Wildlife Career

A Career with Wildlife:  There are a great many different careers and jobs available including; working for animal welfare charities, zoos, safari parks, countryside agencies and parks, education, rehabilitation, conservation and more. For most jobs with wildlife, it is crucial to have relevant training as, without this, your CV won't get noticed.

As well as our courses, we also offer several Practical Placements that are relevant for wildlife and conservation careers - Great opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience. Students can add on a practical placement to the online theory courses we offer.

Looking for wildlife careers? Here are a few ideas

Wildlife Rehabilitator:

Wildlife rehabilitation involves the temporary care and treatment of injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. This can be a rewarding wildlife career choice. Rehabilitation is necessary to improve the chances of survival for sick or injured animals when they are ready to be released back to the wild. It is usually the case that wild animals require rescue and rehabilitation due to human acts. Road traffic accidents, displacement through destruction of wildlife habitat. Poisoning, entanglement in fences, traps, and fishing line, etc. The work involves cleaning and physically therapy/exercise sessions for the animals in your care - and some of the patients can be large and heavy! The Level 3 Diploma in Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation has specifically been designed for this type of work.

 

Wildlife Biologist:

Wildlife Biologists have direct involvement with the well-being of wild animals. As a wildlife biologist, you may specialise in a specific animal area such as wildlife management, wildlife law enforcement, environmental education, natural resources management, environmental biology, conservation biology, or research. Biologists monitoring wildlife populations and habitats will look for the distribution, size, sex, and age of wildlife. They may determine habitat quality and study the effects of weather, disease, habitat alteration, and animals (including humans) on wildlife populations. Techniques used by wildlife biologists include radio tracking, aerial surveys, trapping, marking, and computer modelling. A popular and interesting career with wildlife

 

Countryside warden or Ranger: 

A countryside warden or park ranger works within a designated area of parkland, forest, wetland, common land or in national parks. This work is practical and varied and it includes conducting wildlife surveys, maintaining wildlife habitats – i.e., tree planting and pond management. A rangers job is to ensure right of way access by maintaining footpaths and bridleways, and educating visitors by providing exhibitions, guided walks and resource centres. Candidates must love the outdoors and have a belief in the importance of caring for places of natural beauty and historical interest.

an injured bird being treated

Ornithologist: 

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.


Gamekeeper: 

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.


Zoologist:

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.

Here is a bit more information about a career in wildlife.


Some valuable wildlife careers advice from Trevor Weeks, Founder & Operations Director of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service. 


"Practical experience, common sense, and an understanding on the industry is why more important than anything else.  Most people generally start as volunteers, gain experience and knowledge and slowly get given more and more responsibility.  The worse mistake people can make is trying run before they can walk, and thinking that because they have dealt with one species in one situation they can deal with all species in all situations. This is very frustrating and dangerous. The is a lack of understanding of the reality of the industry which is not big enough to cope with the workload which is out there. A lack of realism that we can’t save everything, that there usn’t the funds to everything and decisions need to be made rationally not emotionally. Just because someone can’t do something doesn’t mean they don’t care.


People often have a complete lack of understanding for what goes on behind the scene, that working in animal welfare in a hospital like ours, its not just about the animals and looking after them. There is the paper work, developing protocols and procedures, health and safety not just related to the animals but to volunteers/staff, fire safety, rescue safety. A lack of understanding of the other roles need for an established to survive, i.e people dealing with public relations, newsletters, donors/supporters, processing of finances, committees, WMD or RCVS inspections, managing utilities and even the resources needed to run such a facility. Get practical experience, and be realistic. Don’t expect to earn a fortune, and don’t expect the role to be Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm, working with animals mean being flexible and adaptable".