Week 2 check-in PMWC 🦚

A hello from me to see how you are doing

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Hello all, 

I hope you are all well. How are your weeks going? I want to check in with you and see how you are all getting on. How are you finding the materials for this week? A few things I would like to share with you: 


Which of the following would help you achieve more conservation impact over the course of your career?

On-ground experience
Ecological knowledge

Please comment below and add extra options you think are missing. 


Some of you may have seen this, the Conservation Optimism movement now has a podcast! See here. In the first episode the talk to Caleb Ofori-Boateng about his inspiring work conserving amphibians in Ghana. I also really like the Conservation Careers podcast. Do you have any podcast recommendations? 


Below is our group agreement, a combination of your suggestions about ways we can make this training more enjoyable and impactful. For some reason I can't upload an image, so will just type it. If you would ever like to add or take anything away from this please say - this is your group agreement, it applies to Matthew and me too. We both agreed this was the best group agreement we've had. We are of course all adults, so we are free to do as we wish (unless it is negatively impacting others). 

  • Step forward and step back (consider how much you are contributing - it might need be time to speak less or time to make a contribution)
  • Don't yuck other's yum (being respectful of other's opinions, even if you may disagree)
  • Be understanding of interruptions (kids, pets etc.)
  • Celebrate diversity 
  • Celebrate biodiversity 
  • Be polite 
  • Have fun 
  • Listen to each other and support each other
  • Make the most of networking opportunities
  • No such thing as stupid questions 
  • Make space for thinking and reflecting 

I hope you are having good weeks. 

All the best, 

Beth 🦘

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Kanishka Karunanayake
9 months ago

On-ground experience

Go to the profile of Rachel Stewart
9 months ago

Access to conservation and ecological opportunities, whether working or through volunteering, to speed up the time it takes to make an impact. Although these depend on all four in your list I think, Beth.

Go to the profile of Katie Shaw
9 months ago

I was going to say time but I guess that really comes down to funding

Go to the profile of Ryan Kinaid
9 months ago

I can vouch for on- ground being a great help in planning to improve your impact and it gives you a unique perspective on potential situations where the adaptation of a project may be required and can also increase your ecological knowledge and provide more practical conservation skills. However, this can not be done without Funds, and other skills and knowledge to make projects run efficiently. Can I have all please? ^_^

Go to the profile of Kirsty Brettell
9 months ago

For me, in the postion I am in now switching careers, I would say

1. On-ground experience

2. Ecological knowledge 

Go to the profile of Kimberley Glenister
9 months ago

on- ground experience

Go to the profile of Liyana Khalid
9 months ago

I'd say on-ground experience is valuable to help you to achieve a much greater impact but ecological knowledge is crucial to get you started towards achieving it.

Go to the profile of Tessa Holmes
9 months ago

On-ground experience

On-ground experience and developing new skills

Go to the profile of Lara Reden
9 months ago

On-ground experience would be most helpful. The other three categories are learned by having the opportunity to participate in conservation work.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
9 months ago

Thanks all for your contributions! It is a difficult question and will be different for everyone, so you can choose all four if you like!