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Foundations in Marine Conservation

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Program Code: GVOL0768M

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Weekly on Mondays

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Every week



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Learn about universal efforts to preserve the world’s largest aquatic ecosystems directly from experts working in the field – and the roles they fulfill to achieve this. You’ll gain knowledge of the terms and techniques used in conservation for activities that include identifying marine species and surveying natural habitats.

Joining the Foundations in Marine Conservation Program will also provide you with insight into the importance of team and leadership skills when working with local and international organisations to achieve marine conservation objectives. As a result, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge needed to navigate your ideal conservation career path – then enhance your professional profile to land the job.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • understand the terms used in the field of conservation
  • recognise the different techniques for surveying a natural habitat
  • explain the institutional and funding landscapes of organisations working in conservation
  • Identify team skills, roles and leadership styles
  • create a compelling resume and digital profile uniquely matched to your ideal career paths.

Is this course for me?

This program is designed for anyone passionate about the conservation of marine life. It’s tailored for anyone looking to enhance their knowledge and skillset in this topic or seeking to explore relevant career paths in marine conservation. As a multifaceted foundations program consisting of four courses – highschool, college and graduate students, educators on the subject or mid-professionals seeking a career change would all benefit from taking this course.

Course Curriculum

This program includes our Marine Conservation course. You’ll learn about current issues threatening marine ecosystems, such as unsustainable fishing practices, waste pollution and the effects of the climate crisis. You’ll analyse real-world case studies and explore a variety of solution-based conservation projects that have made a positive impact. Furthermore, you’ll learn about the economic, social and scientific importance of biodiversity.

This program also includes our Conservation and Scientific Research course. Topics in this course include species identification, surveying techniques and logistics, the value of partnering with local organisations to achieve conservation objectives, and the importance of health and safety protocols. You’ll also learn how to collect scientific data and survey natural habitats.

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about the different careers available in sustainable development. You’ll also learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll identify your own leadership style. You’ll learn how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals
COURSE 1 : Marine Conservation
Orientation to our online course
Module 1 : Introduction to Marine Conservation
Module 2 : Approaches to Marine Conservation
Module 3 : Key Threats to Marine Environments
Module 4 : Marine Conservation in the Field
Module 5 : Marine Conservation Stakeholders
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COURSE 2 : Conservation and Scientific Research
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Target Species Identification
Module 2 : Survey Techniques
Module 3 : Survey Logistics
Module 4 : Project partner relationships
Module 5 : Health and Safety Procedures
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COURSE 3 : Careers in Sustainable Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Career Paths and Opportunities
Module 2 : Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact
Module 3 : Career Mapping and Choices
Module 4 : Building Your Profile and Personal Brand
Module 5 : Securing Your Dream Job
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COURSE 4 : Leading Teams for Impact
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Team Leading
Module 2 : Planning and Setting Team Goals
Module 3 : Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment
Module 4 : Presenting and Communicating With Your Team
Module 5 : Performing and Developing a Leadership Style
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Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Miguel Angel Lozano

GVI Program Manager of Mexico
As GVI’s program manager of Mexico, Miguel Angel Lozano oversees the development and running of the marine conservation programs in Puerto Morelos. Miguel holds a degree in oceanography, and before working with GVI, resided in the Mexican Caribbean contributing to marine conservation. He has worked with several NGOs, contributing data such as vital research on bull sharks. He gained experience in teaching from six years as a faculty member at his state university, lecturing on alternative tourism and data analysis.

Gabrielle L. Johnson, PhD

Senior International Marine Program Manager and Conservation Education Specialist
Gabrielle L. Johnson has nearly a decade of experience as a senior program manager on multi-national marine conservation projects for various organisations. She has assisted with creating educational programs, usually focused on marine environments, for a range of purposes, from vocational, corporate and governmental training to children’s education initiatives. She has also served as an educational consultant for National Geographic, PADI and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Candice Clark

HR Practitioner and Career Coach
Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

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