 countries working from local-to-global to conserve birds and biodiversity. In this episode Patricia shares her career story so far, and how she got from

Megan Rowland | What it takes to be a Deer Manager in Scotland?

By Sophie May Watts | July 23, 2018

Anyone with a passion for wildlife and the land probably looks at the bounty of the Scottish Highlands in awe, I know I do. As a deer lover, I specifically wanted to find out more about a deer management career, so spoke with Land and Deer Manager (and blogger), Megan Rowland (Wayfaring Hind), about her

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Marine Conservation Jobs | Top Graduate Employers

By Conservation Careers | July 12, 2018

Are you looking for marine conservation jobs? We’ve done a review of the top employers for marine conservation graduates and here are our top 37 ordered by the number of entry-level marine jobs we’ve listed on Conservation Careers in recent years. Enjoy. Top Graduate Employers for Marine Conservationists WWF RSPB BirdLife International Pew Charitable Trusts British

Niall McCann - Conservation Director of National Park Rescue.

Niall McCann | The front-line of conservation with National Park Rescue

By Charlotte-Anne Chivers | July 12, 2018

Niall McCann has had a whirlwind of a career. When researching his background prior to our interview, there were so many different aspects to consider that I could have chatted with him for hours! He’s been on multiple expeditions, completed a PhD, filmed documentaries, and even broken his back whilst speed flying; there’s no denying

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Andrew Russell | Building Chinko National Park from scratch

By Kathleen Retourne | July 11, 2018

It’s mid-June and, in Chinko National Park, deep in the heart of the Central African Republic (CAR), the wet season is approaching. The atmosphere is hot and humid. The air black with thick swarms of mosquitoes and tsetse flies, their thirst for blood insatiable. Andrew Russell is just one month into his placement here. He has

Eve Mansfield | Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife

By Sarah Blake | July 11, 2018

Sometimes Eve can’t quite believe where she has ended up in life. She’s the director of the Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife set deep in the heart of rural Laos and she’s not even 30 years old. I’ve known her for years and will sometimes catch up with her online. Our conversation will go something like

Conservation Crisis | New game app now in stores

By Conservation Careers | July 11, 2018

Step into the shoes of a conservationist tasked with saving an endangered species from extinction in Conservation Crisis, a game with a purpose where you play to save wildlife. It is a lesson in real-world conservation efforts, requiring you to think quickly and develop the right strategies to save a species from extinction. Tunza Games,

Dr Valeria Boron - Wild Cat Conservation Research to WWF Latin America

Dr Valeria Boron | WWF Brazilian Amazon Conservationist

By Caitlin Wilkinson | July 9, 2018

Dr Valeria Boron is a conservation scientist who is passionate and committed to wild cat conservation. Starting off volunteering with ocelots in Bolivia to studying jaguars for her PhD, Valeria is now Regional Manager (Brazilian Amazon) for WWF UK where along with her other responsibilities she continues to be involved with jaguar conservation. Due to

Community-based Conservation - Moses Muthoki

Moses Muthoki | Community-based Conservation

By Catherine Hunter | July 9, 2018

During my recent visit to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya I met Moses Muthoki, the head of community development. Community-based conservation is huge part of the work of the conservancy. Here Moses shares his experiences and career advice for those wishing to follow his footsteps and work in community-based conservation… Moses’ role as head of

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James Lowen | Wildlife Photographer, Author & Travel Guide

By Stephen Thompson | July 3, 2018

I spoke with James Lowen. Nature Lover, Author, Wildlife Photographer, Travel Guide amongst other things. I asked him about his love of nature and where it all began, his writing and photography and what advice he could give people… What first got you interested in nature and did you consider when you were younger that

Mindfulness and the natural world author Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson | Mindfulness and the Natural World

By Conservation Careers | June 28, 2018

Claire Thompson is author of ‘Mindfulness and the Natural World’ and has dedicated her career to the protection of our natural world. She has worked World Land Trust and BirdLife International. Here she speaks to Conservation Careers about her career and the importance of reconnecting to the natural world through mindfulness, meditation, yoga and Buddhism… Why do you

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Samuel Mutisya | Tearing up the conservation rule book

By Catherine Hunter | June 22, 2018

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located in Northern Kenya is home to the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the last two remaining northern white rhino, a thriving wildlife community, thousands of domestic cattle, eco-tourism and many community projects. Ol Pejeta is tearing up the rule book of traditional conservation and combining conservation, community development, livestock

WEBINAR! How to get a conservation job?

By Conservation Careers | June 20, 2018

On Thursday July 5th at 7pm (UK time) Conservation Careers and WildTeam UK are hosting a special webinar to help you secure the conservation job of your dreams, as part of their Conservation Career Starter – UK Workshop. During the special one hour event you’ll learn about: How to apply for for a conservation job (the ten key

Working in Conservation as a Veterinarian

By Sonja Weber | June 14, 2018

Veterinarians working as conservationists are classified into the field of Conservation Medicine. This field also overlaps with many other areas such as human medicine, biology, zoology, ecology, etc. As a veterinarian who has been lucky enough to study a semester of Conservation Medicine at university, I would like to give you an insight into how

Richard Thomas | TRAFFIC’s Global Communications Co-ordinator

By Patrick Pester | June 7, 2018

Richard Thomas is responsible for all the outputs of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, a leading NGO working globally to combat illegal / unsustainable trade in animals and plants. All information they pass into the public domain and to many of their donors goes through Richard and he also oversees updates to the website

Dr Kerry Kriger | Sweeping in to Save The Frogs

By Hiral Naik | June 4, 2018

Dr Kerry Kriger is the Founder and Executive Director of Save The Frogs. This USA based charity is on a mission to protect amphibian populations and promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. For the last 10 years, their staff and volunteers have created over 2000 educational programs in 57 countries. They

Working with Save the Elephants (and landing a dream conservation job)

By Caitlin Wilkinson | May 31, 2018

Lydia Tiller works for Save the Elephants and is the Research and Science Manager for their Human-Elephant Co-Existence Program. Save the Elephants are working to preserve vital migration corridors, maintain elephant-friendly landscapes and promote tolerant relationships between elephant and man. There is an increase in pressure on elephants due to the rising human footprint thus

Optimising your CV for a Career in Conservation

By Conservation Careers | May 28, 2018

Many people are passionate about conversation; because of this, securing a position within the field can be tricky. There is often intense competition. Having a brilliant CV is the first step to securing that all important role, let’s take a look at how to make sure your CV is irresistible for a career in conservation.

Sarah Morgan | Eco educator and entrepreneur

By Catherine Hunter | May 28, 2018

Sarah Morgan studied ecology at Cardiff University, now she is a free-lance science communicator running her own business; Eco-explore education. Her business provides science workshops to schools, community groups and for events, specialising in making science accessible for children with additional needs. I spoke to her about her experiences and what it’s like to be

How a placement year can benefit your conservation career

By Sophie May Watts | May 21, 2018

In a world where a conservation career is coveted, and even entry-level roles require extensive experience, simply having a degree is no longer enough. Completing a placement year may be one way to bolster your chances in such a competitive field, as they present an opportunity to gain real-world experience and an insight into the

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Conservation drones with Indlovu Aerial Trust’s Quin Clark

By Kathleen Retourne | May 8, 2018

Never underestimate the impact of the 2 am wake-up call. For, in the dead of night, when there are no distractions, re-evaluations take place. In 2015, Quin Clark, then a technical programme manager in the financial sector, woke one morning and decided he did not want to be an armchair conservationist anymore. Sickened by the continued onslaught

UK workshop announced! Conservation Career Starter – Sept 18

By Conservation Careers | April 23, 2018

Give your conservation career a huge boost with a special four-day course designed to increase your chances of employment within the competitive conservation sector. The Conservation Career Starter will help you to stand out from the crowd and get certified in Project Management for Wildlife Conservation from the experts at WildTeam UK. In addition, get

Chasing the elusive snow leopard dream

By Sophie May Watts | April 19, 2018

For many budding wildlife biologists, being paid to research a species as rare and elusive as the snow leopard is the dream. For Imogene Cancellare, a PhD student at the University of Delaware, this is her reality. Imogene kindly spoke with me about her journey to this position, and shared some advice for others starting

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ECOS Student Writing Competition – Sponsored by Conservation Careers

By Conservation Careers | April 19, 2018

Do you have an interest in the conservation of nature? Do you have something to say about it? Do you want us to help you say it? Check out the ECOS Student Writing Competition sponsored by Conservation Careers… ECOS, published by the British Association of Nature Conservationists, provides leading edge comment on policies and debates and challenges in

Creative Conservation Alliance

Creating connections for conservation, Scott Trageser tells us how it’s done!

By Hiral Naik | April 18, 2018

Scott Trageser is the Director and Co-founder of the Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA) and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Biodiversity Group. Having grown up in the United States but now living an itinerant lifestyle, Scott now calls the world his home. As a conservation biologist and photographer behind NatureStills, he

Trouble in Paradise: Advice and insight from Victor Bonito on saving reefs in Fiji

By Paige Winslade | April 16, 2018

Director and head scientist for Reef Explorer (Fiji) Ltd, Victor Bonito has traveled the globe studying and exploring reefs including throughout Micronesia and U.S. Pacific Territories, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and Madagascar – and of course, Fiji.  Conservation Careers fishes for career advice for anyone ‘cray-sea’ about marine conservation.  The worlds’ reefs are in deep trouble, but

Six mistakes to avoid in your conservation job hunt

Six mistakes to avoid in your conservation job hunt

By Conservation Careers | April 5, 2018

We’ve helped hundreds of people from across the globe to find their dream conservation job, and wanted to share with you the six biggest rookie mistakes people make in their conservation job hunt. Thinking conservation is all about being outside studying things like sharks, turtles and lions. WRONG! The conservation sector is a growing professional industry and has an

Beach Babies, Marine Invaders and Enthusiasm!

By Rachel Gunn | April 5, 2018

‘Capturing our Coast’ (CoCoast) is an ongoing citizen science project aiming to discover more about the species that live in our seas and how we can protect them. CoCoast believes that the responsibility for protecting our seas and wonderful marine biodiversity belongs to all of us. Here, I speak to Dr Siobhan Vye, project officer,

Don’t eat penguin snow – Antarctic advice from Iain Staniland

By Patrick Pester | April 3, 2018

For more than two decades Dr Iain Staniland has worked for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), carrying out research on Antarctic wildlife and producing numerous scientific publications. He created the blog – Antarctic Dad and has spent a combined total of four years living in the great white south… Keep reading, we may be some

Big footsteps to follow: Living and working with elephants in Botswana – Hayley Blackwell, Elephants for Africa

By Catherine Hunter | March 29, 2018

Hayley Blackwell is the Scientific Officer for Elephants for Africa (EfA), originally from the UK, but has been living and working in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana since 2016. Initially joining EfA as a volunteer research assistant for one year, Hayley was offered the position of Scientific Officer, an opportunity she couldn’t refuse… What

What does it take to Save South Africa’s amphibians? An insight from Jeanne Tarrant, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)

By Hiral Naik | March 29, 2018

South Africa is home to an abundance of frogs and toads (~130 species) and Dr Jeanne Tarrant is taking a lead to be the saviour for these ‘little’ guys. As the manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP), she and her team aim to address a growing need for the involvement of

If you don’t ask you don’t get – network and skill share to achieve your goals: An Interview with filmmaker Lacy Wittman

By Kathleen Retourne | March 21, 2018

It takes courage to ask for help. Even more so when that person is a stranger. Harder still to ask for expensive equipment, or request accommodation and travel expenses. But, by doing just that, filmmaker and photographer Lacy Wittman managed to turn her passion for elephants into an ongoing adventure and part-time career, at little

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Communicating the wonders of the natural world with Stephen Moss

By Stephen Thompson | March 21, 2018

“My passion is to communicate the wonders of the natural world to the widest possible audience”, said Stephen Moss, one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and TV producers. He shares my passion of communicating the wonders of the natural world to people of any age wherever they might be. I talked to Stephen and asked

Marine Conservation Jobs

How to start your career in Marine Biology

By Oceanwildly | March 21, 2018

Breaking into the field of Marine Biology as a recent grad can be daunting and you’ll likely encounter many rejections. “Sorry you don’t have enough experience” is an over-used phrase that will hold you back on getting your lucky first job. But how do you break the cycle of need experience to get a job, but need a job

Insight into the NGO path of Conservation with Sophie Lewis

By Caitlin Wilkinson | March 21, 2018

Sophie Lewis is the Responsible Whale Watching Project Manager at the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). The WCA is a global coalition of organisations dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises across the world. Here, Sophie discusses her career path and gives advice on how she ended up working for this wonderful organisation. Why

Standing on the shoulders of giants – a chat with Corey Bradshaw from ConservationBytes

By Mark Thomas | March 21, 2018

As we walk through life we sometimes don’t know where our current path will take us. Will it be meaningful, and what steps could we take? Seeking out and talking to people who have walked far ahead of us in a line of work that we are interested in could help shape the next steps

John Burton – A lifetime working in conservation

By Alice Johnson | March 15, 2018

Founder of the World Land Trust, a charity which has been running for nearly 30 years; more than a decade as Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International; and an experienced natural history writer and editor, John has spent his whole life immersed in the natural world and conservation. I spoke to him about his

Chasing the Coveted Conservation Career by Sarah Blake

By Sarah Blake | March 14, 2018

Conservation Careers Blogger Sarah Blake shares her opinions, experiences and frustrations of hunting for a conservation job, to encourage you not to give up! We are all on the hunt for that secret sliver of information that we think must be out there. That magical and mythical key that should unlock the door to the conservation

Celebrating the role of women in conservation – International Women’s Day 2018

By Conservation Careers | March 8, 2018

Today is International Women’s Day (2018) and we felt it timely to celebrate the increasingly important role played by women in the conservation sector. Over the past five years we’ve spoken to over 100 professional female conservationists from recent graduates right up to the top of some of the biggest conservation organisations on the planet.

On the frontlines of human-elephant conflict with Robin Cook, Elephants Alive

By Hiral Naik | March 7, 2018

Growing up as a young boy in South Africa, aspiring to be a game ranger, Robin Cook is now contributing to a cause that is bigger than he ever imagined. Working with the most charismatic animals of the world such as elephants, is a dream come true for many conservationists and for Robin it all

Communication and Conservation: an interview with Lexie Beach, Communication Coordinator of Sea Turtle Conservancy

By Amber Zinser | March 7, 2018

Lexie Beach is the Communication Coordinator with Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. For nearly 60 years, Sea Turtle Conservancy has worked to protect and conserve sea turtles and their habitats from extinction through research, education, and advocacy. Conservation Careers chats with Lexie about her role with Sea Turtle

Flying in to save flightless birds

By Patrick Pester | March 6, 2018

Biodiversity Ranger Cassie Mealey talks about her work with some of New Zealand’s rarest kiwis.                                    The Haast tokoeka is one of the rarest species of kiwi occurring in the Haast ranges of southern New Zealand. Here, on behalf of the governmental Department of Conservation, Cassie battles steep mountains, temperamental weather conditions and a dodgy

Grant Applications, and Tigers, and Bears

By Sophie May Watts | March 6, 2018

Oh My! Advice from Panthera’s Dr Wai-Ming Wong on producing a strong grant application. If you love your cats big (and small) then you’ll likely have heard of Panthera, an organization dedicated to the conservation of wild cats of the world. Panthera aims to secure a future for these majestic animals through scientific research and

A Caribbean murder mystery, changing perspectives, and how to kick start your conservation career

By Conservation Careers | February 23, 2018

This week Rachel Louise Gunn talks to Dr Dan Exton from Operation Wallacea (Opwall). Dan is currently Head of Research at Opwall and has worked in the marine conservation field for the past 15 years.  Opwall is a network of academics who design and implement both biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions around the world. Rachel went

Nature’s ninjas – the front line in conservation: An interview with Global Conservation Force’s president Mike Veale

By Kathleen Retourne | February 5, 2018

As we march into 2018, news from the conservation front-line is bleak. The earth is teetering towards its sixth mass global extinction – this time, as a direct result of human interference. Meanwhile, wildlife is the fourth most profitable trafficking crime after humans, weapons and drugs. And, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Corporate to conservation, how business know-how can land you your dream job: An interview with African Impact’s Business Manger Stuart Isham Fairbairns

By Kathleen Retourne | January 25, 2018

In theory, the cut and thrust of the corporate world is a far cry from the ideal of the conservation industry. But, conservation is a business, and the skills that make a multi-national corporate thrive, can be utilised to boost conservation projects, too. Prior to 2014, Stuart Isham Fairbairns, the Kruger Business Manager for African

Shana at her work as a project supervisor with Conservation Volunteers Australia

4 Stories and 4 Tips from my Conservation Job Hunt

By Shana Ahmed | January 19, 2018

There was a point after I had graduated when I was still searching for work that the thought genuinely crossed my mind – what if I actually never get a job? While now, that thought definitely seems over dramatic the process of job hunting, the sting of rejection and the disappointment of missing out on

Learning the hard way by Adam Barlow (Executive Director, WildTeam UK)

By Conservation Careers | January 15, 2018

The fear bomb – Terror is the only way to describe what I felt the first time I had to stand up in a dusty, old, dim lecture theatre in front of my university classmates and give a 10 minute talk about my research project. A moment before I was feeling confident in what I

3 Exciting Parrot Recovery Programs you can get involved with

By Conservation Careers | January 7, 2018

Parrots are exquisite creatures. It is hard not to be endlessly fascinated by their forms, colors and behaviors – parrots, along with crows, are some of the most intelligent birds. When I was a little girl I desperately wanted to have an African Grey so I could teach it to talk. That was before I

Calling all budding bloggers and talented communicators

By Conservation Careers | January 2, 2018

Conservation Careers is one of the fastest growing websites dedicated to helping people protect wildlife. We’re lighting up the job market by providing careers advice and information to a network of over 40,000 conservationists in 180 countries across the globe. We’re looking for five people who share our commitment to helping conservationists along their career

What’s it like to work in European fisheries policy?

By Conservation Careers | December 19, 2017

Amelie Knapp is a Policy Officer at European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Here she tells us what it’s like to work on fisheries policy within the European Union, and she shares her career secrets. What work do you do? I work to ensure that EU Member States collect scientific data on their fisheries.

Lucy McRobert: How I started in conservation communications

By Conservation Careers | December 12, 2017

Lucy McRobert is a talented conservation communicator, and ex-Creative Director of a network of young people in the UK looking to start their professional careers in conservation. Here she tells conservation careers her story so far, and provides advice which others can follow…  Why do you work in conservation? Most people say that they loved

How to… Get a job in Conservation (and love your work)

By Conservation Careers | December 5, 2017

James Borrell is a writer, speaker and scientist, with a passion for fieldwork and expeditions. He is currently based in London, whilst studying rare species in the Scottish Highlands and promoting conservation. Read his fabulous advice on how to get a job in conservation. If as a child you sat enthralled by every natural history

A week in the life of a Conservation Careers Intern in the Limpopo

By Emma Ackerley | November 21, 2017

Conservation Careers has teamed up with an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way). Their award-winning projects receive over 2,000 participants every year, and we’re proud to say that the vast majority of them describe

Madagascar – Life On The Edge

By Conservation Careers | November 10, 2017

A fascinating, freely available new film follows a dedicated team of local and international researchers as they study dwindling rainforest fragments in remote northern Madagascar. It showcases the team’s struggles against the elements in their efforts to gather data on habitat fragmentation and its impacts on reptiles and amphibians in one of the world’s hottest

Want to be a conservation journalist? Find a niche or two, don’t be afraid to make a stand and strap yourself in – it’s going to be bumpy ride: An interview with conservation journalist Jeremy Hance

By Kathleen Retourne | November 6, 2017

Five years ago, conservation journalist Jeremy Hance found himself on a research project in the Dominican Republic. He was deep inside a forest and night had fallen. In his hand was a bag which contained a solenodon – a venomous shrew-like mammal, which had been caught to be collared for a research study. Typically, this

A life behind the lens

By Lindsay O'Brien | October 23, 2017

Dr Paul Stewart, the cameraman behind Planet Earth II’s BAFTA winning snake-iguana sequence, takes a break from filming his latest project in the Peruvian Amazon to share advice and stories from a thirty-year career in wildlife filmmaking. “I like Cinematographer because it sounds way more impressive” Paul jokes as we sit down at our slightly

Want to work in conservation? There is no better job interview than to volunteer: An interview with GVI Limpopo’s base manager Leah Brown

By Kathleen Retourne | October 2, 2017

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

What’s involved in being a teaching fellow?

By Conservation Careers | September 26, 2017

Judith Lock is a teaching fellow at the University of Southampton. She specialises in the areas of ecology, evolution and animal behaviour. Her role also involves improving links with local organisations to promote opportunities to enhance student employability within conservation careers and beyond. Why do you work in ecology and conservation? I grew in Somerset

What’s it like to work for WWF? (and how to get a job with them!)

By Conservation Careers | September 20, 2017

WWF have 58 offices around the globe and around 6,203 staff. Mary Ellen Swenson is a Human Resources Coordinator at WWF and is based at the headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. Her role involves a lot of work in social media, promoting vacancies, shortlisting and doing interviewing. In an interview with Conservation Careers she describes what

How to start out in marine biology?

By Conservation Careers | September 12, 2017

Leila Fouda is a marine mammal conservation scientist. She is lucky enough to be able to travel to far flung and beautiful places studying whales, dolphins and other marine mammals for her job. She tells us what it’s like to work as a marine biologist, and provides advice for people looking to work in the