Careers in Nature Conservation
If you are thinking about a career in nature conservation, here are a few helpful hints:
- It is very competitive.
- The wages are low, even if you are highly qualified.
- Hours can be very long, with no overtime pay.
- You must be very committed.
- You must have experience to even be considered for a job. However, nature conservation is in that you can gain valuable and recognised experience as a volunteer - and that will count when applying for a job.
- A very high proportion of people employed by conservation organisations nowadays have further education experience - diplomas or degrees. Contact higher education establishments for details of courses.
- Working in conservation is very rewarding but you have to be prepared to work hard and you need sympathetic family support with the long hours.
- Please do not get in touch with the Trust if you are enquiring after the availability of jobs. We get overwhelmed by requests.
- When we have vacancies, we also advertise in the Countryside Jobs Service (www.countryside-jobs.com) and the Environment Post (www.environmentpost.co.uk), and also on our Web site.
- Please do contact the Trust if you want to volunteer on nature reserves, or in other ways.
- Join the Trust or other conservation organisations. Any job application will not be taken seriously if you cannot prove a genuine commitment to nature conservation.