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
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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!