Project Management for Wildlife Conservation
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Dates: 17th August-28th September
Length: 6 weeks
Hours learning/week: 3.5
Last sign up date: 21st August
Tutorial videos: Sent out a week before each group session
Live group sessions: Every Wednesday: starting on 24th August: either 10.30am or 6.00pm BST, lasting 1.5 hrs
Money back guarantee: If you start the course but either don't think it is right for you or can't complete it for any reason, then we will give you a full refund (minus £15 admin fee) up to 14 days from the start of the course
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What is project management?
Project management is the process to manage conservation projects from start to finish. Project management process includes breaking down the work into manageable phases, establishing roles and responsibilities, and having processes in place to deal with risks, issues, opportunities, and lessons learned. It doesn't matter what kind of conservation work you are doing, because the Project Management for Wildlife Conservation approach is for managing any type of conservation project. For example, you could use the approach to manage a project to reduce climate change, a project to protect an endangered species, or a rewilding project.
Project management phases and control processes:
Everyone in conservation will, at some time, be involved in a conservation project. So project management is a fundamental skill that nearly all conservationists need to be effective at their work That is why project management is so widely mentioned as a criteria for conservation jobs. When you do project well, it can also help reduce stress, build team cohesion, and create a better work-life balance. The good news is that project management is not rocket science, so it is straight forward to learn and apply.
Whatever you experience level or current project management approach, this course will strengthen your skills in this key area. As a certified project manager, you will be able to demonstrate, and be confident in managing conservation projects. This could greatly improve your chances of getting a conservation job, a promotion, or enable you to manage larger-scale conservation projects that can achieve more impact for the wildlife you care about.
What will you learn?
You will learn how to manage any type of conservation project. Specifically, you will learn how to:
Apply principles to maintain high standards of effectiveness and ethics.
Define roles to clarify team structure and decision-making.
Use phases to manage a project from start to finish.
Use control processes to keep the project on track and adapt to changing conditions.
Set up administrative processes to help conduct effective meetings and develop high-quality documents.
How will you learn?
All our courses are designed using modern adult learning practices that build in reflection, relevancy and practice to all our training materials and exercises.
At the start of each training week of the course you will be sent an instructional video that you can watch at your own pace and whenever it suits you best. Sometimes the video will suggest a short activity to complete to help you practice and learn. You can then use these videos, which contain everything you need to know, to revise for the exam.
At the end of each training week there will be a live, expert-lead, online group session. Each week there will be two live session times for you to choose from so that it is easier for you to fit them in to your schedule. This session will enable you to work together with your instructor and fellow trainees to really test out and build your confidence in the approach. These sessions are also a great opportunity to build connections with other conservationists from all over the world, working on a wide range of conservation topics. One moment you could be chatting to a Director of a sea-turtle conservation NGO from the Maldives and the next moment taking to a student studying human-wildlife conflict in Canada. Overall, these sessions will really make your learning experience a richer more enjoyable experience so try to come along if at all possible. However, these live group sessions are not compulsory so if you miss some or even all of them, we will still send you the recordings so that you can catch up on anything you missed.
At the end of this course there will be a multiple choice exam, that you have to pass to earn your certificate. Earning your certificate in this way is important to demonstrate to yourself and others (e.g. employers) that you have attained a high standard in this key skill set.
However, the exam is nothing to worry about. If you need more time or any kind of additional support for the exam then the instructor is there to help. Most people pass first time and there is a free retake it for anyone that doesn't.
Once you earn your certificate you will be added to our WildTeam global skills directory.
You will also be on your way to becoming a certified Wildlife Conservation professional.
How will you earn your certificate?
Meet your instructor
Léa has 3 Masters degrees and speaks 4 languages. Before WildTeam, Léa worked for BirdLife international, helping to coordinate conservation organisations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea to implement a €5 million Asia/Pacific forest policy initiative.
When she is not over-achieving and running our courses she teaches yoga from her house in Scotland. "Outside of work, my true passion is trees and forests. I am lucky in that I live fairly close to an ancient forest in Scotland, the old Caledonian pinewood forest, near the Cairngorms."
If you want to make Léa smile, just tell her a joke about Ducks. She can't get enough of them.
What people say...
Wished I was able to do this course a few years back...
Peace Parks Foundation
"WildTeam turned a boring topic into valuable and interesting lessons, and translated difficult concepts in a simple way for wildlife practitioners!"
"Very enjoyable and informative course that has helped me to understand project management in conservation"
University of Exeter