What employment sector do you work in?
How long have you had a green job for nature?
£25,001 – £30,000
Please describe the work that you do.
In my role, I manage the ecological aspect of various developments from small housing developments, to improvements on the railway infrastructure. My work involves carrying out ecological surveys and using the data to inform developers and landowners of the potential ecological constraints present on their project. Additionally, I can provide the necessary mitigation measures they should undertake to both protect wildlife and uphold legislation.
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
I enjoy learning the various aspects that go into supporting different infrastructures used in our daily lives. For example, I have learned a lot in regards to railway maintenance and signaling improvements. I enjoy carrying out surveys and getting the chance to see more of the UK.
Some drawbacks include a large amount of traveling and staying away from home.
What inspired you into this career?
I have always wanted to work within the nature sector and develop a better understanding of how we work with nature in our daily lives. This career opens up doors as you gain further knowledge about ecology and professional skills including dealing with clients who will be impacting nature.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
During the active season for most species (March-September) the industry becomes very busy and training can become difficult to obtain. I find it challenging to obtain licenses and find the correct experience, especially with seasonal constraints.
What education/training did you have?
I carried out an undergraduate course in Zoology, then progressed to a masters in Species Identification and Surveying Skills at the University of Reading. The masters course provided a placement with a consultancy to gain industry experience.
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
Take the time to find where your interests lie and make them known. It can be easy to accept all work provided to you but it is better to try and progress in the industry with direction.
Lastly, make sure to manage your time as it is easy to get burnt out when you are traveling for surveys and catching up on office work.