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Getting involved in conservation work

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Starting a career in conservation can be a fulfilling and exciting journey for those with a passion for wildlife and the environment. From wildlife research to park management and conservation education, the opportunities within the conservation industry are vast and varied. 

Here at Bushwise, we have seen many people take the first step towards their dream careers in conservation through our field guide training programs – but what are the other ways to get involved with conservation? Let’s find out.

What qualifications do you need for conservation?

One of the key steps towards a career in conservation is to gain the necessary education and training. This could come in the form of a degree in biology, environmental science or wildlife management. Many aspiring conservationists choose to study environmental science or similar subjects in college, learning about the natural world and the various threats facing wildlife and their habitats. 

After graduation, there are a variety of paths one can take to enter the conservation field. Some choose to work for a conservation organisation, conducting research and monitoring species populations in the field. Others may work for government agencies, helping to implement conservation policies and regulations. Still others may choose to enter academia, teaching the next generation of conservationists and conducting cutting-edge research to better understand the environment and its challenges.

What if I didn’t study conservation – can I still work in the industry?

A GVI volunteer participates in field work for conservation research. 

Even if you didn’t start with a degree in conservation or biology, there are many practical training courses available. Field guide courses, such as the ones offered by Bushwise, provide hands-on experience in the field, as well as in-depth knowledge of the natural world and its conservation. Many of our students have gone on to successful careers in conservation, both in their home countries and abroad.

Ten popular careers in conservation

  1. Conservation biologist

  2. Wildlife biologist

  3. Ecologist

  4. Environmental educator

  5. Conservation manager

  6. Zookeeper

  7. Environmental scientist

  8. Conservation field researcher

Another great way to get involved in conservation work is to volunteer. Many organisations offer volunteer opportunities, ranging from park maintenance and wildlife monitoring, to community education and outreach. These programs not only provide valuable experience, but also offer a chance to give back to the environment and help conserve the world’s wildlife for future generations.

Working in conservation can be a rewarding and challenging career, but it is also crucial for the survival of many species and ecosystems. The challenges facing conservation today are complex and multifaceted, from climate change to habitat destruction and poaching of endangered species. Conservationists play a crucial role in protecting wildlife, preserving habitats, and educating people about the importance of conservation.

How can I get involved in conservation work?


A group of Bushwise students and trainers in the Africa bush, learning about elephant activity as part of their conservation training.

The best way to get involved in conservation is to start by exploring your own interests and passions. What kind of work do you find most fulfilling? Do you prefer working in the field, or would you rather work with communities and educate people about conservation? Once you have a clear idea of what you want to do, you can then start exploring the various training and educational opportunities available.

At Bushwise Field Guides, we offer a unique way for individuals to enter the conservation industry – through our safari guide training programs. Our courses are based in the Greater Kruger National Park and Greater Makalali Game Reserve, and provide students with an immersive experience in the African wilderness. Through hands-on training and practical experience, our students gain a deep understanding of the natural world and the challenges facing conservation today.

Regardless of the specific path chosen, a career in conservation offers the opportunity to make a real difference in the world, working to protect and preserve the natural world for future generations. 

Whether you choose to work in the field conducting research, behind the wheel of a game viewer leading guided safaris, in an office advocating for conservation policies, or as an educator inspiring others to join the cause, there are a multitude of ways to get involved and make a positive impact in the world of conservation. The future of wildlife and the environment depends on it.

By enrolling in a practical training program like the ones offered by Bushwise, you’re taking the first step towards a career in conservation. Learn more about conservation jobs here.

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