Week 3 PMWC check-in 🦉

Checking in to see how you are all doing and a few nuggets of information

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Hello team, 

How is everyone? How are your weeks going? Mine is flying by and I am trying to fit as many sea swims in as possible before it gets colder than I can manage.

There are a few things I'd like to share with you

A BIT MORE ABOUT WILDTEAM

I know we've told you a little bit about WildTeam, but in case you are interested, here is some more about us.

Here is an article a colleague and I co-wrote a while back for the Conservation Optimism blog. It gives you a bit of a flavour of the consultancy work that WildTeam does and the great people we meet along the way. Please get in touch if consultancy is something you or your organisation is interested in.

On a similar theme, we've recently added a new section to our website sharing stories of the inspiring people and organisations we work with. See here.

EXERCISES FOR THIS WEEK

One of the exercises this week is to create a roles diagram for a project you are working on or have worked on in the past. I realise this may seem more difficult if you've got less experience of working in conservation, but these examples can be from anything! They can be from a past job unrelated to conservation, university dissertations, or, if you want, it can be completely made up, perhaps your dream conservation team or with fictional characters.

QUICK POLL 

We all have our own ideas about how to save the wildlife we love. What's stopping you creating your own conservation organisation to put those ideas into reality?

  • Lack of job security
  • Lack of confidence
  • Prefer to work for others
  • I don't know how to
  • I already did

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

I hope you all have good weekends.

Take care, 

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 Camille
7 months ago

Hi Beth, thanks for the infos ! 

For me, I would say it's the lack of confidence and not knowing how to do, where to start etc, that would stop me to create my own conservation organization. But more than that, I think there are a few good organisations and NGO's that are doing a great conservation work and I would feel more confortable, but also that would make more sense to me, to unite my (future) skills and strenghts to an organization that already exists. For now at least that's the way I feel :) 

See you on Monday ! 

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
7 months ago

Hello Camille, thanks for sharing your thoughts. 

Go to the profile of Jaima Smith
7 months ago

Hi Beth! Thank you for the information (last week's too!) - it's all great! I'm definitely interested in consultancy, but no idea how to get started with that! Since I'm very interested and have a background in anthropology, I'd love to work as a social science consultant for a conservation organisation. I think it would be amazing to be in a position working on the front line talking with communities, gathering their thoughts & ideas about conservation, and then use the data to help drive and support programme initiatives. 

Also, I do think it would be wonderful to start a conservation organisation (or consultancy) but I'd say I definitely lack the confidence, don't really know how to start it up and similarly to Camille, I'd probably prefer to join with an already established organisation where I could share my thoughts & ideas.

Hope you enjoy the sea swims! It's so beautiful and sunny up here in Edinburgh! Enjoy the weekend :-)

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
7 months ago

Hello Jaima, with a background in anthropology I am sure you would be in great position to be a social science consultant. Hope you had a lovely weekend. B

Go to the profile of Claudia
7 months ago

Hi Beth,

Thank you for sharing these inspiring conservation stories!

I would say I need more experience in the conservation sector to decide if I want to make that bold move. There are so many interesting roles within the conservation sector, and it's already difficult to choose one. So, first I think I would like to join one of the many organisations doing amazing work out there where I could contribute with my skills and at the same time learn so much more.

I am also afraid that being the founder would take away some of the fun of working at an organisation (I'm afraid of the amount of the bureaucracy!!) and would get me stuck in the same place for many years. 

That being said, I do have this idea to create an organisation focusing on environmental awareness and education, but for now I'd like to explore other options out there 🐾

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
7 months ago

Hello, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, there would be pros and cons to being in charge of an organisation, probably a lot less of the fieldwork fun! I think an organisation focused on environmental awareness and education would be very rewarding and worthwhile. B

Go to the profile of Ana Di Pangracio
7 months ago

Hi Beth, founding and managing an organization is a lot of work and responsibility.  I am now in a process in which I would like to start having more flexibility, not being permanent staff of an organization and enroll in different internal institutional issues, but rather start taking part in specific initiatives with different organizations, more work on the ground, consultancy-based and report to others, not being part of governing bodies or play roles like leader or executive within an organization.

Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
7 months ago

Hello Ana, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Good luck with this, sounds like a good move. B

Go to the profile of Jess Williams
6 months ago

Hi Beth! Catch up day for me! Just started working now as a junior project manager for a consultancy business based in south Cambs UK, but have been thrown in the deep end already! I shall swim and not sink, surely! 

For me I would say it's the lack of confidence and not really knowing, where to start etc, that would stop me to create my own conservation organisation. This is also because my background is more IT than conservation focused and although I have the basics in project management, I don't have the conservation skills or, know how to apply the project management skills, to a conservation project/environment so defo a skills/knowledge gap there too. But even more than so, I think I would rather be working for a good organisation that have already established and are doing a great conservation work, so that I could then further nurture my own skill set before then applying those new skills and strengths, to an organisation that already exists.