Conservation Economist

Putting a value on nature

What does a Conservation Economist do?

An increasingly popular way of conserving the planet is through ecosystem assessments – literally putting a price on the value nature provides to us for free. Still in its infancy, there will be more focus on these methods looking forwards.

Putting a value on the natural world is an effective way to influence business leaders and politicians and has become a fast-growing field within conservation.

If you have a passion for the natural world and an aptitude for numbers (or specialism in economics) this could be the field for you!

Typical Conservation Economist duties

Conservation Economist roles often include the following duties:

  • Providing expertise at the intersection of economics and finance, development and the environment.
  • Supporting the development and application of economic tools and analysis – e.g. ecosystem service valuation, cost benefit analysis, opportunity cost analysis, bio-economic modelling.
  • Developing and evaluating economic incentives and financing mechanisms for biodiversity conservation and restoration.
  • Building a compelling business case for investment in conservation programmes.
The Yellow River mangroves of Kakadu National Park reflected over water. Mangrove ecosystems provide many services that Conservation Economists can value, such as carbon sequestration and healthy fisheries.

Conservation Economist employer types

Types of conservation employers that hire Economists include:


Conservation Economist sub roles

Conservation Economist sub roles include:

Environmental Economics – studying the cost-effective allocation, use and protection of natural resources.

Conservation finance – raising and managing capital to support conservation. Funding can come from public, private and/or third sector sources; and include grants, loans, tax incentives and/or market mechanisms. Examples include:

  • Carbon finance – putting a monetary amount on carbon emissions, allowing offsetting of emissions via carbon credits from sustainable projects.
  • Conservation trust funds.
  • Foreign Debt-for-Nature Swaps (e.g. relieving the debt of developing countries while generating funds to support conservation).
  • Tourism revenue.
An underwater photo of seagrass, with rays of sunlight piercing the water. Seagrass meadows are one example of an ecosystem that is of interest to Conservation Economists because they have enormous value for marine wildlife and fisheries.
Within climate finance, blue finance is an emerging area offering opportunities to protect protect underwater environments.

Conservation Economist context

What contexts support your happiness at work? Typical Conservation Economist roles include the following contexts:

Conservation Economist salaries & key stats

Here’s how most Conservation Economist roles compare with other conservation roles. We’ve considered pay, popularity (how many applicants roles receive) and availability (how many jobs are available at a given time). Keep in mind that this is a general guide, and that pay, popularity and availability can vary with employer type, location and job level.
*Pay for senior-level Organisational Manager roles can reach a 5.
**Pay for veterinary sub roles can reach a 4.
To research salaries for Economist roles in your region, we recommend searching theEconomic Research Institute’s Compensation Hub. To research salaries and availability for Conservation Economists in your region, we recommend searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

Conservation Economist requirements

Typical early-career Conservation Economist roles require the following:

Typical job titles for Conservation Economists

Examples of Early Career Economist job titles include: 

Examples of Mid and Senior Fundraiser job titles include: 

Find more examples of Economist job titles by searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

A photo taken from the base of a tree with a very large trunk, looking up towards its branches. Trees are important for Conservation Economists because they capture and store carbon, and play many important roles within ecosystems, such as preventing soil erosion.

Conservation Economist resources

Learn about Conservation Finance on Wikipedia, WWF and Conservation International.

Learn about Environmental Economics on Wikipedia and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Want more? Read the latest Economist careers advice here.

An aerial view of a river with two boats moving past green vegetation. Ecotourism is one of many ways in which Conservation Economists can value nature.
Kereng Bangkirai, Sebangau National Park, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Ecotourism is one of many ways in which Conservation Economists can value nature.

Example Conservation Economist jobs

To help illustrate Conservation Economist roles, here are two job descriptions that represent (real) Economist jobs. Pay particular attention to the selection criteria (specifications) to learn more about what conservation employers are looking for when they hire Economists.

Environmental Economist | Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) | UK (2022)

Salary: £35,895 – £41,660 
Job grade: Senior Executive Officer, Cefas Payband 6
Contract type: Permanent
Type of role: Science
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Location: Based at one of the Cefas sites in Lowestoft or Weymouth. 

About Cefas

Cefas is developing and expanding its socio-economic capability. This post holder will contribute environmental economics research to a comprehensive portfolio of UK and international programmes. For example, conducting, and providing advice on, economic and statistical analyses on study design for survey-based methods to value coastal and marine ecosystem services and related econometric analyses, as well as on natural capital accounting; collect and model quantitative socio-economic data, sometimes coupled with marine biophysical data, ensuring high data quality and recording standards; support and/or facilitate workshops (including for capacity building) and interviews in the UK and overseas; communicate your work in writing through reports and peer-reviewed papers in high impact factor journals, and orally with presentations at relevant conferences and/or workshops.

The core team of Cefas’ economists undertake interdisciplinary research and provide advice largely in support of Defra’s coastal and marine environment policies and natural capital assessment, but also participate in national (UK) and internationally funded research projects, collaborating with academia (especially with the University of East Anglia and CSERGE), and other research institutes. Their research focuses on the valuation, accounting and management of coastal and marine natural capital and ecosystem services in UK and abroad, especially UK’s Commonwealth Countries and Overseas Territories.

Cefas is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at gathering evidence which supports the development of policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, gender, age, ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

Main duties and responsibilities for this post include:

  • Leading research to improve the valuation and accounting of the coastal and marine natural capital;
  • Contributing to the development and application of econometric tools in an interdisciplinary setting working with Cefas’ natural and social scientists, including econometric experimental design studies (e.g. stated and revealed preference techniques);
  • Communicating research in writing (e.g. publications in high-quality scientific journals) and verbally (e.g. presentations, policy briefings); and
  • Seeking new business opportunities and writing research proposals for future grant applications within Cefas and with broader national and international consortia, including academia.

Person specification

The following are essential criteria required for this role and you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Proven statistical and econometrics background;
  • Relevant research experience in environmental and/or ecological economics;
  • Good understanding of economic theory (applied to environmental economics) and the data challenges associated with its analysis in an interdisciplinary setting (e.g. within biological and ecological systems);
  • Being flexible, able to adapt to various activities and commitments at the same time, with the ability to work as part of a team, but also unsupervised to organise own work to meet deadlines;
  • Good communication skills verbally and written; and
  • Previous experience leading the publication of peer-reviewed papers.

Academic qualification required for this Cefas Pay Band 6 post is a PhD (or currently undertaking) in environmental economics or related fields of work (e.g. statistics, ecological economics). However, demonstrating having relevant work experience at that level as outlined in this job description will be considered.

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Applied statistical and economic analysis for natural capital.
  • Applied econometrics to designing and analysing stated and/or revealed preferences surveys (e.g. choice modelling, contingent valuation, and travel cost).
  • Proven data management skills and programming skills in R (or similar package).
  • Leading on peer-reviewed publications.

Nationality requirements

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals


  • Generous Annual leave entitlement – Cefas offers 25 days’ annual leave on entry (rising to 30 days over first 5yrs) for full time new entrants to the Civil Service. Employees receive 8 public holidays a year, plus an additional day to mark the King’s birthday
  • Access to learning and development tailored to your role
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • Eligible to join the Civil Service Pension scheme. Very favourable package, contributions are more than matched by employer – more information can be found on the CSP website
  • Staff Recognition vouchers
  • In-year recognition scheme (monetary amounts up to max £2000 possible)

Applied Economist – 30×30 Initiative | The Nature Conservancy | Remote (2022) 

OFFICE LOCATION: Remote home office; the location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Applied Economist, 30×30 Initiative is a core team member helping to advance our organizational effort to protect a representative, durable, effective, resilient, and inclusive 30% of the planet by 2030 (30×30). The Applied Economist, 30×30 Initiative, works within the Global Protect Oceans, Lands and Water team and closely collaborates with the Lead Economist in the Global Science team and the economics team in the Center for Sustainability Science to undertake economic analyses of 30×30 protection outcomes.

The Applied Economist will apply advanced analytical skills to provide technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert on social and economic issues related to key global terrestrial, marine and freshwater protection strategies. The Applied Economist will assess the costs and benefits associated with different strategies to meet 30×30 protection outcomes. They will help estimate financial and economic benefits to a country from increasing protection, identify distributive outcomes associated with different protection strategies and evaluate potential financing options to enhance the effectiveness of protection. In addition, they may undertake retrospective assessments of the costs and benefits of protection interventions, focusing, in particular, on impacts on local communities and Indigenous peoples.

To support the required analytical work and to disseminate findings, the Applied Economist will coordinate discussions related to 30×30 protection among TNC colleagues and external partners. These collaborative efforts will help identify key analytical questions and critical social and economic issues that may affect 30×30 implementation. The Applied Economist will work with TNC staff to identify potential financing strategies and enable the use of analytical results in decision-making.  The person in this position will represent TNC in forums and strategic events related to the 30×30 Initiative and serve as a point person in economic or social partnerships or initiatives. They will support the development of peer-review publications, and/or position papers.

This position will require the Applied Scientist to spend approx. 50% of their time on research and analyses and 50% of time on coordination and discussions with teams within TNC to understand challenges to achieving conservation outcomes. The location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance. This position will involve some domestic and international travel.


  • Master’s Degree in applied environmental or natural resource economics or related field and 4 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience undertaking cost-benefit analyses of conservation interventions and valuation of ecosystems services
  • Experience with the use of quantitative methods (cost-benefit analysis, inferential statistics, quasi-experimental studies), with deep experience in a subset of methods.
  • Experience managing smaller projects including financial aspects and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Written and oral communication skills experience.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals


  • Ph.D. in environmental or natural resource economics
  • Research experience working in protected areas and with local communities
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and programs (e.g., R, STATA, MATLAB), particularly related to economic and environmental data
  • Research experience in Low- and Middle-Income countries
  • Analytical skills including manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting spatial (vector and raster) data, ecosystem service models, and data are desirable. Experience working with Geographic Information Systems (including ArcGIS systems) is desirable.
  • Demonstrated team player with thought leadership, strong interpersonal skills, excellent listening skills, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships, and adaptively manage programs to meet evolving conditions & needs.
  • Experience with household or community survey design and primary data collection.
  • Experience with a wide range of potential financing strategies for conservation.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


Due to this position’s location being flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office, we are unable to provide an accurate salary range as our salary ranges are based on geographic locations. However, if you provide your city, state/province, and country in your cover letter we will inform you of the salary range for this position based on your location if you are selected to proceed into the initial selection round.


Financial Analyst – Global Conservation Program | Wildlife Conservation Society | New York, USA (2022)

Department: Global Operations, Global Conservation Program
Location: Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York
Business report: Executive Director, Business Planning & Markets
Coordinates with: WCS Budget Office, Financial Planning & Analysis team

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):

WCS is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established with a long history in the wildlife conservation sector. We specialize in wildlife conservation through understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. We work in more than 60 nations across the globe, partnering with local communities and other stakeholders to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues. These issues are critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Position Summary:

In order to deepen our reach and conservation impact, WCS has expanded its programs to engage the private sector together with governments, communities, and consumers. Current examples of the Markets program activities include REDD+ carbon credits, habitat or other mitigation banking, supply chain initiatives, conservation enterprises (i.e. Ibis Rice) and conservation finance schemes (trust funds) in WCS field programs. Significant multi-year grants and new corporate agreements will produce commercial investments that require extensive modeling to determine cash flow projections, investment pricing, investment rate of return and breakeven points, and financial risks. Based on these analyses, the financial analyst will work with WCS field programs and other members of the Markets program to create scenarios of the financial and programmatic support (and risks) for WCS conservation efforts. If successful, these commercial transactions can bring additional and targeted funding to generate critical outcomes for biodiversity.

As part of supporting the Executive Director, Business Planning & Markets, the Financial Analyst will also apply the same set of financial modelling skills and analyses to the business of the Global Conservation Program (GCP).  A principal focus for this work will be the annual business plans for each of GCP’s key business units, including its 13 regional programs and 5 global thematic programs. As part of this work, this position will liaise with the Global Conservation Program’s (GCP) Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) unit, a group within the Global Operations team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the Markets team in working with field programs to develop, evaluate and sell conservation finance initiatives, including carbon credits, conservation enterprises, supply chain initiatives, and other portfolio initiatives
  • Create models to show the potential impact of mixed funding models that combine philanthropy and market-rate investments, including projected income statements, cash flow, balance sheet and investment returns for potential transactions
  • Support the creation and updating of a business plan for GCP, building upon regional and thematic program business plans, incorporating the projected revenues and expenses of each program, necessary inputs and investments to realize those goals, and the associated expenses in GCP headquarters and outside of GCP based on those growth projections
  • Develop processes and support program staff around business planning for new, large-scale programmatic activity and other projects that evaluate the financial health of GCP

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to ED, Business Planning & Markets
  • Collaborates with Program Directors and provides guidance and direction to Business Managers
  • Collaborates with a variety of GCP and WCS departments, most notably: Regional and Thematic Directors, Business Managers, Regional Controllers, GCP Leadership team, WCS Budget Office, Program Development and Global Resources


  • At least three years of experience in financial planning
  • Experience with or demonstrated desire to work within a complex non-profit organization with a highly matrixed and relationship-driven culture
  • Understanding of nonprofit accounting
  • Experience analyzing financial propositions, including creating financial scenarios to determine break even points, rates of return, and cash flow risks
  • Extensive and demonstrable analytical experience and expertise in applying analytics to institutional decision-making
  • Exposure to ERP systems, including financial planning, reporting, accounting and grants management preferred; experience with SAP a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the fields of business, economics, accounting or finance
  • A self-starter with demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and triage, and manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures; commitment to building constructive working relationships to solve challenging problems
  • Commitment to conservation and the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or French a plus

Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North MerseysideWigan Greenheart Nature Recovery Financing Specialist | The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside | Wigan, UK (2022)

Salary: Up to £28,000 per annum depending on experience
Contract type: Fixed term
Working hours: Full-time
Location: Wigan Office, Worsley Mesnes Drive, Wigan, WN3 5UF

We have an exciting opportunity for an innovative Nature Recovery Financing Specialist to join The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside to lead the nature-based solutions financing aspects of a pioneering new Landscape Recovery scheme in Wigan.

Wigan Greenheart is one of the first pilot Landscape Recovery schemes in England. We need a resourceful, personable and capable nature recovery financing specialist to coordinate the nature based solutions and natural capital financing elements of this transformative partnership project to help reverse the nature and climate emergencies.  The scheme will be an exemplar of how the post-industrial landscape can be re-imagined and how nature can be restored at landscape scale, over the long term.  The project will work towards long-term delivery supported by a funding agreement based on blended public and private finance. This blended finance approach is a key aspect of the Landscape Recovery scheme and will require development of innovative new funding streams based on nature-based solutions that will secure multiple sources of financing, including private investment as well as public support.  This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a team shaping major innovative action that will receive national recognition, working across the borough of Wigan, home to the newly declared Flashes of Wigan and Leigh National Nature Reserve.

We need someone who is highly driven, organised and innovative with a clear focus on delivery and achievement. The ideal candidate can identify investable nature-based solutions, has an aptitude for data analysis and finance modelling and can turn concepts into reality.  We are seeking someone who can lead negotiations and direct contractors’ work programmes, engage with investors and communicate effectively with colleagues and stakeholders. The successful person will work as part of a team to achieve deadlines and produce long term transformative outcomes, and look to replicate approaches and outcomes across LWT for greatest impact for nature recovery.

Landscape Recovery schemes represent a new approach to supporting long-term, significant habitat restoration and land use change of the sort that will be essential to achieve our ambitions. This role is pivotal to embedding and demonstrating how to achieve this change based on valuing and securing investment in nature based solutions.

We offer 28 days holidays plus bank holidays per annum, increasing with length of service. A friendly and flexible working environment with the chance to be a part of the largest nature conservation body in the area, working together to improve our region for nature as well as engaging and inspiring people to connect and take action for wildlife.


  • Lead the identification and development of a range of natural investment services and products to sell or attract financial support
  • Lead on the delivery of the Wigan Greenheart LRS blended finance business model and lead on how a blended finance approach will secure funds for team continuation as well as capital delivery.
  • Manage the external contract supporting the business model workstream
  • Lead on the negotiation with potential investors and funders
  • Carry out relevant research and keep on top of emerging agendas (e.g. carbon markets, nature-based solutions markets, biodiversity net gain)
  • Attend industry events and develop a network of contacts.
  • Support the Wigan Greenheart Project team and lead on how the LRS implementation work programme can be financed and targets met.
  • Coordinate inputs from the wider project team and partner organisation’s staff that will inform baseline data and finance models.
  • Prepare project progress and expenditure reports as required
  • Communicate and liaise with a wide range of stakeholders and promote the project at all times.
  • Share learning from the project both locally and nationally. 
  • Lead the delivery of the development phase output relating to nature recovery financing, working with the partners and stakeholders to ensure successful delivery.
  • Analyse a variety of data sets, and identify options and markets for quantified and valued nature based solution/natural capital opportunities for inclusion in the finance model such as biodiversity net gain, carbon credits, natural flood management etc.
  • Oversee and direct the research work to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from baseline and target habitat types for input into measures, outcomes and carbon credit schemes
  • Manage the contract and work of the Business Finance Model contractor to meet delivery targets and standards. Develop the scope of commissioned work and carry out a tendering process to select the best organisation to work with in line with scheme requirements and budget.
  • Test finance models and demonstrate investment readiness in preparation for the LRS implementation phase
  • Work as a Wigan Greenheart team member in achieving the wider development phase plan deliverables.
  • Identify gap and opportunity analyses for aspects of the LRS related to wider multiple benefits including flood risk and climate change resilience, and produce activity plans
  • Prepare measures and monitoring approaches to support the Monitoring and Evaluation plan, including baseline assessments and Theory of Change reports
  • Bring learning back into LWT to progress LWT’s business plan Nature Based Solutions aims by documenting approaches and learnings and assess applicability to LWT’s wider Nature Recovery Focus Areas workstream

In the course of delivering this work the postholder will need to:

  • Follow and comply with all policies and procedures of the Trust which includes the Trust’s Health and Safety procedures in the workplace, ensuring personal safety and the safeguarding of the interests and safety of all staff, trainees, visitors, and others at the Trust.
  • To work as part of a team alongside staff and volunteers as required.
  • To uphold the working values and expectations of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
  • To carry out other duties relevant to your post as reasonably required by your line manager.
  • To support the collection of evaluations and communications and complete reporting for project targets.
  • Across the job role to undertake duties at a similar, lower or higher level as required.

All staff are ambassadors for the organisation both internally and externally and are expected to act in a professional manner at all times. They are required to abide by organisational rules, policies and procedures as laid down in the staff handbook, adopt environmentally friendly working practices, set and maintain high personal standards of efficiency and customer care and foster a ‘can do’ culture based on ownership, initiative, teamwork and exchange of information.

Person Specification



  • Developing complex projects for funding and delivery.
  • Producing robust business proposals
  • Overseeing contract delivery and financial control
  • Effectively communicating with and influencing a wide variety of people.


  • Nature based solutions project development
  • Developing financing models
  • Project and budget management



  • An understanding of the principles and practices that underpin natural capital, ecosystem services and/or nature based solutions
  • An understanding of the sources and mechanisms for nature recovery financing such as biodiversity net gain, carbon credits and other nature based solutions Desirable
  • Greenhouse gas emissions measurement and application to Nature based solution investments
  • Financial and business models
  • Range of funders and investment opportunities
  • Risk Management



  • Strong numerical data analysis and research ability to identify and quantify investable opportunities
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Able to develop effective relationships with a wide range of people
  • Ability to set, prioritise and achieve targets on time


  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively with a strong sense of accountability and ownership.
  • A pro-active attitude in ‘making things happen’.
  • Negotiation and influencing skills



  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the Wigan Greenheart Landscape Recovery scheme
  • Clear thinking when faced with complexity
  • Excellent networking ability and able to build rapport quickly.
  • Calm and mature approach with tact and diplomacy.
  • Flexible with a positive, problem solving approach
  • Creative and innovative Desirable
  • Focus on delivery
  • Integrity and commitment – honest, with a work ethic and a real commitment to the values and aspirations of Lancashire Wildlife Trust

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On Conservation Careers to date we’ve listed over 50,000 conservation jobs which cover over 15,000 different job titles! With so many different roles available within conservation, we’ve simplified them into eleven key roles:

  1. Conservation Communicator | Raising the profile of conservation. Any job focussed on communications and/or marketing, including photography and filmmaking.
  2. Ecologist | Ensuring ecologically-sensitive development. Any job focused on undertaking surveys or research to provide advice to clients (usually wishing to undertake developments).
  3. Economist | Putting a value on nature. Any job focussed on valuing nature economically.
  4. Educator | Increasing awareness and support for nature. Any job focused on environmental education for children or adults, including events and visitor engagement.
  5. Fundraiser | Raising money for nature. Any job focused on raising money.
  6. Land Manager | Protecting key sites for nature. Any job focussed on the practical conservation of sites (both habitat and visitors), including wardens and rangers.
  7. Organisational Manager | Running organisations that conserve nature. Any job focussed on managing an organisation.
  8. Policy Advocate | Saving wildlife through law. Any job focussed on policy and/or advocacy.
  9. Project Manager | Saving the world one project at a time. Any job focused on project or programme management (i.e. management of a themed area of work).
  10. Scientist | Answering the key questions to tackle biodiversity loss. Any job focussed on science and research (field and/or desk-based), including GIS and mapping and data analysis.
  11. Wildlife Carer | Caring for wildlife. Any Job focused on caring for animals, often in captivity such as Zoos, Veterinary Clinics or Shelters.

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