This course aims to give passionate conservationists the tools and confidence they need to make their mark. Getting started in conservation work can be overwhelming, lonely, and confusing. My goal is to take some of the stress out of conservation work by providing a supportive community and tools I wish I had when I was getting started. After completing the course, students will have a clearer idea of how to break into the conservation field with purpose, direction, and, most importantly, support.
1. Getting Started in Conservation
This session will give you an outline for the rest of the series. We will touch briefly on each topic to give you a taste of what to prep for in each session!
2. Volunteering: The Good and The Bad
Finding volunteer opportunities isn’t always straight forward. While considering the ethics of the organization and the volunteer model they have, this session will break down how to find an opportunity that best fits your goals.
3. Building a Resume & Marketing Yourself
You don’t need a degree in conservation to work in conservation. But you do need a specialized skill set, which you already have! Let’s dive into how to identify and market your specific skills to find into your desired job.
4. Impactful Content Creation
Science communication is often a huge part of conservation work. If you’re looking to create impactful content and drive change through social media, this session will break down exactly how to go about establishing yourself online.
5. Open Discussion on Research and Possibilities
Following the research path does not have to mean getting a master’s or PhD, but it can! In this session I’ll share a bit about my research background and provide some pointers for getting started in the world of research, regardless of your level of education.
6. Creating Opportunities in the Field
The field will only change once we have conscious conservationists entering it. With the current norm of exploiting volunteers, underpaying staff, and expecting unnecessary sacrifices in order to succeed in conservation, it’s time to change the narrative. Let’s get into exactly how our generation can better the conservation field and create more opportunities for future conservationists.
Danielle opened my eyes with her talk on WONDR about elephant welfare and conservation in Nepal. I didn't even know that animals can have post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of Danielle's background in elephant research and field experience in Thailand and Nepal, she is the ideal person to talk to about the well-being of these magnificent creatures. She made me aware of the elephant psyche and their complex brain and how we as individuals can impact animal welfare while travelling.
1) You'll only be asked to pay when course launches
2) We and our mentors will be in touch to learn more about your needs
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