How To Succeed As A Passionate Conservationist By Marty Nothstein


Conservationists are a fun, passionate bunch and they’re driven by their love of nature and desire to make the world a better place. But while they may be passionate, they don’t always have the same goals or motivations. Some conservationists want to make an immediate difference; others prefer to think long-term. 

Some conserve because they want recognition; others just do it for themselves or their families’ enjoyment. 

And some conservationists take on projects that require them to spend months at sea without seeing land and others spend all day every day in an office with colleagues who aren’t interested in conservation at all.

You Want To Make A difference

The world is full of problems, but if you’re passionate about conservation like myself, Marty Nothstein, then you know that the solutions are out there somewhere. You have an idea of what they look like and how they should be implemented; now it’s time to put your plan into action.

The first step is finding your niche within the conservation community: 

  • Where do you fit in
  • Are there certain issues or species that resonate with you more than others
  • Are there people who need help more than others
  • How can we make sure our efforts are effective in addressing these needs while reaching as many people as possible i.e., funding

These questions should guide all of our decisions as we move forward with our work in this field and sometimes answers won’t come easily.

But don’t let them stop or discourage you from continuing down this path; they’ll come eventually if we keep pushing ourselves forward every day towards making progress towards bettering our planet for generations yet unborn.

You’re Willing To Work Hard

There’s no getting around it: conservationists like myself, Marty Nothstein are often some of the most dedicated people you’ll ever meet and it takes a lot of effort and commitment to make the world a better place.

You Know Your Limits

There’s a difference between being passionate and overextending yourself and knowing when to ask for help, when to say no and when to admit when you are wrong.

You Know When You Need Help

You don’t have to be an expert in conservation or conservation management to be successful, but it is important that you do your homework. A lot of people get into this field because they love animals and want to make a difference in their lives.

However, sometimes being passionate isn’t enough if you don’t know what steps are needed for success, then it’s easy for things like funding or getting others involved to fall through the cracks and picking up some books on the subject could be helpful; there are plenty out there.


In order to succeed in your passion for conservation, you must be realistic about what is possible and how to achieve it. You can’t save the world in a day, but you can do your part by setting realistic goals and then working hard toward achieving them. 

You also have to know when to ask for help–there are many times when it’s better not to try doing everything yourself and get others involved instead.