A Nature Conservation Officer works to protect, manage and enhance the local environment and areas of conservation importance, they promote and increase awareness of conservation.
In day to day work you may; monitor biodiversity, prepare reports and plans, educate the local community on conservation work, participate in fieldwork, wildlife observation and surveys, advise various individuals and groups on environmental factors and conservation impact, contribute to Sites of Special Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs) selection and casework, evaluate habitats, maintain and develop knowledge of policy, legislation and regulations, supervise and train staff and volunteers, prepare funding and grant applications, liaise with media organisations.
Key Skills Required:
- Organisational skills
- Administrative and IT skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Confident public speaking
Key Points to Know:
- Hours are often unsocial e.g. early starts, evening and weekend work
- This role can be demanding and will often involve being outdoors in all weather conditions – some roles are more office based while others involve more field work
- You can expect a lot of interaction with the public in this job
To be a Nature Conservation Officer you will need to:
Have a degree in a relevant subject such as biology, environmental sciences, zoology, botany, ecology, land management, sustainable development etc.
Have relevant work experience (there are often volunteer opportunities with organisations such as The National Trust). Work experience often takes priority, many people in this role start by volunteering.
Estimated average salary: £18,000 – £24,000 annually.
As a Nature Conservation Officer, you can anticipate employment in a variety of roles including:
- Conservation groups
- Local authorities
- Wildlife Trusts
- Government organisations
Being a Nature Conservation Officer is a great job for someone who is passionate about conservation and wants to be actively involved in ensuring sustainable use of natural environments. These positions are limited so there is a lot of competition, it is also quite difficult to progress within this career but there are senior and management positions available, these senior roles will likely be more office-based than field based.