Nature conservation officers manage, protect and improve areas of environmental importance through conservation work, publicity and scientific monitoring.
Part of the role is to encourage people to use the countryside and promote awareness of, and understanding about, the natural environment. You’ll develop policy which may have local and national impact. Job titles within this sector are varied and include:
- conservation assistants and technicians;
- project officers or biodiversity officers;
- sustainable development officers.
Employers of Nature Conservation Officers
Local authorities, government departments, utilities companies, consultancies, nature reserves, national or country parks, private estates, engineering companies (particularly those concerned with road building) and housing developers are all likely to employ nature conservation officers.
- managing conservation awareness events such as talks, workshops and guided walks
- helping with volunteer activities and conservation projects
- increasing awareness of conservation in the community
- general administration
- monitoring biodiversity
- preparing conservation reports, plans, publicity materials and displays
- general maintenance projects
- developing visitor attractions
- wildlife observation
- species surveys
Entry with a relevant diploma is possible with substantial experience.Relevant degree subjects include environmental, life and urban and land studies.
These particular subjects may increase your chances:
- botany/plant science;
- earth science (physical);
- land/estate management;
- marine sciences/oceanography;
- sustainable development.
- have good administrative and IT skills;
- communicate effectively through talks and presentations;
- produce literature such as leaflets;
- be confident in leading walks;
- have some knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).