What employment sector do you work in?

NGO Sector

How long have you had a green job for nature?

25 years

Salary Range

£25,001 – £30,000

Please describe the work that you do. 

Advisory work on the health of soil, water, and biodiversity. Team leading in a partnership project with a water company. Managing a Facilitation Fund with 30 farmer members. Training and leading volunteers doing conservation work. Advising on policy. Admin. Training of new employees. Media /public speaking. 

What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?

I enjoy the variety of situations/roles/people I work with and roles and working with farmers. 
I dislike the admin and that salaries vary/are generally lower than in industry 

What inspired you into this career? 

Declining wildlife and habitats and a desire to make things better. 

Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far? 

There are always challenges in progressing, often new roles are time-limited/grant funded, may not be near living location, salary issues, the willingness of the existing employer to review the current role so one doesn’t necessarily have to leave, confidence. 

What education/training did you have? 

Maybe too much! MSc. Qualified Agronomist and ongoing training/continuing professional development around biodiversity, habitats, larger landscape projects…e.g., wilding, water habitats, leadership training, 

What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession? 

Don’t be afraid to apply for something. Often jobs ask for high qualifications but that’s often an aspiration and if you have an ‘I can do’ attitude training may well be offered …there is frequently a shortage of applicants. 

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