Recruiting People to Run a Biodiversity Conservation Foundation

The task of recruiting people to run a biodiversity conservation foundation is a challenging one. This is a task that needs to be handled with a lot of care, knowing that the success of the foundation will depend, to a great extent, on the competency of staff employed to run it. Actually, based on my experience in matters to do with biodiversity conservation, I can assert that the task of recruiting staff for a biodiversity conservation foundation is much more exerting than the task of getting congressional approval for enhanced (biodiversity conservation) funding. To get the congressional approval, you just need to talk to the right lobbyists in the right manner. But to get the right staff to run a biodiversity conservation foundation, you really have to go the extra mile.

In recruiting people to run a biodiversity conservation foundation, you need to look at qualifications, experience, interests and general aptitude. You need to ensure that you are not influenced by one factor to the extent of overlooking the other important factors. This is where, for instance, you may encounter an applicant who has superb qualifications in biodiversity studies, but who has absolutely no experience in running a biodiversity conservation foundation. Alternatively, you may encounter an applicant who has lots of experience, but very dubious qualifications. In the final analysis, you may be forced to identify what is most important (between qualifications, experience, interests and general aptitude), and opt for the person who has that which you consider to be most important. But ideally, you should aim to get staff who have the right mix of all these things.

The effort you need to put in while recruiting people to run a biodiversity conservation foundation depends on the sensitivity of the role you are recruiting for. The whole thing can be compared to credit cards approval: where people applying for credit cards with high credit limits tend to be subjected to greater scrutiny than people applying for credit cards with low credit limits. This is because the credit cards with higher credit limits are much more sensitive to issue than the credit cards with lower credit limits. It is the same with the roles in a biodiversity conservation foundation: where the recruitment of people to handle sensitive roles in the foundation requires much more effort than the recruitment of people who are to handle less sensitive roles in the biodiversity conservation foundation.

The Cost of Running a Biodiversity Advocacy Organization

I have lately been interested in ascertaining how much it costs to run a biodiversity advocacy organization. This is because, as I said in the last blog post, I am seriously considering setting up an organization to advocate for biodiversity conservation. I have already gotten rough estimates of how much it is likely to cost me initially, to get the organization up and running. What I am now trying to figure out is how much it is likely to cost me to keep the organization running, once I manage to set it up.

I appreciate that one expense that is likely to consume a lot of money is that of hiring premises for the organization.  Of course, I have the option of running the advocacy out of my home office. But I reckon that I am likely to be more credible if I run it from a proper office.

I also appreciate that another expense that is likely to consume quite a bit of money is that of paying the staff salaries. I reckon that I have the option of either paying the staff directly, or using an online payroll accounting solution. One online payroll accounting solution that I am really considering signing up for is the one that is known as Securitasepay. Reading through the various online reviews, it has become clear to me that the said Securitasepay payroll solution is one that is very well regarded. That is therefore the solution I am considering using in paying my workers. But the first concern is, of course, that of figuring out where I will be getting the money to pay the workers. Then the technicalities of preparing the payroll can be dealt with later.

It is also clear to me that I will have to incur other overheads, while running the biodiversity advocacy organization. It is obvious that I will have to spend quite a bit of money fueling the organization’s vehicles. It is also obvious that I will have to spend lots of money publishing the literature to push my advocacy message. A bit of money may also go into things like organizing advocacy meetings and buying media airtime to push the advocacy message.

Setting Up an Organization to Advocate for Biodiversity Conservation

I have dedicated most of my life to advocating for biodiversity conservation. Previously, I did this through other people’s advocacy organizations. But now, I am thinking of setting up my own advocacy organization. In one of the older blog posts, I argued that the most important thing in conservation of biodiversity is proper identification and protection of endangered species. Today, I am not so sure. If you asked me today, I would tell you that the most important thing in conservation of biodiversity is proper advocacy. It is the proper advocacy that will, in turn, lead to the identification and protection of endangered species. And this advocacy can only happen within the framework of organizations. This is why I am thinking of setting up my own advocacy organization.

The logistics of getting the organization registered are not challenging. To me, it is just a question of going to the Sunbiz.org website, and applying to incorporate this sort of organization — as a non-profit entity. Unknown to many people is the fact that the Sunbiz website also caters for non-profits. There is, of course, some vetting that I will have to undergo. But I don’t expect this to be a challenge to me: seeing that I already have the credentials to set up such an organization.

The area where I really expect to encounter challenges is that of getting funding for my advocacy organization. I have no illusions that this will be easy. Some of the people I previously worked for are almost certainly bound to try to sabotage me. I also know that the funding for these sorts of things comes with lots of strings attached. But I also have confidence in my fund-raising abilities. I know that if I really apply my mind to the task of securing funding for my biodiversity advocacy organization, I will eventually be able to get it.