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.
Elena Zurli from Environmental Grants
To have an impact as a conservationist, you need fundraising skills in order to turn your ideas into reality.
In a sector dominated by charities, the majority of conservation projects are therefore funded by donors, who provide an estimated 90 billion pounds in funding each year.
These include large grants secured from governments, foundations and corporate sponsors to smaller donations via public campaigns, appeals, events, membership drives and more.
But where do you start if you want to secure funding for your project? Where can you find the right donors and what steps should you go through in order to be successful, and turn your ideas into reality.
To discuss these questions and many more is today’s guest Elena Zurli from Environmental Grants.
Environmental Grants is a network of professionals seeking to support conservationists by helping them identify funding for their projects and deliver more impact.
In this episode, we talk about the many ways to secure funding for a conservation project, the dos and don’t of proposal writing, and much more besides. Elena also shares her career story with us along with her advice for people like you who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps.
It's a valuable episode. Enjoy.
The Human Swan | Sacha Dench (Conservation Without Borders)
How can storytelling help to tackle some of the biggest issues of our time, like climate change and biodiversity loss?
And what role can migratory birds play, like swans and ospreys?
To talk about these issues and many more is today's guest, Sacha Dench. Sacha is the CEO of Conservation Without Borders, which organises inspiring expeditions following the paths of migratory birds, along the lines of both geographical and political borders.
By displaying the flyways from the air, land and sea, they help to highlight the importance of collective action in the fight against climate change and biodiversity collapse.
Sacha is an adventurer, a conservationist, a champion freediver, and is known as the human swan for her paramotor journey in 2016 following the Bewick's Swan's migration from the Russian Arctic all the way to the UK.
We spoke to her in the final days before her latest expedition, from the UK, through Europe and into Africa, charting the flight of the Osprey, and the impacts of climate change on migratory birds.
In this episode, we talk about the realities of climate change and the importance of storytelling and communications for conservation, and how to stay hopeful and optimistic for the future.
Sacha also shares her inspiring career so far, along with her top advice for people like you who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps.
It's a wide-ranging, enjoyable and really eye-opening chat. Enjoy.
Helping the UK Government conserve nature | Dr Gemma Harper (Chief Executive of the JNCC)
In this episode I’m speaking with Dr Gemma Harper - the Chief Executive of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, or JNCC for short.
JNCC is a public body that provides a shared scientific nature conservation service for the UK. This helps the governments in the UK to achieve their wildlife conservation objectives.
Just one year into her role as Chief Executive, we talk about the important role JNCC plays within biodiversity conservation efforts, and also her approach to leading the organisation.
We also discuss her career path to date, before Gemma shares her advice for people like you, who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps.
Happiest times as conservationists
What are our happiest times as conservationists?
At Conservation Careers we help thousands of people start or switch their careers into conservation, but we rarely talk about the fun side of the conservation movement.
If you're aspiring to work in conservation, we thought you might enjoy a little inspiration :)
Joining our host Dr Nick Askew is Head of Community, Dr Fernando Mateos-González - or Nando he’s often known - and Head of Engagement Kristi Foster, who together have nearly 50 years' experience working in the conservation sector.
Here are our happiest memories from our careers working in conservation.
Warning: if you're not already working in wildlife conservation, this episode might make you want to become a conservationist, too!
Long-term solutions for people and wildlife | Anna Hixson (Institute for Ecological Civilization)
How can we tackle some of the biggest challenges facing us as a global society, for the betterment of people and wildlife?
Can we rebuild and transform economic systems in favour of human and ecological wellbeing, and what does the future look like for protected areas?
This forms part of the energetic discussion with today’s guest Anna Hixson.
Anna is the Associate Director, Projects and Foundations Relations at the Institute for Ecological Civilization, or EcoCiv for short.
Anna talks us through the work of EcoCiv, and what it’s like to do her role day-to-day.
Having worked previously in HR, we also discuss her top tips for applications, along with her advice for aspiring conservation starters and switchers on how to get going in the sector.
It’s an exciting, wide-ranging and informative discussion. Enjoy.
The conservation story of Orangutans | Leif Cocks (The Orangutan Project)
Did you know that Orangutans are the most intelligent beings on the planet after humans?
Perfectly adapted to their environment, they pass on their knowledge and culture through each generation, in order to help future generations to thrive.
As self-aware being - as intelligent as a six-year-old child - their drive to extinction is an individual story of horror. Sometimes being macheted and burnt alive as an agricultural pest.
To talk us through the conservation story of the Orangutans today is the world-renowned founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif Cocks.
Leif has had a 30-year career working with Orangutans. He’s a passionate campaigner for the species and has been a key player in developing conservation plans for Orangutans and influencing positive change for orangutan protection and survival. This includes the first-ever successful reintroduction of the zoo-born Orangutan into the wild.
We start the chat with his first connection with the species, before talking about what makes the species so special and fragile, then discussing the threats they face and conservation activities that could turn the story around.
We also discuss the skills, roles and mindset needed in order to succeed in nature conservation on the frontline.
It’s a wide-ranging, thoughtful and fascinating discussion. 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.