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Nature Conservationist

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Nature conservationists are responsible for the practical management of the countryside. They develop policies to preserve and protect areas such as woodlands, fields, rivers or forests, to develop awareness and understanding and to encourage visitors.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for suitably qualified nature conservationists tend to be in the range £18,000 to £20,000 a year. Experienced conservationists and project managers may earn up to £30,000 and above.

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Getting In

Nature conservationists work for government departments and agencies such as the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), environmental research centres and voluntary conservation organisations such as the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1373
2.9 %
RISE
2023
1413
  United Kingdom
2018
15349
3.1 %
RISE
2023
15827

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
Tel: 01962 868626
E-mail: enquiries@cieem.net
Website: http://www.cieem.net

Conservation Volunteers
Tel: 01786 479 697
E-mail: scotland@tcv.org.uk
Website: http://www.tcv.org.uk/scotland
Twitter: @TCVtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConservationVolunteers

The Conservation Volunteers used to be known as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

Field Studies Council (FSC)
Tel: 01743 852100
E-mail: enquiries@field-studies-council.org
Website: http://www.field-studies-council.org
Twitter: @FieldStudiesC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FieldStudiesC/

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
Tel: 01522 540069
E-mail: info@iema.net
Website: http://www.iema.net
Twitter: @iemanet
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visitIEMA/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Tel: 0131 458 0200
E-mail: information@nts.org.uk
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
Twitter: @N_T_S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforScotland

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Tel: 0131 317 4100
Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/scotland/
Twitter: @Natures_Voice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RSPBLoveNature

The RSPB Scotland owns and manages a number of National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Tel: 01463 725 000
E-mail: enquiries@snh.gov.uk
Website: http://www.snh.gov.uk/
Twitter: @SNH_Tweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishNaturalHeritage/

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)
Tel: 0131 312 7765
Website: http://www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk
Twitter: @ScotWildlife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishwildlifetrust/

The Scottish Wildlife Trust owns and manages a number of National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

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