Advice for getting your dream job in conservation science

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people management

A few weeks ago I heard from an early-career researcher in the U.S. who had some intelligent things to say about getting jobs in conservation science based on a recent Conservation Biology paper she co-wrote. Of course, for all the PhDs universities are pumping out into the workforce, there will never be enough positions in academia for them all. Thus, many find their way into non-academic positions. But – does a PhD in science prepare you well enough for the non-academic world? Apparently not.

Many post-graduate students don’t start looking at job advertisements until we are actually ready to apply for a job. How often do we gleam the list of required skills and say, “If only I had done something to acquire project management skills or fundraising skills, then I could apply for this position…”? Many of us start post-graduate degrees assuming that our disciplinary training for that higher degree will…

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It is easy to dream, isn´t it?

“To Accomplish Great Things, We Must Not Only Act, But Also Dream; Not Only Plan But Also Believe” – Anatole France

Dreaming about the life you would like to live it’s an easy task, isn’t it? You just need to put on your wings and start flying! Your imagination and creativity will take you to the most exciting places you would like to visit, or help you build as much castles on the clouds as you want, right? Yeap! Easy task! Nothing wrong with it since everything is allowed to happen in our dreams…

We all have dreams, and I have plenty of them! It would take me forever to tell you about all my dreams but there is one in particular that I would like to share. I dream on helping to protect one the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, a cloud forest located in the northwest slopes of the Andean Region. Why is it so important to protect it? To give you an idea the forest is part of one of the biggest hotspots of biodiversity in the world, it covers an area of 1000ha from which 80% is still primary forest, and it is an important water reservoir for the lower areas in Ecuador. In addition to the value of the forest, Otonga is full of wonderful people who struggle to cover their basic needs and rely on the forest resources.

How am I going do that? My plan is to develop an environmental education program for children and a social entrepreneurship program for youth in the area. I hope the program will empower young generations, give them hope, inspiration and the skills to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading the blog and check out how the project is coming along 😉