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Saving the Earth as a Career: Advice on Becoming a Conservation Professional / Edition 2

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Saving the Earth as a Career: Advice on Becoming a Conservation Professional / Edition 2

Written in an informal and engaging style, Saving the Earth as a Career is an ideal resource for students and professionals pursuing a career in conservation. The book explores the major skills needed to become an effective conservation professional by offering useful advice on a range of topics. Chapters include:

  • Is this the right career for you?
  • Designing a program of study
  • Designing and executing a project
  • Attending conferences and making presentations
  • Writing papers
  • Finding a job
  • Making a difference

Saving the Earth as a Career 2e is a friendly, accessible guide with a global perspective for anyone interested in becoming a conservation or environmental professional, and teachers will find this an invaluable resource for university students at all levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119184799
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/14/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Malcolm L Hunter is the Libra Professor of Conservation Biology and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine. He is also the former President of the Society for Conservation Biology.

David B Lindenmayer is a Research Professor in Ecology at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Aram J K Calhoun is Associate Professor of Wetland Ecology at the University of Maine, a staff scientist at Maine Audubon Society, and chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Preface to the second edition xi

Read this road map before you begin xiii

1 Is this the right career for you? 1

What is a conservation professional? 1

Conservation contributors 3

Diverse compensations 6

Location, location, location 8

Your image 10

Talk and experience 11

2 Establishing an undergraduate foundation 14

Universities and degrees 14

Course work 15

Course performance 17

Experiences outside the classroom 18

References 24

Standardized tests 25

Changing course 26

Switching careers 27

Next steps 28

3 Selecting an educational program 30

The key elements: University, topic, degree, and advisor 30

When to begin? 37

Some scenarios 37

4 Applying for admission 46

Making contact 46

Personal essay or letter 49

Initial conversations 50

Application mechanics 50

References 51

Visiting 52

First impressions 54

Interviewing a prospective advisor 55

Interviewing other students 58

Interviewing other faculty 60

Making a decision 60

5 Designing a program of study 62

Your goal 62

A project 64

Course work 65

A balancing act 65

Teaching 67

Internships 68

Comprehensive exam 69

Investing in your department and yourself 70

Extracurricular activities 73

Communicating with your advisor 75

An advisory committee 77

When things go very wrong 79

A final word on work styles 82

6 Designing and executing a project 84

Selecting a topic 84

Setting realistic expectations 85

Framing the problem 87

Writing and presenting a proposal 92

Executing a project 98

Non-completion 111

Writing a thesis or final report 112

Final defense 114

7 Attending conferences and making presentations 116

Which to attend? 116

Conference information 120

Attending talks and other sessions 121

Networking 122

Professional-society activities 124

Presentations 126

8 Writing papers 138

A thesis versus a collection of papers 139

Writing a professional paper 141

Authorship 148

Selecting a journal for your paper 149

Submitting a paper to a journal 152

Your paper comes back from the journal 152

Other kinds of publications 158

9 Finding a job 162

What to seek 162

How to search 165

When to apply 167

How to apply 170

Accepting a job 176

10 Making a difference 179

Savior syndrome 179

Compassion fatigue: The flip side of the savior syndrome 183

Making a difference as a student 184

Making a difference as a conservation professional 188

Life style 193

Conservation ethics 194

Index 199

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A lively and informative guide for those starting a career in conservation, or thinking about such a career, to how it's done! This book should be useful for college and university students - and their advisors - as well as anyone interested in the rapidly-expanding and vitally important field of conservation.”
Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden

“Informative, engaging, practical and empathetic: these are just a few of the adjectives that describe this guide for fledgling conservation professionals. The authors – all seasoned and highly respected conservation professionals – have provided aspirant planet doctors with the wisest advice possible.”
Richard Cowling, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

“Conservation professionals invariably take themselves way too seriously. This, in contrast, is a useful, novel and very entertaining book packed full of pithy advice”
Hugh Possingham, University of Queensland

“Read, absorb, act and save”
William Sutherland, University of Cambridge

"So you want to change the world? If the thought of politics turns your innards, then don't despair. Hunter, Lindenmayer and Calhoun have written a thoroughly engaging 'road map' of the many options available to the aspiring conservation professional. It’s packed with the hard-won experience of some of the world's most respected conservation biologists. Importantly, they tell you just how to get there, from the now-mandatory University education, to learning how best to plan research and get it published, to securing the right job."
–Barry Brook, University of Adelaide

“This is a much-needed and invaluable resource for those pursuing a career in conservation, written by an experienced trio who freely dispense sage advice. If you want to be a conservation professional, read this book, perhaps more than once.”
Gary K. Meffe, Editor, Conservation Biology

“Many people seek careers or even just fulfilment from contributing to conservation. With mounting environmental problems, we need all the best people we can find. This very readable book provides sound advice. Crucially, it will help match able and committed people to the right jobs, whatever their nature. I strongly recommend it as essential reading for anyone, whatever their interests, or wherever they are in their career.”
–Georgina M. Mace, Imperial College London

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