What is a Conservation Job?

For Conservation Careers, a conservation job is any role where your activities aid the conservation or enhancement of wildlife.
This includes jobs which directly benefit wildlife conservation like a Project Officer for a marine protected area in Fiji. It also includes roles which indirectly benefit biodiversity conservation efforts, such as a Communications Manager role, whose job is it to raise the profile of a conservation organisation, so that staff such as their Project Officer can get to work protecting that Fijian marine reserve.
If the role aids conservation efforts, it’s a conservation job.

What jobs are there in wildlife conservation?

Much bigger than you might imagine, it’s 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!
To help, we break the conservation job market into the 15 key conservation job types as follows:

1 – Animal Welfare Conservation Jobs | Caring for animals
Communications & Marketing Conservation Jobs | Raising the profile of conservation
2- Community-based Conservation Jobs | Helping people to be part of the solution
3- Countryside Management, Warden & Ranger Conservation Jobs | Saving key sites for nature
4 – Ecotourism Conservation Jobs | Helping people experience the natural world
5 – Ecological Consultancy Conservation Jobs | Ensuring ecologically-sensitive development
6 – Environmental Economics & Ecosystem Assessment Conservation Jobs | Putting a value on nature
7 – Environmental Education Conservation Jobs | Increasing awareness and support for nature
8 – Fundraising & Development Conservation Jobs | Raising money to save nature
9 – Mapping & GIS Conservation Jobs | Putting nature on the map
Marine Conservation Jobs | Protecting the blue planet
10 – Photography and Film-making Conservation Jobs | Storytelling for change
11 – Policy & Advocacy Conservation Jobs | Saving wildlife through law
12 – Programme & Project Management Conservation Jobs | Saving the world one project at a time
13 – Science & Research Conservation Jobs | Answering the key questions to tackle biodiversity loss.

Which are the most popular conservation jobs?

We’ve looked at the average number of pageviews for our 15 key conservation job types. This is from nearly 20,000 jobs and over 2,000,000 visitors in six years. And the most popular job types are … drum roll …
Marine Conservation Jobs
Science and Research Conservation Jobs
Ecological Consultancy Conservation Jobs
Animal Welfare Conservation Jobs
Photography & film-making Conservation Jobs
Warden and Ranger Conservation Jobs

Which are the most abundant Conservation Jobs?

It’s important to ask which conservation job types are most abundant or most frequently posted on our site. This gives you an idea of where most of the opportunities are in the sector…
Project & Programme Management Conservation Jobs
Science and Research Conservation Jobs
Warden and Ranger Conservation Jobs
Environmental Education Conservation Jobs
Communications & Marketing Conservation Jobs

Which are the hottest conservation jobs?

The most useful analysis of all is to take into account a combination of the popularity and abundance – to find the hottest jobs where competition might be lowest. When we run the figures we see the following as hot conservation jobs…
Science and Research Conservation Jobs
Communications & Marketing Conservation Jobs
Warden and Ranger Conservation Jobs
Project & Programme Management Conservation Jobs
Environmental Education Conservation Jobs
Fundraising and Development Conservation Jobs
It’s interesting to note that Science and Research come out first, and this is because although it’s very popular, there are also relatively many vacancies in this area.
Then we see some less popular roles – like Communications & Marketing, Environmental Education, and Fundraising & Development – being overlooked by conservation job seekers. If you want to increase your chances of success, it might be worth targeting your efforts towards these relatively less-competitive jobs.

Why can’t I get a conservation job?

Maybe because it’s so universal, it’s so common, we don’t invest the time and energy into learning the art of how to apply for jobs. We assume it’s natural, straightforward, easy.
Well, fellow conservation biologists, it’s time for a gentle lesson in biology: Applying for a conservation job is not an innate human ability.
Just like personal banking or riding a bike, we aren’t born with the skills or knowledge to apply for jobs. And, unfortunately, we rarely graduate with them, either.
While a rare few institutions provide great coaching and tools, the majority of colleges and universities are not good training grounds for applying for jobs.
So even when we’ve already graduated, we have to go back to learning how to ride a bike.

How do I apply for a conservation job?

We’ve spoken to hundreds of talented conservationists, and we know how tough it is to find work in conservation. That’s why we’ve poured decades of experience, lessons and proven advice into a single step-by-step guide: ‘How to apply for a conservation job’.
Written by conservationists for conservationists, the guide is designed to help you write a killer application with the highest chances of getting you an interview. Drawing on experience in communications, recruitment and the conservation sector, it focuses on crafting unique, compelling career stories that showcase you as the best candidate for the role you want.
Below we’ve outlined the guide’s 10 steps to apply for a conservation job. So, whether you’re applying for your first professional experience, or seeking to switch careers into conservation from something unrelated, this is your key to crafting stand-out applications so you can land your dream job and get about the business of protecting nature.

What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?

If you’re applying for a job, chances are that ‘CV’ and ‘resume’ refer to the same thing.
In Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the term ‘CV’ or ‘curriculum vitae’ usually refers to the document you use to apply for a job. In North America, this document was traditionally called a resume.
These documents are concise summaries of your education, experiences and competencies and are used to apply for a job, internship, work experience or networking.
In North America, CV traditionally referred to a comprehensive document that covers your whole career and includes ALL of your education, experiences and competencies, including a complete history of awards, grants, presentations, certifications, professional affiliations, etc. It’s used when applying for academic positions, post-secondary teaching positions and post-secondary study.
Today, the terms CV and resume tend to be used interchangeably. When applying for a job, you can safely assume that you should send a concise document (2-3 pages of your most relevant evidence) unless an “academic resume/CV” is specifically requested.

How can I get help to secure my dream conservation job?

Knowing how to apply for a conservation job is a key part of being a professional conservationist. Unless you fully understand how to submit a successful application that stands out from the crowd, you won’t be able to be competitive in order to land your dream job and be happy and impactful in your career.
A big part of this also is to understand yourself. What do you love doing? What are you great at? What are your biggest needs right now?
At Conservation Careers we’ve helped hundreds of people just like you to get clarity on your career options, to form an actionable plan of action, and to get secure your dream job.
If you need our help, we’re here for you:
You want to work in conservation but you’re feeling lost, disillusioned or confused?!? Check out our Kick-starter training designed to help you understand the job market, to navigate your career options, and to get hired more quickly. It’s designed for students, graduates, job-seekers and career-switchers. We’re proud to say it also has 100% satisfaction and recommendation ratings. We know you’ll love it. Find out more about our Kick-Starter – Online Course and Kick-Starter – UK Workshop.
You feel ready to apply for a conservation job? Check out our membership packages for job seekers which provide access to the world’s biggest conservation job board – with over 6,000 conservation jobs shared each year – plus a range of other benefits. Check out our monthly memberships here.
You’re submitting applications, but failing to get many interviews? Check out our FREE eBook – How to Apply for a Conservation Job? This is a complete guide to producing successful CVs, Resumes and Application Forms by Conservation Careers. Download your copy for free here. We can also review your applications, and provide 1:1 advice on how to improve them (and we don’t cost the earth). Check out our application support here.
You’ve got an interview (well done!) and would like our help to prepare for it? We know what employers want, and have helped many people prepare for and deliver successful interviews. Check out our practice interviews here.
You’ve got a question and want to contact a human being! Send us an email to [email protected] and one of our team will be back in touch soon.