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, along with a small team, manage two projects within NatureScot.
The 30×30 Project – how Scotland will reach its target of having at least 30% of terrestrial areas conserved for nature by the year 2030.
The Nature Networks project – whereby land across Scotland will be better connected for nature allowing for greater movement and resilience.
Both projects main goal is to end biodiversity loss in Scotland and reverse the trend or ‘bend the curve’!
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
It allows me to talk with many people from across a real spread of sectors to try and find the solutions to some of the key problems nature in Scotland is facing.
Whilst the current situation is difficult, working with such a broad group of people who are all trying to reverse the trend of biodiversity loss is really inspiring.
What inspired you into this career?
Since I was very young I’ve always been amazed by wildlife and nature and it simply never lost any of its fascination for me.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
Like many people it took quite a while for me to find that first green job post studies.
I was lucky enough to have an understanding employer during this time who allowed me to work flexible hours so I could keep volunteering with local environmental NGOs and ‘keep my toe in’.
The only other challenge was having to move quite far from friends/family to be able to secure a ‘green job’.
What education/training did you have?
A BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Conservation and Management of Protected Areas.
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
Don’t put restrictions on yourself when applying for green jobs.
The perfect candidate described in a job role very rarely exists and the individual experiences you have, or different background you’re coming from, can count for a lot.
Also, there’s so many ‘green job’ roles that exist that I wasn’t aware of before working in this profession. Your career will keep twisting and turning so don’t worry too much if that first job doesn’t sound like the perfect role for you.