The Professional in Endangered Species Conservation: An Introduction to Standpoint Clarification

Tim W. Clark

Richard L. Wallace
School of Forestry and Environmental Sudies, Yale University, 301 Prospect St.


As society itself changes, the work and role of professionals who carry out endangered species conservation are changing. Knowing about the range of standpoints a professional can assume in conservation is one way to enhance effectiveness. Professionals may assume a variety of standpoints, depending on how they see the recovery process and their own role in it. Recovery may be viewed as a biological-technical task or a multifaceted task with biological-technical and social dimensions, An endangered species case illustrates how one professional changed her standpoint from a "conventional" one to "policy oriented" professionalism. These two forms of professionalism are compared.

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