What employment sector do you work in?

Private

How long have you had a green job for nature?

10 years

Salary Range

> £50,000

Please describe the work that you do.

Ecologists help clients get planning permissions through various ecological surveys. In addition, working on a low-cost device to bring bird and bat classification to help monitor BNG post-development.

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

As an independent ecologist, I love the freedom and ability to help the environment through undertaking ecological surveys and delivering Biodiversity Net Gain on site.

What inspired you into this career? 

Originally I am from Estonia which is a country full of beautiful coastline, woodlands and other various natural landscapes. When I arrived in London at the age of ten, I felt like I was missing the nature element in my life and always felt the need to be connected hence I chose to be an ecologist.

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

When started off at the early stages of my career, I felt that I was used and abused however over time I learnt how to balance my work/life load and say no to many projects.

What education/training did you have?

MSc, PGDip and BSc (Hons)

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

Stay persistent, change frequently, volunteer for local wildlife trust/groups and don’t let consultancies take advantage of you.

Tags: England, Ecologists

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