We asked speakers at the 2022 Global Biodiversity Festival to share their story of how they ended up in their current career.

Emma Bean is the Kiwi Hatchery Manager at the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua, New Zealand. The National Kiwi Hatchery is New Zealand’s largest Kiwi Hatchery, hatching over 100 kiwi chicks per year - representing ~75% of all kiwi species hatched in kiwi facilities nationwide. We have successfully hatched over 2100 kiwi chicks since 1995, with an average hatch success rate of over 95%. During her career at the hatchery, she has seen the 500th kiwi chick, the 1000th, the 1500th and most recently the 2000th chick hatch. 


What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Working together to achieve a shared goal - restoring kiwi populations nationwide


When did you know you wanted to pursue the work you’re currently doing?

15 years ago, when I started volunteering with the project


Was there an educator or mentor who inspired you when you were young?

David Bellamy - brought science to life and inspired my interest in conservation.
Plus the Really Wild Show - who actually came to visit our project as part of a reunion show! [Note: The Really Wild Show is a a long-running British children's television show about wildlife, broadcast by the BBC. 


If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give to your 18-year-old self?

Work hard and follow your dreams, but go easy on yourself too! 


What advice would you give students today who want to pursue a career in STEM?

Volunteer - try lots of different fields to gain experience, even the ones you're not sure you'll like! 


What advice would you give parents who want to raise children who care about climate change, conservation, and STEM?

Be the change you want them to see.


Additional advice for future conservationists?

There often isn't much money in conservation / sustainability, but if you enjoy your job you never work a day in your life!

  • Kiwi's are such a strange and interesting creature. I see why it's New Zealand's national animal. XD 

  • She had some great advice!

  • I wonder if Kiwi's eat Kiwi fruit?

  • Kiwis remind me of dodo birds. So cool 

  • Great!