work in conservation with a young family?
I am coming to the end of my open university degree in Life sciences which I undertook through a desire to work with a greater variety of animals (my previous employment has always been as a dog trainer) and ideally in conservation. Whilst doing this degree I have managed also to get myself two children, the youngest of which will be starting school next september, allowing me to go back to work. I have been a full time mum for the last 3 years and was working part time before that when I had just the one little guy.
I would really like to do an Msc and have found a fab one at reading in wildlife management and conservation that I'm hoping I can do next year but my question is - will I be able to find jobs in this area of work that I can balance with looking after 2 children? Or will I be wasting my time with this Msc as I am unlikely to be able to commit to a full time job following it? Although I am passionate about wildlife I am equally passionate about my family and am not prepared to compromise on their wellbeing for my own work.
I'd love to hear anybody's opinion or experience on this dilemma.
Re: work in conservation with a young family?
My answer isn't going to be too helpful as I'm not a mum and I'm trying to find work myself!
Where I'm on placement at the moment, in a local council, two of my colleagues work as ecologists in the sustainability team. They work on flexi-hour job share, which means they work 2 and half days a week each and can pretty much come and go as they want, as long as they do a minimum number of hours in their allocated 2 and half days. They can come in late, or leave early as they need (i.e. when their kids are ill or their after school activity has been cancelled that week etc.)
It's mainly office work, but you get to do a bit with Bats, Dormice, Reptiles, Great Crested Newts, Badgers etc. depending on where in the country you are.
Hope this is a bit helpful!
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