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Ecologist and Senior Lecturer

Canterbury Christ Church University


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  • Case Study »

    Joe is a Senior Lecturer in the Life Sciences Department at Canterbury Christ Church University.

    He also has a commercial mushroom growing business!

    Joe has done a lot of work in biology and ecology, so here we will focus on the ecology side of Joe’s career.

  • Did you know? »

    Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.

  • Routes »
    • a university course
    • an apprenticeship
    • working/experience

    University: You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like ecology, conservation, biology, zoology, marine biology, environmental science, ecology and
    environmental sustainability.

    Apprenticeship: You may be able to do a postgraduate ecologist degree apprenticeship. You'll need a qualification and experience in an ecological science to apply.

    Volunteering/Experience: Volunteering is a great way to get experience and may improve your chances of finding work. You can also build up contacts within conservation, which will be useful when looking for jobs. You can find volunteering opportunities with: The Conservation Volunteers, National Trust, The Wildlife Trust.

  • Entry Requirements »

    University: 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree, or a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.

    Apprenticeship: a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • maths knowledge
    • analytical thinking skills
    • the ability to read English
    • thinking and reasoning skills
    • excellent verbal communication skills
    • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • ambition and a desire to succeed
    • the ability to use your initiative
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Your workplace can vary – both indoors and outdoors
    2. Opportunity to support environmental issues
    3. Research opportunities
    4. Areas of expertise are vast and varied
    5. Work can vary from working with the environment, to predicting weather and climate, to working with animals
    6. Progress to lecturing, management, etc.
    7. Work in an area that you are passionate and care about
    8. Make a difference to the environment, climate, etc.
    9. Consult on projects that will help your community
    10. Find a cause to use your expertise in supporting

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Senior ecologist
    • Researcher
    • Teaching/Lecturing
    • Team Lead
    • Consultancy
    • Environmentalist

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