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Oyster have teamed up with our friends at Conservation Careers who support people to find paid work in conservation following study or a career change. You can add their fantastic and flexible course to your volunteering trip with Oyster. Your Oyster experience will help add interest to your conservation resume as an eye catching addition to your job applications in future.


The Conservation Career Kick-Starter

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is a unique programme of training, support community and jobs designed to get you hired quicker as a professional wildlife conservationist. Imagine what it would feel like if you knew exactly where you fit in the conservation sector and if you had a personal career plan to get ready and get hired? No guesswork. No confusion. No wasted time (or money!).

Through the programme you’ll get a much clearer idea of the sector, the hot (and hidden) jobs, which ones are right for you, what experience and education you need, and how to apply for them, get interviews and get hired. You’ll create a personal career plan which gives you confidence in your job hunt and makes everything quicker, simpler and more fun. 

You’ll also have a year’s access to the biggest conservation jobs board on the planet – listing over 15,000 conservation jobs globally – alongside a private support community to guide, advise and motivate you to secure the career of your dreams. 

Who runs the Kick-Starter?

The Conservation Career Kick-Starter is run by Conservation Careers – the #1 careers advice centre for conservationists – helping 700,000 conservationists in over 200 countries and territories across the globe each year. To date over 2,500 people have been through the Kick-Starter with 99.3% Recommendation and 98.9% Satisfaction Ratings. The programme has also been offered at at over 40 Universities.

What does the Kick-Starter Include?

Within the programme are three career-boosting elements to turn your dreams into reality.

#1 Training | The Conservation Career Kick-Starter. Our flagship self-paced online course to get clear, get ready, and get hired in the conservation sector. It takes about 15 hours to complete and you have a full year to work through it with our support.

#2 Support Community | CC Pro. What happens when you have a question? You’ll have full access to CC Pro, our private online community of aspiring and professional conservationists. Get answers to burning questions, enjoy regular live events with the CC team, participate in growth challenges, share your coursework, chat with other community members and much more.

#3 Jobs | The Conservation Careers Job Board. Get full access to the biggest conservation job board on the planet. You’ll enjoy 15,000+ live jobs, 5,000+ employers and 1,500+ Training Courses, plus Free & Paid Volunteerships & Internships and 500+ funding opportunities.

Who is the Kick-Starter for?

Career Switchers -> If you have always had a passion for wildlife and want to work in nature conservation, but don’t know where to start. You might be working in a totally unrelated field right now, and need some clarity on what’s needed to get going. We’re here to help you understand the conservation job landscape, where you might fit in (especially with all your lovely transferrable skills) and to help you form a plan of action to make your dream career a reality.

Students -> If you are currently at university or college and planning to try and find work in the conservation sector when you finish. There’s no better time to start getting clear about your career options than now. This way you can use the time before you graduate to fill any gaps we identify together and be ready to hit the ground running on your graduation day.

Job-seekers -> If you are currently hunting for a conservation job but struggling. We’ll walk you through the process of how to craft applications that make you stand out from the crowd, and how to impress in conservation interviews (plus how to control nerves).

How much time will the programme take?

The total time commitment for the CC Kick-Starter training is around 15 hours. We’ve worked hard to fast-track your learnings and condense everything into just what you need to know. All shortcuts, no fluff. You can go entirely at your own pace and have a year’s access to the units. It’s pretty manageable. 

How much does it cost?

The cost for the course is £375 and this includes one year of access to the training, support community and access to jobs. 

Are you ready?

If you’re serious about becoming a conservationist, why not follow your dreams …

  • Why not give yourself access to the best resources you can get your hands on?
  • Why not arm yourself with support, training, and guidance from industry experts?
  • Why not give yourself every opportunity to become a professional conservationist?

How to Enrol?

Apply directly through Conservation Careers using our link here.

Did you know that many of our projects qualify for the Gold Residential Duke of Edinburgh too? Find out how you get signed off today.

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