bumblebee on scabious (image: Sandy Millar on Unsplash)

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

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 and Botanist the National Careers Service has role profiles of these and many more. You'll also see jobs such as 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 Orchard Habitat, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)

Veteran trees - their importance & management, Ancient Tree Forum

The meadow maker, a profile of yellow rattle by Plantlife

National Bat Monitoring Programme – a volunteer based project, Bat Conservation Trust

Why Bats Matter, Bat Conservation Trust

A Wonderful Wildcat Experience, James Walker

Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction, RZSS

Working and volunteering in amphibian research, British Herpetological Society

So you want to be a wildlife camera operator..., Wildeye

The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre

Marine life passion, Marine Photo

Studland's underwater meadows, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Can toad patrols make a difference?, Osmotherley Road Rescue

Protecting wildlife, preserving heritage, involving people, Caring for God's Acre

Wildlife Gardening -for biodiversity and people, Wildlife Gardening Forum

The right kit for working with wildlife, Ron Bury

Wildlife Conservation versus Visitor Engagement, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Hedges for Wildlife, Habitat Aid

Traditional coppicing is a boost to bird species, from RSPB and Small Woods Association

Taking a bird’s eye view of England’s traditional orchards has enabled conservationists to put one of the most important wildlife habitats back on the map, People's Trust for Endangered Species

Forest restoration in the Highlands of Scotland, Trees for Life

River Restoration and Habitat Enhancement, River Restoration Centre

Trees and Biodiversity, Wildlife and Countryside Services

The National Biodiversity Network, sharing information about wildlife


Useful organisations

British Ecological Society

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Managers