Nature conservationists are responsible for the practical management of the countryside. They develop policies to preserve and protect areas such as woodlands, fields, rivers, mountains, forests or coastal areas, to develop awareness and understanding and to encourage visitors.
You could be:
monitoring plants, wildlife and habitats and recording results
leading and managing staff and volunteers in conservation work or projects
investigating how developments in agriculture and industry affect the local environment through such factors as fertilisers in the soil and waste in rivers
giving advice to farmers, landowners or their advisers on helping preserve the wildlife and habitats on their land
working out the effects of developments such as housing, and advising other professionals such as planners and landscape architects
making sure people observe countryside and environmental regulations
analysing data, researching and writing reports and preparing information leaflets
giving talks and presentations to other specialists and to the public, running training courses and organising exhibitions
applying for grants and funding.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for suitably qualified nature conservationists tends to be around £20,000 a year. Experienced conservationists and project managers may earn up to £30,000 and above.
You would be based in an office or other centre, but there is outdoor work.
Outdoor work can be wet, cold or windy and you may have to do some physical work.
You might work in remote locations.
You may have to travel to a number of different sites on a regular basis.
The work can include irregular hours, evenings and weekends.
Part time and seasonal work are sometimes available.