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Conservation Careers Podcast

Nick Askew from Conservation Careers uncovers what it's like to work in wildlife conservation. He explores how to get a conservation job, and discusses the latest industry news, by speaking to professional conservationists who share their career stories and advice. So if you want the inside scoop on the life of a professional conservationist and their industry, are feeling lost in your conservation job hunt and need some direction, or wanting to switch careers into conservation but don't know where to start - this is the podcast for you! Conservation jobs, conservation volunteering, conservation internships, conservation careers, conservation news, conservation stories. Check us out at to find the most conservation jobs and the best conservation careers advice.


Dr Carrie Goucher | How to stop wasting precious time in mediocre meetings!
Meetings are a core part of our working lives, and yet studies have found that 50% of time spent in meetings is often wasted. When viewed as a whole that's often billions, if not trillions, of dollars wasted annually, which could be put to much better use. But why do we spend so much of our precious lives clogged up in a confetti of mediocre meetings?! With calendars full back-to-back often borne as a badge of importance, rather than being seen as a problem to tackle. Here to talk about meetings and their untapped potential for productivity and transformation is today's guest, Dr Carrie Goucher. Carrie is founder of Fewer, Faster, Bolder, an organisation which believes that meetings are a huge, wide space for improvement, and understands that they matter so much, because people spend so much time in them. In today's inspiring chat, we discuss the problems with meeting culture at the moment, and how we got to where we are. We also discuss what incredible meetings can look like, and how to create ones for yourself. Including practical steps on how to invite people, how to start a meeting, and how to capture what's discussed, agreed and parked up. As a successful entrepreneur herself, Carrie also kindly shares her advice for budding ecopreneurs: people with a passion and an idea that could deliver profit and purpose in the world. It's a meeting-transforming and impact-creating podchat.  Enjoy.
51:51 4/15/24
Dr Stephen Green | Course Leader MSc Conservation Project Management
Have you considered going back to university and doing a Master's Degree in order to become more employable within the sector?   Perhaps you’ve looked at many programmes and wondered if they are tooling you up with the right skills employers value.   In today’s podcast, we’re speaking with Dr Stephen Green who’s the course leader for an exciting new Master's programme, designed and delivered in partnership with Conservation Careers, to train you in the core skills used by professionals day-to-day.   We discuss who the new MSc Conservation Project Management at Newquay University Center is for. We also chat about the emphasis on core conservation skills - such as project management, communications and fundraising - and finally explore the programme's flexibility; allowing students to pursue various conservation paths and receive career development support.  Stephen then discusses his career journey with us, explaining what it’s like to be a lecturer in zoology and course leader within a University, and how he got there.  Finally he shares his career advice for people like you who might be seeking to follow in his footsteps.   It’s a Master’s musing, snake studying and employment enhancing podchat.   Enjoy.  
49:38 4/1/24
Cristianne Close | Deputy Global Conservation Director WWF International
In this episode we’re speaking with the Deputy Global Conservation Director at WWF International, Cristianne Close.  Cris describes herself as ‘passionate about creating positive change in the world, especially aiming to make the impossible, possible’.  In this episode, we discuss how she gave up a fast-paced corporate career to follow her purpose and work in conservation.   Now, as a senior staff member at WWF, Cris explains how her business acumen is helping her tackle one of the most insurmountable problems facing humankind - namely, reversing the loss of nature.  During the conversation, we discuss her work at WWF and her career switch into the sector.   We also talk about the skills increasingly valued within conservation, and Cris shares her top careers advice for aspiring conservationists seeking to follow in her footsteps.  Finally, we discuss Earth Hour; a worldwide movement organized by WWF annually to encourage individuals, communities, and businesses to give an hour for Earth. Scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 pm your local time, we discuss how you can get involved.  It’s a wide-ranging, inspiring and Earth Hour connecting podchat.  Enjoy. 
46:09 3/19/24
How to plan for a gap year or career break? Julia Rogers | EnRoute Consulting
Have you ever felt like escaping the rat race and travelling the world? Seeking impact, adventure and new experiences? Perhaps volunteering for nature conservation organisations, and setting yourself for a career change or education when you return? But with the world as your playground … where do you start? How do you plan such a trip to ensure your time and money are well spent? Today we’re speaking with Julia Rogers founder of EnRoute Consulting. As a professional gap year counsellor - a new job title to me - Julia prides herself in understanding the complicated process of planning a meaningful experience whilst travelling. During this episode, we discuss the value a gap year or career break can bring to people in their work, education and lives. We talk about the different types of experiences people can discover, and how to plan for a successful trip. Finally, we also chat about how a Gap Year Counsellor can help if you need support. It’s a globe-trotting, experience-seeking, life-changing episode. Enjoy!
47:57 3/4/24
Biodiversify-ing businesses and beyond with Michael Burgass (Director of Biodiversify)
Increasingly, the private sector is taking a growing interest in their impact on wildlife, and this could lead to a much-needed step change in conservation efforts. But why do companies care about nature? How can they assess and minimise their impacts? And what sort of jobs are opening up for conservationists seeking to work in this exciting area of change? Here to discuss these topics and many more is today's inspiring and thoughtful guest, Michael Burgass, Director at the consultancy Biodiversify. Biodviersify helps clients to understand and improve their relationship with nature, working at the cutting edge of bd sustainability to provide strategic support and provide meaningful outcomes for society, for business and for wildlife. In today's discussion we talk about why the private sector is increasingly aware of the need to build biodiversity into their businesses, and where this drive is coming from. We also discuss if this growth in interest in the private sector will make a significant impact on global conservation efforts, along with the skills needed to take advantage of the opportunities as they open up. Mike also shares his careers advice for people like you who might be seeking to work in the sector, along with his thoughts on what conservationists need to be better at in order to have more impact. It's a biodiversity-businessing, nature-accounting pod-chat. Enjoy.
48:47 2/19/24
Lise Aangeenbrug | Chief Program Officer at the National Park Foundation
How do you raise nearly $100,000,000 per year to protect and conserve America’s 420+ National Park Sites?  Sites important for recreation, education, and the conservation of endangered landscapes, natural communities and species.  We discuss this, amongst many other things, with Lise Aangeenbrug.  Lise is the Chief Program Officer at America’s National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service charged with generating the funding needed to protect the National Park Sites.  In the podcast we talk about the network of National Park Sites in the US, and how the foundation uses storytelling to raise the profile, and the funding needed, for conservation activities.  We also discuss the diversity of roles within the conservation sector, and what it means to be a Chief Program Officer.  Lise also shares her career path along with her advice for people like you who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps.  It’s a   Wildlife-funding, national-park-storytelling, pod-chat.  Enjoy. 
42:30 2/5/24
Burnout in conservation
Have you ever felt like you’re energetically exhausted, mentally distant from your job, or less able to produce results at work? There’s a chance that these symptoms could be related to burnout. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is a syndrome “…resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” As conservationists, our work is our passion, but that passion doesn’t make us immune to burnout. In fact, it might even make us more susceptible. And the effects of burnout can be dire for conservationists and their work. The WHO characterises burnout by 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy. In this special episode we discuss burnout in conservation, and why awareness of burnout is so important for conservationists personally and professionally. Joining our host Dr Nick Askew is Dr Fernando (Nando) Mateos-González of Bioblogía and Kristi Foster, Head of Programmes at Conservation Careers. We talk about our own personal experiences with burnout and what contributed to them. We also share some solutions we’ve learnt for avoiding and managing burnout – or even transforming it into healthier ways of working. It’s a very open, real and honest chat. We hope will support other conservationists – whether you’re just starting your career, concerned about burnout or have experienced burnout yourself. Enjoy.
62:46 1/23/24
Patience Thody | Deputy Chief Executive The Wildlife Trusts
If you’ve spent time in the UK and visited a local nature reserve, then chances are you’ve been to a site managed by one of the 46 individual Wildlife Trusts that collectively represent 2,000 staff, 35,000 volunteers and nearly 1 million members.   Helping to coordinate this huge force for nature is the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts of which today’s guest is their Deputy Chief Executive.  Patience Thody left the commercial banking sector and switched her career towards wildlife conservation and the charity sector.  She’s using her twenty years of HR and Operations Management experience to build, lead and motivate multi-disciplinary teams to deliver nature conservation across the UK.  In this episode, we explore the Wildlife Trust network, its conservation activities and workforce of volunteers and staff.  We also uncover what it means to be a Deputy Chief Executive, the skills Patience uses and values in her role, and what she enjoys and finds challenging in her job.  She also shares her career journey and advice for people like yourself, who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps.  It’s a Wildlife-trusting, career-switching, pod-chat.  Enjoy.
47:12 1/8/24
How important are volunteers in conservation? Rhoda Ludford - Volunteering Development Consultant with the RSPB
How important are volunteers in conservation?  What are the different types of work you can do as a volunteer, and how can it benefit your career?  We answer these and many more questions in discussion with today’s guest Rhoda Ludford.  Rhoda is the Volunteering Development Consultant with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - Europe’s largest wildlife conservation organisation with over 2,000 staff, 10,000 volunteers and 1 million members.  Rhoda has worked for the RSPB for 22 years, mostly in volunteering development and have recently moved into species recovery where she is responsible for a project that develops and manages volunteer teams doing species recovery work across the UK.  In today’s chat, she shares her experiences of working for the RSPB, her career path and also advice about how to connect with and make the most out of their volunteer opportunities.  It’s a wide-ranging, volunteer-actioning, species-conserving chat.  Enjoy.  
34:37 12/13/23
Charu Mishra | The world’s foremost expert on snow leopard conservation
We ran a live event in partnership with Conservation Optimism, to explore and celebrate the work of Dr Charu Mishra - the world’s foremost expert on snow leopard conservation, and double Whitley Gold Award Winner. Conservation Optimism is a global community dedicated to inspiring people to make a positive difference for nature, and co-hosting the live event with me was Sofia Castelló y Tickell.  Together we spoke to Charu, who is the Executive Director of the International Snow Leopard Trust and Co-Founder of India’s Nature Conservation Foundation. He’s spent 25 years working to increase protection for snow leopards across all 12 of their range countries, with the vital support of local people, and has won the Whitley Gold Award in 2005 and in 2022. As a world expert on snow leopard conservation he has pioneered the community-based conservation approach to enable harmonious co-existence between people and wildlife. Sofia and I talked to Charu about his work as Executive Director of the International Snow Leopard Trust, and his approach to community-based conservation. We also explore his career path, his careers advice for aspiring conservationists, and also what keeps him optimistic about the future. Finally, we also discuss the importance of ethics in wildlife conservation and the Ethical Conservation Alliance which he launched recently at the Whitley Fund for Nature, People for Planet Summit. Towards the end of the recording, we also open up to our audience where they get the opportunity to ask their questions of Charu. It’s a wide-ranging, snow-leopard-conservationing, and humbly-inspiring pod-chat. Enjoy.
64:02 12/4/23
Dr Rebecca Jefferson | The power of social science for conservation
Why should more conservationists learn to study people?   To better understand them as individuals, communities and societies, alongside their complex behaviours and interactions.  This is what today’s podcast is all about, and it’s something termed social science.  Here to discuss the power of social science for conservation is today’s guest Dr Rebecca Jefferson.  Rebecca runs Human Nature, a social enterprise which seeks to empower conservationists to have a more positive impact on the planet through training, collaboration and support.  We talk about why social science is important for conservationists, how it can be used to tackle wildlife declines.   We also discuss the benefits of people with different disciplines and backgrounds working in partnerships to have better outcomes in conservation projects.  Rebecca also shares her journey in setting up a business with impact at its core, along with her advice for others who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps.  It’s a people-partnering, social-sciencing, conservation pod-chat.  Enjoy. 
49:22 11/20/23
How to raise more funding for wildlife conservation
  What can Coca-Cola teach us about how to better save wildlife, in Australia and beyond?  And why should more governments set up charitable foundations to protect their national parks and threatened wildlife?  We discuss these and many other issues with today’s inspiring guest - David Goldman.  David is the Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife in Australia.  A truly innovative model, the FNPW is the Charity Partner of Australia’s Government, with a mission to safeguard their wilderness and wildlife for future generations.  To date, they have grown over ½ million trees to help heal bushfire-affected areas, and also invested over $60 million to purchase land and create more national parks since 2000 … to name just a few impacts of their fundraising activities.  David is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, and he’s been described as having a passion for doing things differently, which we drill into in this podcast.  In this episode, David shares his career journey - from marketing for Coca-Cola and News Corp to now working for a conservation charity - and he discusses the importance of conservationists communicating better the benefits of wildlife for people.  Finally, he also shares his advice for people like you who might be seeking to follow in his footsteps, along with his thoughts on how charities could achieve greater impacts in their work.  As always, it’s a wide-ranging, wildlife-conserving and career-boosting chat. Enjoy. 
46:03 11/6/23
The Importance of Communications for Conservationists
Why is communications so important for conservationists? What communications skills are employers are looking for? And how can you start developing these skills, today? We answer these questions and more in this special edition of the Conservation Careers Podcast. Sir David Attenborough said that "Conservation is now a communications challenge". Awareness of this challenge is growing rapidly and it's something we keep coming back to in conversations with podcast guests and in our communities at CC. Joining me for a deep dive into the importance of communications for conservationists are two guests from Team CC. Kristi Foster is our Head of Programmes, and Lloyd Gofton is our Head of Marketing and 'Communications for Conservation Projects' Course Leader. Each of shares our background in communications and experience with communications in the conservation sector. We answer questions like: Why is communications so important for conservationists? What skills are employers looking for, that we can develop in ourselves as aspiring or professional conservationists? We also share some tips about what you can do today to develop, polish and refine some of these skills - to have more impact and to become more employable. It's a fun, honest and inspiring conversation. Enjoy!
56:28 10/23/23
Podcast | Laura Dempsey | Collaboration, Education & Innovation (Volunteers for Future) 
    What role do schoolchildren play in conservation efforts?   Why target them specifically, and how do you successfully establish and grow a conservation enterprise from scratch - now empowering over 13,000 young people to help tackle climate change and wildlife conservation.  That’s what today’s inspiring guest - Laura Dempsey - has achieved with Volunteers for Future.  Volunteers for Future harness the power of collaboration, bringing together passionate volunteers, young people, expert conservation organisations and schools.  They deliver action-led conservation and environmental workshops to help young people feel inspired, empowered and motivated to act.  They also support conservation charities to develop and enhance their volunteer programmes - scaling their impacts to the next level.  In this episode, we discuss Volunteers for Future - what is it, how it works, where it’s going, how it was formed and how you can get involved.   Laura also shares how she’s taken charge of her career journey, and her advice for people like you, who might be seeking to make a similar switch in their work.   Laura also provides simply the best answer to our regular question: “What do conservation organisations need to be better in order to have more impact?”. It’s well worth listening to the end to hear her simple, yet inspiring idea.  As always it’s a fun, inspiring and conservation-boosting discussion. Enjoy. 
45:14 10/9/23
Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach (RENEW) with Professor Kevin Gaston
How do people and nature interact? How does nature benefit people? Which interactions have the greatest impacts, and how can research into these questions help tackle some of the biggest issues facing wildlife today?  These are some of the questions which today’s guest has dedicated his career to tackling.  Kevin Gaston is a Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Exeter.  His work ranges from characterising people’s personalised ecologies to identifying priority areas for nature recovery.  In this podcast, we talk about his fascinating research focus and also discuss an exciting five-year programme he’s co-leading called RENEW.  This collaborative programme between the University of Exeter the National Trust and many other partners is seeking to reshape understanding and action on biodiversity renewal across scales, creating knowledge, and influencing national institutions, communities and individuals.   In this episode, we discuss his research focus, the RENEW programme, and his career journey so far. Kevin also shares his advice for aspiring conservation scientists, and also we discuss how the skills needed within the sector might be changing into the future.  It’s a wide-ranging, interesting and impactful discussion.  Enjoy.
40:08 9/25/23
How to save species, sites and ecosystems with Nina Seale from Synchronicity Earth
In conservation, some issues tend to get a lot of attention from the donors when other, equally important issues, can be ignored.  What do you do in this situation to raise the profile, and much-needed funding, to conserve the overlooked species, sites and ecosystems?  To discuss this and more we’re speaking with Nina Seale from Synchronicity Earth.  Synchronicity Earth aims to be a different kind of conservation organisation. They are research-driven, raising and distributing donor funding to the conservation sector often towards the less-sexy areas of work.   As Communications Manager Nina’s role is to tell the stories of the conservation organisations and individuals supported by Synchronicity Earth. A talented writer, we talk about her day-to-day work in Comms, along with her career path and advice for people like you who might be interested to follow in her footsteps.   We also discuss the importance of addressing the diversity deficit in conservation and the actions she’s taken to found an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group at Synchronicity Earth.  The chat was recorded in front of a live audience of Conservation Careers Academy members, who got to ask their questions to Nina after the recording had finished.  If you’d like to be in the audience of our podcast recordings, along with enjoying access to the world’s biggest conservation job board and a private members community of over 1,000 aspiring and professional conservationists, please check out the Conservation Careers Academy at  Ok, let’s get into the wide-ranging and career-boosting discussion with Nina.  Enjoy.
53:46 9/11/23
Podcast | How to follow your passion as a career switcher … Developing The Soil Centre with Tara Phillips
Have you ever had a BIG idea that grabbed your attention and got you excited? And if you have, did you know how to start turning your idea into reality? Todays’ guest is a career switcher doing just this.  Tara Phillips is a Ted-X speaker coach who is developing an exciting idea to start an inspiring physical space where people can learn, convene and campaign about soil and soil-related issues. Called The Soil Centre, she hopes it will lead to action being taken to conserve and regenerate the soil, which in turn, will result in wildlife and human health flourishing.  In this episode, we talk about her career to date and why she’s seeking to switch careers into conservation. We also discuss how she’s going about validating and refining her vision for The Soil Centre. Finally, she shares her pro tips for anyone wishing to take their presentations to the next level whilst also keeping nerves under control.  It’s an inspiring, practical and wide-ranging podchat. Enjoy!
47:13 8/28/23
How can Aquariums support conservation efforts?
Many of us will have visited aquariums and marvelled at the marine life on display. But what role can an Aquarium have in supporting conservation efforts?  Here to discuss this and other topics is today’s guest Elizabeth Stephenson.  Elizabeth is the Program Director of the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund - a grants programme that provides support for community-based and locally-managed marine conservation projects in low- and middle-income countries around the globe.   To date, Marine Conservation Action Fund (or MCAF as it's often termed) has supported over 200 projects in more than 60 countries across six continents.  In this episode, we talk about the work of the New England Aquarium in support of conservation efforts and also explore what the Marine Conservation Action Fund is, how it works, and how you could potentially benefit from it.  Elizabeth also shares what it’s like to manage a programme such as this, along with her career journey and advice for people like you who might be interested to follow in her footsteps.  It’s a marine-granting, locally-managed and community-based podcast episode.  Enjoy. 
48:58 8/14/23
Celebrating Episode 100 of the Conservation Careers Podcast
In this special conversation we're celebrating the 100th episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast! The CC Podcast was launched on 21st June 2018, and over the past five years we've talked to so many different people within the conservation sector, played with the format and enjoyed the ride.  We're proud to say that we've had 152,136 unique podcast downloads and a typical episode gets 1,500 to 2,000 listeners. We also have a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts and we're the top conservation podcast on Spotify! For our 100th episode, we reflect on the podcast journey so far and share some of the lessons learnt. We also take a look behind the scenes of the podcast - at how we pull it together and edit it - and share hints and tips we've picked up along the way. If you're interested in doing your own podcast, you might be able to take something away and start one for yourself (it's super easy!) Joining me for this episode is my 'partner in crime', Kristi Foster, Head of Engagement at CC. Most importantly thank YOU for being here and supporting the Conservation Careers Podcast - we hope you've enjoyed the journey too!
57:11 7/31/23
How to rescue dying national parks with Dr Niall McCann | National Park Rescue
Our guest in this episode is a good friend and someone I’ve wanted to get on the show since day one.   Described as the real-life Indiana Jones, Niall McCann is a TV Presenter, Explorer, and Biologist.  Niall has travelled the planet on biological expeditions in some of the most remote parts of the globe, and joins the show today to discuss his role as Director of Conservation for National Park Rescue.  National Park Rescue is a direct-action conservation organisation that focuses on preventing the slaughter of elephants, rhinos and lions in sub-Saharan Africa. They rescue dying national parks to protect nature, alleviate poverty and tackle poaching.   In this engaging and wide-ranging discussion, recorded in front of a live audience, we discuss his work to establish National Park Rescue from the ground up. How do you identify failing national parks and approach them to help? How do you fund such work into the future, and what difference is their innovative approach making?  Niall also shares his career journey and advice for people like to you follow.  It’s a must-listen episode.  Enjoy. 
47:53 7/17/23
The Conservation Pathway Programme
In this very special episode of the podcast, we take you behind the scenes of our NEW Conservation Pathway Programme. The Conservation Pathway Programme is designed to help career switchers like you discover how to confidently switch your career to conservation with expert guidance and support. In this episode I'm joined by Starlight Mundy, Business Growth Strategist and Community Accelerator, who's working with us to take our community programmes to the next level. I'm also joined by Kristi Foster, Head of Engagement at Conservation Careers, who mapped the Key Conservation Roles and helped create the step-by-step process to becoming a conservationist. Together we talk about how we brought the Conservation Pathway Programme to life... from the initial vision, to the strategy, to why it's a total game-changer for career switchers and the conservation sector. Enjoy!
48:55 6/27/23
From corporate to conservation: How Edward found his purpose
How do you switch careers from something entirely unrelated to wildlife and start to carve out a role for yourself in the conservation sector? How do you find your purpose, network effectively, get training support and secure high-quality experiences which can transform your work? In this episode, guest Edward Sanders discusses how he overcame these challenges and more. Ed has worked in the UK, Far East, Southern Africa, Middle East and Australasia in properly development and management for over 20 years. He spent a magical two years in Botswana in his early career, and has since held a passion to return to Africa and dedicate himself to wildlife conservation efforts. We've been supporting Ed on his career journey over the last six months, and he's stood out as a really engaged, dynamic and driven career switcher who's going places. I wanted to share his career journey and advice with you. During our chat we talk about his career background in property and real estate and also the practical steps he's taken to start transferring his skills into the conservation sector. From self reflection and Ikigai, to career planning, coaching and networking, Ed shares his honest experience, along with his practical tips for anyone to learn from. It's an inspiring, exciting and really useful podcast for anyone seeking to switch into or secure a career in conservation. Enjoy.  
48:02 6/23/23
Dr Malcolm McAdie | Wildlife Veterinarian
Can you picture yourself rescuing, rehabilitating or even releasing individuals from a Critically Endangered species in the wild? Or translocating wolves from Canada to be released in Yellowstone National Park in the US? Those are just two examples of the work of Dr. Malcolm McAdie, a Canadian wildlife veterinarian who’s worked with species such as wolves, snakes, Bald Eagle and Critically Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots. As a wildlife vet, Malcolm works with the Marmot Recovery Foundation, overseeing all the captive breeding and Marmot care, and rescuing and releasing Marmots. He also provides specialized care to all the animals at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, among many other exciting projects. In this episode, Malcolm shares his career journey, the highlights of being a wildlife vet, and the importance of sharing conservation success stories. He also explains some of the keys to his own career success - including being flexible and available, and making connections that led to work.
45:58 6/13/23
Dr Helen Gath | Durrell Conservation Academy
What role do zoos play in conservation, why is diversity important and how can you get upskilled to have more impact?  We discuss these topics in front of an audience from within our CC Pro community on today’s podcast with Dr Helen Gath from the Durrell Conservation Academy.  Helen is a conservation ecologist passionate about enthusing others to protect the natural world. She holds a PhD on the Mauritius Echo parakeet and in her role as Conservation Training Officer enjoys collaborating with world-leading conservation practitioners to facilitate and deliver a wide range of training for aspiring and professional conservationists.  She shares what it’s like to do her work day-today and also her career path; including some struggles along the way.  It’s a wide-ranging, fun and inspiring chat where we also had a great chat with the audience after the recording ended.   As always, enjoy. 
46:49 5/29/23
Stella Diamant | The Madagascar Whale Shark Project
Stella Diamant is a passionate conservation biologist who founded the Madagascar Whale Shark Project, introduced a code of conduct for whale shark tourism, initiated an environmental education programme for Malagasy youth, and has identified almost 500 individual Whale Sharks.   She’s now working in collaboration with other NGOs and has helped ensure the code of conduct is being added to Malagasy law, and will soon be compulsory for all operators across Madagascar interacting with marine megafauna.   An old friend of CC, Stella talks candidly about her insights from her experience founding and running the NGO single-handedly. She talks passionately about why Whale Sharks matter and what she’s doing to help conserve them. We also discuss her careers advice for budding marine conservationists.   This is also a new format of the podcast, where we invited our community members into the recording as an audience and invited them to ask questions of Stella once the mics were turned off.  If you’d like to be in the audience of our podcast recordings, please join the CC Academy and come along.   Righty, let’s hand over Stella and get this show on the road… 
46:13 5/15/23
Lucy Standing | Co-Founder of ‘Brave Starts’ helping the over 50s to switch careers
In this episode we’re speaking with Lucy Standing, who’s the Co-Founder of Brave Starts which offers career change and start-up business programmes to help people over 50 lead more purposeful lives.  Lucy talks openly about the challenges mature people face in their careers and within the workplace.  We discuss why age is being ignored in discussions about diversity and inclusion, and what can be done about it.  We cover a lot of really fascinating ground in this podchat, from her views of career advice to reforms needed in recruitment, to practical steps and advice for people seeking to switch gears in their careers when 50+ years old.  It’s a really wide-ranging, engaging and value packed discussion.  Enjoy. 
50:44 5/1/23
Melissa Hobson | Ocean Writer and PR Consultant
Today we’re speaking with ocean writer and PR freelancer Melissa Hobson.  Mel is passionate about communicating how we can all make a difference for the marine environment, our planet and people’s lives.  She’s a certified scuba diver and has worked in PR for over a decade – at first outside of conservation and then more recently turning her considerable talents towards helping wildlife to flourish.  During our chat we talk about her work in PR and writing and she shares tips on how to be a freelancer in conservation, win clients and craft messages that work.  We also discuss her squiggly career to date, and how we switched into wildlife conservation.  Finally Mel shares her advice for people who might be wishing to work in conservation too.  It’s a wide-ranging, engaging and fun discussion.   Enjoy. 
53:18 3/20/23
Valérie D'Hoedt Meyer | IUCN Academy Director
  Today we’re speaking with Valérie D'Hoedt Meyer, who is the Director of the IUCN Academy.  Launched in September 2021, the IUCN Academy seeks to harness expertise from within the International Union for Conservation of Nature network to provide training for those seeking to make a meaningful contribution to the dynamic world of conservation.   The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations, and in the podcast we discuss what exactly it is and how it works.   We then talk about the IUCN Academy, before Valerie shares her career journey as a switcher – moving from law to education and finally into conservation.   She shares her careers advice for switchers, and also explains the IUCN recruitment process from an insider’s perspective.   It’s an interesting discussion about the role of education in conservation, and also the importance of resilience when switching careers.  Enjoy. 
46:29 3/6/23
Ben Stockwell | Senior Rewilding Officer at Citizen Zoo
If you’re interested in conservation, then you’ve probably heard the term rewilding.  Over the past decade or so it has represented a growing movement within the industry to restore nature back to its former glory. Sometimes involving reintroducing long-lost species back into landscapes.   One of the organisations involved in the movement is Citizen Zoo – a young UK charity dedicated to rewilding, made up of a passionate team and volunteers around the country working to restore nature and help species and habitats thrive.  Today we’re speaking to Ben Stockwell, Senior Rewilding Officer at Citizen Zoo.  We discuss why rewilding is such an exciting opportunity for conservationists, how it works and some examples of how you can get involved.  As always, we also talk about what it’s like to do this type of work and Ben's advice people like you who might be interested in following in his footsteps.  It’s an inspiring, thought-provoking and wild chat - enjoy!
53:11 1/23/23
Career switch success stories from the class of 2022
Are you keen to switch your career into conservation in 2023? Perhaps you’re feeling a little stuck in a job you’re not fully happy with, and you want to follow your passion and help wildlife to flourish as your day job. Well, today I want to show you that this is possible by sharing the inspiring success stories of four amazing ladies who switched their careers into conservation in 2022 with our support. In a minute you’re going to hear a recording of a live event we did win collaboration with my co-host, and all round good egg, Ebony Escalona from Vets Stay Go Diversify. During the webinar we spoke to the following people who recently switched their careers, and who share their honest reflections of their journeys: First up we have Magda Zachara. After almost 10 years in Molecular Life Sciences Magda recently switched careers into conservation and is now working for the International Union for Conservation of Nature. We then have Jennifer Cantley. An experienced British veterinary surgeon who recently switched careers to become a Communications Officer for the One Health European Joint Programme, based at the University of Surrey. We also hear from Stephanie Gentle. Formally working in emergency management in Washington DC, Stephanie switched career and is now working in cross-border conservation with Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA). And last but not least we hear from Kate Stephenson. A blogger, journalist and educational media specialist who recently switched careers into conservation to become Head of Communications at Whitley Fund for Nature. I found it such an inspiring, honest and reflective session and I’m sure you’re going to love it too. Before you jump into the session … If you’d like our help to get your career on track in 2023 we’ve just opened our Conservation Career Kick-starter. The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is a comprehensive programme of training, support, community and jobs designed to get you hired quicker as a professional wildlife conservationist. We’ve supported over 2,500 people through the programme today and many of them – as you’re about to hear - are flying in their careers as a result. Success is totally possible, and we can help you to achieve it. If you’d like to find out more, please visit That’s enough waffle from me, let’s jump into the live event. Enjoy.
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