The Growing Nature Conservation Workforce: Reducing Canada’s Footprint

Canada has committed to protect 25% of its lands and oceans by 2025 and 30% by 2030, transform how it protects and recovers species at risk, and advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Delivering these commitments will require increasing investments in conserving nature, which will increase the demand for many different kinds of workers in many sectors of the economy across the country.

There is much to learn about the nature conservation workforce, the challenges it faces, and how those challenges can be addressed.

This study begins to fill this knowledge gap by describing the nature conservation workforce and exploring the human resource strategies needed to support its growth and ensure equity.

Study Highlights

Key takeaways from this preliminary sector profile include:

  • The nature conservation sector is composed of multi-disciplinary professionals with a broad set of competencies.
  • Stakeholder engagement, education and communications are increasingly important.
  • Attraction to the sector is high, but retention strategies are needed to stabilize and grow the workforce.

Publication of the study sets the stage for future work in such areas as estimating the size of the nature conservation workforce, describing employment opportunities, and supporting career pathways

Download this study, using the form on the right, to learn about the current and needed future Canadian nature conservation workforce.

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Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program