Nature conservation officers

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Nature conservation officers manage, protect and improve areas of environmental importance through conservation work, publicity and scientific monitoring.

Typical job responsibilities include:

  • 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

  • fieldwork

  • general maintenance projects

  • developing visitor attractions

  • wildlife observation

  • species surveys

Working with the public is a key feature of the job.


Qualifications and training required


You normally need a degree in order to become a nature conservation officer. The only way to enter the profession without a degree is to build up a substantial amount of work experience.

While graduates from any degree discipline can become nature conservation officers, an appropriate degree gained in a subject such as biology, zoology, geography, botanical or plant sciences, or environmental sciences is useful. Postgraduate qualifications can also be helpful – particularly for graduates without a relevant degree. However, relevant work experience is often more important than qualifications, and many employees consider it to be a necessity.


Key skills for conservation officers


  • Computer literacy

  • Organised and self motivated

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Persistence

  • Commitment


Typical employers of conservation officers


  • Charities

  • The National Trust

  • Local authorities

  • Wildlife trusts

  • Government organisations

  • Conservation groups such as The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)


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