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Senior Ecologist



  • Video »
  • Case Study »
    • Craig is a Senior Ecologist at a company called Aecom.
    • He carries out surveys in the development and planning sector.
    • Craig surveys rare and endangered species that are protected by law, such as otters, bats and reptiles.
    • Craig works in the consultancy sector.

  • Did you know? »
    • Ecology surveys inform a strategy for those developing sites for housing, roads, etc. for how to create or restore natural habitats for species.
    • Sometimes, translocation happens where animals are moved to another habitat.

  • Routes »
    • 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 »
    • wildlife enthusiast
    • enjoy being outdoors
    • passion for nature
    • communication skills
    • teamwork – to work with site developers
    • attention to detail
    • organisation skills
    • observational skills to ensure sites are thoroughly surveyed
    • analytical thinking to create strategies to protect species
    • determination in ensuring the best response to protecting wildlife

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Work in different settings and habitats
    2. Care for the environment
    3. Do a job that makes a difference
    4. Protect species and have a positive impact on the world
    5. Follow your passions for wildlife and nature
    6. Share your enthusiasm with other sectors
    7. Develop land in a way that benefits all
    8. Always learn about different species and habitats
    9. Practical nature of the work
    10. Opportunities for research and expertise

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

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It is a varied job, being a wildlife enthusiast who enjoys being outdoors and my passion for nature drew me to this job.