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Apr 02, 2024

Question: Portfolio

So I'm looking at various websites to set up my first portfolio (this would mainly include photography, but perhaps some writing samples), as I am job-hunting/career transitioning within the realm of wildlife conservation communication. Which website(s) would you best recommend? I'm not looking to dump a lot of money (just yet, not until I become more professional), and I'm totally new to the prospect of creating a portfolio to share with others (i.e., looking for something that's easy to learn and use), so I'm divided between these sites:• Canva• Wix• SquareSpace• Muse.io• Weebly Feel free to recommend other sites not listed, but these were the ones others mentioned in the past. Thanks for any advice you can provide!
Mar 20, 2024

Being a Leader can be lonely

Being a founder and ceo of a nonprofit organization, that is mostly online, can be lonely. You go through times of feeling like you are running the organization alone even though you have a team that is doing a great job. Especially since I am a energy focused person ( meaning connecting with people face to face) Does any one in this community experience this? How can we support each other?

Where and when does the rights for wildlife and #mothernature ends so that human economic activities begins.

I beg to indulge on this controversial 28.2 USD MAUMAU road project passing through  Abadare's National parks and reserves. The most unfortunate thing is that when conservationist gives their expertise inputs the reports are swept under the carpet, when they become voices of voiceless mothernature, they are baptised as antidevelopment and purpotedly they corrupt judges. Am happy about the courts that listens to the voice of reason. There are fears of habitat fragmentation affecting our forest and the largest elephant population in Abadares and by extension the water tower. My issue is the politicos who on one side advocate tree planting to combat climate change while destroying the holistic  ecosystem. Isaiah
Feb 05, 2024

Help Appreciated: Networking

Hello all!  It has been a while since my initial post since joining the WildHub community, and I'm hoping I can expand my network while being on this valuable resource of a website.  I've been job-hunting for almost a year now to switch into my true passion of wildlife conservation, after having worked within laboratory animal husbandry for the past few years. I have a B.S. degree in Zoology, and an M.S. in Environmental Studies (concentration: Conservation Biology). Having been in touch with various career coaches over the past year, they believe my best bet to get a job within the realm of wildlife conservation is by networking. I have a particular knack for both writing and photography, and have had both types of works of mind credited and published. I believe both can be a crucial means of promoting the conservation of wildlife and spreading awareness across the globe through thought-provoking imagery. Currently, I am a volunteer writer for the New England Primate Conservancy, where I write several profiles on the world's primates, so people of any age and background can learn about them and their conservation needs. I would LOVE to have a paid job in a similar capacity somewhere, but I'm willing to "get a foot in the door" anywhere so that I can be secure having a full-time job with the necessary benefits (e.g., health insurance, etc.) I am based in the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts, USA, but I am willing to work remotely anywhere. I'm happy to connect and network via my LinkedIn, and I'd also be happy to provide anyone who's willing to help a copy of my networking document so they can get to know me and my occupational goals even better. Thank you for your time and attention, and LET'S GET TALKING AND NETWORKING!!!
Jan 21, 2022

Any advice for an interview with WWF species conservation group?

Dear all, I am not sure if this is the kind of question that belongs in this room - but if it does, it would be amazing if some of you might share some insights on that. I have an interview with WWF Germany for a job as project manager in species conservation so I was wondering if anyone of you might share the experience they had with interviews at WWF or interviews for a position as a project manager in species conservation. I very much appreciate any kind of advice and thank you all big time!  Best Julia

Would WildHub consider this narrative a Lessons Learned Post?

Hi, I am one of the new volunteer Conservation Catalysts and I would love to get your vote, suggestions, and comments in this piece I wrote recently. Could this be turned into a lessons learned post that would meet the criteria Thriza has set forth for my team? Thank you kindly. “A Bit of Sisterly Advice: My Journey in Marine Conservation Science” Written Nov. 2020 by Carolyn Rosevelt  One day in 2006 I got up the courage to really become a marine scientist. Previously, I seriously doubted I could or would become a marine scientist, even though I devoted over 1,600 hours of research volunteering with UC Santa Cruz’s Marine Science Institute and The National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, WA. Ever since I was 10 I wanted to read about, be near, and think about whales and dolphins and how I could save them from extinction. In high school, I sought out extracurricular courses in marine science and volunteered at the Portland Zoo. I intelligently weaved in internships and upper division courses [outside of my major], convincing my counselors, “marine mammalogy” counted towards my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. However, I was still deeply afraid of pursuing my dream of studying whales and dolphins, afraid of rejection from graduate programs, afraid of failing hard. Yet, on this particular day in 2006 I did decide to really become a marine scientist. I found my inner courage and slowly let go of fear. This ultimately meant leaving Seattle where I had lived for the past 5 years and moving back to the central coast of California where I had spent my college years. Back in California I joined the then “Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy” graduate program at CSU Monterey Bay. The newly minted program focused on creating a triple threat kind of scientist. A new relevant practitioner of science, able to become skilled applied researchers, policy analysts, or technology aficionados. I was eager to combine my marine mammal research studying whales, dolphins, seals, and sea otters with these new skills in technology, project implementation, policy and law, and applied research. My career passion pulled me again and again toward studying marine mammals and at first glimpse of this graduate program I thought I might study sea otter mortality in Monterey Bay. While settling into graduate classes during the first few months, a phone call with my sister - an environmental educator - had reminded me that marine mammal health and survivorship were increasingly being impacted by plastic pollution and encouraged me to look into research opportunities. Out of that conversation formed my thesis project: investigating the types and quantities of marine debris stranded on beaches of Monterey Bay.  In the early months of school I found Hannah Nevins, a sea bird researcher, who would be the third addition to my graduate committee. Hannah was a strong guide who tenaciously supported and helped me craft my plastic pollution research proposal. Dr. Marc Los Hertos and Dr. Corey Garza were my committee members representing CSUMB, and their expert guidance about best practices in field methods and statistical tests was invaluable.  I was relieved to know I had champions in my corner and yet would not hold my hand too tightly, allowing me to teach myself and explore, becoming an expert on the issue of marine debris and specifically on beach litter collection and analysis. Facing the logistics and length of my project, it was clear that I would need help to collect information about the presence of beach litter in the Monterey Bay region. To assist monthly data collection in the field across 12 beaches simultaneously, I recruited and trained over 40 volunteers or citizen scientists. I found this task overwhelming at first. How was I going to get enough community members to assist me? What would the training look like and would it be effective? Afterall, I had read and re-read numerous papers describing the scientific methods used in beach litter assessment. I felt more and more confident that I could reproduce reliable results based on previous beach survey methods. This slow growing confidence was the first step in my pull to become a marine scientist, yet now I needed to bring in non-scientists and teach them the biggest lesson of all, reproducibility. I created marketing materials advertising my research and a call for action from community members living in the Monterey Bay area from Santa Cruz to Carmel by the Sea. Shortly after the call went out, a dozen volunteers packed the small conference room in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary office. These volunteer hopefuls were all smiles and eager to learn how they could help marine conservation through researching plastic pollution. After welcoming the crowd, I took my time defining the importance of scientific reproducibility and how each person would be learning how to collect and record beach litter following these repeatable survey methods. I further explained that as a citizen scientist we need to be confident that the data we collect can stand up on its own and be examined and compared to by other scientists. Relying on reproducible information was not only good science or best practices, but it was expected, even demanded as a requirement to earn my degree and title as a marine scientist. I had a lot riding on my ability to teach and inspire the public to appreciate and respect following research protocols. After the presentation we walked together across the street to Breakers Beach, to demonstrate and practice our beach survey methods. I was putting together a team and it felt so exciting and validating. Several more trainings occurred later as more volunteers were interested. I began to perform statistical analysis to describe the likely patterns in quantities and types of beach litter over time as the monthly beach surveys continued. New phrases like transect, wrackline, plastic fragment, quadrat, and resin pellet, filled my daily experience. I continued to participate in and schedule surveys each month.  Five months into my project, Mitch Vernon, an undergraduate intern joined me. His dedication to collect, classify, and perform data entry tasks was key in the success of my thesis. While he sorted through beach litter samples containing hundreds of tiny plastic fragments, I honed my analytical approach and began writing up the results. I started giving scientific presentations at conferences from San Francisco to San Diego, and even out to Hawaii. The big day had arrived, my masters defense, a 45 minute talk I would give in front of my peers, professors, and community partners. It was standing room only, the class room was packed with at least twice the capacity, it was getting hotter by the minute. I was so nervous, I almost forgot my password to get onto the computer to open my Powerpoint to even start my defense. When the talk was over relief swept over me and joy filled the overcrowded room. Whew, it was now time to celebrate. As the months rolled by, I wrote and published a condensed version of my thesis post graduation, a process that directly tapped into the discipline, focus, and patience I honed in school. As of today, my research has been cited by over 100 international authors from studies looking at marine life health, to enumerating microplastics on remote beaches, to evaluating the use of citizen science. Completing my masters was an intellectual and emotional challenge, nearly every day, yet I did not give up, I succeeded in far more ways than imagined. And the adventure is still unfurling.
Sep 14, 2020

Insurance for Not for Profits! Searching for a 'Green Insurer'

I have been looking for some simple insurance but it seems like a lot of talk and greenwashing in the corporate sector. our renewal is coming up currently with Nature Save (not a recommendation)Mainly Brokers saying they are carbon neutral and then all pointing you to AXA etc.Is there a truly green insurer out there or is it picking the best of a bad bunch?I am also trialling this as my first conversation to gauge reaction &amp; skill set of this community.

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