Conservation course - Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation
Conservation course - Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation

Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation

At a glance

Dates: 25th August-6th October

Length: 6 weeks 
Hours learning/week: 4
Last sign up date: 30th August


Tutorial videos: Sent out a week before each group session

Live group sessions: Every Thursday starting on 1st September: 2 live session times available (10:00am or 5.30pm BST, lasting 1.5 hrs) to fit your work schedule.

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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Badge acheived for passing the Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation course


What is strategy development?

Strategy development is the process to create an impact-focused, evidence-based conservation strategy for a conservation project, programme, organisation, or partnership. The process involves creating diagrams to document the current situation you are trying to change, and the planned change in that situation that the conservation project aims to achieve. 

Current situation diagram structure

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Planned change diagram structure

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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, strategy development is probably the most important conservation skill there is to achieving conservation impact and sustaining conservation teams financially. That is why strategy development 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 Strategy Development 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. 

What will you learn?

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.

Cover of the Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation best practice

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 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. 

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

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. 

Example certificate for the Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation course
How passing each course will lead to certification as a Wildlife Conservation Professional

How will you earn your certificate?

Meet your instructor

Dr Matthew Creasey​, instructor for the StrategyDevelopment for Wildlife Conservation online course
Dr Matthew Creasey

Matt has a PhD in ecology (something to do with birds) and a fascination with everything rewilding. When he is not running our courses and organising WildTeam's communications he runs up hills, cycles across he UK, writes, and occasionally herds sheep. Try to challenge Matt, see if you can come up with a difficult strategy question he doesn't have an answer for. Good luck with that.

What people say...

Engaging and informative, highly enjoyable!

Caitlin Turner

Marine Conservation Society

Fantastic as per usual! Useful workshop and great, engaging sessions. Would a million percent recommend!

Emily Gilford

Field Studies Council

I was nervous going into this training, but I am so happy to have gained this knowledge that I can apply to my job search to get into the field of wildlife conservation.

Kristina Hernandez