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Foundations In Wildlife Conservation

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Program Code: GVOL0769M

Course Information

Student Rating
9/ 10

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


32 Weeks

Time Commitment

60 Hours



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While the human population continues to increase, wildlife and biodiversity around the world is on the decline. Learn about the major issues affecting conservation, such as unsustainable consumption of natural resources and the climate crisis. You’ll gain foundational knowledge of conservation best practices and explore prevalent solutions to these major issues when you join GVI’s Foundations in Wildlife Conservation program.

You’ll also learn about the principles of biodiversity and ecosystem management and analyse the interaction between species and their environment. This program equips you with the foundation you need to start making a sustainable impact and begin on your chosen career path in this critical field.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • develop foundational skills and understand the terms used in the field of wildlife conservation
  • join in-depth discussions around conservation best practice and policies
  • recognise the different techniques for surveying a natural habitat
  • Identify team skills, roles and leadership styles
  • create a compelling resume and digital profile uniquely matched to your ideal career paths.

Is this program for me?

This program is designed for anyone passionate about the conservation of wildlife. It’s tailored for anyone looking to enhance their knowledge and skillset in this topic or seeking to explore relevant career paths in wildlife conservation. As a multifaceted foundations program consisting of four courses – high school, college and graduate students, educators on the subject or mid-professionals seeking a career change would all benefit from taking this course.

Course Curriculum

This program includes our Wildlife Conservation course. You’ll learn about current issues threatening wildlife and biodiversity, such as habitat destruction, pollution and climate change. You’ll analyse real-world case studies and explore a variety of solution-based conservation projects that have made a positive impact. Furthermore, you’ll learn about the economic, social and scientific importance of biodiversity.

This program also includes our Conservation and Scientific Research course. Topics in this course include species identification, surveying techniques and logistics, the value of partnering with local organisations to achieve conservation objectives, and the importance of health and safety protocols. You’ll also learn how to collect scientific data and survey natural habitats.

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about the different careers available in sustainable development. You’ll also learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll identify your own leadership style. You’ll learn how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals
COURSE 1 : Wildlife Conservation
Orientation to our online course
Module 1 : Introduction to conservation
Module 2 : Biodiversity and ecosystem management
Module 3 : Key threats and pressures
Module 4 : Wildlife conservation in the field
Module 5 : The institutional and funding landscape
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COURSE 2 : Conservation and Scientific Research
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Target Species Identification
Module 2 : Survey Techniques
Module 3 : Survey Logistics
Module 4 : Project partner relationships
Module 5 : Health and Safety Procedures
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COURSE 3 : Careers in Sustainable Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Career Paths and Opportunities
Module 2 : Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact
Module 3 : Career Mapping and Choices
Module 4 : Building Your Profile and Personal Brand
Module 5 : Securing Your Dream Job
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COURSE 4 : Leading Teams for Impact
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Team Leading
Module 2 : Planning and Setting Team Goals
Module 3 : Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment
Module 4 : Presenting and Communicating With Your Team
Module 5 : Performing and Developing a Leadership Style
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Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Michael Musgrave, PhD

African Conservation and Sustainable Development Professional
Michael Musgrave has over two decades of experience in wildlife conservation, sustainable development and sustainable business across Central and Southern Africa. Recently, he consulted for African Parks, a non-governmental organisation, and developed an innovative community conservation project for communities who live in and around conservation areas in 16 National Parks in nine different African countries. He holds an MSc in African Ecology and a PhD in Sustainable Development.

Gabrielle L. Johnson, PhD

Senior International Marine Program Manager and Conservation Education Specialist
Gabrielle L. Johnson has nearly a decade of experience as a senior program manager on multi-national marine conservation projects for various organisations. She has assisted with creating educational programs, usually focused on marine environments, for a range of purposes, from vocational, corporate and governmental training to children’s education initiatives. She has also served as an educational consultant for National Geographic, PADI and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Candice Clark

HR Practitioner and Career Coach
Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

Alumni Testimonials

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Foundations In Wildlife Conservation

This course is very well structured and informative. Lots of different areas you get to study. You get to participate in live lectures which i found invaluable. Great array of videos to watch and learn from. Very enjoyable and confirmed my career choice in Conservation!

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Foundations In Wildlife Conservation

I learnt so much in such a short space of time.Something i didn’t realise was how complicated conservation could actually be but i haven’t been put off, in fact i feel even more eager to pursue a career in conservation.

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Foundations In Wildlife Conservation

I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in marine or wildlife conservation or to anyone looking to make a career in conservation! This course provided a refreshing outlook on conservation efforts and posed many thought-provoking questions. An appropriate number and quality of [...]

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