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How To Be A Marine Conservationist & Ocean Entrepreneur

By Tash Allen | July 6, 2020

Do you want a job in marine conservation? We have good news for you. There are more options to go down than just the traditional routes to starting a career in marine conservation! Think outside the box, and you could become an ocean entrepreneur and start up your own business. Sounds scary? You’re not the

Thai-ing Conservation and Education Together: The Traidhos Barge Program

By Maddy Simmonds | July 2, 2020

Kirsty Shakespeare is the head of the Traidhos Barge Program in Bangkok, Thailand which aims to educate and connect people with their environment and raise awareness of environmental issues. In this interview Kirsty talks about what her role entails, how she got to where she is and her advice for others. Can you start by

Webinar | Conservation Internships & Volunteering that Won’t Break the Bank

By Conservation Careers | July 2, 2020

Is money holding you back from conservation internships or volunteering? Does conservation seem like a field for the elite? What if you could get the experience you need to break into conservation without breaking the bank? In this free webinar from Conservation Careers, Dr Nick Askew and Kristi Foster bust the myth that conservationists should

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Seize the Day and Save Sharks With Shark Girl Madison

By Tash Allen | June 30, 2020

Madison Stewart, AKA Shark Girl Madison is a woman on a mission to save the ocean’s most misunderstood inhabitants: sharks. She was 2019’s Australian Geographic Society’s Young Conservationist of the Year. She’s been campaigning for over ten years. She’s been successful at lobbying the government to shut down shark fisheries. She’s helped stop supermarkets from


Podcast: Honor Wilson-Fletcher | British Exploring Society

By Conservation Careers | June 29, 2020

Do you yearn for adventure? Do you enjoy discovering hidden corners of the globe and enjoy spending time immersed in nature? Then you will love the British Exploring Society. It is an amazing organisation that takes young people to extraordinary destinations, both in terms of the places they visit and also in their own lives.

Webinar | Professional and Personal Communications

By Conservation Careers | June 29, 2020

Effective Communication for Conservationists  Has this ever happened to you? You began a conversation, interview or meeting with a great outcome in mind, but left feeling like you made a bad impression or missed an opportunity? Wouldn’t it be great if you could sharpen your skills to navigate any conversation effectively? In this webinar from

Running a Butterfly (and Cockroach) Sanctuary

By Bill Boteler | June 25, 2020

The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens in Costa Rica have been teaching people about Costa Rica’s insects and arachnids for over 20 years. On a mission to change the way people think about small, misunderstood creatures, they host tours and offer 10-week internships for people who want to learn how to convey scientific and conservation knowledge. In

For Parrot Conservationist Bonnie Zimmermann – Anything is Possible

By Bill Boteler | June 22, 2020

The Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) and their Indonesian counterpart, Konservasi Kakatua Indonesia (KKI),  work collaboratively to protect the parrots of Indonesia. Established in 2001 by Dr Stewart Metz and originally known as Project Bird Watch, the organisation focuses efforts on conservation and education.   Conservation efforts take many forms, from Critically Endangered species protection programmes to rescue, rehabilitation and release (via Indonesian-based centre, Kembalis Bebas), to community awareness

Standing tall for Giraffe Conservation | Part 2

By Ellie Caskey | June 18, 2020

In this second instalment of Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) interviews, Veterinarian Sara Ferguson provides an in-depth account of the day-today threats faced by giraffe in Murchison National Park, Uganda. Home to the largest population of giraffe in Uganda, the National Park is the central focus point for the vital efforts carried out by the GCF, who partner with the Uganda Wildlife


Podcast: Jon Paul Rodríguez | IUCN Species Survival Commission

By Conservation Careers | June 15, 2020

Jon Paul Rodríguez is an award-winning Venezuelan conservationist who wears many hats. As Co-Founder of local NGO Provita, he spearheaded work to nearly triple the number of Endangered Yellow-Shouldered Parrots in the wild, winning the Whitley Gold Award in 2019 in the process. More recently, he was elected as the first non-European and non-North American Chair of

Standing Tall for Giraffe Conservation | Part 1

By Ellie Caskey | June 15, 2020

In this first instalment of interviews with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, conservation ecologist Michael Butler Brown explores how science and diverse perspectives contribute to giraffe conservation. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is a globally operational organisation working towards saving giraffe in the wild. Using science to navigate conservation-based strategies and initiatives to best support wild giraffe populations.


Podcast: Daniel Quilter | Fuze Ecoteer

By Conservation Careers | June 1, 2020

Daniel Quilter fell in love with Malaysia, its wildlife and people during a field trip while at University. He quickly returned and in many ways never looked back. Since 2005, has been setting up eco enterprises which are businesses which help people and the planet. During this podcast we talk about Fuze Ecoteer, a Malaysian based

Working in Ecological Consultancy – Claire Wansbury – Atkins

By Catherine Hunter | June 1, 2020

Claire Wansbury is the Associate Director of Ecology at Atkins, a large engineering and environmental consultancy. Most of her time is spent advising on the protection of wildlife on major infrastructure projects such as road schemes and railways. She also works on introducing new approaches within the industry, like Biodiversity Net Gain and Natural Capital

Free Video Training Series | How to get a Conservation Job

By Conservation Careers | May 26, 2020

Are you an aspiring conservationist struggling to successfully secure a job in this wonderful, but highly competitive sector? Are you stuck for ideas on how to best prepare yourself for your dream career? Fear no more! We’re here to help with our upcoming FREE video training series, How to get a Conservation Job, starting on

Connecting kids with nature: On Safari with Nala

By Kathleen Retourne | May 25, 2020

The camera pans across the vast expanse of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Game animals take flight from the approaching vehicle. Dramatic skies flash past as the bush, a multitude of greens, blurs alongside. Nala Malan appears in shot, gives a toothy grin to the camera, and begins her narrative.  Naturally charismatic and clearly passionate, she speaks

Working to save Gunung Palung Orangutans

By Ellie Caskey | May 22, 2020

Victoria Gehrke’s career has taken her half way across the world as Programme Director at the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project deep in the forests of Indonesian Borneo. However, travelling for the job is not something uncommon for Victoria. Previously she worked on lemur conservation research in Madagascar, coral reef restoration in Honduras, and as a

Podcast: Kate Stephenson | Kate on Conservation

By Conservation Careers | May 18, 2020

Have you thought about starting a blog? Are you passionate about writing and communicating and want to share your thoughts, experiences and opinions? Will it make a difference?  Kate Stephenson did just this nine years ago when she started her blog, Kate on Conservation. Now her award winning blog highlights important conservation issues, individuals and organisations and tries

Virtual Field Trips: The Way Forward

By Conservation Careers | May 12, 2020

Students at Portsmouth University, UK, didn’t allow COVID-19 to ruin their big field trip to Malaysia. They organised a virtual trip. They collected field data which they can use for their university field course module and learnt about conservation issues in Malaysia.  This shows when there is a will there is a way. The students

Keeping “Elephants Alive” | An interview with Anka Bedetti

By Ellie Caskey | May 11, 2020

For over two decades Elephants Alive has been monitoring and researching one of the largest populations of elephants in South Africa. This work is vital during a time where elephant numbers are under immense pressure from habitat restriction, human-elephant conflict and poaching.  Anka Bedetti joined Elephants Alive in 2016 as the Tracking and ID Study

Webinar | Professional and Personal Communications

By Conservation Careers | May 10, 2020

Has this ever happened to you? You began a conversation, interview or meeting with a great outcome in mind, but left feeling like you made a bad impression or missed an opportunity? Wouldn’t it be great if you could sharpen your skills to navigate any conversation effectively? In this free webinar from Conservation Careers, we’ll

No substitute for getting your hands dirty

By Michael Henshall | May 7, 2020

Sabelo Lindani is one of the more experienced conservationists in Cape Town, South Africa, with experience in both the governmental and private sector of conservation. In 2017 he started his own company (Contour Enviro Group) and now employs 25 other up and coming and experienced conservationists. Together they offer government and private clients Wilderness and

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation: How Conservation Continues During a Crisis 

By Bethany Richmond | May 4, 2020

Anne-Gaëlle Carré works as the Assistant Coordinator on the pink pigeon project with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The species she works with, and many others that the foundation supports, is dependent upon intensive conservation efforts for its survival. To put it bluntly, without constant input from Anne-Gaëlle and her team, the pink pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) would likely become extinct.  In

Webinar | How to find career happiness?

By Conservation Careers | May 3, 2020

Are you struggling or unhappy in your career? Do you need help to get moving in the right direction? Would you love to thrive in your work? In this free webinar we’ll talk to GP, executive coach and speaker Dr Rachel Morris about How to Find Career Happiness. Dr Rachel Morris specialises in resilience in

Conservation Career Kick-Starter | Calling all Students!

By Conservation Careers | May 1, 2020

Are you a conservation student wondering what you’ll do when you graduate? Would you like to get a jump-start on navigating the conservation sector, finding your ideal job and fast-tracking your job search? Or maybe you know a great Bachelor’s, Degree or Master’s programme that could benefit from some additional career transition support? At Conservation Careers,

How to unlock your career during lockdown

By Kristi Foster | April 27, 2020

Upside-down. Frozen. Stalled. Lost. The COVID-19 pandemic has put everything from university fieldwork and planned internships to job offers on hold, and left many conservationists feeling uncertain about their futures. It’s hard to accept when big plans are pulled from our grasp, when our hard-earned savings take a hit, or when a door slams shut

Conservation in the time of COVID

By Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah | April 27, 2020

Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah, Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles, explores the unhealthy relationship with nature that led to the COVID-19 health pandemic; it’s impacts on ecosystems, local economies and conservation; and new opportunities like sustainable tourism and changes in governance. Origin Story (Zoo: English = of animal; noses: Greek = disease) In 2006, in an


Podcast: Mark Rose | Fauna & Flora International

By Conservation Careers | April 21, 2020

How do you grow a conservation organisation from 5 staff to over 500 in just over two decades? Why might Greta Thunberg be wrong to avoid air travel, and how is the conservation industry changing the way it hires staff in the 21st century?   I discuss these issues and many more with today’s guest Mark Rose – Chief Executive Officer – Fauna &

Why recycling for conservation is no waste of time

By Kathleen Retourne | April 21, 2020

The sun was already fierce, and it had yet to hit noon. Despite the heat, the streets of Livingstone, Zambia, were alive with people. Songs filled the air, gangs of children chattered excitedly, women in bright chitenge skirts smiled and joined the teeming throng of humans.   This was not a festival. It was a community litter pick. Along with hundreds of other community

Inspiring local communities in Africa to support lion conservation

By Anthony Ochieng | April 20, 2020

“Local people should be at the forefront of the solutions to the challenges facing their wildlife. Sometimes, change can only come when the people most affected and impacted take charge. Local communities play an important role in fighting poaching and illegal wildlife trade, which are major threats affecting lions and other wildlife.” – Moreangels Mbizah  Moreangles Mbizah

Conservation community hit hard by COVID-19: Why the planet’s guardians need support now

By Conservation Careers | April 14, 2020

With health and economic impacts at the forefront of global concerns, what’s happening to the people whose job it is to protect the future of our health, wealth and wellbeing – the planet?    Rangers and researchers, fundraisers and filmmakers worldwide seek little recognition as guardians of the planet for future generations – the oceans we

African conservation efforts hit by Covid-19, illegal trade under scrutiny

By Kathleen Retourne | April 13, 2020

COVID-19’s arrival in Africa will have disastrous repercussions for the local staff employed in conservation and the animals they protect. It does, however, highlight the danger of illegal wildlife trading and adds pressure for governments to act.   Throughout Africa, conservation and wildlife tourism is primarily staffed by local Africans; guides, anti-poaching units, educators, drivers, cleaners, chefs, to name but a few. These people rely on the income to

How COVID-19 is changing the face of African conservation and how you can help

By Kathleen Retourne | April 9, 2020

Organisations tell Conservation Careers the challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak and how to help the industry at a time when it needs you the most.  At the start of the year, COVID-19 or Coronavirus, was starting to hit headlines. Fast-forward to April and the unprecedented global outbreak and repercussions have taken many by surprise.

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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

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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

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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