Nick Askew from Conservation Careers uncovers what it's like to work in wildlife conservation. He explores how to get a conservation job, and discusses the latest industry news, by speaking to professional conservationists who share their career stories and advice. So if you want the inside scoop on the life of a professional conservationist and their industry, are feeling lost in your conservation job hunt and need some direction, or wanting to switch careers into conservation but don't know where to start - this is the podcast for you! Conservation jobs, conservation volunteering, conservation internships, conservation careers, conservation news, conservation stories. Check us out at conservation-careers.com to find the most conservation jobs and the best conservation careers advice.
How to save species, sites and ecosystems with Nina Seale from Synchronicity Earth
In conservation, some issues tend to get a lot of attention from the donors when other, equally important issues, can be ignored.
What do you do in this situation to raise the profile, and much-needed funding, to conserve the overlooked species, sites and ecosystems?
To discuss this and more we’re speaking with Nina Seale from Synchronicity Earth.
Synchronicity Earth aims to be a different kind of conservation organisation. They are research-driven, raising and distributing donor funding to the conservation sector often towards the less-sexy areas of work.
As Communications Manager Nina’s role is to tell the stories of the conservation organisations and individuals supported by Synchronicity Earth. A talented writer, we talk about her day-to-day work in Comms, along with her career path and advice for people like you who might be interested to follow in her footsteps.
We also discuss the importance of addressing the diversity deficit in conservation and the actions she’s taken to found an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group at Synchronicity Earth.
The chat was recorded in front of a live audience of Conservation Careers Academy members, who got to ask their questions to Nina after the recording had finished.
If you’d like to be in the audience of our podcast recordings, along with enjoying access to the world’s biggest conservation job board and a private members community of over 1,000 aspiring and professional conservationists, please check out the Conservation Careers Academy at www.conservation-careers.com/academy/
Ok, let’s get into the wide-ranging and career-boosting discussion with Nina.
Podcast | How to follow your passion as a career switcher … Developing The Soil Centre with Tara Phillips
Have you ever had a BIG idea that grabbed your attention and got you excited? And if you have, did you know how to start turning your idea into reality? Todays’ guest is a career switcher doing just this.
Tara Phillips is a Ted-X speaker coach who is developing an exciting idea to start an inspiring physical space where people can learn, convene and campaign about soil and soil-related issues. Called The Soil Centre, she hopes it will lead to action being taken to conserve and regenerate the soil, which in turn, will result in wildlife and human health flourishing.
In this episode, we talk about her career to date and why she’s seeking to switch careers into conservation. We also discuss how she’s going about validating and refining her vision for The Soil Centre. Finally, she shares her pro tips for anyone wishing to take their presentations to the next level whilst also keeping nerves under control.
It’s an inspiring, practical and wide-ranging podchat. Enjoy!
How can Aquariums support conservation efforts?
Many of us will have visited aquariums and marvelled at the marine life on display. But what role can an Aquarium have in supporting conservation efforts?
Here to discuss this and other topics is today’s guest Elizabeth Stephenson.
Elizabeth is the Program Director of the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund - a grants programme that provides support for community-based and locally-managed marine conservation projects in low- and middle-income countries around the globe.
To date, Marine Conservation Action Fund (or MCAF as it's often termed) has supported over 200 projects in more than 60 countries across six continents.
In this episode, we talk about the work of the New England Aquarium in support of conservation efforts and also explore what the Marine Conservation Action Fund is, how it works, and how you could potentially benefit from it.
Elizabeth also shares what it’s like to manage a programme such as this, along with her career journey and advice for people like you who might be interested to follow in her footsteps.
It’s a marine-granting, locally-managed and community-based podcast episode.
Celebrating Episode 100 of the Conservation Careers Podcast
In this special conversation we're celebrating the 100th episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast!
The CC Podcast was launched on 21st June 2018, and over the past five years we've talked to so many different people within the conservation sector, played with the format and enjoyed the ride.
We're proud to say that we've had 152,136 unique podcast downloads and a typical episode gets 1,500 to 2,000 listeners. We also have a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts and we're the top conservation podcast on Spotify!
For our 100th episode, we reflect on the podcast journey so far and share some of the lessons learnt. We also take a look behind the scenes of the podcast - at how we pull it together and edit it - and share hints and tips we've picked up along the way. If you're interested in doing your own podcast, you might be able to take something away and start one for yourself (it's super easy!)
Joining me for this episode is my 'partner in crime', Kristi Foster, Head of Engagement at CC.
Most importantly thank YOU for being here and supporting the Conservation Careers Podcast - we hope you've enjoyed the journey too!
How to rescue dying national parks with Dr Niall McCann | National Park Rescue
Our guest in this episode is a good friend and someone I’ve wanted to get on the show since day one.
Described as the real-life Indiana Jones, Niall McCann is a TV Presenter, Explorer, and Biologist.
Niall has travelled the planet on biological expeditions in some of the most remote parts of the globe, and joins the show today to discuss his role as Director of Conservation for National Park Rescue.
National Park Rescue is a direct-action conservation organisation that focuses on preventing the slaughter of elephants, rhinos and lions in sub-Saharan Africa. They rescue dying national parks to protect nature, alleviate poverty and tackle poaching.
In this engaging and wide-ranging discussion, recorded in front of a live audience, we discuss his work to establish National Park Rescue from the ground up. How do you identify failing national parks and approach them to help? How do you fund such work into the future, and what difference is their innovative approach making?
Niall also shares his career journey and advice for people like to you follow.
It’s a must-listen episode.
The Conservation Pathway Programme
In this very special episode of the podcast, we take you behind the scenes of our NEW Conservation Pathway Programme.
The Conservation Pathway Programme is designed to help career switchers like you discover how to confidently switch your career to conservation with expert guidance and support.
In this episode I'm joined by Starlight Mundy, Business Growth Strategist and Community Accelerator, who's working with us to take our community programmes to the next level.
I'm also joined by Kristi Foster, Head of Engagement at Conservation Careers, who mapped the Key Conservation Roles and helped create the step-by-step process to becoming a conservationist.
Together we talk about how we brought the Conservation Pathway Programme to life... from the initial vision, to the strategy, to why it's a total game-changer for career switchers and the conservation sector. Enjoy!
I have recently started looking at postgraduate courses to change my study field in to ecology and conservation and happened across this podcast (and Conservation Careers in general). I have started listening to the podcasts from the very beginning and I am learning some very useful information! Thank you!
Fantastic listen for all budding conservationists!
For any recent conservation graduate and lover of all wildlife, the process of leaving uni and looking to break into the industry can be overwhelming. There are so many possible careers out there but it is difficult to find the right opportunities, and to know what to do do prepare yourself for that dream job.
This podcast provides practical advice and inspiration in equal measure. Nick has a huge range of top guests speaking about there own experiences within conservation, which is invaluable to all budding conservationists. I cant recommend this podcast highly enough to anyone who is interested in wildlife conservation and for anyone who is looking to broaden their wild horizons.
In conservation (especially when starting your career) it can be quite overwhelming when you see people who have interesting jobs and are working all over the world doing amazing things. But often it is hard to understand how they got there.
That is where this podcast is so great, it offers an insight not only into the careers of these individuals but also a glimpse into how they got to where they are and therefore offers some great inspiration and tips for others to follow who are looking to achieve similar things in their own career.