Conservation Scientist

Answering key questions to tackle biodiversity loss

What does a Conservation Scientist do?

Science underpins and informs conservation interventions across the globe.

Often undertaken within an academic setting (but not exclusively), it involves a logical, methodical and rigorous approach to work. If you’d like to make discoveries to help species, habitats and sites around the globe, then a career as a Conservation Scientist might be for you.

Science and Research also offer one of the clearest career paths within conservation sector. These are often highly-trained professionals who have secured a Degree, Masters and PhD, and then worked on a series of short-term (1-3 year) ‘Post Docs’ to finally secure more long-term tenured employment in a university or similar. This isn’t the only career path to become a Conservation Scientist (many NGOs and Government bodies employ researchers), but it’s a common one.

We consider any job focussed on science and research to be a Conservation Scientist role. This includes field and/or desk-based research, as well as GIS, mapping and data analysis.

Image: Dr Nick Askew from Conservation Careers (bottom left) teaching a local community group about grassland ecology during his PhD.

Typical Conservation Scientist duties

Conservation Scientist roles often include the following duties:

  • Undertaking scientific research (including desk, lab and fieldwork).
  • Literature reviews of available research.
  • Analysis of data.
  • Managing time and budgets.
  • Communicating results to a range of audiences.

Mapping and GIS sub roles usually include the following duties:

  • Maintaining and developing the main databases and spatial information systems.
  • Developing tools for analysing ecological processes.
  • Data quality assurance and licencing issues.
Image: A conservation scientist taking measurements of the growth patterns of a Barn Owl chick.
Conservation Careers' Head of Community, Dr Fernando Mateos-González, is a Spanish biologist with a PhD in Behavioural Ecology and an MSc in Animal Biodiversity.

Conservation Scientist employer types

Types of conservation employers that hire Scientists include:

Conservation Scientist sub roles

Conservation Scientist sub roles include:

  • GIS and mapping – putting nature ‘on the map’ (see below).
  • Research ecology – studying the interrelationships between organisms and their environment.
  • Data analysis.
  • Field research and monitoring.
  • Conservation genetics.

As computers and GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technology become ever more powerful, there is a growing need for skilled staff to make sense of it all and to inform conservation action. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) are the software used by modern conservationists who are putting species, sites and habitats on the map. If you enjoy cartography and computers, then this conservation career path could be perfect for you.

There is a wide breadth of Conservation Scientist sub roles such as:

  • Marine biologists – scientists who study marine organisms and their interactions with the environment (including humans). 
  • Zoologists – scientists who specialise in the study of animals.
  • Ornithologists – scientists who specialise in the study of birds and bird habitats.
  • Primatologists – scientists who study non-human primates and their conservation.
  • And many more!
Conservation Careers' Director, Dr Nick Askew, earned his PhD in barn owl ecology.

Conservation Scientist context

What contexts support your happiness at work? Typical Conservation Scientist roles include the following contexts:
Keep in mind that these contexts are a guide, and can vary across Conservation Scientist roles. For example, Conservation Careers’ Head of Community, Dr Fernando (Nando) Mateos-González, has mixed interaction – with lots of interaction and collaboration in the field, as well as lots of solitary computer work. He also enjoys a diversity of tasks. Learn more about Nando’s career here.

Conservation Scientist salaries

 To research salaries for Scientist roles in your region, we recommend searching the Economic Research Institute’s Compensation HubTo research salaries for Conservation Scientists in your region, we recommend searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

Conservation Scientist requirements

Early-career Conservation Scientist roles can have different requirements depending on whether they focus primarily on field research and monitoring, or working with data (usually in an office).

In practice, some Conservation Scientist roles combine both field and office tasks, but we’ve separated them to help show the top requirements for each.

Typical Field Research and Monitoring early-career Conservation Scientist roles usually require the following:
Typical early-career Conservation Scientist roles that focus on Working with Data usually require the following:

Conservation Scientist sub roles, such as GIS and mapping, and conservation genetics, often have specific requirements. Try searching our Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member to learn more about the requirements for Conservation Scientist sub roles.

Check out our ultimate guides How to become an ecologist? and How to become a marine biologist? to learn more about the requirements for these sub roles.

Typical job titles for Conservation Scientists

Examples of Early Career Scientist job titles include: 

Examples of Mid and Senior Scientist job titles include: 

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

Conservation Scientist resources

Podcast episodes

Have you ever considered doing a conservation science master’s to kick-start your career in conservation? We speak with Brendan Godley, Professor of Conservation Science at the University of Exeter, who is probably best known for his research with marine turtles. Listen here.

We discuss what it’s like to study and work within academia, how to survive it, enjoy it and more..! Joining our host Dr Nick Askew is Dr Fernando Mateos-González of Bioblogía and Dr Stephanie Schuttler from the world of Fancy Scientist. Listen here.

Dr. Fernando Mateos González works as a conservation biologist in the Czech Republic and supports expeditions as a nomadic mercenary scientist. His long list of expeditions includes sailing to Iceland as chief scientist for British Exploring Society. Listen here.

Dr Hugh Safford is a Regional Ecologist for the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and Research Faculty at the University of California-Davis. Hugh shares his career insights and advice, for people like you, who might be seeking to work in the US Forest Service or following similar paths. Listen here.

Have you ever dreamt about going on a conservation expedition? Travelling to a remote corner of the globe to explore and discover the wildlife found there? Where would you start and how would you fund it? Get inspired with conservation scientist and expedition leader Dr James Borrell. Listen here.

Professor Bill Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Chair of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge and Founder of Conservation Evidence. He shares his drive to develop a sound evidence base for conservation and practical advice on how to apply for PhDs (and jobs). Listen here.

Dr Stephanie Schuttler of Fancy Scientist is an unconventional wildlife biologist, entrepreneur, and careers adviser who has spent nearly two decades studying all over the world. We explore what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist and top tips for started a career in wildlife biology. Listen here.

Are you interested in switching careers into conservation? Dr Ada Grabowska-Zhang is the Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques at the University of Oxford, a one-year flexible course that trains people to work as an ecologist or a conservationist. Listen here.

How do we put data into people’s hands so they can act more quickly, confidently and impactfully? Andrew Cottam is Head of Geospatial at an exciting new venture, Restor, a free online platform for the restoration movement. Learn how technology is helping in the battle to restore life on earth. Listen here.



Are you looking for the best postgraduate training to further your conservation career? Do you think you might need to do a Masters, Postgraduate Certificate or similar?

In this live event, we speak to leading Course Directors from Cambridge and Oxford Universities to answer your questions. Watch here.

Explore all Conservation Scientist resources here.
Conservation Careers' Head of Community, Dr Fernando Mateos-González, leads an exciting career as a 'mercenary biologist'.

Example Conservation Scientist jobs

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

Summer Field Technologists | Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute | Alberta, Canada

InnoTech Alberta is a key component of Alberta’s innovation system; its talented and experienced team of experts offers a wide range of applied research and development technologies and services. InnoTech Alberta is partnering with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI); an arms-length, value-neutral, scientific organization that measures and reports on the health of Alberta’s Biodiversity. The ABMI conducts world-class biodiversity monitoring of more than 2000 species and habitats throughout Alberta. Together, these organizations are seeking up to 40 qualified summer Field Technologists to survey terrestrial and/or aquatic biodiversity indicators.

Job Description

  • Field data collection to support baseline Ecosystem Health Monitoring or the Oil Sands Monitoring project (forest stand, soil, mammal/bird monitor collection, plants, wetlands, ground truthing, etc.)

Work is done in groups of two throughout Alberta, sometimes up to 500 m from a partner, often in bear country. Data collection can be physically demanding, weather uncooperative, wildlife encounters likely, and insects persistent. All technical training and certifications are provided.


  • Possession of or working toward a degree or diploma in biology, natural resources, forestry or a related field
  • Previous related field work experience
  • Ability to endure long days, flexible work plans, challenging conditions, and rigorous fieldwork
  • Experience with some or all of the following: GPS, compass, navigation, 4X4, ATV, aerial image interpretation, working around helicopters, backcountry camping
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • A good attitude and a sense of humour
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 Drivers License or equivalent
  • Eligible to work in Canada or currently in possession of a work permit

Skills in boreal, grassland, alpine, or aquatic plant identification are an asset!


These are temporary 4-month positions (Beginning of May – August 2022). Food allowance, accommodation and transportation in the field are provided. Minimum starting salary is $2800 per month and is commensurate with number of seasons experience with the ABMI, qualifications, and specific demands of the position.


Monitoring Technician | Morro Bay National Estuary Program | California, USA

This full-time position supports the Estuary Program’s Monitoring Program through fieldwork, lab work, equipment maintenance, and data management. The Monitoring Technician reports to the Assistant Director.

The Organization.

The Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings citizens, local governments, nonprofits, government agencies, and landowners together to protect and restore Morro Bay. The Estuary Program is a non-regulatory, not-for-profit organization that conducts monitoring and research, restores natural habitats, and educates residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy. The Morro Bay National Estuary Program is one of 28 national estuary programs around the country that are working to safeguard and improve the health of some of our nation’s most important coastal waters. The Estuary Program achieves results by closely collaborating with many partners to accomplish our shared goals of protecting and restoring the estuary and the watershed. For more information about the program, visit

Duties and Responsibilities.

  • Fieldwork: Conduct water quality fieldwork at creek sites, including continuous monitoring. Conduct fieldwork in the bay including basic water quality monitoring and eelgrass monitoring. Conduct maintenance and calibration of field equipment. Support spring bioassessment monitoring effort.
  • Data Management: Manage monitoring and quality assurance data using spreadsheets and databases.
  • Bacteria monitoring: Collect and analyze samples for bacteria indicators.
  • Volunteer support: Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a program focused on natural resources management, environmental science, biology, or related field
  • Knowledge of freshwater system hydrology
  • Ability to adapt and troubleshoot in the field
  • Experience with environmental fieldwork in inclement conditions
  • Ability to hike and work outside in inclement weather conditions
  • Ability to swim
  • Comfortable on the water in kayaks, paddleboards, or other watercraft
  • Must be able to carry up to 50 lbs and traverse over rough terrain to remote field sites
  • Must be detailed-oriented and able to manage multiple responsibilities 

Preferred Qualifications.

  • Experience with detailed data management using Excel and Access
  • Experience in the technical areas of water quality monitoring and surface flows
  • GIS skills for map creation and file management
  • Understanding of basic hydrology and local ecology
  • Experience working with volunteers

Pay, Benefits, & Work Environment.

This is a non-exempt, full-time position with a pay rate of $18 to $21/hour, depending on experience. The position will begin approximately October 17, 2022. The position is supported by a four-year grant, with the option to extend. Benefit package includes sick leave, paid vacation, and holidays. Group health insurance, optional Flexible Spending Accounts, and simple IRA retirement savings plan with employer match provided. Casual office environment with options for flexible schedules. Position will have field, office, and work-from-home components, with approximately a third of the time spent in the field. Occasional evening and weekend work within the county. Required safety protocols for all staff follow current COVID-related public health guidance. The organization has a test-or-vaccinate policy. Estuary Program staff are employees of The Bay Foundation of Morro Bay, a nonprofit corporation that provides the administrative framework for the Estuary Program.


Sage Grouse Wildlife Technician | University of Idaho | Idaho, USA

Wildlife technicians needed for an extensive research project in southern Idaho
to examine the effects of cattle grazing on sage-grouse demographic traits and habitat characteristics.

Duties include:

  • trapping and banding sage-grouse at night in remote locations,
  • attaching VHF and/or PTT/GPS radio transmitters to female sage-grouse,
  • using radio telemetry to track sage-grouse and locate nests,
  • nest monitoring,
  • DNA sampling at depredated nests,
  • sage-grouse brood surveys,
  • and data entry.

Additional duties may include measuring vegetation characteristics and grazing intensity, plant identification, electric fence installation, and mapping percent grass utilization over large areas in pristine sagebrush steppe. All wildlife technicians will likely conduct vegetation surveys as well. Tasks will vary depending on project needs, and will change over the course of the field season. All technicians will be expected to identify common sagebrush steppe grasses and forbs (training will be provided).

Technicians will need to walk many hours daily over rough terrain (off-trail) in relatively remote areas and will be required to work unusual hours that differ weekly, including night and early mornings.

Start date is approximately February 24th and most wildlife technicians will wrap up work June 30th, but some may be offered to remain until mid-August. Technicians will work at one (or more) of our 3 study sites in southern Idaho: Big Butte near Atomic City, ID; Browns Bench near Rogerson, ID; and Pahsimeroi Valley near May, ID.

Technicians may be moved between sites depending on project needs. Southern Idaho offers boundless outdoor recreation opportunities. All sites have nearby access to excellent hiking, camping, birding, fishing, hunting, kayaking/rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking opportunities, and much more! Additionally, technicians will be part of a large research team with 3 professors, several graduate students, 10+ technicians, 3 crew leaders, a research scientist, and 2 state biologists working across 3 study sites. This is a highly collaborative project and involves working closely with personnel from Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Idaho, local ranchers, and other stakeholders.

Qualifications include an undergraduate degree (or working towards one) in wildlife biology, zoology, rangeland ecology, botany or a related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.). All applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, a valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, ability to tolerate walking for up to 8 hours straight, and willingness to live and conduct field research under rigorous and remote conditions during variable weather conditions (snow and rain early in the field season; full sun and heat at the end of the field season). Applicants with previous experience performing one or more of the duties described above will be given preference. Experience with any of the following is also beneficial: working/living in rural areas, camping in remote areas, working on ranching/farming operations, and operating ATVs and 4WD vehicles.


Field Biologist | Florida State University | Tallahassee, Florida, USA

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) is Florida’s Natural Heritage Program and state member of the NatureServe network. We are housed within the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center at Florida State University. As the Florida Heritage Program, one of our primary responsibilities is maintaining a spatial database of information on Florida’s rarest species and conservation lands but we also work on an array of applied research projects to inform conservation and land management decisions making with funding provided by state and federal agency partners. Our office is off campus in Midtown, which is centrally located near shops, restaurants, and historic neighborhoods.  The larger Tallahassee region offers many outdoor recreation opportunities in the nearby Apalachicola National Forest and a number of coastal parks and refuges within a short drive from town.


  • Assist with surveys for gopher tortoises
  • With direction from supervisor, plan and assist with invasive plant surveys and evaluations of control treatments.
  • Assist with other field research as skills permit
  • Assist in preparation of written reports and participate in meetings as necessary.
  • Enter and quality control field data, in addition to other office duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent physical condition (able to hike for most of a 10-hr day through a variety of habitats in any weather)
  • Ability to safely conduct rigorous field work using standard field equipment including 4×4 vehicles and sometimes boats.
  • Experience/interest in primitive camping during field work (camping on site during the cooler months allows FNAI staff to make good use of daylight in areas where hotels are far away)
  • Willingness to travel frequently (potentially as much as 90% for some periods) and work long days (averaging 10hrs)
  • At least two years of coursework in biological sciences, or equivalent training and experience.
  • Working knowledge of common native and invasive plants of Florida.
  • Ability to communicate well in person and in writing.
  • Ability to work well with FNAI staff scientists.
  • Good organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • A commitment to conservation goals.
  • Experience or familiarity with personal computers, databases, GPS, and GIS.


  • Ability to start work in December 2022
  • Experience with natural community and habitat interpretation from aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and soil surveys is desirable.
  • Experience in the statistical analysis of biological data
  • Small boating handling and trailering skills

Red List Assistant | BirdLife International | Cambridge, UK

Job type: Full time, 35 hours per week
Contract: 1-year fixed-term initially, with potential for extension subject to funding
Salary: £21,500 pro rata, plus competitive 12% pension benefit

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

We are looking for someone to join our Science Division in the Global Secretariat, to support BirdLife’s work on assessing the IUCN Red List status of the world’s birds.

Main Responsibilities

Supporting BirdLife’s IUCN Red List assessments for the world’s birds, including:

  • Collating, synthesizing and analysing new published and unpublished information on status, distribution and threats to each species
  • Updating data fields and text accounts, and running Red List assessments in the Species Information Service (SIS) database
  • Improving and updating BirdLife’s digital distribution maps of the world’s birds using published and unpublished information and correspondence with experts
  • Improving other relevant datasets on species
  • Contacting reviewers to update and check this information, and incorporating such updates
  • Working with colleagues in Science, Biodiversity Data Management Unit and Communications to help deliver completed Red List updates in a timely fashion

Skills, Experience and Education:

  • A degree in a relevant biological or environmental subject
  • Excellent oral and written English. Spanish/Portuguese highly desirable
  • Relevant bird conservation/research experience. Familiarity with Latin American birds and conservation highly desirable
  • Experience of collating, verifying, analysing, interpreting and disseminating biological data (e.g. publications and reports)
  • Proven ability to work in a team and achieve shared goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Proficiency and practical experience with GIS software (preferably ArcGIS)

We are able to offer a hybrid model of working on site and from home/remote for most roles, which helps to ensure a flexible work life balance.



Research Supervisor | Para La Tierra | Pilar, Paraguay

Para La Tierra is looking for a new Research and Intern Supervisor for a diverse and challenging role based in the Wetlands of Ñeembucú, Paraguay. Based at Centro IDEAL, you’ll conduct and teach field science at a fully equipped ecological research station, contributing to our understanding of this unique ecosystem.

Role summary

You will be in charge of developing and supervising intern projects from the moment an intern books through until the publication of their study where applicable. You will offer both intellectual and logistical support for interns carrying out projects at PLT, including project design, coordination of fieldwork, data analysis and publication in a peer-reviewed journal. You will be responsible for ensuring that internships are carried out to a high standard, are suited to the intern as well as beneficial to PLT (i.e. publishable), and result in interns leaving happy with what they have learned and achieved. You will also be responsible for the physical organization of papers, literature reviews, project proposals, results, raw data and everything else related to each intern, in the intern hard drive. You will be expected to take responsibility for organizing and running academic activities, including but not limited to, journal club, debates, and field courses.

In addition, you will be in charge of leading Para La Tierra’s ongoing research project across the Neembucu wetlands. The long-term goal of this exciting project is to declare the wetlands as a protected area (Ramsar or a national protected area). This involves implementing and supervising biodiversity inventories in numerous field sites as well as ecological and habitat studies. You’ll have access to expert scientific guidance in the field, as well as a strong team to work alongside you.

Role competencies


  • Computer skills including excel (or other museum databasing software), word, lightroom/photoshop.
  • Experience in carrying out field research.
  • Experience in supervising projects and people.
  • Good understanding of statistical analyses (preferably with experience in R, SPSS, Python etc.)
  • Familiarity with GIS (especially QuantumGIS)
  • Good record of scientific writing with peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in biodiversity survey techniques (transects/point counts, listing methods, vegetation quadrats etc.)
  • Experience in other specific fieldwork techniques e.g. bird banding, camera trapping, radio tracking, mark-recapture etc.
  • Educated to post-graduate degree level.
  • Manual driving licence.


  • Experience identifying neotropical birds, butterflies, frogs, fish, snakes, lizards and mammals.
  • Photography skills.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish preferred but other languages a bonus).
  • Specimen collection experience.
  • Proposal preparation experience and track record of managing funded projects.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Correspond by email (copying the Executive Director into the conversation) with interns before they arrive at the site, ensuring they meet all pre-arrival deadlines, and assisting in the production of a quality research proposal.
  • Meet with each intern once or twice each week, depending on necessity, in a formal setting to discuss any aspect of their project, especially assisting with troubleshooting and data analysis. Be available at other times to answer their questions.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the initial setup of intern project methodologies both on paper and in the field, motivating them and ensuring a strong start to their fieldwork stage.
  • Following initial set-up, visit each internship project at least twice per month, enforcing deadlines for written and presentation aspects of project development and providing feedback and support in these assignments.
  • Collect and collate all digital materials related to each intern in the “intern database”, including, but not limited to, literature reviews, project proposals, raw data, photographs, statistical analyses, papers consulted, presentations and outcomes.
  • Organise and facilitate (at least fortnightly) intern/staff/expert presentations, communicating the details of presentations to all staff in advance via the shared calendar.
  • Coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure interns have volunteer support when necessary.
  • Host “Journal Club” once a week and encourage all PLT visitors to engage actively in the discussion.
  • Design and lead the Neembucu Wetland research project, fitting with Para La Tierra’s long-term goals.
  • Conduct the Neembucu project to a high standard, applying for funding and institutional support where necessary.
  • Submit project updates and publication progress to the Executive Director.
  • Supervision of remote interns by organizing weekly meetings and making sure they get all the help they need through all the different steps of their project.
  • Contributing to extra PLT projects such as developing online courses or any other ongoing or new projects.
  • Contribute to furthering PLTs mission wherever possible, including using non-science skills to assist in project development.
  • When necessary fulfil domestic responsibilities including but not limited to cooking meals, cleaning dishes, doing shopping, coordinating recreational activities, and managing PLT home projects.

With this position, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a young and ambitious team of conservationists within a fast-growing and unique organisation in the neo-tropics.

The post includes full bed and board, as well as monthly pay of US$450, with 8 weeks holiday across 18 months. With almost no living costs, our staff are able to save much of what they earn.

About Para La Tierra

We’re dedicated to conserving fragile habitats in Paraguay through scientific research, community engagement, and environmental education. Our field sites stretch from the wetlands of Ñeembucú to the deep Atlantic Forest of Alto Parana, including all the river systems, marshes, and Chaco regions in between.



GIS Professional – Field Research | Panthera | Bogotá, Colombia

Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe. For more on Panthera, visit

Job Purpose

The GIS professional is responsible for the field data collection, data processing, equipment and deployment preparation, GIS production work, and other tasks related. A large component of the position will be collaboration with Panthera biologists, communications and development staff in the development and implementation of innovative monitoring and analysis methods.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide graphic representations of spatial data (i.e. maps, figures and charts) for scientific publications, grants proposals, popular media, and online content.
  • Organize and complement the geographical information available at Panthera Colombia with official public information sources.
  • Compile and/or create accurate spatial covariate data (including Google Earth Engine) for use in analysis by Panthera research scientists and collaborating agencies
  • Work in collaboration with academic partners, including overseeing student volunteers in production of high-quality operational maps used for field research
  • Provide trainings and advice for Panthera’s field personal on the use of GIS data and methods
  • Field varied, and sometimes urgent, requests for data, spatial analyses, and maps from Panthera personal
  • Ensure the implementation of Panthera´s global guidelines for data processing and GIS management
  • Support the camera trap analysis and processing of the information requested in projects
  • Support on fundraising from its expertise


Education and degree

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Science, or related field
  • Desirable Master’s in Geography, GIS, Environmental Science, or related field


Experience required:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in the field
  • Experience with GIS software
  • Experience developing and maintaining spatial databases, including data collected from handheld GPS units
  • Knowledge of remote sensing theory and methods
  • Experience with cartographic design using GIS software and Adobe Create Cloud
  • Experience creating maps and other informational graphics to disseminate conservation data, programs, and initiatives to the public
  • Prior experience in NGOs desired

Skills & abilities

  • Strong computer skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills and a passion for interacting with people
  • Ability to communicate effectively with varying audiences
  • Availability to spend extended periods of time in field conditions
  • Experience with conservation
  • Attention to detail. Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Excellent Spanish language skills

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Good English language skills
  • Position based in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Availability to travel around Colombia

About Panthera

Founded in 2006, Panthera is devoted to the conservation of the world’s 40 species of wild cats and the vast ecosystems they inhabit. Our team of biologists, data scientists, law enforcement experts and wild cat advocates studies and protects the seven species of big cats: cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers. Panthera also creates targeted conservation strategies for the world’s most threatened and overlooked small cats.

With our supporters around the world, we inform the public about the plight of wild cats, help local communities live in harmony with wild cats, protect wild cats and their prey from poaching, fight the illegal wildlife trade and safeguard the precious landscapes wild cats need to survive.

Mapping geospatial references for a forest health protection project. Credit: Licia Rodrigues Couto / USDA Forest Service via Flickr.

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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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