What employment sector do you work in?
How long have you had a green job for nature?
£25,001 – £30,000
Please describe the work that you do.
I am a district ecologist for Forestry England, covering the west half of the Central England district. I advise on forestry operations, civil engineering works and reactional actives to ensure compliance with legislation that protects wildlife and habitats. I also comment on conservation projects and wildlife surveying on our sites.
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
It is cliché, but I love being outdoors in our forests of course! My lovely office is even in the forest. I also enjoy the variety of work, such as site walkovers in amazing habitats, surveying and desk-based activities. It is also very flexible and has a good work-life life balance. In addition, I enjoy working with like-minded people who have a passion for nature.
What inspired you into this career?
I have always been interested in animals and wildlife. As my understanding of the natural world developed, I was inspired to choose a career which allowed me to protect and enhance the environment.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
This sector is popular and at some points it was difficult gaining the experience required to gain my first role.
What education/training did you have?
A-levels in Biology, Geography and Psychology. A first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Zoology and a distinction in MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills, both from the University of Reading.
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
Work hard at your studies and gain the best mark you can as this does make you stand out. If you are studying use this time to gain experience through volunteering and work experience, as this demonstrates interest in the sector. Take time out in nature to build your knowledge of wildlife, such as birdsong and tree ID – this will impress potential employers! Consider a potential specialism and research how you can get involved with it.