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Conservation course - Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation



Badge acheived for passing the Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation course

Dates: 28th May - 9th July, 2024

Length: 6 Weeks

Learning hours: 4 per week

Last sign up date: 28th May, 2024



If a conservation project does not have a strong conservation strategy it can waste years of effort and thousands of pounds of precious conservation funds. Conversely, having a strong conservation strategy will ensure that there are clear, justified links between the conservation activities and the impact the project aims to achieve. A strong conservation strategy will also provide the basis for developing compelling grant applications and pitches to private donors.

In summary, project planning is probably the most important conservation skill there is to achieving conservation impact and sustaining conservation teams financially. That is why project planning is such a crucial skill for anyone that wants to be assigned more responsibility at work, get a promotion, and make a big difference for the wildlife and wild places they care about. When you are certified in Project Planning for Wildlife Conservation you will fell confident in, and be able to demonstrate your ability to create strong conservation strategies for any situation you work on.


You will learn how to develop an impact-focused conservation strategy for any type of conservation project.


Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Assess the current situation you are trying to change.

  • Plan the impact you want to achieve.

  • Plan the work you will carry out to achieve your impact.

  • Adapt the strategy to your needs and situation.


TUTORIAL VIDEOS: Sent out a week before each group session

LIVE GROUP SESSIONS: Held on Tuesday 11th June, 18th June, 25th June and 9th July. Two live session times available at either 10am or 4pm BST. Lasting 2 hours.

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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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.

Online course group session


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. 

Live, expert-lead group session during a WildTeam conservation course

One moment you could be chatting to a CEO of a rewilding enterprise from Ireland and the next moment taking to a student studying climate change in Bangladesh. 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.​

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You will also be on your way to becoming a certified Wildlife Conservation professional.

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Ali Skeats is a dynamic trainer and project manager, deeply invested in integrating indigenous communities into conservation efforts. Ali's varied roles in non-profits and academia have honed her skills in leading impactful capacity-building programs.

Currently steering the ship as WildTeam's WildLearning Manager, Ali is all about delivering professional conservation training and supporting the WildTeam Trainers Network. Previously, Ali made significant strides at Cool Earth as the Programme Manager and Biodiversity Lead. There, she was pivotal in developing projects in Papua New Guinea, focusing on forest research intertwined with indigenous knowledge. Managing partnerships and coordinating with NGOs across Africa, Ali's role in extending Cool Earth's Rainforest Network was crucial.

When not immersed in her conservation work, Ali will be clinging on by her fingertips to the crumbling slate of a cornish cliff. 

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