Conservation Scientist

Conservation scientists play a large role in how humans interact with the land around them. Government agencies, private companies or individual landowners hire them to determine the best course of action to preserve land in its natural state.

Conservation scientists work for various employers, such as federal, state or local government, corporations or farmers. They mainly promote safe and ecologically responsible interactions with natural land. Different focuses exist within conservation science, eg, soil or water conservation. As such, conservation scientists take an array of environmental factors into account in their work.

Conservation scientists help decision-makers with issues regarding public and personal use of lands, helping them to protect and preserve natural resources. The government may hire them to perform studies, develop plans for reforestation efforts or determine ecological impacts due to human activity. Individual companies or private landowners sometimes employ conservation scientists to figure out the most logical way to use a given parcel of land.

Most conservation scientists hone their work and studies on a particular ecological focus. A conservation scientist may specialise in soil health, water conservation, natural forest protection, different plant and animal patterns or any number of factors, but all conservation scientists attempt to create the most symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.