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Training leaders

As the world grows and groans to support 7.5 billion people, there has seldom before been such a need for strong, capable, far-sighted leadership.

We at PBI believe that far-reaching and visionary actions by a new generation of capable leaders can help bring global society back from the brink.  Our driving principle is, “The world doesn’t have to be this way.  We can change it!”

Not only can we humans consciously alter the values, ethics, economic forces and forms of governance which currently shape our world, to reduce negative impacts on human health and well-being.  We must also take measures now to give other species and ecological communities a fighting chance of surviving the next few centuries of rapid environmental change.

Our graduate conservation program, and our internship, leadership and volunteering programs, enable citizen scientists and professionals to learn to shape change effectively for a better future.

Conservation and sustainability leadership program

We are taking action to build confident, capable, wise and diverse leaders able to work effectively in an increasingly difficult, degraded and congested society.  Through our new Conservation and Sustainability
Leadership Program, we will train people in different course streams to resolve conflicts, take good decisions, and put “the public good” back into the fabric of society and the economy.

From 2018, in collaboration with partners, we plan to offer courses in:

Conservation biology leadership – training natural scientists in crucial field methods - problem solving, project leadership, project design and implementation, species identification, inventory, assessment and monitoring methods, ecological insight, drawing inference, scientific analysis, and writing and publishing skills.  This month-long course will be taught by an international group of highly effective lecturers, and is targeted at masters and final-year undergraduate students in natural sciences.

Sustainability leadership – training young changemakers in leadership of initiatives and organizations, including negotiation skills, conflict resolution, policy and social change, sustainability governance and environmental economics, strategic planning, institutional operations and effective public speaking and writing. This course will be taught by an international group of highly effective leaders, in collaboration with the Universities of Cape Town (South Africa) and Cambridge (UK).  It will be open to anyone who feels they can benefit and contribute to sustainability change.

Contact us for more information about our 2018 courses.  This page will be updated regularly.


Conservation and science internships

A core part of our educational effort since PBI was established in 1998 has been the Conservation science internship program, which has provided training, guidance and career opportunities to over 60 young scientists and students interested in conservation.   As field science skills become increasingly rare, a PBI internship can help you become a recognized specialist in field ecology, assessment, inventory, species identification and research methods. 

From 2017, we are also offering limited placement for interns interested in learning how small non-profits work.  These interns will gain hands-on skills in project management, strategic planning, outreach, social media, fundraising, and biodiversity research and monitoring.  At least part of each internship will be field-based.

Public speaking and writing

Education and feedback are key components of PBI's mission. We give lively presentations to the public, media, special interest groups, global and local conferences and policymakers about our work. We also write for global and local online and print media, publish in good scientific journals, and make our reports and research findings freely available wherever possible here on our website.   Contact us to arrange a lecture or seminar with our executive director, Dr Phoebe Barnard, or another of our staff or board members.


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