Careers in conservation

Careers in conservation

After the success of our Careers Day at Birdfair last year we are really pleased to be able to be providing further support for visitors who are thinking about a career in Conservation.

Live Event – Careers Clinic Sunday 23 August 4-5pm

Sponsored by RSPB

A panel of early career conservationists from different professions within the wildlife sector will introduce themselves and their careers. There will be plenty of time for discussion so please come along with your career questions. This is a great opportunity to find out more about beginning your conservation career.

Chaired by Jamie Wyver

Jamie Wyver has been involved in communications and PR in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, mainly working and volunteering for conservation charities. Recently this has involved writing nature features for magazines and websites, with over 100 published since 2015. Jamie has appeared as a wildlife expert on BBC Breakfast, The One Show, Countryfile Diaries, Radio 4’s Today Programme and Radio 2’s Drive Time show. He also researched, co-presented and produced a wildlife conservation series on Cambridge TV. Jamie has recently returned to work at the RSPB as Supporter Publications Manager.

Our panel is:

Eleanor Absolom
I’m currently working as Campaigns and Policy Assistant for the Land Use and Planning team at CPRE The Countryside Charity, helping with research and data analysis, reports, consultation responses, campaign workshops and CEO briefings, amongst other things! Prior to this I’ve undertaken a lot of practical conservation volunteering work in the UK and abroad whilst studying at University.

Tom Bradfer-Lawrence
I’ve worked in a variety of roles in conservation and ecology. I spent several years researching bird communities in the Republic of Panama. I’m interested in the use of novel technologies to monitor biodiversity, particularly ecoacoustics, and in developing tools to assess conservation conflicts. I currently work as a Conservation Scientist with the RSPB, investigating the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change.

Kristen Pye
As the Prospect Research Executive at WWT, I work with the Corporate Partnerships, Major Donor, and Grants fundraising teams and colleagues across the organisation to identify and develop funding prospects and explore new funding opportunities in support of WWT’s work to save critically endangered species from extinction, to work with communities around the world who depend on wetlands, and to inspire people everywhere to take care of nature. Prior to working for WWT, I worked in supporter development and volunteer management roles in the arts, culture and heritage sector.

Faye Vogely
I’m a science communicator who specialises in digital and social media, and currently work for the British Trust for Ornithology. My background is in animal behaviour, and I worked with bushbabies, slow lorises, orangutans and turtles before starting at BTO. My combination of both a scientific background as well as one in media (MA Wildlife Documentary Production) allows me to bridge the gap between science and the public and share the amazing science being done.

Harry Smith
I currently work as a nature reserve warden and farm manager for the Essex Wildlife Trust looking after a 250 hectare SSSI coastal grazing marsh at Blue House Farm, managing habitats for a variety of wetland species. I also manage a 20 hectare SSSI Woodland. I started off as a volunteer with the Essex Wildlife Trust at the age of fifteen in 2005 as part of my school work experience. I went on to study Biodiversity and Conservation at university followed by a masters degree in Environmental Consultancy. I worked as a seasonal ranger in Scotland for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park authority as well as on the Balmoral Estate in the Cairngorms National Park where I helped monitor raptor nests such as golden eagle and osprey. I then worked as an ecological consultant which I did for over three years before taking stock and deciding to go back into a more practical and outdoor role working for the Essex Wildlife Trust and living on the reserve out on the Essex marshes.

More details and how to take part in our online Careers Clinic  can be found here Careers Clinic

Further Online Career Advice from

The team at Conservation Careers have kindly provided us  with the following links to their career videos, which may also help your careers:

  • How to get a conservation job? Learn how to quickly, and easily start your career as a professional wildlife conservationist with Conservation Careers. If you’re a student, job-seeker or career-switcher you’ll learn the golden rule for getting started, the key mistakes to avoid, and answer your biggest questions. Enroll here.
  • 15 Key Conservation Jobs | Inside the Conservation Industry. When you think of conservation jobs do you envisage someone in the field watching turtle hatchlings or perhaps observing Mountain Gorillas? Although these conservation jobs exist, and are very attractive, the conservation industry is a large, expanding, and diversifying sector. 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 that cover 12,356 different job titles! When finding your niche is so important to becoming competitive – and enjoying your career – where do you start? This ultimate guide and webinar recording cover the 15 key conservation job types to kick-start your career journey. In this uber-guide, we’ll walk you through the key roles in order to help you to understand where you might fit in. Enjoy! Watch the webinar replay here.
  • 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 the webinar replay here.
  • Crafting CVs and Resumes for conservation jobs. 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. Know exactly what you need? Watch the webinar replay here.

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