Environmental Conservation


Keeping Scotland’s landscapes, habitats and species safe and helping people get access to these areas, is really important nowadays, especially with climate change and different ways that land is used.

Fragile landscapes and habitats exist in rural and urban areas, and a career in environmental conservation and management can make a real contribution to Scotland’s natural heritage.

Being part of this exciting industry could see you working locally on planning and parks, nationally on nature reserves, public access and outstanding national scenic areas, or internationally on climate change issues.

If you believe in protecting the environment, enjoy science, like the sound of working outdoors or are interested in finding answers to environmental problems, a career in this industry could be for you.

You might start off as a volunteer warden with your local council and develop into a senior ecologist at the other side of the world, if you are prepared to work hard and develop your skills and knowledge. Take a look at the example jobs below for inspiration. If you want a less serious look at careers in environmental conservation, have a look at our video with stand-up comedian and farmer, Jim Smith.