What employment sector do you work in?

Public Sector

How long have you had a green job for nature?

22 years

Salary Range

£40,001 – £50,000

Please describe the work that you do. 

I support National Permitting and Area teams in England with complex permits that require support on Habitat Regulations, CRoW Act and other conservation legislation. Often liaising with Natural England and other ecologists to identify solutions that support people and wildlife. It can be complicated and the devil is often in the detail. Working with my teams who are dispersed across England, we find solutions for problems, triggered by the ever increasing pressure of the human population. 

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

My role is always changing, due to the variety of protected sites around England. I like helping people to find solutions and also learn about our amazing wildlife. Sadly though I am not in the ‘green stuff’ as often as I would like. 
I am also a deliverer, so I dislike some of the systems and paperwork that can get in the way. Luckily, in my role, I can change this for the better! 

What inspired you into this career? 

I studied as a Marine Biologist / Chemical Oceanographer and then worked in marine Aquariums. I knew I could do more, so found working at the Environment Agency the perfect place. Like minded people, with amazing skills and a real drive to make this a better world! 

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

There are always challenges around the political drive and funding for improving wildlife. Like a roller coaster this has its ups and downs. I am very pleased that at the moment, this is on the up. 

What education/training did you have? 

I originally studied Marine Biology / Chemical Oceanography at Bangor University and gained a BSc (Hons). I then learnt about the real world in a variety of marine aquariums around the country. 

Upon joining the Environment Agency I worked through nearly every job, gaining knowledge and skills, finally becoming a national senior advisor. 

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

Talk to everyone, listen to everyone and carefully stand your ground. Find a role that you love and work hard! 

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