Beckie Garbett

Project Manager - Southern African Leopard Initiative, Panthera

Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Species Management Research Project/programme management

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?

Yes

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May 08, 2021

Thanks so much for the recording! Sorry that I couldn't make the live webinar. I've just watched the recording and it was SO inspiring, useful, and thought-provoking. Incredible respect for those who have championed their passions and have overcome very tough obstacles in their conservation plight! You've given me a lot to think about! Thanks to Stella, Kirsty, and Adam for your frank insights!

Mar 17, 2021

Hey Molly! That's a really interesting point! I haven't come across any sensitivities surrounding this as yet (maybe we just haven't consulted enough on it) but I'll definitely consider it and look a little more into it moving forward with work here in southern Africa. However, all organisations that I've worked for until now have also used this term in the same way that @Felicia Lasmana mentions e.g., project partners/collaborators - other NGO's Gov. dept's, corporates, etc.

Dec 17, 2020
Replying to Beckie Garbett

Great tips! Thanks Sophie! In my last position, I was exposed to DeepL translator, which is much more comprehensive than Google Translate for those on a budget. I used this and would then try to find someone who spoke the native language to proofread (if it was just a brief document). As you say, for high-level and large technical documents we need other strategies!

I'm interested to see any feedback on Stella's question re. people in other professions offering skills to conservation initiatives to build their portfolios (and maybe just to do something nice :) etc. I wonder if there is some kind of platform for this... I'm not aware of one. Good to know!

Pleasure! Yep absolutely, I think you're probably right about the various categories of platforms, and you jogged my memory on this conservation technology network - https://www.wildlabs.net/

Dec 15, 2020

Great tips! Thanks Sophie! In my last position, I was exposed to DeepL translator, which is much more comprehensive than Google Translate for those on a budget. I used this and would then try to find someone who spoke the native language to proofread (if it was just a brief document). As you say, for high-level and large technical documents we need other strategies!

I'm interested to see any feedback on Stella's question re. people in other professions offering skills to conservation initiatives to build their portfolios (and maybe just to do something nice :) etc. I wonder if there is some kind of platform for this... I'm not aware of one. Good to know!

Nov 30, 2020

Thanks for the information Aurora! I'm going to look into it! 

Nov 27, 2020

Excellent thanks Abby! I've had some experience with Trello but nothing else. I've heard of quite a few companies here introducing "Slack" but I'm afraid I can't offer any info on it.

Nov 22, 2020
Replying to Dominick Marra

Hey guys, I would also love to connect with everyone on LinkedIn and/or Facebook. My links are in my profile but can be found here too:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominickmarra/

https://www.facebook.com/dominick.marra.1

I fall into the "career-switcher" category having had a previous background in IT and more recently in sales (retail) and now looking to pursue marine conservation. I am flexible in my travels and feel like there is a lot more conservation work going on on the other side of the Atlantic. than there are here at home, but I'm open to go wherever an opportunity may take me. I hope that as I start to dip my feet into these waters that I too can assist others in pursuing their passions. The more of us there are that want to fight for the survival of this planet and the species that inhabit it, the more likely we are to succeed in it. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone in the weeks and hopefully months and years ahead.

Great idea! I'm really getting into using LinkedIn more! Here's my profile link https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccagarbett/. Would love to connect! 

I'm also considering a career switch to marine conservation, and am also keen to expand upon my experience and skills in addressing the illegal wildlife trade. As a result, I've found a few resources that you might find useful. Here is a FREE course on behaviour change for conservation. https://www.changewildlifeconsumers.org/change/behaviour-change-for-conservation-online-course/

and here are some links to marine-based volunteer/training opportunities, but quite a few are paid-for opportunities:
https://www.wiseoceans.com/volunteer-internships-and-expeditions/
https://archipelago.gr/en/get-involved/placements-and-internships/marine-mammal-research-conservation-internship/
https://www.orcaweb.org.uk/train

Nov 22, 2020
Replying to Rosheen

Hi Kaitlyn

Firstly thank you for asking the question. All the recent advice I have been given regarding CV and cover letters Samantha Reynolds put very well in her response. My only additional advice that I have been given is Network for example LinkedIn and have your LinkedIn profile match your CV (not exactly as tailoring happens for individual CV"s). Also Beth said in the first session yesterday that she would be happy to connect and there were some generous suggestions regarding volunteer conservation roles. Volunteering networks and shows others that you are motivated and keen. Good luck. Once again thank you for asking this question the responses of others have been great to read.    

Hi all!
Really valuable conversation, and I'll also really benefit from all of the great tips from Samantha and Molly!

I've been applying like mad for jobs since August, so can offer a few titbits. Coming back to the STAR approach that Molly mentioned, in my cover letter I tend to try and use stories relating to the key points in the job description/role requirement. For example, "In my role as ....., I worked on a project where I was required to....., this made me realise that...., and as a result, I altered....., which resulted in....". Or something along those lines! 

As Samantha and Molly have said, I've found that when adding some of my personality and write so that it's relatable to REAL people and not just an organisation, then responses are better. Absolutely agree with Molly. Use LinkedIn! It's such a great tool. Research who you're talking to if you're applying for a job, keep your profile in-line with your CV and information that you're sending out in job applications, and be proactive in reaching out to people that you'd like to work for or with. 

Lastly, transferrable skills! Samantha puts it really well - you have to be in it to win it. Even if you might not fit the job profile exactly, emphasise the skills and experience that you have that you can transfer across to the role, and say that you're always looking to develop your skills and knowledge.

It's definitely a competitive game in the conservation field, but be confident in yourself and remember that everyone you speak is a human being! That mentality really helps me, especially during interviews! Be bold and go forth! :-)