Career Advice

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Introduction

We created this page to provide you with an archive of knowledge and inspiration that can help you find environmental jobs and achieve your career goals. Take advantage of the resources below. You will gain career advice from SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and other environmental conservationists. Best of luck with your environmental career!

Table of Contents

“A careers page!!! What an excellent idea Kerry! I love it!”
— Joanne Brown, Teacher, California

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Pacific Treefrog photo by SAVE THE FROGS! Artist Nick Gustafson

Attend SAVE THE FROGS! Office Hours

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger hosts Office Hours every month and can provide guidance to dedicated amphibian enthusiasts seeking career advice. We encourage you to attend and to watch the archived video recordings of past sessions.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger started in amphibian conservation in 2003.

Preparing For A Career In Herpetology

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger was interviewed in October 2019 by a young frog enthusiast about preparing for a career in herpetology (the study of amphibians and/or reptiles). So as to assist anyone looking to achieve success in their herpetological pursuits, we have posted the interview here. We hope you find it useful!

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Frog Art from the Amphibian Love Artbook by Leah Jay.

Dr. Kerry Kriger On The Conservation Careers Podcast

On July 16th, 2020 SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger was interviewed by Nick Askew of the Conservation Careers Podcast. They discussed amphibian conservation, Dr. Kriger’s career path and ways that early career environmentalists can increase their chances of career success.

“Kerry is a powerhouse in the amphibian world, having set up an organisation to help save threatened frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians across the world. In this fascinating discussion, we talk about his career journey from Ph.D. to establishing the charity and he shares insight into the industry along with some practical tips on how to get your career going.”

— Nick Askew

“Hi Kerry,  I just wanted to say I really enjoyed listening to you interview on Conservation Careers. CC is a group I have been following for quite a while and I listed to their podcasts weekly, so it was great to see a familiar name! I feel even more excited to keep working with STF! after hearing your story again.

Cheers, Larrea Cottingham”

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We hope you will climb to the top of your field!

Career Advice For Students Who Like Wildlife

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger shares advice for students. Recorded live and unrehearsed at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, CA, 2014.  Video courtesy of PathSource.

Be sure to subscribe to the SAVE THE FROGS! YouTube Channel so you get informed as we release new educational videos!

Career Advice From Larrea Cottingham

Hi there, my name is Larrea Cottingham. I live in Moab, UT. I have been volunteering for STF! since Summer 2020. This year, I helped Kerry with the Art Contest as well as a few campaigns and administrative duties. I am an environmental/outdoor educator and science communicator with a passion for frogs and amphibian conservation. I absolutely love being part of the STF! team and community.”

Here is Larrea’s advice…

Look At Job Boards Early And Often

SAVE THE FROGS! has posted amphibian-specific job listings here and a collection of environmental job boards. Make use of them!

Research The People You Look Up To

Research the people you look up to and those who have careers that inspire you. LinkedIn is a great place to start, and many professionals have their CV posted there or online through their place of work. Seeing what others have done to get to their current position will give you great insight into what it takes to get there and what steps you need to take next.

Attend Conferences, Expos & Environmental Events

Getting to know people in the sector you hope to build a career in is a vital step in making that dream a reality. Relevant events fuel inspiration and can open your eyes to the many of the possibilities out there.

Take The Conservation Careers Kickstarter Course

I took the Conservation Careers Kickstarter Course last summer and really found it helpful! I can definitely credit it to helping me narrow down my passions and focus into an actionable career path.

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Working hard. Frog art from the 2020 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by  Nataliya Salova, Ukraine.

Tips For Career Seekers

Set Your Goals High
  • Carve Your Own Path
  • Volunteer / Intern
  • Followup
  • Educate Yourself Daily
  • Build Your Own Website / Platform
  • Carve your own path: do what is important to you.
  • Volunteer / Intern: gain real-world experience and make connections.
  • Followup: If they don’t write you back, send them a friendly reminder.
  • Educate Yourself Daily: always be learning new skills.
  • Build Your Own Website / Platform: always have a way to get your message out to the world.
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More beautiful frog art from the Amphibian Love Artbook by Leah Jay.

Join A SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour

What better way to get real-world ecological experience and connect with professional environmental conservationists than by joining a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour?

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotour Leader Chelsea Carson in Suchipakari, Ecuador, while scouting out locations for the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.

Ask Your Questions in the SAVE THE FROGS! Discord Community

The SAVE THE FROGS! Discord Community is a great place get guidance on all things environmental. Join the community for free, introduce yourself in the #introduce-yourself channel, and then post your question in the #jobs-careers channel.

You’ve never heard of Discord? That’s okay, just try it out because you will love it!

Improve Your Communications Skills

Every environmental organization needs people who can communicate their mission clearly to potential supporters, donors, volunteers and partners. Dr. Nick Askew of the Conservation Careers Podcast created a course all about how environmental conservationists can improve their communications skills. Learn about it here:

Frog art by SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Logan Rance