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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405167610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405167611
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The illustrative dialogues between people, and cartoons, add to the appeal of this little book to prospective and current students, and each chapter has further reading lists and notes. Overall, I found the advice to be sound and realisticservation." (Biodivers Conserv, 2011)

Hunter, Lindenmayer and Calhoun provide thorough and un-intimidating counsel to those seeking to pursue a job in the field of conservation. They explore the path towards saving the earth in a series of succinct chapters, sprinkled generously with humorous cartoons, short anecdotes and supplemental reading lists.” (Journal of Biosocial Science, July 2009)

“Saving the Earth as a Career is a valuable reference and the authors have taken a momentous step forward in guiding future generations to protect the planet's natural assets.” (Conservation Biology, June 2009)

"The book explores the major skills needed to become an effective professional by offering useful advice on a range of topics." (EUCC Coastal News, September 2008)

“The [authors] display a practical, conversational writing style … well organized and straightforward; either read it thoroughly or use as a quick reference guide … engaging read overall. Recommended.” (Choice Reviews)

"This book fills a vitally important role in development of conservation professionals ... It helps students think and act like a conservation professional early in their careers." (Ecology)


“A lively and informative guide for those starting a career in conservation, or thinking about such a career, to how it's done! This book should be useful for college and university students - and their advisors - as well as anyone interested in the rapidly-expanding and vitally important field of conservation.”
Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden

“Informative, engaging, practical and empathetic: these are just a few of the adjectives that describe this guide for fledgling conservation professionals. The authors – all seasoned and highly respected conservation professionals – have provided aspirant planet doctors with the wisest advice possible.”
Richard Cowling, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

“Conservation professionals invariably take themselves way too seriously. This, in contrast, is a useful, novel and very entertaining book packed full of pithy advice”
Hugh Possingham, University of Queensland

“Read, absorb, act and save”
William Sutherland, University of Cambridge

"So you want to change the world? If the thought of politics turns your innards, then don't despair. Hunter, Lindenmayer and Calhoun have written a thoroughly engaging 'road map' of the many options available to the aspiring conservation professional. It’s packed with the hard-won experience of some of the world's most respected conservation biologists. Importantly, they tell you just how to get there, from the now-mandatory University education, to learning how best to plan research and get it published, to securing the right job."
–Barry Brook, University of Adelaide

“This is a much-needed and invaluable resource for those pursuing a career in conservation, written by an experienced trio who freely dispense sage advice. If you want to be a conservation professional, read this book, perhaps more than once.”
Gary K. Meffe, Editor, Conservation Biology

“Many people seek careers or even just fulfilment from contributing to conservation. With mounting environmental problems, we need all the best people we can find. This very readable book provides sound advice. Crucially, it will help match able and committed people to the right jobs, whatever their nature. I strongly recommend it as essential reading for anyone, whatever their interests, or wherever they are in their career.”
–Georgina M. Mace, Imperial College London

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarakani on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've often thought about jobs or careers that can help save the planet. This book seemed to help, but not necessarily in helping me to save the world, but perhaps succeeding as a Grad student engaged in research. Career wise the aim, a "conservation professional" is defined to begin with. Most of the books' eleven chapters, (however) are about scientific work as a student - for careers in a governmental, academic or conservation body. Field work, ecology and resource management are stressed though much of this book could readily be translated into general biology: the advantages of postgraduate work, applying and funding, research, conferences, producing a theses and scientific papers.

The book is leavened with excellent cartoons, themed conversations and real life quotations reflecting solutions to issues like tutors, deadlines and launching publications.

Few people reading this book will have most of the options described let alone the choices, particularly in the context of academia - getting suitable research, funding or adequate supervision. E.g., PhD students in an American context are advised about hiring research helpers, a luxury many students will only dream about.

The last two chapters address finding a job and making a difference - "you may be the only one at the table that speaks for those who cannot speak ... non-human animals and ecosystems" with emphasis overall on volunteer work and sharing your findings with the world.

This book will not help you in becoming a David Attenborough and even less, Chico Mendez but is a manifesto in launching a career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DLK525 on August 9, 2012
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The writers make it very clear from the get-go that not all sections of this book will be applicable to all readers as everyone's circumstances are different and they wanted to provide a broad and chronological guide to starting a career in conservation. However I was disappointed in how just how little applied to me, especially for such an expensive book. The book has excellent advice for getting a good undergraduate foundation, applying to grad school, finding an advisor, writing a thesis, etc., but I felt there was practically no advice geared toward graduate students not pursuing a thesis or for those switching careers from another industry. The advice on getting a job after graduation, while certainly valid advice, isn't necessarily helpful to someone who already has experience in the job market but wants specific advice about this industry, the different types of jobs available, what they entail, and the needed skills one should focus on gaining during grad school (and not just by undertaking a thesis). While I understand the approach they took and their reasons for remaining broad, it unfortunately just didn't really apply to my situation. That all being said, it was a very quick read and was easy to understand and I do think it would be helpful for people under different circumstances.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Petecca on October 19, 2007
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This book goes through every step of the graduate school process how it really is from the application process to project design and thesis writing to finding a job. I really feel that it cleared up a lot of the questions and anxieties I had about applying to graduate school and getting through it! It reads as though you are having a conversation with the authors and by the end you feel you know them well. I highly recommend it for students in any environmental field.
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