Here are the pros and cons It’s no secret that trying to cultivate an academic career is a long and arduous journey. If you have a bachelor’s degree, it is…
This post was updated on 14 July 2020
How to decide what is the right conservation career
‘What’s the right conservation career for me?’ is a question we’re commonly asked. Nature conservation is a diverse and expanding field, but there’s one common thread for all practitioners: an absolute passion for nature and its wildlife.
Apart from this closeness to nature, there are only a few other general traits, as there really is no definitive list of competencies for conservation professionals. Certainly, good communications skills to facilitate team work or engage different audiences are needed, as conservation is just as much about driving behaviour change as it is about wildlife management. Finally, perseverance is a much-needed attribute, in your job search and throughout your career, as it can feel like fighting a losing battle sometimes.
We want to share with you what we’ve learnt about conservation career paths. ‘What are the different types of conservation?’ and ‘How do you become a wildlife conservationist?’ are some of the most commonly asked questions from aspiring conservationists who volunteer on our conservation and community programs. Chances are, you’re asking similar questions, so here’s our shot at giving some advice:
Wildlife Conservation as a career is consistently growing
If someone says the words ‘conservation career’, most people picture a practical conservationist or ecologist out in the field. Field work and ecology are still going strong, but there are now other sectors that are expanding. Here are just some of the other career paths that conservationists take…