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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.

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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.

    Restoring life on Earth | Andrew Cottam (Restor.eco)

    Restoring life on Earth | Andrew Cottam (Restor.eco)

    We know that carbon in the atmosphere is increasing at an unsustainable rate, and that half of all native tress on earth have been felled.  

    This is having impacts on our lives, and on wildlife globally.  

    Recent studies have also shown that we have nearly a billion hectares of land suitable for ecosystem restoration.  

    That’s space for one TRILLION trees capturing around 30% of the excess carbon in our air.  

    IF done in the right way, with the right species, in the right places, this could form part of the global solution to climate change. 

    But with more data available than ever before, how do we make sense of it all to learn about what’s working in restoration and rewilding projects?  

    How do we put data into people’s hands so they can act more quickly, with more confidence, and have greater impacts? 

    Today we’re speaking with Andrew Cottam, who’s Head of Geospatial at an exciting new venture called Restor.

    A free online platform for the restoration movement, Restor is like a Google Maps for nature.  

    It connects practitioners with ecological data and builds networks between activists, funders and the public.  

    And for the first time, major scientific datasets are at the fingertips of conservationists … helping local knowledge to fuel global change. 

    Since launching just last year, Restor has connected over more than 70,000 restoration sites worldwide.  

    Helping thousands of local actions to become a global movement, and becoming a runner up in The Earthshot Prize along the way. 

    So if you want to know more about how technology is helping in the battle to restore life on earth, and how you can get involved in your lives or your careers, listen on.  

    • 37 min
    Cade London | Diversity Joint Venture for Careers in Conservation

    Cade London | Diversity Joint Venture for Careers in Conservation

    What is the diversity deficit in conservation, and how can we tackle it? In this episode we speak to Cade London, Associate Advisor, Office of Diversity and Inclusive Workforce Management, and Diversity Joint Venture Program Manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
    Cade is a 5th generation local from Hawaii, with a passion for conservation programs both in and out of government. Cade currently serves as the U.S. Domestic Focal Point and Communication, Capacity-building, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Government Focal Point for the Ramsar Convention.
    We talk about how the diversity deficit in conservation came about, what problems it creates and why it's so important to increase diversity in conservation.
    We also discuss the Diversity Joint Venture for Careers in Conservation and their mission to “strengthen the conservation workforce by increasing diversity, equity and inclusion", including increasing the number of women and people of color in the conservation workforce.
    Lastly explore how people like YOU can get involved and help!

    • 53 min
    How to get things done

    How to get things done

    With limited time available, and a need to have purpose and impact through our careers, how do we get the right things done well? How we choose tasks, organise our time and keep on top of busy email inboxes?
    Turns out saving the planet needs some serious time and task management! Joining our host Dr Nick Askew to discuss how to get stuff done as a conservationists, is Dr Fernando Mateos-González of Bioblogía – or Nando he’s often known – and Dr Stephanie Schuttler from the world of Fancy Scientist.

    • 57 min
    The Power of Communications for Conservationists

    The Power of Communications for Conservationists

    Last year, Sir David Attenborough said that saving the planet is now a communications challenge. And within conservation there is a growing realisation that we need to do much more to share our messages, to encourage more support and action.
    As a result, conservation employers are rapidly looking for people with communications skills. They want staff who can plan communications activities, who can write effectively, get press and media attention, engage audiences on social media, deliver campaigns, write blogs, produce podcasts and much more.
    At Conservation Careers, we analysed over 30,00 conservation jobs from 100 countries, and we found that 41% explicitly wanted people with communications skills or experience.
    Here to discuss this today is our in-house communications coach, Lloyd Gofton. Lloyd has over 20 years of communications experience built in the agency sector, working for brands such as WWF, Greenpeace and RSPCA, along with Virgin Atlantic, Samsung and Honda, to mention just a few.
    In this episode we talk about WHY conservationists need better communications skills, and discuss some examples of the power of communications for making a real difference in the sector.
    So if you'd like to be more employable, and you'd like to have more impact, then listen on. Enjoy.

    • 48 min
    Making the most of conservation events (for your career)

    Making the most of conservation events (for your career)

    Conferences, meetings, festivals, community gatherings, networking events and more... Today there are MANY in-person and virtual conservation events to choose from!

    So how can you make the most of conservation events for your career?

    In this episode we discuss how events can help your career, how to choose which event(s) to participate in and how to make the most of an event - before, during and after.
    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.

    • 48 min
    I wish I knew sooner

    I wish I knew sooner

    If professional conservationists could go back in time and replay the clock what useful information would they have learnt sooner, that would have helped them in their careers?
    What things might be very different to the expectations of someone just starting out in conservation, and useful to know?
    Sadly we haven't worked out how to time travel just yet, but we can share our career reflections with YOU! 
    In this episode we discuss what we wish we'd known about working in conservation and wildlife biology, before we started working in the sector. 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.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Jordyhurst ,

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.

Rob Wreglesworth ,

Very Inspiring!

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.

casahaggis ,

Fantastic! So happy to the have found this

Just listened to Nick’s interview with Patricia Zurita. Fantastic interview and well worth the time to listening. More of this please!

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