Top Conservation Careers Advice for Students

At Conservation Careers we have LOTS of resources to help students like you to get fully ‘employment-ready’ for working within the conservation sector. We know money can be tight, and you might be worried about your job hunt. 

In this review, we’ve hand-picked our top resources to help you to get clear about what you can do to give yourself a head start whilst studying. Ensuring you can get hired quicker after you graduate.  There’s lots of information below, so I’d recommend you save this email so you can easily come back to it. 

Top Ultimate Guides for students

Our Ultimate Guides give you in-depth answers to your top questions about working in conservation. From the 15 key conservation job types, to the top paid and free internships, to how to apply for jobs, you’ll find it here.

As a student, here are our top guides to download…

Ultimate Guide | Top Conservation Internships PAID or FREE Opportunities. Conservation internships can be a great way to gain valuable experience, but we know that money can be tight. Here we review some of the top paid and no-fee conservation internships. Download your copy.

Ultimate Guide | 15 Key Conservation Jobs. The conservation sector is much more diverse than you might imagine! We’ll walk you through the 15 key conservation job types to help you to understand where you might fit in and kick-start your career journey. Download your copy.

Ultimate Guide | Careers Advice for Conservationists. If you’re seeking to work in conservation, this guide is jam-packed with honest, accurate and useful advice, plus top career tips from over 300 professional conservationists worldwide. Download your copy.

Ultimate Guide | How to apply for a conservation job? Whether you’re applying for your first professional experience or switching careers into conservation, this step-by-step guide will help you write a killer application designed to get you an interview. Download your copy.

Explore our growing selection of Ultimate Guides here.

Top Podcast Episodes for students

Every two weeks we uncover what it’s like to work as a conservationist, and how you can become one too. You can listen and subscribe to the Conservation Careers Podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher, or search for ‘conservation careers’ and you’ll find us!

As a student, here are our recommended episodes to listen to…

Podcast | How to survive academia (& enjoy it!) In this episode 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 – or Nando he’s often known – and Dr Stephanie Schuttler from the world of Fancy Scientist. Listen.

Podcast | Exploitation in Volunteering. Of the hundreds of successful conservation professionals we’ve interviewed, the overwhelming majority say that volunteering is one of the best ways to start a career in conservation. But when does volunteering become exploitation? Listen.

Podcast | Conservation Careers. We look back at the journey of Conservation Careers and explore things like how to get a conservation job and how to start your own eco-enterprise. We discuss the importance of finding your target job in order to secure a role that makes you happy, content and impactful. We also talk about resolutions, reflecting on what you’ve done so far and where you want to go next. Listen.

Explore all episodes of the Conservation Careers Podcast here.

Top Webinars for students

We hold regular conservation webinars and live training events at Conservation Careers. These cover all aspects of career planning within the conservation sector from job hunting and volunteering, to confidence and much more. 

As a student here are our hand-picked top webinars to watch…

Webinar | Conservation Internships & Volunteering that Won’t Break the Bank. Is money holding you back from conservation internships or volunteering? Does conservation seem like a field for the elite? What if you could get the experience you need to break into conservation without breaking the bank? In this webinar we bust the myth that conservationists should spend years in expensive internships and volunteering. We then provide clear steps to help get your career off the ground, regardless of your financial situation. Watch.

Webinar | Postgraduate Training for Conservation Careers. 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? During this live event, we spoke to leading Course Directors from Cambridge and Oxford Universities to answer your questions. Watch.

Webinar | Avoid These Mistakes in your Conservation Job Hunt. We myth-bust nine of the most common mistakes and misconceptions made when pursuing a conservation career, to help you conduct a successful conservation job hunt and get on with helping the planet and its wildlife. Watch.

See the latest webinars planned and also watch the recordings of all past events here.

Top Training for students

Do you want to work in conservation but you’re feeling lost, disillusioned or confused?!? Check out our free and fee-based training courses and programmes below, all designed to help you understand the job market, navigate your career options, and get hired more quickly.

Free Training | How to get a Conservation Job? Learn how to quickly, and easily start your career as a professional wildlife conservationist with Conservation Careers. As a student you’ll learn the golden rule for getting started, the key mistakes to avoid, and answer your biggest questions. Enrol.

Training | Conservation Careers Kick-Starter. Our proven step-by-step system to get clear, get ready, and get hired in the conservation sector. After going through the self-paced course, you’ll have created a personal career plan which will finally give you confidence in your job hunt and will make everything quicker, simpler and more fun! Enrol.

Training | Communications For Conservation Projects. Conservation employers are looking for people with communications skills, with 41% of all jobs explicitly wanting people with communications skills or experience. The goal of this course is to help you confidently be able to plan and deliver effective communications activities; making you more employable, competitive and better at your job. Enrol. 

Training | How to Apply for Any Conservation Job? Stop feeling alone or hopeless in your job search. Join a global community of conservationists using our step-by-step system to help land your dream conservation job! Enrol.