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Meet the people in the jobs

There are lots of ways to get involved in organisations that look after conservation and there are many ways to make a difference. Anyone can be a marine conservationist!

Here are some real-life people who work in marine conservation. Some of them are scientists, but not all, and some have had diverse and challenging journeys to reach where they are now. For anyone interested in marine biology or conservation, we hope you will find this page helpful and inspiring.

“Raising awareness of environmental issues and the importance of our ocean is vital to the future of the human race. Stick with what you love and if you’re not happy, change it.”

Jenny Griffiths, Education Manager

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Jenny Griffiths

“If you want something you will find a way to get there. It may take a little bit longer, but is always worth it. I love to hear about supporters' adventures or who is planning to study marine biology at university, even grandparents telling me about their grandchildren's antics.”

Marie Gittings, Supporter Services Officer

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Marie Gittings

"Many things in a career happen by chance. As long as you enjoy your early career, you will have a ball.”

Jean-Luc Solandt, Principal Specialist in Marine Protected Areas

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Jean-Luc Solandt

“I didn’t do any volunteering during my undergraduate degree so this became a massive challenge once graduating and looking for work.”

Lizzie Prior, Beach and River Clean Project Officer

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Lizzie Prior