MARINE CON­SER­VA­TION­IST Water guard

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK The av­er­age day of a marine con­ser­va­tion­ist: 6am: Wake up 8pm: Reach of­fice, check out re­ports from team at dive site. Check data and work on re­search report 2pm: Break for lunch Marine con­ser­va­tion, also known as marine re­sources con­ser­va­tion, en­sures the pro­tec­tion, sur­vival and preser­va­tion of ecosys­tems in the oceans and seas. As a marine con­ser­va­tion­ist, you will be in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties such as div­ing and con­duct­ing re­search which could even en­tail con­duct­ing­sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments for the con­ser­va­tion of marine life, ob­serv­ing and analysing data, then turn­ing it into a func­tional, op­er­a­ble report. One can­not be a great aca­demi­cian un­less one goes out in the field and thor­oughly un­der­stands the dy­nam­ics of na­ture at grass-roots level. Marine con­ser­va­tion­ists have to have knowl­edge of marine sciences and also fac­tor in the needs and pref­er­ences of stake­hold­ers whose sur­vival de­pends on the seas and oceans. Aware­ness of eco­nom­ics, marine laws and poli­cies help con­ser­va­tion­ists work out ways in which they can pro­tect and con­serve marine species and ecosys­tems. The scope of work may vary, de­pend­ing on the po­si­tion and need, but typ­i­cally would in­volve en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion, plant and an­i­mal re­search and water man­age­ment 3pm: Re­sume work, ask as­sis­tant to book tick­ets for Port Blair, call up dive team to in­form them about ar­rival. Col­lect ma­te­rial and other equip­ment re­quired for trip 8pm: Leave for home

THE PAY­OFF If you are work­ing for an NGO, your start­ing salary can be R10,000 on­wards per month, de­pend­ing on who you work for. Re­mu­ner­a­tion varies, de­pend­ing on the or­gan­i­sa­tion and your work. Peo­ple at the top lev­els can earn R1 lakh a month or more

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