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Conservation Careers Podcast
38 minutes | 4 days ago
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.
38 minutes | 4 days ago
Andre Mader | The Case for Conservation podcast
Today we're speaking with programme director at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and host of The Case for Conservation podcast, 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 | 18 days ago
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 | a month ago
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 | a month ago
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 | 2 months ago
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 | 4 months ago
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 | 4 months ago
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 | 5 months ago
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 | 5 months ago
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.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Daniel Quilter | Fuze Ecoteer
Daniel Quilter fell in love with Malaysia, its wildlife and people during a field trip while at University. He quickly returned and in many ways never looked back. Since 2005, has been setting up eco enterprises which are businesses which help people and the planet. During this podcast we talk about Fuze Ecoteer, a Malaysian-based experience provider which connects people with wildlife. We talk about the projects they run and how people benefit from them. We also discuss how to choose the right volunteer or internship experience for you, what questions to ask along with exploring Daniel's career to date. Finally, Daniel shares his advice for people seeking to find careers within the conservation sector, along with his idea for what we can do to make a big impact on this precious little planet of ours. So if you love travel, Asia or are interested in volunteering or interning overseas, this is a great episode for you. Enjoy.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Kate Stephenson | Kate on Conservation
Have you thought about starting a blog? Are you passionate about writing and communicating and want to share your thoughts, experiences and opinions? Will it make a difference? Kate Stephenson did this just nine years ago when she started her blog, Kate on Conservation. Now her award-winning blog highlights important conservation issues, individuals and organisations and tries to give the voice to the voiceless. In this fascinating chat, we talk about her blogging journey, as she shares her advice on how to get going. She also reveals her career path today and the lessons she's learned along the way. So if you're interested in communications, education and conservation, you're going to love this one. Enjoy.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
Mark Rose | Fauna & Flora International
How do you grow a conservation organisation from 5 staff to over 500 in just over two decades? Why might Greta Thunberg be wrong to avoid air travel, and how is the conservation industry changing the way it hires staff in the 21st century? I discuss these issues and many more with today’s guest Mark Rose - Chief Executive Officer - Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Mark is a powerhouse in conservation, and has held the role of CEO for over 20 years. During that time he has been instrumental in transforming FFI from an organisation with a handful of active projects into a global conservation charity with over 100 projects in over 40 countries. He has spearheaded the establishment of innovative corporate partnerships that encourage big business to put biodiversity at the heart of their activities, and has extensive field experience doing things like conserving crocodiles in Papua New Guinea. I met him on a stormy day in the Sir David Attenborough building in Cambridge, and we had a fascinating chat about his career, how he’s grown FFI and where we wants to take it next, and how conservation organisations need to simplify their messages to have far greater impact. It’s an absolute must-listen episode.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Fernando Mateos González | Bioblogia.net
Don't let anyone talk you away from your dreams says conservation biologist and today's guest Dr. Fernando Mateos González. In his free time Fernando ('Nando') runs Bioblogia.net where he helps students and early career professionals find their dream environmental role. Whether it's sharing job offers internships, volunteer opportunities and more Nando loves helping up and coming biologists. In his day job he works as a conservation biologist in the Czech Republic and supports expeditions as a nomadic mercenary scientist. Last year he joined the BBC in the Peruvian Amazon to shoot scenes for the new Attenborough series, Seven Worlds, One Planet. And he's just back from an expedition sailing to Iceland as chief scientist for British Exploring Society. Nando is a super busy, super fun and super passionate biologist. So if you're interested in careers in conservation biology or passionate about expeditions you'll love today's guest. Enjoy.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
Emily Daniels | WiseOceans
Would you love to work in marine conservation but you don't know where to start? Are you struggling to find work or do you dream of switching your career into Blue Planet conservation? During this podcast we're speaking to Emily Daniels from WiseOceans. Emily has always had a sense of adventure and this led her to traveling to Australia at the age of 18, where she began her career in marine conservation. And as a PADI instructor she has worked in marine conservation operations and research station management in countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Honduras and the Seychelles. Now Emily works for WiseOceans now overseeing all aspects of sales, promotion and recruitment for marine conservation organisations through the Wise Work job board. During the podcast we discuss the types of roles available within the vast marine conservation sector. We also chat about the typical roots in and, as always, she shares her career advice on how to become a marine conservationist. So if you'd like to be the next Jacques Cousteau or Sylvia Earle, stay tuned.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Nick Bubb | Fauna & Flora International
Have you ever wondered what it's like to switch careers into conservation, maybe moving from banking, marketing or law and supply your trade in an effort to save nature? Well, that's what today's guest has done. Nick Bubb is the Business Development Director at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and prior to FFI, he spent nearly 10 years in professional ocean racing, covering 100,000 sea miles before moving into finance, and then finally into conservation. He's now charged with raising funds for major conservation projects and programs across 40 countries and 300 partners, and gets to work closely with the likes of Sir David Attenborough. In this podcast, we talk about what skills are needed in the modern conservation movement, and how to switch careers with success. We also discuss how to prepare for a TED Talk and what it's like to spend time with Sir David. It's a really fascinating, wide ranging chat. Enjoy.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Francesca Trotman | Love the Oceans
Today we're talking to someone whose drive, passion and achievements in a short space of time have just blown me away. Francesca Trotman is the Managing Director and Founder of ‘Love the Oceans’, an organisation seeking to create a marine protected area off the coast of Mozambique. Fran first visited the area whilst at university and saw firsthand sharks having their fins removed, to be used in the highly priced and unsustainable shark fin soup industry. And this lit a fire in her. She set up Love the Oceans right out of university to tackle the issue of unsustainable marine management of a precious area of ocean, home to numerous sharks, rays and famous humpback whales. Sometimes there are so many whales they can't even move the boats. Just six years on Love the Oceans is helping to transform the lives of local people and wildlife in Jangamo Bay, Mozambique. In the podcast we talk to a Fran about her team's work to protect and study the diverse marine life found there and also how they're using a combination of research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. We also discuss how people like you can get involved visiting this site and help to protect it. It's an inspiring story that's unfolding right before us. As always, enjoy.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
Ada Grabowska-Zhang | University of Oxford
Are you interested in switching careers into conservation? Or perhaps you completed some studies and you wish you'd done something more conservationy instead? So how do you transition across and how do you reskill? Today we're talking to Dr Ada Grabowska-Zhang, from the University of Oxford. Ada is the Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques, which is a one year flexible course, which trains people in the practice of working as an ecologist or a conservationist. We talk about the course, who it's aimed at and how it works, and we also discuss Ada's career path and she shares her advice for people seeking to work as an academic or as a lecturer. It is an insightful conversation about a fabulous course. Enjoy.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
Victoria Price | Vision Wild
This week we're talking to Victoria Price from Vision Wild, a new organisation which designs, implements and evaluates wildlife conservation projects. In the podcast we discuss how to create a successful project and share tips for how to fundraise for conservation projects. We also explore the importance of project management skills for career development. If you want to build successful projects and raise some money, you're in the right place. Enjoy.
71 minutes | a year ago
Dr Nick Askew | Conservation Careers
Today we’re turning the tables slightly and talking about, well us; Conservation Careers. We thought it would be a good end to the year and to the decade to look back at the journey of Conservation Careers over the past six years and also to look forwards to where we might be going next. Leading the discussion is our Head of Engagement Kristi Foster and we’re exploring things like how to get a conservation job and how to start your own eco-enterprise. We also discuss the importance of finding your target job in order to secure a role which makes you happy, content and impactful and also talk about things like resolutions, reflecting on what you’ve done so far and where you want to go next. So grab a minced pie and some mulled wine and enjoy this Christmas cracker of an episode. Sorry! Over to you Kristi.
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