Nature Conservation is all about protecting our earth. Students will learn about caring for all animals, the natural environment and how to protect it. Conservationists are constantly working in the field surrounded by nature and animals, tracking them, transporting them and caring for the injured or ill. There are a couple of bursaries awarded yearly to South African students to provide skilled workers in a scarce field.
Here are some of the most common study fields if thinking about a career in nature conservation:
- Nature Conservation – National Diploma
- Nature Conservation – Btech
- Conservation Biology
- Conservation Planning
- Marine Science
- Biological Science
Bursaries for these fields of study will be awarded to successful candidates that have the following requirements:
- Candidates ought to be a South African citizen with a valid ID Book / ID Card.
- Candidates must prove the need for financial assistance for further study.
- Candidates must show a strong academic record.
- Candidates must prove their dedication and eagerness to follow these fields.
- Candidates must prove registration and acceptance at an Institute of Higher Learning.
- Provide a letter motivating why they ought to be selected.
- Only candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds will be considered
There are great companies providing bursaries for these fields of study and you can find more information about these bursary programs here with the following institutes:
There are also bursaries made available by ‘Environmental Affairs’ for these fields of study and students can also apply at the ‘South African Wildlife College’. SANBI also offers Post graduate Bursaries for MSC and PhD Honours in nature conservation.
Students in these fields can also follow Game Ranger or Forester career paths. There are a number of institutes within South Africa always looking for new talent in tourist information centre advisor, conservation educators and more, international opportunities are also plenty. One can also become a lecturer or tour guide with these studies. Working with animals can lead you to game or nature reserves or even working for a zoo.
Do you see yourself as being a nature lover? Do you find the environment interesting and would love to aid in its preservation? Can you handle extreme weather and daily challenges? Do you fit in anywhere and play best as part of a team? Do you love all animals? Well then, you should have a look at Nature conservation as a career path.