All Careers Advice

  • If you have a PhD, you have a big advantage over those with lower levels of education. Despite the common theory that you are overqualified, PhDs are being hired over a wide range of industries. Don’t hold yourself back by believing the all too common myth. Here, Cheeky Scientist™ highlights the advantages to having a higher education.

  • You have the PhD, but that doesn’t automatically get you a position. You still have to prove yourself to potential employers and jump through the hoops, just like everyone else. Read this article from Cheeky Scientist™ to learn how to maximize your skills and expertise and obtain an industry position.

  • The U.S.-Mexico border has become an obstacle between communities and cultures and a chasm across a singular region that eclipses new scientific ideas and discoveries. Conservation and research challenges require a cohesive bicultural community that will apply creativity and passion to the holistic understanding and betterment of the region, the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers.

  • A more diverse and equitable workforce in conservation science is crucial to achieving the goals of local and global biodiversity conservation. Here, we aim to provide background information and recommendations to facilitate diversification of conservation science professionals in the United States via SCB.

  • Teachers have the obligation to be informed about advances in conservation science in order to be able to transmit to students the importance of adopting an environmental-friendly lifestyle. This article discusses how a teacher's actions can advance the mission of conservation science.

  • While other sectors (e.g., business) frequently emphasize creative thinking to overcome complex challenges, creativity is rarely identified as an essential skill for conservationists. Yet more creative approaches are urgently needed in the effort to sustain Earth's biodiversity. Read this article for 4 strategies to develop skills in creative thinking and a discussion of the underlying research and examples supporting each strategy.

  • Despite extensive examination of entrepreneurship in sociology, anthropology, politics, law, and education, its potential in conservation has been mostly ignored. However, certain conservation problems are particularly amenable to innovative solutions and can be financed through novel fundraising tools. An entrepreneurial approach to conservation can complement conventional approaches and increase conservation efficacy.

  • Development of skills in science communication is a well-acknowledged gap in graduate training, but the constraints that accompany research make it challenging to acquire these proficiencies. To help overcome these hurdles, we developed a practical approach to incorporating broad science communication into any graduate-school time line.

  • Not recognizing and accounting for scale mismatch challenges when planning for conservation can result in actions that do not address the multiscale nature of conservation problems and that do not achieve conservation objectives. An understanding of the social networks associated with conservation planning will help determine the potential for implementing conservation actions at the required scales.

  • Graduate students often struggle to bridge the research–implementation gap and promote the translation of their work into meaningful conservation actions. We have devised recommendations on how graduate students can create resources within their academic institutions, institutionalize resources, and engage with stakeholders to promote real-world conservation outcomes.

  • From Conservation Biology, the Graduate Student’s Guide to Necessary Skills for Nonacademic Conservation Careers is a great resource for students who are considering careers in conservation biology.

  • SCB member and marine ecologist David Shiffman’s blog post “How to write and publish a scientific paper in the field of marine ecology and conservation” is a useful resource for undergraduate and graduate students.