Ornithologists are bird specialists who have a scientific approach to their work. Their job includes the monitoring and tracking of birds, habitat monitoring and management, study of populations, bird behaviour, carrying out surveys and research as well as educating the public about the importance of habitat conservation. Candidates must have experience in bird observation and conservation, and they need to be thorough, analytical, meticulous and pay attention to detail. Most people working with birds have a degree or higher degree in countryside or conservation management, ecology, zoology or a related biological science. The Level 3 Diploma in Ornithology is relevant for this type of career.
Wildlife/Countryside Conservation Officer:
A wildlife conservation officer is involved in the management, improvement and protection of a wildlife or wilderness area.This work is practical and varied and it includes conducting wildlife surveys, maintaining wildlife habitats – i.e., tree planting and pond management, ensuring right of access by maintaining footpaths and bridleways, and educating visitors by providing exhibitions, guided walks and resource centres. To enjoy this type of work, candidates must have a passion for the outdoors and have a belief in the importance of caring for places of natural beauty and historical interest.
Gamekeepers are usually employed by private country estates/landowners or farms. It is important to have practical skills and to be a willing hands-on worker, in some cases carrying out potentially hazardous tasks such as using a chain saw or administering pesticides. Gamekeeper tasks include: managing wildlife habitats, training gun dogs, clearing woodland, land management & predator control, breeding & releasing game birds & deer, maintaining equipment & buildings and protecting game from poachers.
Zoologists are involved in the scientific study of animals including their anatomy, physiology, classification, distribution, behaviour and ecology.is the study of the biology of animals and, as such, is a broad discipline spanning physiology, evolution, genetics, animal behaviour, ecology, conservation management and much more. Television programmes such as the BBC series 'Life of Mammals' stimulate an interest in pursuing a career with wildlife. They provide a window into just one aspect (and provide job opportunities for keen zoologists who want to make natural history films!) There is, however, much more to becoming a zoologist than just the study of one particular group of animals. With specialist training and transferable skills you can expect to work in zoos, teaching, wildlife conservation, museum curation and many other areas. The Level 3 Diploma in Zoology is relevant for this type of work or are you interested in training to become a Zookeeper? The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping has been developed in consultation with zoos to meet employment criteria.