To support young conservationists, we’ve reached out to a range of professionals who have given their advice and guidance on their career path, their roles in conservation and what advice they’d give to young people starting out. We hope you find these resources useful!
Many of these resources were kindly provided by mentors from the AFON mentoring scheme. To find out more about the scheme, and how you could get tailored careers advice, please visit the webpage
Woodland Advisor and former ranger for National Trust
Luke is one of the AFON mentors. You can find Luke’s blog here: https://medium.com/@lukebarley In the interview we discussed the National Trust’s ranger trainee scheme - since then, the Trust has launched ranger apprenticeships. Luke says these are a great way in to the industry, so keep a lookout for 'apprentice assistant ranger' advertisements with individual properties!
Blog by Richard Guy, who is a Project Manager for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Richard is one of the AFON mentors. In this blog, Richard tells us his career journey and gives his advice on finding the role for you.
Blog by Peter Robertson, who is a Senior Sites Manager for the RSPB, working in Dorset. Peter is one of the AFON mentors. In this blog, Peter gives his golden rules for job applications, CVs and interviews.
Blog by David Tompkins, who is a Project Officer with the RSPB in Northern Scotland. David is one of the AFON mentors. In this blog, David discusses how you can get into conservation without following the university route.