Careers In Conservation A Network Of Possibilities

In partnership with the Wilderness Leadership School
This course aims to give young school leavers, soon to be school leavers, graduates and gap year students
insight into the world of conservation and the many varied career opportunities in the environmental sector

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What should I study? What are my job prospects? What are employers looking for? What skills do I need? What does a career in conservation involve? What fields are best suited to who I am? Answer these questions and get exposed a wide range of fields and opportunities in careers related to the environmental sector. What if you’re not great at math and science? Don't sweat, there are literally scores of fields of conservation related work which require very different skills to what you would typically expect. This course aims to inspire you, help you understand yourself a little bit better and what fields in environmentally related work may just suit you best!

This exciting course run over two days (over selected weekends) or a seven-day option run during South African school holidays (which includes a rare opportunity to experience a 5-day wilderness trail with the Wilderness Leadership School, one of South Africa's most respected NGO's.) This course aims to give young school leavers, soon to be school leavers, graduates and gap year students insight into the world of conservation and the many varied career opportunities in the environmental sector. The course will introduce you to a vast assortment of potential fields of work linked to the environment and conservation. The course also focuses in on YOU, as an individual, who are you, what is important to you, what you want to achieve and which fields are best suited to you? You will get exposed to career fields from wildlife film making to research to environmental consulting, technology and ecotourism.

Find out more about why we run this program and our vision for students attending the course here

Key outcomes include:

  • Understanding of the global environmental movement and the issues, past, present and future
  • Finding out what is important to you and which direction to focus your energy and studies
  • Explore a variety career and employment opportunities and understand what the realities of working day to day in these sectors involve
  • Learn about the many (often overlooked) ways in which your future career can benefit the environment. We often say, the world doesn’t need more scientists, it needs more ecologically minded engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and accountants
  • Learn a bit about yourself, develop some important life skills and how to start positioning yourself for your future dream job
  • Design a real life project or initiative which can give you a head start when it comes time for job hunting
  • Our almuni have access to our network of environmental professionals to call on for advice, expertise and ongoing discussion post the course
Overall, we hope to inspire you, to help you understand yourself a little bit better and what work suits you best. We want to expose you to as many fields and opportunities as possible. If you’re not great at math and science, it doesn’t matter, there are literally scores of fields of work linked to the environmental sector which require very different skills to what you would typically expect. The days of getting a degree and getting a job are gone. You need a lot more than that. We want you to understand the possibilities, see the opportunities and make the right choices for YOU. Because quite frankly, the future of our planet is solidly in the hands of the next generation of environmentalists.

More and more people are becoming inspired to make a difference in the world, to be the change they want to see in the world. Working in the environmental sector has never been as dynamic, exciting and important as it is today. The environmental sector has become a diverse industry with loads of varied fields and options to specialize in. People are doing amazing things in the most unlikely of places and fields of study. But even more importantly, a career in conservation is no longer what it used to be, or should we say, rarely what people expect it to be. Environmental work is often glamourized. It rarely means spending your days with wildlife or in nature. The earning potential stretches from one extreme to the other. The challenges are immense and complicated.

However, the opportunities are also enormous, the growth of the sector is inevitable, the work can be inspiring and wonderfully creative, it’s a chance to make a difference, to do something you’re passionate about …..and we think that is pretty darn important.

This course helps you understand the opportunities and where you can find your niche as an individual. The future of successful environmentalists will be around using technology, collaborating with other fields such as engineers, business analysts, policy makers, entrepreneurs. It will be around reaching out to people, about problem solving and about creative thinking. We want to help you find YOUR niche.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • The future of conservation, what will be important in ten years time?
  • Ecological Consulting and the range of specialist fields to follow
  • “Getting your hands dirty“ / more traditional conservation careers
  • Working in the non profit sector, big and small
  • The creative arts, wildlife photography, film making, media in conservation
  • Academic and research oriented conservation careers
  • Technology and related fields working with conservation
  • Corporate social responsibility and SHEQ related careers
  • Fundraising and philanthropic work in conservation
  • Politics, law, policy and environmental lobbying related fields
  • Social entrepreneurship and how new businesses are making an impact
  • Environmental education and public outreach
  • The many fields and opportunities in the ecotourism industry

Besides these key outcomes, we cover a range of life skills related issues and by the end of the course, we aim to ensure you are in a position to start your own mini project, volunteer work or initiative which will be invaluable when it comes time to enter the job market. Post course, we build an active online platform for ongoing engagement and sharing of ideas, leaving you with a distinct advantage and access to a network of expertise, advice and sounding boards to call on at any time!


Minimum participant age: 16 years. We have a max of twelve people per course.

Custom dates can be arranged for groups of 6 or more people.

2-7 January 2019 (Max 12 participants)


Five-day course: R8800 per person

  • Includes workbooks,
  • Accommodation & meals,
  • 5-day wilderness trail and transport to iMfolozi Game Reserve
  • All entry fees, overnight fees, trail equipment and specialist wilderness guides
  • Post course support and access to our almuni network

Course Venue: Wilderness Leadership School, Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Durban, South Africa

Bookings are essential as we try ensure a small group size for each group in order to give the personal attention this course deserves. You can complete the form below or click here to contact us anytime for more info

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