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How to Start a Career in Nature Conservation

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Botany and conservation science
are growing fields for nature lovers.


For those who love to experience nature, and who can think of nowhere else they would rather be, a career that centers around conservation and the great outdoors might be the ideal way to turn a beloved hobby into something that also pays the bills.

Those with a deep interest in the natural world have a huge variety of jobs that center on preserving, cultivating, and experiencing nature.

Park rangers, for instance, educate people about the natural world around them and also work to preserve the delicate ecological balance of parks and preserves across the country. Park rangers typically have a four year degree in a related field, and are paid roughly $30,000 a year on average.

For those who both love nature and either have a four year degree or else the desire to earn one, a career in conservation science might be another viable career path.

Conservation science is a big field, with practitioners helping to manage and advise on the development and protection of land and natural resources. Some may work for the government, while others work in the private sector. Some may spend all their time in a lab or an office, while others may choose to spend considerably more time in the field.

Conservation scientists have at a minimum a bachelors degree, and a significant number may also have a graduate degree. The average earnings for a conservation scientist are about $55,000 a year.

Botany, which is the study of plants, is another broad field of employment that nature hobbyists might find great job satisfaction.

Botanists, like conservation scientists, are typically well educated with at least a bachelors degree although a masters degree or doctorate will open up more job opportunities. Botanists must also possess a great deal of patience, good manual dexterity, and above all a love of nature.

Botany can involve working mostly indoors or outdoors, depending on preference. The job outlook for the botany field is about average, and botanists typically earn just over $60,000 a year.


also see -> Starting a Garden Center or Landscaping Business | Green Jobs

More about naturalist careers around the Web:


Careers with the World Wildlife Fund


Conservation career advice for students
- Check out extensive interviews with professionals in the field.

Careers at EPA - Find careers at the Environmental Protection Agency, including interviews with scientists, marine biologists, and ecologists.



also see -> Environmental Sciences | Global Warming

 

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