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Biodiversity work can cover research, project work focusing on one ecosystem or species and practical management such as habitat restoration.

A career in biodiversity. There is some duplication between Ecology and Biodiversity and these two areas are often put together, however in simple terms biodiversity is the variety of plants &/or animals in a particular habitat and usually a greater diversity is preferable.

If you're looking for Ecology click here.

If you're looking specifically for working with wildlife click here.

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include Ecologist the National Careers Service has role profiles of this and many more. You'll also see jobs such as Botanist, Biodiversity and Conservation Officer, Field Worker, Environmental Specialist and highly specialised roles such as Marine Project Manager advertised with CJS.

See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.

Practical management roles such as River Restoration, including biodiversity can be seen here.

To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.

See current biodiversity volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

See current practical management volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

Skills, training and CPD.

There are many different skills and qualifications required to work in the biodiversity field

For practical work skills such as

If you're thinking of a career in the biodiversity field there are details of longer courses, from foundation certifications to more specialised Masters Degrees on the Training Directory here.

There is a range of Distance Learning courses in a range of subjects such as statistics for ecologists, field techniques for surveying and habitat restoration see these here.

Information and in depth articles

The importance of orchards and harvests, The Orchard Project

Renewable energy on the Hadlow Estate

Introducing Nature North: an unprecedented collaboration to will power Nature Recovery in the North of England

What is Organic September, Soil Association

National Highways: Low Nutrient Grasslands - reducing maintenance and increasing biodiversity

Life on the Edge - Working for Nature and Well-being in Outer London, Harrow Council

Dynamic Dunescapes: shifting sands – dune rejuvenation

The National Biodiversity Network Trust – sharing wildlife data for 20 years

The Orchard Habitat, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)

The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre

Marine life passion, Marine Photo

River Restoration and Habitat Enhancement, River Restoration Centre


Useful organisations

British Ecological Society

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Managers 

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