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Posting Guidelines & FAQ

Learn more about the kinds of opportunities we accept and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Posting Guidelines & FAQ


Nova Conservation was founded to improve the lives of all website users — students, educators, hobbyists, institutions and researchers. By promoting policies that are all inclusive, diverse and equitable, we are able to provide a unique conservation community. 

Our diverse and all-inclusive community helps us accomplish our mission and stay true to our core values. We do our absolute best to ensure all opportunities posted to our site follow these inclusive, ethical guidelines. Any submissions that may be deemed as discriminatory against any individual on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status will not be approved.

Learn more about how to use Nova Conservation and see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Everyone! Researchers, nonprofits, eco-tourism companies, and other organizations can use Nova to connect with vetted, qualified volunteers. Individuals and groups can use Nova to discover unique excursions, activities, and experiences that contribute to environmental conservation efforts around the globe. While Nova is free to use for volunteers, some experiences and opportunities may cost money. Nova collects a small fee in connection with these postings. Organizations and researchers can post their first few projects for free, and afterwards are charged a small fee per project for Nova’s services.

The founder, Laura Marsh, is a professional biologist who has wanted to connect with like-minded conservationists – professionals and hobbyists — so she decided to create a website to help others! Nova helps connect people that don’t have biology backgrounds to opportunities so they can learn to be better environmental stewards and learn more about how important conservation and wildlife is. Nova also offers a forum for conservationists and hobbyists to communicate and share information to help further conservation and sustainability practices and awareness.

We help environmental researchers and organizations by providing vetted volunteers to aid in their research and conservation projects without adding more stress to their already full schedules. Researchers and organizations have to spend hours interviewing and vet candidates, Nova works to enable organizations and researchers to spend that time on their sustainability and conservation projects. Nova connects qualified volunteers with researchers and organizations based on the requisite experience level, budget and location preference.

We make conservation more accessible to everyone — from all walks of life with all levels of experience — by connecting people to all different types of environmental projects across the globe. We match individuals and groups with ecotourism trips, research opportunities and volunteer experiences that benefit our environment and provide unique, fulfilling educational experiences that inspire a lifetime of conservation.

Posted opportunities are removed once the application date has passed. However, submissions are often removed at the request of the original poster before the deadline at their discretion.

Nova Conservation allows users who adhere to our Values and Code of Conduct to post opportunities for free until 2021.

Yes, go to novaconservation.com/my-account, scroll to the bottom of the page and click add alert. Job alerts are fully customizable and can be set within your desired parameters such as distance, location, trip dates and more.

Opportunities posted on novaconservation.com are related to wildlife, environmental opportunities, biological sciences, life sciences, outdoor activities, natural resources and conservation. See Types of Nova Conservation Experiences below!

Vetted researchers, non-profit organizations, educational and research institutions and eco-tourism companies may post opportunities. All opportunities must follow our Code of Conduct and partners must adhere to our Values. While submitting a posting the uploader is able to choose from one or more of the following types of listings: experience, event, adventure, eco-tour, volunteer opportunity, internship, or job availability. If the opportunity does not follow our guidelines, it will not be accepted on our site.

If you have an opportunity that is not within the specified criteria above but you believe it does not violate our Values or Code of Conduct, potential partners can email us with details at novaconservationtravel@gmail.com for consideration.

 

Ethical eco-voluntour programs provide a meaningful contribution to conservation science, non-profit growth, animal welfare, and science.

 

Pay to work schemes vs true volunteering programs

 

Pay to work schemes are unethical, have no scientific or conservation contribution.

Nova Conservation’s ethical programs provide the participant with tangible skills that they can add to a resume if they choose: ie foreign language, construction, data analysis, field skills, etc.

 

Pay to Work programs which only accept participants to further their finances and force the participant to work an unfair amount, possibly against his/her will, offer nothing to the participant in return.

 

Nova Conservations Ethical programs provide opportunities for all peoples, regardless of race, income level, ethnicity.

 

Our Ethical programs respect native cultures and ecosystems.

 

Absolutely! Nova Conservation hosts a variety of experiences contributing to environmental conservation efforts around the globe. There are many volunteer opportunities, eco-tours and adventures that would be great to participate in. If you are currently enrolled in high school or college, searching our internships category is a great way to find upcoming opportunities in your area to learn more, boost your credentials and to network with like minded individuals.

We help environmental researchers and organizations by providing vetted volunteers and candidates to aid in their research and conservation projects without adding more stress to their already full schedules. Researchers and organizations have to spend hours to interview and vet candidates, so Nova works to enable organizations and researchers to spend that time on their sustainability and conservation projects while we do the vetting for them, based on their requirements.

 

All events hosted by Nova Conservation have a 100% money back guarantee.
Cancellations are to be made via email by contacting us immediatley at novaconservationtravel@gmail.com no later than 30 days from start of the event. Nova Conservation cannot offer any refunds for events posted by other companies on our site. Denovaconservation of a refund for events  hosted by other companies are the sole responsibility of that company and user. Nova Conservation is not responsible for the cancellation of events on behalf of other companies.

Once uploaded, an opportunity must be approved by a moderator. Approval should take about an hour. If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact us at novaconservationtravel@gmail.com.

To modify or close a job listing visit novaconservation.com/my-account. From your user dashboard, navigate to the bottom of the page to find your submissions and then select delete.

Yes, Nova Conservation offers fully searchable geo-located database of upcoming opportunities. These opportunities can be sorted by featured, location, upload date, tags, etc.

 

If you are interested in featuring an opportunity on novaconservation.com please contact us at novaconservationtravel@gmail.com.

When posting an opportunity, the uploader is able to choose when the listing expires. We do not manipulate the dates uploaders choose for listings .

 

Yes, if you are posting a job listing with an application, please add a URL to the application in your listing.

We match individuals and groups with ecotourism trips, research opportunities and volunteer experiences that benefit our environment and provide unique, fulfilling educational experiences that inspire a lifetime of conservation. By connecting people to all different types of environmental projects across the globe, we make conservation more accessible to everyone — from all walks of life with all levels of experience.

Yes, to make a link clickable, copy and paste the code below and replace novaconservation.com with your URL. <“https://novaconservation.com“>

Yes, while submitting a listing, the uploader is able to choose from one or more of the following types of listings: experiences, adventures, eco-tours, volunteering, and internships. The uploader can choose one or more categories and can create tags to add to the post. Tags are helpful to inform users of the necessary skills related to each opportunity.

Yes, our community forum is designed with researchers and hobbyists in mind. Users can share relevant field information, photos, details about upcoming engagement opportunities and more. Feel free to introduce yourself and take a look at our community involvement.

 

If you are a new user, start by creating an account. After successfully creating your account navigate to novaconservation.com/find-an-experience. From there you will be able to search for an opportunity and sort based on location, keywords, or tags.

 

If you are a new user, start by creating an account. After successfully creating your account navigate to novaconservation.com/submit-an-opportunity. From there you will be able to upload a listing description, set a date and time for the post to expire and give supplemental details about the opportunity.

 

Types of Nova Conservation Experiences

Internship

Nova Conservation partners with organizations and institutions to provide research internships. These are a great way to gain hands-on experience working in the field and to meet fellow researchers. Internships range in length so be sure to check the listing for more details.

Part-Time/Seasonal

These paid opportunities range from a few weeks up to one year. Opportunity lengths and hours are determined by the original uploader's job post. Check the listing for additional information.

Career

Our careers are full-time jobs offered by credible research organizations and institutions. Each career has a specific application deadline. Be sure to check the job listing for additional information.

Eco-Tours

Nova Conservation's Eco-Tours and Adventures are research and educational-based opportunities to get hands-on experience working with nature and wildlife. All companies are verified. Whether you’re looking for an adventure for a few hours or a couple of weeks, our eco-adventures cater to those looking to get involved with short-term conservation projects — tomorrow or next year.

Workshop/Learning

From a special lecture to a local presentation, find a learning event held by conservation and scientific experts! Be sure to check the listing for additional details Learn more about your hobby or discover a new one through our partners workshops and classes. Be sure to check the listing for additional details.

Volunteer

Our partners understand the importance of finding well qualified volunteers for their upcoming projects. Nova Conservation is dedicated to promoting policies of best practices for environmental research. Be sure to check the listing for additional information.

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