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Conservation Careers Podcast
40 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Professor David Hill CBE | The Environment Bank
Today we’re talking to a hugely inspiring figure within the UK ecology scene, who enjoys disrupting the market, and doing things differently. Professor David Hill CBE is chairman and founding owner of The Environment Bank which he set up because of his concerns at the way wildlife was being treated within the planning and development sector. In this episode we cover a lot of ground, and discuss the work of ecological consultants, and the constraints they often face when working within a set area of land – often termed the development boundary. David talks about his innovative work seeking to secure payments from developers to establish large-scale and long-term conservation areas – separate from development sites – which will really help nature to flood back into our landscapes, on a scale not seen before. Helping to pay for rewildling projects, and others like them. He also announces the exciting news that he’s currently seeking to hire people to join him at The Environment Bank, following a large recent investment of funds. If you’d like to find out more about these roles, please contact JSM Associates. And it’s worth mentioning that David also helped to get Dr Nick Askew, Director of Conservation Careers, his first job out of university nearly 20 years ago, where Nick worked as an ecological consultant for the company David set up and later sold. He’s a great guy. As always, it’s a wide-ranging, inspiring and hugely enjoyable discussion. Enjoy.
54 minutes | May 24, 2021
Making Conservation Better
In this episode we’re delving deeper into the conservation sector and exploring what conservationists need to be better at, in order to save more species, habitats and sites. 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. During this third episode of a new format of the podcast, the conservation career super-team share their thoughts on where conservationists might be going wrong? And what do we need to be better at, if we’re really going to turn the tide to tackle biodiversity losses across the planet…
60 minutes | May 10, 2021
Marnix van Holland | WWF
Have you ever met someone and feel like you’ve known them for years? You just clicked? That happened with today’s guest for me. Marnix van Holland is the WWF Global Programme Manager for their Youth & Education work. Before the podcast we were chatting and getting to know one another, and in the space of about 10-15 minutes we’d covered so many interesting topics that we took the call to include it in the interview for you guys to listen to. Marnix oversees WWF's youth oriented work , with an emphasis on countries in the global South in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Through his work he identifies, negotiates and formulates partnerships in order to mobilise millions of people and dollars to better conserve wildlife across the globe. During the discussions we explore his work in detail, and opportunities the presented through a greater focus on involving young people more within the conservation movement. We also discuss topics such as innovation, enterprise, sustainable hunting, parachuting conservation into countries from outside, and much more besides. It’s a wide-ranging, fast paced, and highly enjoyable conversation and we join it before we’d decided to start the podcast formally.
50 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Podcast | Applying for Conservation Jobs
In this episode we’re delving deeper into the world of applying for jobs in the conservation 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. During this second of a new pilot format of the podcast the conservation career super-team talk about their own experiences of applying for jobs, and share their opinions and advice on how to make your applications more successful and less painful to produce.
71 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Pilot Podcast | Exploitation in Volunteering
In this episode we’re exploring a new format which we hope you’ll enjoy. We’ve had 2 years of 1:1 podcast interviews and spoken to over 50 amazing conservationists about their careers, the industry and shared their advice. We love it and will continue to do this. However, through the podcast we’ve often felt the need for some topics to go deeper into the discussion – there's lots more to say, and we're just scratching the surface. We wanted to share our advice more, and to hear from other key figures in the wildlife careers space. So that’s what we’re going to try and do in this pilot episode. We’re going to pick a topic of interest to discuss in detail and to help me we’ve assembled a super team of wildlife career gurus, who have kindly agreed to share their thoughts, experience and advice. And if you’re a fan of the podcast, you’ll already know them. First up is Dr Fernando Mateos-González of Bioblogía, or Nando as he’s often known. Nando is fond of knowledge, advice and inspiration for people seeking careers in conservation biology. Making up this career-supergroup is Dr Stephanie Schuttler from the world of Fancy Scientist. Stephanie is an unconventional wildlife biologist, entrepreneur, and careers adviser who has spent nearly two decades studying all over the world.
54 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Helen Turnbull | The Cape Leopard Trust
How do you conserve a species which is incredibly hard to see? A ghost species? That’s the challenge faced by today’s guest Helen Turnbull, CEO of The Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa. The Cape leopard is the stuff of legends. It’s seldom seen and highly elusive, surviving in some of the most inhospitable habitat possible – the rugged mountain ranges of South Africa’s Western Cape. And here they can come into conflict with people, or more specifically farmers, who can see them threats to their livestock. This is where the Trust comes in, to ensure the long-term survival of leopard populations by promoting peaceful coexistence and the protection of landscapes, empowered by scientific research, positive community partnerships, education and advocacy. In today’s episode I talk with Helen about the amazing work of the Trust, and how they tackle such a complex issue. We also discuss her fascinating career which has taken her from working for an airline for nearly two decades, to being a business owner working in sustainable tourism, to where she is today, leading conservation efforts for cape leopards. It’s a great story, and we start with Helen providing an overview of the work of the Trust. Enjoy.
76 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Women in Conservation
What unique challenges do women face in conservation? Are self-sabotage and imposter syndrome more common in women, and how can female conservationists gain more support in their careers? Today’s episode is something a little bit different… It’s a recording of a recent webinar by Conservation Careers where we explored the barriers and opportunities for the women, who have dedicated their careers to conserving ‘mother Earth’. We’re joined by Kirsty Crawford and Laura Cuppage of & another thing, which is an open and honest platform for discussing conservation issues like these. The webinar is hosted by our own Kristi Foster, who leads us through a really fascinating discussion looking at issues of inequalities and opportunities for women in the conservation movement. It’s in aspiring and thought-provoking chat … so let’s dive in. Enjoy!
47 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Josh Powell | National Geographic Explorer & WWF Voices Presenter
Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself, how has this person done so much in such a short space of time? I felt like that speaking to today’s inspiring guest – Josh Powell. Joshua is a conservation biologist and presenter for the WWF Voices campaign on global biodiversity, covering conservation issues from the High Arctic to the Antarctic. In 2017, as a National Geographic Explorer, Josh co-founded Rangers Without Borders, a conservation research programme working with wildlife rangers in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Josh is currently completing a PhD at the Zoological Society of London and UCL on Amur Tiger conservation in north-eastern Asia. And as an advisor for The Queen's Commonwealth Trust on environment and society, Josh was recently named one of The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. He’s a busy guy. In this episode we talk about what drives him in his career, how he’s managed to open so many doors to opportunities and he shares some fantastic advice for what you can do to follow in his impressive footsteps.
50 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Dr Stephanie Schuttler | Fancy Scientist
In this episode we’re speaking with Dr Stephanie Schuttler from the world of Fancy Scientist. Stephanie is an unconventional wildlife biologist, entrepreneur, and careers adviser who has spent nearly two decades studying all over the world. She’s also author of ‘Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know’. In this podcast episode we explore what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist. We also discuss her top tips for getting started in your career in wildlife biology. Enjoy.
37 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Colin Speedie | Marine Conservation
Today we're chatting with yacht skipper, author and marine conservationist Colin Speedie. Colin has had a lifelong involvement with the sea and its inhabitants. He's an expert on basking sharks in his own boat since childhood. We had an enjoyable and wide ranging discussion about basking sharks, the role of yachts and sailing in conservation, and increasing focus on ecotourism as a sustainable way to conserve threatened species. If you're interested in marine conservation or like getting out on the high seas, or perhaps just a stand up paddleboard, then you'll love this episode. Enjoy.
30 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Jordan Flagel | TREE
How do you go from being an athlete playing on varsity football and basketball teams in Canada and Europe to setting up your own ecotourism operation, which helps to conserve wildlife in both Guyana and Belize? That's the journey that our guest today, Jordan Flagel, has been on in his career so far. Jordan is the Executive Director and Founder of TREE, whose mission is to provide life changing experiences in nature and actionable change in the environment. TREE stands for Tropical Rainforest Education and Exploration. In this episode, Jordan shares his unique career story. We discuss the roles of ecotourism and community based activities to help wildlife conservation efforts. He also tells us about an upcoming trip in Guyana, April 2021, where you can join him on a trip of a lifetime. If you have wanderlust and you love conservation, then you're in the right place, enjoy.
38 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
André Mader | The Case for Conservation podcast
Today we're speaking with the host of The Case for Conservation podcast, and Programme Director at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, André Mader. André is a conservation biologist by training and he's worked mostly in biodiversity policy, first in his native South Africa, and then also in Canada, Switzerland, and then also Japan. During the podcast, we talk about the role of policy and strategy in wildlife conservation efforts, with agreements like the Convention on Biological Diversity seeking to influence governments globally to develop more sustainably. We also hear about his thoughts on podcasting, and advice he'd give to people like you seeking to follow in his footsteps. It's a really thoughtful, wide-ranging and engaging discussion. As always, enjoy.
37 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Elliot Connor | Human Nature Projects
Have you ever met someone and wondered in awe about how they have done so much in such a short space of time? That's a feeling I got when I first met Elliott Connor, who's our guest on the podcast today. Elliott is a 17 year old Australian popular science writer, presenter, producer, and so many other things. He's best known for founding the International Environmental NGO Human Nature Projects, which supports volunteers across 104 countries and established that within just the last 15 months alone. His life goal is to reframe our human relationship with the natural world and his work has been recognised with various honours and awards and accolades. I'm not going to list them here, there's quite a few of them! During this podcast, we talk about Human Nature Projects, David Attenborough, how to succeed as an introvert in a movement like this, and how to talk to Donald Trump about wildlife and lots more besides. It's a wide ranging fun and really inspiring chat. Enjoy.
36 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Dr Yemi Oloruntuyi | Marine Stewardship Council
Have you ever picked up a can of fish in the supermarket and wondered what the MSC certified symbol actually means for the tuna in the can? Most of us know it means the fish is from sustainable stocks. But how is this judged and verified and how did the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) manage to use consumer choice to certify 17% of all fisheries globally as sustainable in just 20 years? Today we're speaking to Dr Yemi Oloruntuyi who is the Head of the Global Accessibility Program at the MSC. Yemi tells us about the MSC and the issues it seeks to tackle and its successes to date. And then she shares her career stories from her beginnings in Lagos, Nigeria, to where she is now a key part of an organisation seeking to save three in ten of all fisheries within the next 10 years. Yemi also shares her thoughts on the need for more diversity and inclusion in conservation, along with her careers advice for people like you. And finally, she ends by telling us about the opening of the Ocean Stewardship Fund Grants for students and researchers totalling nearly 300,000 pounds. Stay tuned and enjoy!
30 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Anthony Ochieng |Tony Wild
Today we're speaking to Anthony Ochieng, or Tony Wild as he is often known. Tony is a Kenyan-born wildlife ecologist, conservation photographer, traveller, educator, and explorer. He is a busy man! I've been following Tony's work for the past three years and his photography of conservation projects is truly inspiring. He has quickly and rightly amassed a collection of awards for his work, helping to educate and communicate African conservation issues. And he's also very humble man. I'm happy to have him on the podcast today, where we talked about how he found his unique place within the conservation community. Tony talks with passion about how wildlife conservation should be as important for people as having food on the table and also how we need a greater diversity of voices within the sector to drive engagement at the local level. Just a heads up the line was a little poor quality during the call in places, but it's worth persevering to hear Tony's story and messages. As always, enjoy!
37 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Beth Thoren |The National Nature Service
Today we're speaking with Beth Thoren, Deputy CEO of Client Earth, and someone who's spearheading a huge and exciting drive to create 20,000 jobs in nature through a new National Nature Service. We start our chat today about this big new idea and then discuss her role at Client Earth. Before then Beth shares her fascinating career story to date, which has seen her working in the US Merchant Navy, before landing key roles such as Head of Digital Marketing at the BBC, and Director of Fundraising and Communications, at the RSPB, which is one of the world's biggest nature conservation charities. Beth then finishes up the podcast really by talking about her thoughts about how to switch careers into nature conservation. It's a wide ranging and inspiring chat, which I know you're going to love.
41 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Dr. Kerry Kriger| SAVE THE FROGS!
Today we're talking to Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder and Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Kerry is a powerhouse in the amphibian world, having set up an organisation to help save threatened frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians across the world. And he's got his work cut out. Of the seven and a half thousand species of amphibians 50% of declining and one in four are threatened with extinction. Since establishing SAVE THE FROGS!, Kerry, his staff and volunteers have organised well over 2,000 educational events in at least 57 countries, helping to enact new laws and creating and restoring and protecting critical wetland habitats. In this fascinating discussion, we talk about his career journey from PhD to establishing the charity. He also shares insight into the industry along with some practical tips on how to get your career going.
39 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Sue Searle | Ecology Training UK
Do you enjoy getting out into the field, identifying plants, animals, insects and more? Would you like to be paid for doing this and spend your career surveying for protected species and habitats whilst implementing the law to identify and avoid harmful impacts on them? Then a career as an ecological consultant might be perfect for you. To explore this practical, well paid and highly trained area of conservation, we're speaking with Sue Searle, CEO of Ecology Training UK. Sue has over 17 years experience of ecological consultancy and has helped hundreds of people to get the right training to enter into the sector. We discuss what it's like to work as an ecological consultant, the typical roles available, types of people it suits and skills sought after by employers. We also explore her career journey and Sue shares her top advice for people looking to get started in this exciting area of work. As always, it's a wide ranging, career boosting discussion.
40 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Honor Wilson-Fletcher | British Exploring Society
Do you yearn for adventure? Do you enjoy discovering hidden corners of the globe and enjoy spending time immersed in nature? Then you will love the British Exploring Society. It is an amazing organisation that takes young people to extraordinary destinations, both in terms of the places they visit and also in their own lives. To find out more we're talking to their CEO, Honor Wilson Fletcher MBE. Honor has led the BES for four years, having previously worked to establish 12 state schools in some of the most deprived parts of England. And this is where she had a first opportunity to take part in and see the positive impact of challenging overseas adventures with young people. In this fascinating discussion, we talk about why exploring matters and the impact that adventures can have on people's lives. We also discover what it takes to run an organisation like the BES and where Honor wants to take it next. It's a wide ranging chat about the importance and the impact of nature on our lives.
53 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Jon Paul Rodríguez | IUCN Species Survival Commission
Jon Paul Rodríguez is an award-winning Venezuelan conservationist who wears many hats. As Co-Founder of local NGO Provita, he spearheaded work to nearly triple the number of Endangered Yellow-Shouldered Parrots in the wild, winning the Whitley Gold Award in 2019 in the process. More recently, he was elected as the first non-European or non-North American Chair of the IUCN Nature Species Survival Commission. During this discussion we talk about his career, the story of the Yellow-Shouldered Parrot and his vision for the next four years for the Species Survival Commission globally. We also discuss the importance of diversity in conservation, and he shares an inspiring answer as to what single change might make the biggest difference on the planet.
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