Conservation Project Manager

Saving the world one project at a time

What does a Conservation Project Manager do?

This guide focusses on two very closely related roles: Conservation Project Managers and Conservation Programme Managers.

A programme is a themed area of work, often made up of multiple projects which work together towards a defined goal or vision.

Project Managers manage a specific project or set of projects, while Programme Managers manage a themed area of work. Both roles require strong organisational skills and an ability to work in teams to manage and coordinate tasks, deadlines and budgets.

It’s a BIG area of work (we’ve listed 11,057 jobs so far!) and often requires a mix of project management skills (which can be partially transferred from non-conservation jobs) and some specific knowledge for the project in question.

Consequently, it’s an interesting area for career switchers to look at; many of your work experiences to date provide you transferrable or soft-skills which many graduates don’t have when they leave university.

Typical Conservation Project Manager duties

Project Manager roles typically include the following duties:

  • Coordinating and managing project staff (in the field as well as the office).
  • Coordinating project activities to deliver on budget and to time.
  • Organising and running workshops and meetings, including budgets, travel, accommodation and other meeting requirements.
  • Supporting the Monitoring and Evaluation work of projects.
  • Managing communications for the projects (email-lists, newsletters, social media, donor reports etc.)
Dr Oluyemisi (Yemi) Oloruntuyi, Head of the Global Accessibility Program at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Conservation Project Manager employer types

Types of conservation employers that hire Project Managers include:

Conservation Project Manager sub roles

There are two main roles: Project Managers and Programme Managers. 

Project managers manage a specific project or set of projects. Programme Managers manage a themed area of work, made up of multiple projects which work together towards a defined goal or vision. Projects typically run for shorter timescales (1-5 years), while programmes are longer term (5-20 years). 

Other sub roles include:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, who focus on monitoring, evaluating (and learning) for projects.
  • Technical Specialists, who provide expertise and advice on the technical aspects of project design and/or delivery, ensuring that projects are of high quality and impactful.
Project Managers can work on diverse projects, such as revegetation and restoration using native seedsCredit: Kim Mincer, BLM Alaska on Flickr.

Conservation Project Manager contexts

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

Conservation Project Manager salaries & key stats

Here’s how most Conservation Project Manager 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 general Project Manager roles in your region, we recommend searching the Economic Research Institute’s Compensation HubTo research salaries and availability for Conservation Project Managers in your region, we recommend searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

Conservation Project Manager requirements

Typical early-career Conservation Project Manager roles require the following:

We analysed 29,767 conservation jobs, from over 100 countries, to find out what skills employers want.

Using our Career Explorer database (a searchable database of all the conservation jobs ever posted on Conservation Careers, which is part of our Conservation Careers Academy membership), we focussed in on entry level Conservation Project Manager positions.

We looked for repetitive requirements, skills and patterns in job advertisements. Here’s what we found:

Most wanted skills:

  • Organisational skills
  • Communication skills
  • Team collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Organising meetings and events
  • Grant and finance management
  • Providing of training

Specialist skills: Analytical, Microsoft Office, Monitoring & Evaluation, Negotiating, Database management, Contract Management, Presentation

Learn more about the skills employers want for Conservation Project Managers in our Top Conservation Skills Ultimate Guide.

Conservation Project Manager sub roles, mid-level roles and senior roles may have different requirements. Find specific Conservation Project Manager requirements by searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

Typical job titles for Conservation Project Managers

Examples of Early Career Project Manager job titles include: 

Examples of Mid and Senior Project Manager job titles include: 

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

Conservation Project Manager resources

Podcast episodes

Felix Cybulla is an independent consultant who has trained teams for over a decade in the world-class approach to project design and management – the Conservation Standards. We discuss how conservationists could achieve more impact and employability through improved project skills. Listen here.

As Global Programme Manager for WWF’s Youth & Education work, Marnix identifies, negotiates and formulates partnerships to mobilise millions of people and dollars to better conserve wildlife across the globe, with a focus on the Global South. Listen here.



Project management and design are the most valued skills within the conservation industry, with 55% of all jobs listed on our site to date explicitly requesting them.

Join Dr Nick Askew and guest trainer Felix Cybulla to learn more about conservation project management and design, and how the Conservation Standards can help you to create better conservation impact.

 In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • Why is project design and management important for conservation? 
  • What are the Conservation Standards? 
  • What is the Conservation Project Management & Design training programme? 

Watch here.

Explore all Project Manager resources here.

The California Coastal National Monument which comprises more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles between Mexico and Oregon. Credit: Bob Wick, BLM California on Flickr.

Example Conservation Project Manager jobs

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


Programme Assistant, Conservation Capacity & Leadership | Fauna & Flora International | Cambridge, UK

Salary: Circa £20,000 – £22,000 per annum
Start Date: As soon as possible
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Fauna & Flora International, Cambridge, UK.

Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.

FFI is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Programme Assistant to deliver effective support to the Conservation Capacity & Leadership team. The successful candidate will assist the Director and Conservation Capacity & Leadership team members in delivering the programme’s targets, through administration, basic finance and logistical support, disseminating learning, fundraising, and communications. The role will in particular support FFI’s conservation leadership, partner support and organisational development initiatives.

You will have strong relevant experience in an administrative role, with excellent numeracy, organisational and time management skills and a structured and methodical approach to work. Your excellent interpersonal skills will enable you to build strong working relationships with colleagues. You will be a self-motivated team player and enjoy working in a dynamic environment where the ability to respond swiftly to changing organisational and team needs is paramount. With excellent communication skills, you will have a proven ability to write for a range of audiences. Fluency in English is essential.

In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation, with the opportunity to apply your skills and expertise to work that will deliver real conservation impact.

In addition, FFI offers a generous pension contribution, attractive annual leave allowance and life insurance. Our offices are located in The David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge, just a few minutes’ walk from glorious historic buildings and museums, the picturesque River Cam, the central market and shopping centre, and a host of cafés and restaurants.


Birds on Farms Project Officer | BirdLife Australia | Australia

We are looking for a Birds on Farms Project Officer to support the implementation of a new project aimed at restoring woodland habitat, landscape connectivity, and populations of woodland birds on private rural properties across a region spanning from the ACT northwards to Yass and surrounds.

The role will assist in the delivery of a ‘Birds on Farms’ program approach that encourages landscape-scale management of temperate woodlands and associated habitats, using a combination of monitoring, community education and engagement, and restoration planning with landholders.

You will do this by:

  • Working with local experts to identify priority areas for conservation, restoration, and monitoring.
  • Establishing and implementing a bird monitoring program, including data management.
  • Working with rural landholders to develop plans for their property that address the retention and enhancement of woodland habitats.
  • Developing and distributing relevant education materials, and implementing other engagement activities, to raise public awareness of the key conservation needs of threatened and declining woodland birds.
  • Fostering and maintaining relationships with project partners and volunteers.
  • If leveraged funding is secured, assisting landholders and working with project partners (e.g., Landcare) on the implementation of on-ground habitat restoration.
  • Assisting the project coordinator with all other aspects of project delivery as required.

Status and remuneration:

This is a part-time position 3 days per week (0.6 FTE) offered on a contract through to the end of June 2025.

This role is based in the ACT-to-Yass region. It is expected that the successful applicant would work from a home office (or similar) situated within or immediately adjoining the project area.

Salary range is $61,675 to $67,717 per annum for a full-time equivalent plus 10.5% super. Final salary within this range to be negotiated with successful candidate based on skills and experience. You will also enjoy great benefits, including additional special leave entitlements, 17.5% leave loading and access to LinkedIn learnings professional development and networking platform.

To apply for this role you must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology, Environmental Science or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of woodland birds and their conservation in Australia
  • Knowledge of issues affecting rural landholders and communities, including the agricultural sector
  • Excellent communications skills, including public speaking and writing for a variety of audiences
  • Experience in working with volunteers and rural communities
  • A current driver’s licence
  • Have valid Australian work rights with permission to work

Programme Coordinator | Department of Conservation | Auckland, New Zealand

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

  • An exciting opportunity has become available for a Programme Coordinator within DOC’s Strategic Projects Team to assist with the essential coordination, reporting and tracking role within the team delivering the Contaminated Sites Programme
  • Fixed term or secondment for three years

At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

He angitūtanga | About the role

The department’s Strategic Project Team is underway with the delivery of a Contaminated Sites National Programme. The Contaminated Sites Programme is seeking to investigation, mitigate or remediate areas of conservation land which have historically been subject to Hazardous Activities and Industrial List (HAIL) land uses.  These activities include various forms of mining, fuel storage, agricultural chemicals, landfill, gasworks and defence activities, among others.

This programme of work has tangible benefits to the health and safety of people and our environment and is an exciting opportunity to put your skills towards permanent positive outcomes for conservation land.

Investigation and remediation of contaminated sites provides opportunity to work alongside Iwi, to learn about the industrial heritage of New Zealand and to play a role in ensuring that conservation land remains safe and accessible for all.

As out next Programme Coordinator, you will be responsible for enabling successful Programme outcomes by providing coordination and support to the Programme Manager and Project Managers leading delivery across the country.

The salary range for this position is $61,916 to $79,115 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You will be confident interacting with people from all walks of life with the natural ability to switch between tasks effortlessly. Your maturity and resilience to remain calm and focused when the workload is high means you can adapt to changing work priorities and deliver our work.


  • Experience as a Programme coordinator
  • Demonstrated excellence at prioritising, allocating and monitoring resource usage and finding improved ways to use resources
  • Demonstrated excellence at planning and organising work and resources over a programme of work to meet negotiated timeframes
  • Ability to work positively and productively with stakeholders, colleagues and team members
  • Be a clear and confident communicator who can bring people together around a common goal
  • Ability to work with customers to identify and prioritise their needs
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Be able to prepare documentation for a range of audiences, understanding appropriate levels of detail and identifying sensitivities


  • Experience working with a range of Programme/Project methodologies
  • Qualifications in relevant project methodologies, e.g PRINCE2 or PMI
  • Experience working in a delivery capacity in the public sector

Mō te tīma | About the team

The Contaminated Sites Programme Team pulls together technical delivery resources from across the motu, primarily from within the Strategic Project Team. There are programme resources currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Ōtepoti/Dunedin, Kawatiri/Westport, Ōtautahi/Christchurch and Whangārei.

Project Teams within the programme work closely with Operations Districts at place, ensuring that local connections and relationships are made as well as exposing the team to wider range of teams and skills within Te Papa Atawhai.

Regular Programme Working Group meetings bring team members together to share learnings and provide support to each other within a collaborative environment.

Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate)guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.

Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu – Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network


Project Officer – Newt Conservation Partnership | Freshwater Habitats Trust | Home working, UK

£25-£35k per annum • 1 year full-time contract (may become permanent) • home working • proximity to Oxfordshire + Buckinghamshire essential

Freshwater Habitats Trust is a friendly, well respected conservation charity that works to protect freshwater wildlife through practical, evidence-based and effective nature conservation projects.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Project Officer to identify and develop habitat creation and restoration schemes for a range of freshwater habitats and great crested newt in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Funded by the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund, the project explores the integration of great crested newt district licensing with the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain for freshwater habitats. The project is a partnership between Freshwater Habitats Trust, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Newt Conservation Partnership and NatureSpace.

This is an exciting role with varied activities, working as part of a multi-partner team of experts taking a novel approach to the conservation of great crested newts and freshwater habitats. Landowner and stakeholder engagement skills are key as well as some experience of aquatic and terrestrial habitat creation and restoration.

Job description

Landowner engagement and site identification

  • Liaise with potential landowners and other stakeholders to identify compensation sites of high quality potential, including site visits and presentations
  • Assess site suitability and priority according to NCP goals, ensuring that only sites of high quality potential are selected
  • Liaise with other members of the NCP/FHT team to ensure efficient coordination of site identification and development

Habitat creation and restoration programme development

  • Draw up outline compensation site plans for consultation with stakeholders and landowners
  • Draw up budgets for compensation sites delivery and long-term management
  • Secure compensation agreements with landowners/managers 
  • Secure any permissions required e.g. SSSIs consent or FRAPs
  • Carry out or ensure that suitable site checks and investigations are secured to support Phase 2 delivery (e.g. baseline habitat surveys, protected species surveys etc.) 


  • Liaise with NatureSpace, internal and external experts to meet project timescales and deliverables
  • Work with local partners and stakeholders to ensure best practice and high-quality outputs and outcomes
  • Contribute to knowledge exchange workshops and project evaluation
  • Attend and contribute to quarterly Project Board meetings Administration
  • Follow NCP procedures and information management systems
  • Ensure that you are familiar with and implement NCP H&S and HR policies
  • Provide information on request and in good time to the members of the core team, in line with FHT/NCP policies


  • Ensure that you understand the aims of the project for great crested newt and freshwater habitat conservation and you represent the views of the partners in your work
  • Ensure that you understand NatureSpace’s great crested newt District Licensing Scheme and the principles of Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Seek to improve your knowledge and understanding of best practice and evidence on relevant conservation issues, with a focus on the creation and restoration of freshwaters and associated habitats
  • Contribute positively at meetings and to the maintenance of a constructive working environment
  • Undertake other duties your line manager may occasionally require

Person specifications


  • Degree in a relevant subject (at least 2:1)
  • Experience in the field of practical habitat creation and management, including on the ground delivery
  • Knowledge of amphibian ecology
  • Knowledge of restoration ecology for both freshwater and terrestrial habitats
  • Some experience/knowledge of Biodiversity Net Gain metrics
  • Some project and budget management skills
  • Some knowledge of land management stakeholders and policy
  • Good IT skills including MS Office and desirable GIS skills
  • Full current driving licence and use of own car

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work and manage time independently
  • Team orientated and comfortable working with a wide range of partners
  • Attention to detail and able to deliver on time
  • Reasonably flexible attitude to working hours
  • Excellent time management and other organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, approachable and professional


Biodiversity Program Coordinator | Environmental Incentives | Washington, DC, USA

Environmental Incentives seeks to hire a Program Coordinator to join our growing company and to support the Biodiversity Portfolio. You will work directly with the Portfolio Director to ensure efficient and compliant management of the financial, operational, and administrative aspects of the portfolioYou will support contractual, financial, and reporting processes, while also engaging with a creative team to advance strategic planning and client services.

One of the main contracts you will support is the Measuring Impact II activity. Under this activity, we are working with USAID’s Biodiversity Division to increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation programming by finding out what works, what doesn’t, and why.  To do this, we support over thirty missions across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Our support includes building the capacity of USAID and their implementing partner ‘staff to design, monitor, evaluate and learn from climate, biodiversity conservation and integrated programs.  We also manage six Agency-wide learning agendas to advance knowledge management on the topics of conservation enterprises, marine and fisheries, combatting wildlife trade, wild-meat, conservation crime, and private sector engagement. 


The Biodiversity Portfolio Program Coordinator is a crucial member of the core management team of our portfolio. Success in the role relies on effectively working across portfolios and projects, and with the Company Health team, to solve problems, create efficiencies, and communicate effectively. This position provides program management and administrative support to all aspects of project and team management, including contract compliance, financial management, recruiting, tracking, and reporting, general administration, and project close-out. The Program Coordinator also provides input to the development of client services and products, including contributing to drafts, providing facilitation support, and serving as a professional first point of contact for some client communications. This role adeptly takes on a variety of tasks while helping to perpetuate existing best practices and establish new systems and procedures when necessary. 

Services Delivery Support

  • Helps project teams execute highly professional client and partner engagements. 
  • Support development of learning products and research initiatives. 
  • Provides input to drafting and finalization of client products, including coordination with EI Communications team and execution of dissemination plans. Coordinates and contributes to project reporting. 
  • Contributes to EI special initiatives and working groups.

Administrative Support

  • Coordinates travel arrangements and contractual approval processes. 
  • Supports office management, including equipment management and space use. 
  • Oversees project-related procurement and work with outside vendors. 
  • Maintains and improves filing and workflow systems and processes. 
  • Serves as a point of contact on administrative support and coordination for, both across the team and with other teams in EI, including HR and Operations.

Project Management

  • Maintains excellent communication within and across teams to support smooth program operations. 
  • Manages production processes, trackers, and internal workflow.
  • Supports all aspects of contracting, subcontracting, and recruiting, as well as financial management, efficiently completing tasks around accounting, budgeting, analysis, and reporting.
  • Provides meeting support, including coordinating logistics, preparing meeting materials, preparing minutes and actions, and/or coordinating follow-up. 
  • Supports MI2’s closeout events and operation.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1+ years relevant experience; a master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated administrative experience managing multiple tasks.
  • Experience providing technical and administrative support to multiple team members, consultants, clients, and stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience updating computer software and license information.
  • Experience in international development, USAID, or other donor experience. 
  • Cross-cultural competence and experiences working, living, or studying in other countries.
  • Training in a field relevant to international development, or project management certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong numeric literacy and demonstrated experience in basic budgeting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government procurement regulations, practices, and documentation.
  • Advanced to expert knowledge of MS Office suite (particularly MS Word, Teams, PowerPoint, and Excel) and Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar Google Drive/File Stream, Sheets, Docs).
  • Exceptional customer service skills, a problem-solving approach and adaptability — an eagerness to assist others, and flexibility in taking on the work at hand.
  • Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong facilitation and copy-editing skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and adjust appropriately.
  • Willingness to be available outside of regular office hours for international calls and other time-sensitive tasks.


  • Legally authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions.
  • Criminal background check required.


The starting salary range for this position is $49,000 – $58,000 per year. Environmental Incentives also offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • 100% employer-funded medical, dental, long-term and short-term disability, and life insurance for employees, and the option to enroll in supplemental life insurance.   
  • Highly competitive 401k contributions that start on day one of your employment. Did we mention we offer environmentally responsible investment options?    
  • Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time. You’ll also get paid time off opportunities each year to vote and volunteer at a charity of your choice!


Environmental Agency UKEnvironmental Project Manager | Environment Agency | Birmingham, UK

We are looking for Environmental Project Managers to join our National Environmental Assessment and Sustainability team (NEAS).  NEAS ensure that the environmental assessment of all the Environment Agency’s capital projects and the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Agency’s relevant Strategies and Plans are conducted to ensure that projects fully comply with environmental legislation and policy. They also ensure that opportunities to improve the environment for people and wildlife are identified and taken forward. NEAS also provide additional guidance and advice on landscape and heritage issues. NEAS screen all work programmes to identify the level of environmental assessment needed to ensure that our projects are legally compliant and that all environmental risks and opportunities are highlighted. Our Environmental Project Managers plan projects that are environmentally complaint, screen, plan and coordinate the delivery of Environment Impact Assessments as well as work with a variety of stakeholders. Being aware and mitigating the reduction of risk to the environment is a key element of the role as well as promoting a sustainable approach to projects and the general activities.

The Team

NEAS is divided into 6 operational Hubs, with each being led by an Operational Unit Manager overseeing 10-15 staff, supported by Principal Environmental Specialists and Team Leaders. Each Team Leader manages several Environmental Project Managers (EPMs) and Senior Environmental Project Managers (SEPMs) who work collaboratively with our environmental supply partners to provide technical expertise and support the day-to-day delivery of projects within our flood & coastal erosion risk management programme.

Experience / Skills Required

  • Preferable to be educated to A level standard in an environmental science or a related subject, however not essential
  • Experience in managing the environmental risk within a project
  • Effective communication, both internally and externally is a necessity
  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills to create a collaborative environment are a vital skill
  • It would be desirable to have a basic knowledge of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Membership of a professional environmental institute would be preferred, not essential and if successful the agency can be involved with obtaining membership
  • Relevant environmental involvement in infrastructure projects is welcomed
  • It would be advantageous to have knowledge of flood and coastal risk management, however in house training is available
  • Experience as an adviser within multi-disciplinary project teams is helpful but not essential if the skills can be demonstrated

Conservation Project Management & Design | Online training

A key to success within conservation is the ability to design and implement projects to better protect species, habitats and sites. But only a small proportion of professional conservationists are formally trained in these essential skills.

A well-designed and adaptively managed project can make a huge impact for wildlife and the people involved. Setting clear goals, understanding the problems, testing assumptions, adapting, learning and sharing your knowledge. Conversely, a poorly-designed project can lead to wasted time and money, and even cause detrimental impacts on the wildlife and people you’re trying to help. 

It’s no surprise, therefore, that project management and design are the most valued skills within the industry, with 55% of all jobs listed on our site to date explicitly requesting them.

If you want to succeed as a professional conservationist, you need project management and design skills.



… Conservation jobs analysed

… Require Project Design or Management skills!

Conservation Project Management & Design is an online training programme brought to you by the team at Conservation Careers which follows the best-in-class Conservation Standards methodology. It is being taught by Certified Conservation Standards Coach, Facilitator and Coach Trainer Felix Cybulla. 

The training covers the following steps in the Conservation Standards cycle:

  • Assess | Learn how to identify threats, opportunities, and key stakeholders.
  • Plan | Learn how to define and develop your project’s goals, strategies, objectives and assumptions.
  • Implement | Learn how to develop and implement work plans including sufficient resources, capacity, and partners.
  • Analyze & Adapt | Learn the importance of analyzing your results and then adapting your work plan as necessary.
  • Share | Learn the importance of sharing lessons and promoting a learning culture within an organisation. 

After completing this training you’ll understand the foundations of how to design and manage a conservation project using the widely-recognised Conservation Standards methodology. Making you more employable and impactful as an aspiring or professional conservationist. Learn more about Conservation Project Management & Design.

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Explore other conservation roles

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.
Cinnamon teal X blue-winged teal drake hybrid at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS on Flickr.

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