What employment sector do you work in?
How long have you had a green job for nature?
£30,001 – £40,000
Please describe the work that you do.
Most of my job is about trying to ensure “right tree, right place”. That may sound dull but it really isn’t! I identify existing constraints on woodland creation (e.g. priority habitat, breeding birds, peat) and try to work with nature to the best effect. As such I’ve found some fantastic habitats, often not previously known about. I’m also helping to develop Forestry Commission policy on things like wading birds, priority habitats and survey methods/standards – the latter being very important to me.
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
Many likes: working on fab sites and improving my upland botany; after years as a consultant I finally feel like I am making a positive difference; lovely colleagues; opportunity to work on national policy.
Dislikes: Salary, which is poor, much lower than I previously earned, and not commensurate with my role; not being able to make political comment on social media!
What inspired you into this career?
Generally – love of wildlife/countryside; concern about the way we treat the natural world. Specifically – I started my career in the public/NGO sector then became a consultant. After many years, I belatedly realised I didn’t belong in the private sector, nor in the midlands, and headed for the hills…..
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
Some harassment/discrimination early in my career which was largely ignored by my managers. Otherwise mostly ok, though I don’t have children – it’s noticeable that that still affects women’s careers disproportionately.
What education/training did you have?
10 O Levels, 3 A Levels, BSc (Hons) Ecology, MSc Landscape Ecology,
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
If you care, keep fighting! Seek out others to support you. If you don’t – find another profession.