As a conservationist, you'll work to protect, manage and enhance the local environment.
Roles and responsibilities
What does a Conservationist do?
Conservationists may perform the following tasks:
- educate all sectors of the local community, including local schools and colleges, and raise awareness of environmental issues and nature conservation officers' work
- promote and implement local and national biodiversity action plans in partnership with local and national statutory and voluntary organisations
- contribute to planning and policy development for sustainable management, including input into environmental impact assessments
- provide advice to clients, employers, community groups, landowners, planners and developers
- prepare and implement annual management plans based on ecological surveys and scientific observation
- evaluate and monitor features of nature conservation interest in habitats and sites
- maintain and develop your own knowledge and skills, especially with regard to the knowledge of developments in policy, legislation, European and international regulations
- promote the concept of sustainability to the public, colleagues and fellow professionals through talks, tours, literature, displays and workshops
- organise, supervise and train supporting paid staff and volunteers
- maintain effective records using IT database systems
- prepare applications to get funding and grants
- assess applications for funding from other organisations
- liaise with the media to publicise organisation or conservation sites
- deal with enquiries from the public
- educate young people, and those considering entering the profession, through talks and seminars to local colleges and universities.
What personal requirements will you need?
- have good administrative and IT skills
- communicate effectively through talks and presentations
- produce literature such as leaflets
- be confident in leading walks.
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