Conservationist

Interested in a rewarding career that combines research and advocacy of green best practices while working with the military? If so, you may want to pursue a career in conservation with a specialization in military land sustainability.

work as a conservationist, conservation jobsWhat Does Working as a Conservationist Look Like?

Conservationists focus on sustainability of natural resources, acting as protective guides and educators for private industry, government, policy makers and the general public. They research, educate, advise and instruct.

A career in conservation typically entails:

  • Engagement with scientists, private landowners, government officials, policy makers and the public for research, delivery of findings, advising and education purposes.
  • Acting as a consultant to a wide variety of audiences, both friendly and adversarial to conservation efforts.
  • Research of and establishment of green best practices for your area of specialty, whether that be soil, water, air or flora/fauna ecology.
  • Evaluation of ecological impacts of human activity such as farming or urban development.
  • Measure and assess ecological impacts of events, actions or projects, both man-made and natural.
  • Political activism or consulting to influence the making of policy or the establishment of best practices for an industry or specific client.
  • Interaction with government or nongovernmental organizations to advance conservation efforts.
  • Creation of conservation monitoring programs.

Conservationists are expected to question, research and document findings in a way that is accessible to the end user. You will need to have deep knowledge of the sciences and know how to effectively communicate scientific conclusions. Persuasion skills are also quite valuable in this career field.

Conservationist Salary and Forecast

Those working in conservation earn a national median salary of $59,070 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the conservation industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 11.10%.

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What Education is Required to Work as a Conservationist?

All of these positions require at least a bachelor’s degree. Most require graduate work or a graduate level certificate. The Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability fills a niche requirement specific to working as a conservationist on military lands.

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Conservationist Job Opportunities

Looking for real life examples of military land sustainability in action?

Look no further than the Nature Conservancy’s partnership with the Department of Defense. Such partnerships open positions for conservationists with knowledge of both sides of the coin: military needs and conservation concerns. Specialize in this area to find a job doing what you love: serving your country and protecting the environment.

The following a job titles commonly held in this field:

  • Conservationist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Resource Conservation Specialist
  • Resource Conservationist
  • Soil Conservationist 
  • Watershed Program Manager

Explore job opportunities here.

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