What employment sector do you work in?
How long have you had a green job for nature?
£40,001 – £50,000
Please describe the work that you do.
I’m a Senior Advisor in the national biodiversity section at the Environment Agency (a government arms length body).
In my role, I aim to secure the best outcomes for biodiversity through influencing and shaping legislation, policy, strategies and plans. I develop and deliver training, write guidance and provide advice.
I’m currently working with Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) and other arm’s length bodies on development of Local Nature Recovery Strategies – a new requirement in England introduced by the Environment
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
One of the best things about my job is the fantastically knowledgeable and supportive people I work with. Also, there’s always something new and interesting to learn.
What inspired you into this career?
I have always followed my interests. I chose a broad degree to discover the topics that I most enjoyed and I continued to study those at Masters level. As I’ve developed my career, I discovered more about my skills and sought opportunities to bring my interests and skills together.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
I secured a relevant role almost immediately following completion of my Masters in 2001, but for my first couple of years in work I was on short-term contracts with no long-term security. When I secured my first permanent role, I quickly discovered the culture of that organisation didn’t suit me and that development opportunities would be limited. A permanent role at the Environment Agency came up and I’ve been with this employer since 2004.
What education/training did you have?
I have a degree in Biology and a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation.
My employer has provided me many opportunities to develop my professional competence and personal performance.
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
Aim for a role that interests you, and don’t under-estimate the importance of choosing an employer whose culture and ways of working reflect the type of employer / organisation you want to work for.