Meet the people in the jobs
There are lots of ways to get involved in organisations that look after conservation and there are many ways to make a difference. Anyone can be a marine conservationist!
Here are some real-life people who work in marine conservation. Some of them are scientists, but not all, and some have had diverse and challenging journeys to reach where they are now. For anyone interested in marine biology or conservation, we hope you will find this page helpful and inspiring.
"It’s ok to not have a detailed 5-year career plan. Stay open to opportunities as they present themselves; remain committed to professional and personal development, and importantly, do things that are fun and fulfil a sense of purpose."
Ffion Mitchell, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager for Wales
“If you want something you will find a way to get there. It may take a little bit longer, but is always worth it. I love to hear about supporters' adventures or who is planning to study marine biology at university, even grandparents telling me about their grandchildren's antics.”
Marie Gittings, Supporter Services Officer
"Many things in a career happen by chance. As long as you enjoy your early career, you will have a ball.”
Jean-Luc Solandt, Principal Specialist in Marine Protected Areas
“I didn’t do any volunteering during my undergraduate degree so this became a massive challenge once graduating and looking for work.”
Lizzie Prior, Beach and River Clean Project Officer
"I’ve always loved the natural world – being in it, learning about it, photographing it! I searched high and low for the right experience/course/job"
Katie Macfarlane, Youth Engagement Officer