What employment sector do you work in?

Public Sector

How long have you had a green job for nature?

2 Years

Salary Range

£25,001 – £30,000

Please describe the work that you do. 

I work for the Environment Agency as a Biodiversity Officer in Thames Area. I am the main point of contact for the Kennet catchment, which includes internationally important chalk streams, various SSSIs and SACs. This is a diverse and exciting patch to work in. My job is to work on protecting and enhancing the natural environment. I do this by commenting on planning applications and taking part in river restoration projects to protect and enhance the Kennet catchment. 

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

I like that I am able to influence people into thinking more environmentally when they are planning or building something new. Additionally, restoring rivers is important to the environment, as water is essential to life in all ecosystems. 

What inspired you into this career?

I have always cared about the environment, as this was something that my mum always talked about and cared about when I was growing up. This became something I felt really strongly about as I learnt more about this issue. I became passionate about the environment and started instilling sustainable practices in my everyday life. I then realised that I could make a real difference if I worked in this industry. 

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

I started on a graduate scheme at the Environment Agency but found it difficult to find a permanent position within the EA. I did many applications and interviews with no success, but then I managed to get a position doing exactly the type of job I wanted when I left university. This is the role I am in now. The waiting and hard work paid off. 

What education/training did you have?

I gained a 2:1 in BSc Environment Management at the University of Reading. 

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

Be passionate and show your passion for protecting the environment. Find work experience and conduct lots of fieldwork. Working outside and having that passion is what is mostly valued in this industry. Ask lots of questions, as there are many passionate people who have worked in the industry for years who will be more than willing to give you advice and knowledge. 

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