What employment sector do you work in?
How long have you had a green job for nature?
£40,001 – £50,000
Please describe the work that you do.
I run a busy publishing department for an environmental charity. A key part of my work is developing wildlife identification guides. I work with authors, artists, designers and partners developing text and layouts till it’s the final published book. I also oversee the sales team who handles our e-commerce and trade sales, distributing over 130,000 wildlife and nature guides a year. The other side of my role is business management – developing business plans, budgets, forecasts and managing health and safety.
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
I’m lucky to have a job which can make a difference. Successful identification is fundamental to survey work and biological recording – if we can’t name it, we can’t protect it.
What inspired you into this career?
I was working in research and lecturing, and this job came up and the resource development side interested me. I could see I had the skills needed from developing teaching resources and handouts, producing conference posters and editing papers.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
The challenge is to keep growing the sales as this supports the development of new products and the charity’s work.
What education/training did you have?
Degree in Plant Science, DPhil Biology, ILM5 Level 5 Certificate in Leadership, IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) – Managing Safely
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
Think of what transferable skills you have. You might not have work experience but can show how you have teamwork, research, writing and editing from coursework or from your social media/blogs.