Nature and ecosystem services supports all life on earth, intrinsically and through providing for subsistence, livelihoods and natural resources for production and consumption. Biodiversity loss, the result of unprecedented development compromises ecosystems and the services through which life is sustained. Ongoing biodiversity assessments highlight potential threats and opportunities to minimise impact on biodiversity and loss of these critical ecosystem services.
Conservation scientists collaborate with specialist professionals and site managers to supervise conservation projects. They often undertake fieldwork and could also work in a laboratory and office environment processing reports and preparing recommendations for policy and legislation.
Conservation scientists need a thorough and extensive knowledge of biodiversity and ecology. They could also benefit from a background in related policies and:
Conduct research and perform field and laboratory analysis of samples
Develop conservation plans and coordinate the implementation of environmental management systems
Assess the compliance and impact of proposed projects
Provide technical advice and conservation support services
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science at NMU, RU, UCT, UJ, UKZN, UMP, UP, UWC and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Environmental Studies at all universities
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences at all universities
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Nature Conservation at CPUT, MUT, NMU, TUT, UMP and UNISA
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, and private consultancies.