School of Anthropology & Conservation

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Careers for Anthropology and Conservation Graduates

In the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) results (destinations of 2013/14 First Degree Leavers), 80% of graduates were in employment or further education six months after graduation with 55.6% of these in professional-level jobs.

In the Guardian University Guide 2017, the School was ranked 5th out of 17 HE institutions for Anthropology for graduate prospects. In the Good University Guide 2016, graduate prospects in Wildlife Conservation increased by 11%.
We believe that our outstanding record of graduate employment is attributable to:

  • Strong links with industry
  • Expertise in research-led teaching
  • Year abroad and Year in industry experience
  • Wide range of modules and flexibility of choice
  • Networking with partners: NGOs and professional sector organisations
  • Employability workshops: e.g. CV writing skills, Employability Points scheme
  • Integrating employability skills' development into our teaching
  • Transferrable skills: e.g. leadership, project management

Each year, the School participates in the University’s Employability Festival and offers a number of bespoke workshops for students studying here. Talks from SAC alumni and staff from the University’s Careers and Employability Service help current students prepare for their future careers and make the most of their time within the School.

Samuel Mutisya

MSc Conservation Biology

Now working as Wildlife Management Officer for Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

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Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

BSc Biological Anthropology

After her BSc Justyna worked as an Osteologist for a commercial osteological analysis centre. Justyna is now undertaking a PhD

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Jessica Lucas

MA Visual Anthropology

Now working as a Corporate Anthropologist for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

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Graduate Success

Many of our graduates have gone onto exciting work directly related to their studies. Below is a sample of our success stories. Detailed profiles of some of our students and graduates can also be found here.

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BSc Wildlife Conservation

Ben Payne

Ben graduated in 2010 and immediately secured a full time post working for Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent. Ben heads up the Education Team and manages a team of staff. Ben's role involves him talking to the public and school groups about the animals and the conservation work undertaken by Howletts. Ben hopes to start a PhD in Biodiversity Management soon.

BA in Social Anthropology & PhD in Anthropology

Angela Schlenkoff

Angela is busy working on a number of projects as well as working for a number of refugee community organisations. Angela has been running conferences on Afganistan; the presentations and discussions from which are due to be published. Angela is also working as Project Manager in the Employee Volunteering Department at Community Service Volunteers (CSV).

Kirstie Wielandt

Kirstie started work with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, a conservation NGO that works to protect the last remaining mountain gorillas in central Africa. She then worked for Save the Rhino International, which campaigns to protect the five remaining rhino species in Africa and Asia. Kirstie briefly left the animal world, and worked for the development organisation, WaterAid, where she managed their corporate partnerships. now Kirstie works in the PR and media team at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

Conservation Biology Postgraduates

Jeanne McKay

Upon graduating Jeanne begun working as a consultant to a UK government Darwin Initiative project in Mexico, during which time she also worked as the International Co-ordinator of a Species Task Force for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Jeanne is now living and working in Indonesia where she oversees several conservation project as well as being the Project Officer on her own Darwin Initiative project based in West Sumatra.

Ben Okita-Ouma

After receiving his MSc in Conservation Biology with Distinction, Ben went on to become Senior Scientist, and, more recently, Rhino Coordinator, with the Kenyan Wildlife Service. He has just been appointed a Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS), one of the highest citizen awards in Kenya. ‘It is very gratifying that our dedication to wildlife and rhino conservation, as well as community work, has been recognised by the the Kenyan government. I am forever grateful for the training I received at DICE.’

David Patrick

David studied MSc in Conservation Biology. David now works as Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife Science and is Executive Director of the Centre for Adirondack Biodiversity in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, USA.

Gareth Blakesley

Gareth studied MSc in Tourism and Conservation. Gareth is now Natural Resources Manager for Lake Katherine Nature Centre and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights, Illinois.

Katherine Renton

Katherine studied PhD in Conservation Biology. Katherine is now resident researcher at the Chamela Biological Station of the Instituto de Biología Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Katherine is conducting research on the ecology of parrots and plant-animal interactions of frugivorous and granivorous birds in the tropical dry forest of the Chamela-Cuizmala Biosphere Reserve on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico.

Noelia Myonda

Noelia studied MSc in Conservation Biology. She now works as Chief Park Warden at the Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

Cheryl Mvula

Cheryl studied MSc in Conservation Biology. Cheryl set up and runs Tribal Voice Communications, a social enterprise that uses the profits from its responsible tourism and wildlife conservation consultancy work to fund conservation and community development initiatives in Africa.

Ian Munanura

Ian studied MSc in Tourism and Conservation. Ian is now the director of the Nyungwe Forest Conservation Project, Rwanda.

Catherine Masao

Catherine studied MSc in Conservation Biology. Catherine is funded by NUFU through AFRO-ALP II project.Catherine also works for the University of Dar es salaam, Institute of Resource Assessment as an assistant lecturer and ecologist.

Amirah Hasan

Amirah studied an MSc by Research in Ecology. Amirah is currently Head of Science Department in Sector of Education Research and Curriculum Development in Kuwait and also works for UN-Habitat Kuwait.

Careers Support

Confused about what to do with your degree once you've finished studying? have released a helpful campaign to help you explore your specific options, and plan effectively. It can be found by clicking here.

School Resources

The School collectively has a great deal of information about careers which Schools graduates have entered, and tutors and members of staff are always very willing to discuss careers with students both on an individual basis and to groups of students if requested.

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University Resources

The careers office also provides useful advice to students and runs a workshop once a year for anthropology students. Furthermore it regularly organises careers fairs and talks on specific career possibilities - working abroad, the civil service, for example - and students are strongly advised regularly to consult the careers and vacancies web-pages for up to the minute information on talks and careers as well as opportunities.

Useful links

Full Destinations of Kent graduates (1999 - 2009)

Covering letters

Choosing a career

Developing skills

Careers Timeline



The Careers Service very comprehensive web page detailing the possibilities of an anthropology degree:

Mr Tim Reed is the careers office with special responsibility for anthropology students and it always possible to make an appointment to see him. Details of how to contact him and his availability are on the careers office staff page.


Biodiversity and Conservation Careers page

Biodiversity CV

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Beyond the academic courses on offer, there are many opportunities to expand your experience with volunteering.

Volunteering opportunities

  • Wildwood Trust woodland discovery park between Canterbury & Herne Bay. Volunteers needed for: maintenance, gardening and DIY; conservation research, feeding and looking after the animals, shop work and customer care, education work with children. Most volunteers work one day a week but block placements are also available. Working hours are 8am until 4pm in the winter, but during the summer we finish at 5pm. You would start by shadowing the keepers, helping to clean and feed the animals, and with enclosure maintenance. As your experience grows there would be more opportunity for independent work. The work can be quite physically demanding, and sometimes it can be repetitive but it is very rewarding. If you wish to help telephone Cali on 01227 712111 e-mail Research projects are available for students: animal behaviour and diet, woodland ecology or conservation projects.
  • Blean Woods Nature Reserve Less than a mile from the Canterbury campus. There are opportunities for voluntary work. Contact: RSPB, The Site Manager, 11 Garden Close, Rough Common, Canterbury, CT2 9BP. Tel. 01227 455972.
  • Canterbury Environmental Education Centre at Broad Oak Reserve. Offer volunteering opportunities in research (recording the biodiversity of the reserve), Publishing, Conservation work (reed and scrub control, tree planting, hedge laying), teaching and leading visiting groups and fund raising.
  • Howletts local wild animal parks
  • Kent Biodiversity Action Plan links to a number of local conservation groups
  • Kent Wildlife Trust conservation work in Kent including West Blean Woods. Needs volunteers. Run excellent and cheap wildlife study days on, for example, small mammal and bat identification. Volunteers needed to check livestock at Blean Nature Reserve: Kent Wildlife Trust is using cattle, ponies  and goats to keep growth under control in West Blean and Thornden Woods near Canterbury. Training will be provided. For information on Blean volunteering ring 01227 719506. For volunteering at other Kent Wildlife Trust Sites
    contact Sue Morris, Volunteer Development Officer 01622 662012
  • Kentish Stour Countryside Project tel. 01233 813307
  • Kent High Weald Project based in Tunbridge Wells where you can learn small mammal and bat identification.
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Last Updated: 28/11/2017