Conservation and Design Officer
North East Lincolnshire County Council
Stephen P is a Conservation and Design Officer for North East Lincolnshire County Council. He makes sure the historic environment is in a good state to be passed on to the community's children and grandchildren. "The biggest mistake I made would probably been when I was about 14 or 15 in not realising that I did have an artistic side and that art combined with history was really my big passion in life and that's what I should have been doing rather than the maths or the sciences. I was very much pushed in that direction both specifically by my parents and also by the general society around me." But his wife supported him while he studied for a degree in architectural conservation, which enabled him to get his dream job.
More information about Conservation professionals
The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionConservation professionals are responsible for ensuring that landscapes, habitats and species are protected and enhanced via appropriate management and conservation. They promote public understanding and awareness of the natural environment and help to develop and implement appropriate policies to achieve these objectives.
QualificationsEntrants normally require a degree in a relevant subject, sometimes with a related postgraduate qualification. Entry is also possible with a relevant BTEC/SQA Award or HND. Prior practical work experience (which may be obtained on a voluntary basis) is needed for most posts. Additional on-the-job training is available.
- Promotes and implements local and national biodiversity action plans, particularly with regard to threatened species and habitats;
- Carries out environmental impact assessments and field surveys;
- Implements, evaluates and monitors schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats;
- Provides advice and information to government at national and local levels, clients, landowners, planners and developers to facilitate the protection of the natural environment;
- Liaises with other groups in the selection and maintenance of the Protected Site System including Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Ramsar sites, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs);
- Maintains and develops knowledge in relevant policy areas within a national and European legislative context;
- Promotes conservation issues via educational talks, displays, workshops and literature and liaison with the media;
- Prepares applications for funding to other organisations, and assessing applications for funding from other organisations;
- Carries out research into aspects of the natural world.