Conservation Professionals

Conservation professionals are responsible for ensuring that landscapes, habitats and species are protected and enhanced via appropriate management and conservation. They promote public understanding and awareness of the natural environment and help to develop and implement appropriate policies to achieve these objectives.


New workers

New workers start around £19,559. Normal pay is £31,318 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £52,641.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,302 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Carries out research into aspects of the natural world.

  • Prepares applications for funding to other organisations, and assessing applications for funding from other organisations.

  • Promotes conservation issues via educational talks, displays, workshops and literature and liaison with the media.

  • Maintains and develops knowledge in relevant policy areas within a national and European legislative context.

  • Liaises with other groups in the selection and maintenance of the Protected Site System including Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Ramsar sites, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

  • Provides advice and information to government at national and local levels, clients, landowners, planners and developers to facilitate the protection of the natural environment.

  • Implements, evaluates and monitors schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats.

  • Carries out environmental impact assessments and field surveys.

  • Promotes and implements local and national biodiversity action plans, particularly with regard to threatened species and habitats.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Machinery

  • Risk Analysis

  • Land Management

  • Chainsaws

  • Loans

  • Project Management

  • Ecology

  • Land Tenure

  • Landscaping

  • Surveying

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Planning

  • Enthusiasm

  • Customer Service

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Organizational Skills

  • English Language

  • Self-Motivation

  • Research

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.