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Hi everyone my name is Ryan Kincaid. I am looking forward to working and studying with you al in the wild team's project management for wildlife conservation course.

I consider myself a wildlife rehabilitator by trade. Though I have only been doing that for a few years after a much needed career change. I am currently looking for more employment in this sector and trying to expand my knowledge and skill base in wildlife conservation.

Now to embarrass myself! Here is a link to my current video CV that I created during the Covid19 lockdown last year to try and help with my employment applications. It is a good insight to who I am and what I do.

My video CV.

My dream focus would be to keep doing what I am doing, helping wildlife and the natural world in any way that I can, and ideally start my own wildlife rescue charity or help organise an already existing one.

I am hopping to learn some great management skills on the PMWC course that I can hopefully adapt to managing rescue centres, or It might set me on a completely new path where I manage wider scope wildlife conservation projects. 

Hobby wise, I like to swim, I love skating on wheels and ice (and yes I dabbled in figure skating and ice dance) and I have taken up a keen interest in astrophotography... I sat out for 4 hours in the cold one night to get 30 seconds of moving stars only to find out my lens had fogged up D: though it was quite interesting listening to all the nocturnal critters moving around ^_^

Ryan Kinaid

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I have had a few major changes in my life the past few years. I was in a reasonably secure job working as a train conductor with Scotrail for 8 years. The hours were hard, the pay reasonable but no time to spend what I was earning. So when the window of voluntary redundancy appeared I decided to take it after some consideration. Luckily, I was able to find a temporary job quickly assisting Applied Ecology LTD for a few months as an independent contractor, assisting with dawn and dusk bat surveys. During that time, I applied for a wildlife rehabilitator position at Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue trust. I didn't fancy my chances at getting the position due to my lack of experience in the field of wildlife care, but to my surprise I was offered the job. I would be trained in the ways of wildlife care and rehab and in exchange I would use my computer skills to help with any IT issues that might happen. During my time at Hessilhead I worked with various species of wildlife over 2 busy spring and summer seasons. After getting to know fellow workmates who came and went over the years at Hessilhead it was then that I realised there was a lot more out there in the wildlife care sector to experience and learn and I had learned everything I could at Hessilhead. With a heavy heart I decided to leave hessilhead and look to expand the variety of animals I could care for. It was then that one of my old workmates suggested applying to Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) in Bolivia. This was a voluntary role and I was in charge of a team of volunteers. My payment would be a roof over my head and breakfast and lunch provided. Due to a corrupt election, civil unrest and road blockades started to occur across Bolivia. A lot of the volunteers had left wildlife refuge so my arrival was a happy sight for the CIWY Machia team. I worked at the site for two months over Christmas and new year. Sadly I received the news that a member of my close family had passed away suddenly. I started to feel sad and frustrated about being so far away and unable to be with my friends and family to help. I had to made the hard decision to leave to come back home, and to this day I believe it was the right decision. I came home and started searching for other employment. The Covid 19 pandemic reared its ugly head and more or less all of the wildlife rescue and conservation charities have had to withdraw vacancies either by lockdown law or to save money due to lack of funding. I have been using my time wisely during the Covid 9 lockdown, attending free online courses to expand my natural history and zoology knowledge and applying for highly competitive jobs between my study time.
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Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
9 months ago

Hello Ryan, love this introduction! Perhaps you can share with us some of your more successful astrophotography? And a CV video is an excellent idea I think, shows innovation (yes I did watch it). Look forward to chatting more in live sessions. B