Rosemary H works at CAFRE as a countryside management lecturer. She values the volunteering and gap year she did - "you basically graduate, you've got a qualification but you haven't got the experience, and I think volunteering and doing the gap year helped me, cos I was making myself different from all the rest of the graduates".
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DescriptionConservation and environmental associate professionals are responsible for the day-to-day running and management of areas of the countryside and the wider environment in a way that reconciles the interests of conservation, land owners and the public. They carry out practical conservation activities and assist in promoting awareness of the natural environment.
QualificationsEntrants typically possess a relevant BTEC/SQA award or similar qualification and have prior related experience, often as a volunteer. Apprenticeships and NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects at Levels 2 and 3 are available.
- Assists with ecological surveys to identify plant and animal species, map their habitat and draw up conservation plans;
- Implements schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats;
- Assists with environmental audits and impact assessments;
- Organises and supervises conservation projects and the work of part-time and voluntary staff;
- Provides information and education to the public through setting up displays, writing leaflets and making presentations;
- Organises guided walks and answers questions from the public about an area and its wildlife;
- Works with the emergency services in instances of fire, flood, injury or mountain rescue.
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