What employment sector do you work in?

Public Sector

How long have you had a green job for nature?

6 years

Salary Range

£25,000 – £30,000

Please describe the work that you do.

Surveying and controlling invasive species like rhododendron. Surveying peatlands for the IUCN Carbon Code Project. Marketing and communication, stakeholder involvement and contract supervision.

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

Basically my job is to walk around the most beautiful woodlands, or mostly untouched peatlands of Scotland. What is not to like about this?!

Well, sometimes you do come across badly damaged peatlands, due to recent construction work. I find it very sad and disappointing after all the different legislation being in place (and being ignored). On the other hand, it is very important to flag these non-compliances and try to prevent them in the future.

What inspired you into this career? 

I enjoy doing practical conservation. I personally prefer working towards tangible achievements over engaging in desk-based research. However, my job relies on it, too and we regularly check the newest articles for building a strong base for us.

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

It is very hard to get into a role that you actually enjoy and get enough salary to keep you going. My biggest difficulty has always been the “how to pay your bills” game.

What education/training did you have?

MSc in Ecology
PAWS Surveys (Plantations on Ancient Woodlands Sites)
Bryophytes and Mosses (species identification)
ArcGIS Pro
Small Drone Licence
Professional Photography and Videography
Project Management

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

Do not give up!

Tags: Scotland, Public sector, peatlands, woodlands

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