What employment sector do you work in?

Private Sector

How long have you had a green job for nature?

2 years

Salary Range

£25,001 – £30,000

Please describe the work that you do. 

As an Ecologist, my main role would be to visit proposed sites to identify habitats and species present. It is of particular importance to note any and all protected or endangered habitats and species so no harm comes to them. The data that is gathered is then compiled into the appropriate reports, identifying and highlighting any significant concerns identified. Currently my work has evolved to include the use of detection dogs to find those species that are often elusive to the human eye. 

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

The best aspect of a job as an ecologist would be the often wild and wonderful areas we visit. Each day is a chance to learn something new and to expand your knowledge. Ultimately to see projects be completed in such a manner that as little impact as possible is made, and where it is, compensation is incorporated, is very satisfying.

What inspired you into this career? 

My love for the outdoors and being out and about inspired me to undertake a college degree in Wildlife Biology which has led me here. 

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

So far in my working career, I have indeed faced many challenges, but none too great to stop me from progressing. I am fortunate enough to be part of a company with a wide knowledge range but better still is the openness and willingness to share this knowledge. Challenges are easier to overcome with grit, which you will find plenty of in this sector. 

What education/training did you have? 

Honors Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Biology from Munster Technological University.

LANTRA accredited Conservation Detection Dog Handler; Canine Behavior Training Diploma 
Dog Training Diploma; currently training as a Conservation Detection Dog Trainer.

During my time with MKO Ireland, I have undertaken numerous training days from bat surveys, mammal surveys, grassland identification and bryophyte identification.

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

Get out there and take part in as many training courses and workshops as you can. 
CIEEM have a number of training courses regularly taking place and also keep an eye on local wildlife groups in your area. There are so many people out there who are all too happy to share and spread the knowledge they have. 

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