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Wildlife conservation officers work to protect, manage and improve the local, natural, environment by means of research, conservation work, and publicity. Wildlife (or nature) conservation officers aim to encourage more visitors to the countryside and rural environments but equally want to educate people on how to enjoy nature responsibly.
Wildlife conservation officers can work in a variety of habitats, including grassland, woodland, forest, mountains, coastline, rivers and marine habitats. Wildlife conservation officers want to promote awareness and better understanding of the environment and its animal inhabitants.
Their job requires a lot of research and investigation into the particular habitats, building up knowledge and evidence of any harmful effects to the environment and planning campaigns and strategies, pushing for change and community assistance. Wildlife conservation officers sometimes drive forward policies and campaigns in environmental protection and encouraging biodiversity.
General tasks of a wildlife conservation officer will vary depending on the organisation that they are employed by, and on the area of countryside that they are working in. Such tasks might involve:
Wildlife conservation officers often start out working as volunteers, and build up their work experience. Conservation is a competitive job path to get into, so gaining voluntary experience is highly beneficial.
Wildlife conservation officers can work in areas with lots of animals, or in areas which are more famous for plant life, but require an interest in and knowledge of all aspects of conservation and environmental issues.
Employers of wildlife conservation officers could include charities, wildlife trusts and organisations, local authorities and governmental agencies.