Hi I'm Jerry

I have converted to conservation after a career in the energy business by completing MSc Conservation Science in 2018. Since then I spent 6 mths as project manager on a marine plastics project in Malaysia, and 6 mths as research intern on Round Island with Durrell/Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

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Looking forward to the course!

Jerry Aylmer

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Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 1 year ago

Hello Jerry, spending time on Round Island must have been an interesting experience, I'd love to go one day.

Go to the profile of Jennifer Cantlay
over 1 year ago

Hi Jerry, your career switch from energy to conservation is really interesting. I would be interested to know more about how you managed to make the transition. 

Go to the profile of Jerry Aylmer
over 1 year ago

Hi Jennifer, thanks for your interest - I think I'm very much still in the transition to be honest. So far it has consisted of 6 months getting some short-term volunteer experiences (at the RSPB for example) and then doing a 1 year conservation MSc. Since then I have had a couple of internships (one on hold due to Covid) and a sort of paying project manager role, all for 6 months abroad - they seem to be slightly easier to obtain as stepping stones (I hope) to longer term employment in the sector. I've done a bit on marine plastics, so a link to the corporate world there, and longer term may well focus on areas linked to the energy sector - climate, marine/blue carbon, business and biodiversity etc - so as to leverage my previous industry experience.

Go to the profile of Jennifer Cantlay
over 1 year ago

Hi Jerry,

It was good to receive your reply. It often seems that to get into conservation roles periods of volunteer work are required.  I hope that your next internship can work out once COVID pandemic is over. I am sure that your background will be highly beneficial for work in conservation.

When I lived overseas in Asia for 5 years, I had time to do voluntary conservation work, which was really inspiring. That was also when I had time to do my Masters in Conservation medicine.

Good luck with everything!