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.
I still manage to get out and undertake some fish and macrophyte survey work, but I am now more involved in overseeing monitoring programmes and providing evidence internally and externally with main specialities being fish, Invasive Non-Native Species and sondes/ dataloggers.
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
Being out in a river is still my favourite part of the job and providing evidence to back up reasons for making improvements.
I have a love hate relationship with spreadsheets!
What inspired you into this career?
I have always lived in the countryside and so having a job that allows me to get outside and protect/ improve our environment was what I always wanted to do.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
Like most, I had to bide my time before the right job came up. After my degree, I volunteered with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers for a year before getting a job in academia where I was on temporary contracts for 6 years. I then got a job in the Environment Agency and after about 18 months got the job in the team I wanted to be in.
What education/training did you have?
I have a MSc in Applied Environmental Investigation.
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
Gain as much practical experience as possible and never lose your passion for learning.