Let’s celebrate! Conservation Careers success stories
Like many conservationists, we spend most time focused on supporting people and the planet, and we rarely take time to celebrate our successes along the way.
That’s why we’re dedicating this post to celebrating success stories from 2022!
We are incredibly proud of what we as a team, our partners and our community have achieved.
In 2022, Conservation Careers celebrated its ninth year helping conservationists achieve career success. We’re proud to say that we supported nearly 767,000 conservationists this year on their path to helping wildlife thrive.
We’ve seen job opportunities continue flooding back into the conservation sector, and an increasing focus on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the sector.
We’ve also seen growing interest from career switchers seeking to dedicate their careers and skills to causes that better align with their values.
As we look ahead to 2023, here are some of our successes from this past year, and a glimpse into what we’re planning next!
2022 in numbers
- Total audience – 766,974 people across website, social media and email.
- Social media audience – 179,238 followers
- CC Pro community – 755
- Conservation Careers team (core, consultants & volunteers) – 27
- Total jobs posted – 53,799
- Conservation jobs posted in 2022 – 12,996
- New training programmes launched – 3
- Interviews – 30
- Podcast episodes – 17
- Webinars – 7
- Ultimate Guides – 2
- Downloadable Ultimate Guides – 5
To find out how far we’ve come since last year, check out our Highlights from 2021!
Conservation Career Kick-Starter | Supporting >2,500 Kick Stars
To date, we’ve piloted our flagship course, the Conservation Career Kick-Starter, at 40+ universities worldwide. We’re formally partnering with a number of these universities to give their students a head start in the industry.
As of December 2022, over 2,500 kick stars (our inspiring students!) have enrolled in the Conservation Career Kick Starter in both English and Spanish, and it has a 98.9% satisfaction and 99.3% recommendation rating. Wow!
We love hearing feedback like this:
“Not since leaving university years ago, have I had the access to such useful, comprehensive resources, skilled professionals and real support in my learning and job hunting. I credit Conservation Careers as playing an integral role in helping me to land my job as Head of Communications at Whitley Fund for Nature.” – Kate Stephenson, KateOnConservation.com, 2022.
“I get quality feedback and encouragement from like-minded people who are tackling similar challenges – finding conservation roles where they can really contribute. One of the things that makes it great is the personal touch and the feedback and connection that Nick, Kristi, Nando & Lloyd put in”. Clare Roberts, Cambridgeshire, UK, 2022.
NEW | Conservation Project Management & Design
We’re currently supporting over 100 students on our newest online training programme, Conservation Project Management & Design.
This programme follows the best-in-class Conservation Standards methodology and is taught by Certified Conservation Standards Coach, Facilitator and Coach Trainer, Felix Cybulla.
Our students are learning the most valued skills in the conservation industry – project design and management – and we’re excited for them to become more employable and impactful as a result.
“With over 100 students in the first cohort, the interest and response to our new online course was mind-blowing and very encouraging that we are offering something that resonates with conservationists out there!” – Felix Cybulla.
NEW | Fundraising for Conservation Projects
This year we launched Fundraising for Conservation Projects, an online training programme taught by multi-award-winning conservationist, and CEO of Elephants for Africa, Dr Kate Evans.
Our students are learning the process of searching for, applying for, and securing funds for conservation work – so they can turn ideas into reality and create more conservation impact.
“I have learnt how vital it is to secure funding if a conservationist is going to see their dreams become a reality” – Dr Kate Evans.
Teaching conservationists to speak like TEDTalkers
Our new Public Speaking for Conservationists online training programme aims to transform careers by teaching conservationists to speak like TEDTalkers,
“If you want the inside scoop on the life of a professional conservationist and our industry, are feeling lost in your conservation job hunt and need some direction, or want to switch careers into conservation but don’t know where to start – this is the podcast for you” – Dr Nick Askew.
- Happiest times as conservationists
- Career changing moments
- The good, the bad and the ugly in conservation
We also spoke to conservation leaders who shared their insights and advice:
- Dr Stephen Browne | The Royal Commission for AlUla (Saudi Arabia)
- Daniel Kaul | Natucate
- Felix Cybulla | Conservation Standards Trainer
- Jade Brudenell | Conservation Collective
- Megan Cromp | Key Conservation
- Kate Evans | Elephants for Africa
- Sacha Dench (The Human Swan) | Conservation Without Borders
- Podcast | Elena Zurli from Environmental Grants
- Anna Hixson | Institute for Ecological Civilization
- Dr Gemma Harper | Chief Executive of the JNCC
- Leif Cocks | The Orangutan Project
- Tara Mikhael | Helping businesses operate sustainably
- Lynn Mento | Conservation Nation
- Andrew Cottam | Restor
Check out all our podcast episodes!
Ultimate Guides | In-depth resources for conservationists
Does it feel overwhelming trying to understand and navigate the conservation sector? We hear some questions come up over and over again, like ‘How do I switch careers into conservation?’, or ‘How do I start a career in marine conservation?’.
This year we published new ultimate guides that distil all of our experience and the advice from professional conservationists into question-by-question guides to help fast-track your career.
Explore all our Ultimate Guides or download a copy of our guides to read later!
Sharing the latest careers advice
We don’t always have Yoda to guide us in our careers, but we do have a global community of conservation professionals and leaders with a wealth of advice to share.
In 2022, we published 38 new career advice articles on our Conservation Careers Advice Blog. Most of these are interviews with professional conservationists, thanks to our talented team of Conservation Careers Bloggers.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
- Breaking into the conservation sector
- So you want to be a marine conservationist? Consider these realities before diving in
- Conserving Lions through Evidence-Based Conservation and Local Rights: An Interview with Amy Dickman
- Exploring the “no handbook” realities of becoming a conservation filmmaker; an interview with Christine Lin, National Geographic Explorer
- Coexisting with African elephants – An interview with Jake from EleCREW
- Conscious Travel | Discovering the world’s wildest places with Natucate
- From conserving wild cats to queñoa trees—a career switch, with “no regrets”
- Inside internships: Five top tips to ensure interns get what they really need
- Conserving for the Future: An interview with Tomos Avent
- Securing a job in research science – advice from lemur scientist Lydia Greene
- Indigenous Partners in Conservation
- Applying for a conservation job with a disability | Advice from aspiring wildlife presenter Ryan Eddowes
- The Iberian wolf: how to protect a misunderstood species?
- Keeping Up with Conservation News
Read all our careers advice articles on our Careers Advice blog!
1:1 Coaching | Supporting conservationists to be their best
We worked with job seekers, students, career switchers and professionals, supporting them with personalised career coaching, application reviews and interview preparation.
We love hearing success stories like this…
“I was the successful candidate for the role with UNEP-CITES! I just wanted to say a big thank you again for the prep session I did with you before the interview. It really helped me boost my confidence and give it my all in the interview I’ve just finished about a month into the job now and it’s been so busy working on CITES CoP19, but I’m really enjoying it so far.” – Caroline Fitzgerald, Dublin, Ireland, November 2022.
I got the job! | Community success stories
One of our favourite parts of our work is hearing from applicants who’ve successfully landed their dream job after receiving support. Here is just one of this year’s many success stories…
“I must say once again thanks very much CC Pro family. Without you for sure I couldn’t make such a good CV, cover letters that can stand out and make me shine over others. Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) is the largest NGO organisation in Mauritius and it’s in partnership with great organisations of my dreams. I feel it will be a breakthrough to the Conservation world where my interests and passion are taken care of” – Ismael Okwomi from Nairobi, Kenya, who landed two internships, one with the Mara Elephant Project, and one with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
“My new job at TNC (now nine months in!) gets more real every day. The more I learn, the more gets added to my plate…naturally. I’m still over the moon that I have been lucky enough to find my initial niche space as a career switcher” – Carley Petch.
“After what feels like a 2-year roller coaster of some highs and many long, dark lows trying to switch back to a career in conservation, I’m starting a new position next month in Albania! I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to work in my field again – transboundary protected areas – and also begin working in bird conservation, which is something I’ve been dreaming of doing for a long time.
I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Nick, Kristi, and Nando for your guidance and coaching, and for developing the Conservation Careers resources and community. What I was doing on my own to switch to a conservation career wasn’t working, and things started moving quickly when I joined this community. I really don’t think it would have happened without you and the knowledge and insights shared in Conservation Careers. ❤️ ” – Stephanie Gentle
Nick and Kristi meet! Conservation Careers Retreat
After seven years meeting via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and more, Nick and Kristi met for the first time in person in May 2022.
We spent a week doing some CC planning together and having some fun walking in Snowdonia National Park in Wales.
We did a LOT of brainstorming about where we want to take CC next, to serve our community better – and planning our vision for where we see CC in five years’ time.
We’re excited about what lies ahead for us all!
Nick and Lloyd meet! In-person communications training
Lloyd Gofton has been part of the Conservation Careers team since 2020, building and delivering our popular Communications for Conservation Projects online training programme.
We met in person for the very first time to deliver communications training to Durrell Conservation Academy staff in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Looking ahead to 2023
It’s been quite a ride … and as we look forwards to 2023, we’re excited about what’s in store.
In 2021, we – gulp! – took on the project of totally rebuilding our website. With tens of thousands of pages, posts and jobs to recreate, we’ve now spent over a year in planning, design and development… and we’re excited to say that our new website is almost ready to launch! Coming in early 2023, the new site is going to be much faster, simpler and easier to use for all. We think you’re going to love it
1:1 Career Coaching
In 2023, we will begin formally offering career coaching support alongside our core training programmes. Our goal is to support conservationists through tough-to-navigate decisions and career transitions, so they can create careers they might otherwise never have dreamed of.
Our new specialist agency, ‘Communicating Conservation’, is now exploring working with two organisations. The agency is designed to help conservation organisations – large and small – to deliver on individual communications, marketing and PR projects. We will also be able to help as a longer-term partner to drive strategic direction, training and day-to-day campaign support. If this sounds interesting, do get in touch.
We’re working with one of the largest learning providers in the UK to create a suite of regulated conservation qualifications. These will include marine conservation, restoration and rewilding and many more. Watch this space!
Conservation Career Development Programme
We’re piloting a totally new programme with the UK Wildlife Trusts starting in January 2023. The goal is to improve staff morale, effectiveness and well-being, through self-study, group coaching, 1:1 coaching and community support.
Conservation Internship Programme
We’re exploring working with a leading conservation organisation to create an ongoing 6-month internship which is co-managed by them and us. Alumni from our Communications for Conservation Projects training programme would receive 1:1 support from our communications course leader, Lloyd Gofton, to deliver a communications plan in a real-life, professional context.
CC Pro Community
We’ve had so much fun growing and learning together in our online community for conservationists, CC Pro this year. In 2023, we’re planning to expand our community support with ‘Pro Chats’ (informal Q&As with conservational professionals), buddy support, mentorship opportunities, and more.
Supporting Conservation Professionals and Employers
As CC grows, so does our community of conservation employers and professional conservationists. We’re exploring developing more resources to support both, including leadership support.
By now, you probably know that we’re always open to new ideas that come along, so do get in touch if you think we can help or improve things within conservation in some way.
Thank you for your continued support, and stay tuned as we keep innovating on our mission to help conservationists achieve career success.
Here’s to a great 2023 for all.