Definitions

(Each phrase has multiple definitions displayed as bullet points. When you see one of these phrases used on a project throughout this website, this means that the project has at least one of the bullet points as part of the project. They may have more than one in some cases)

Activities on the project

Animal interation

  • Capturing wild animals for tagging and data collection

  • Working in rehabilitation centres interacting with animals

  • Working in a zoo/sanctuary

Animal rehabilitation

  • Working in rehabilitation centres (in field stations or larger institutes)

  • Working in a zoo/sanctuary

Community awareness

  • Working with local communities to improve environmental knowledge and understanding

  • Running events to encourage recycling, good waste management etc.

  • Talking to local resorts encouraging good environmental practices

  • Teaching and giving talks to holidaymakers about local conservation and environmental issues

Data collection/analysis

  • Collecting data either in the field or lab setting

  • Analysing data using software

  • Using spreadsheets to create and add datasets

Habitat restoration/management

  • The project engages in reforestation/afforestation/coral nursery and transplantation etc.

  • The project takes data and actively records health of the ecosystem

  • Uses strategies or physical barriers to manage ecosystems/flora or fauna that need active management

Teaching

  • (As volunteer) 

  • (As staff) Teaching interns/guests/volunteers through talks, lectures and classroom sessions

  • (As staff)Teaching interns/guests/volunteers in the field how to do conservation research

Scuba diving

Benefits of the project

  • Scuba diving included!!

Cultural integration

  • The project is in a rural location and there is a lot of interaction with local communities

  • You work with a lot of local people and naturally get a lot of cross-cultural experience

Data/statistical skills

  • Analysing data using software

  • Using spreadsheets to create and add data sets

Field research skills

  • Learning how to take data in remote and difficult locations

  • Learning how to take data in a lab or sanctuary in a humane and practical way

  • How to organise and take data efficiently

Gain a qualification and/or credit

  • The project gives you a qualification or a certification by taking part in their project  e.g. Reef Check Eco Diver/

  • The project gives you credit towards your university or college course

Report writing

  • Write scientific reports of the activities or data collected by the project

Remote scenic location

  • The location is a beautiful natural area of the world (it’s a big benefit of conservation work!)

Undertake your own research

  • The project has the option to undertake your own research

  • You can do your dissertation/thesis research (undergraduate/post-graduate) at this project

Good conservation points

Contributing to environmental policy

  • The project works with local or national government to help inform policy

  • The project has created a protected area through data collection or awareness

  • Any other local, national or global contribution to environmental policies, protected areas etc. 

Development goals

  • The project works towards sustainable livelihoods for locals

  • The project works actively towards the UN sustainable development goals (SDG's)

  • Overtly expresses there commitment to development goals

Ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • Conducts the highest standard of animal care within the rehabilitation centre and aims to release when safe

Publishes peer-reviewed science

  • This conservation project produces scientific work that gets published in peer-reviewed journals

Publishes work

  • Publishes reports, data, blog, executive summaries etc. (anything other than peer-reviewed literature)