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Chartered Environmentalist - Profiles

We would like to raise awareness of the important work of Chartered Environmentalists and the CEnv qualification. 

And so, we are looking for CEnv Members who are willing to submit a career ‘profile’ which may be chosen to appear here, on the CIEEM website, in In Practice, or in other CIEEM marketing materials.  

If you would be happy to do this, please could you provide us with a career profile of between 250-500 words and include some or all of the below (*please complete):


Current position*

Current employer*

Why you joined CIEEM*

Why you applied for Chartered status*

How you found the process*

How has achieving Chartered Status impacted on the types of work you undertake?*

Would you recommend applying for CEnv to your peers and colleagues?


Volunteer work

Training courses

What is the best thing about your job?

Please write in the first person and if possible, provide a jpeg of a recent image of yourself.

Please email your profile and image to the Registration Officer


Here is our first Chartered Environmentalist Profile:

Name:  Jonathan Ayres Jon Ayres Cenv Profile

Current position:  Principal Ecologist 

Current employer:  Jacobs 

Why you joined CIEEM:  Professional recognition in a national organisation that represents ecologists. 

Why you applied for Chartered status:  It demonstrates a level of competence and professionalism which can help in your own career and benefits the organisation you work for. 

How you found the process:  It was an interesting process I was working in Australia and was on a remote survey out in a town called Winton in Central Queensland, I had already submitted the report element and had to undertake the formal interview with 3 peers, it was a challenge for the interview panel as it was done via Skype, which at the time they hadn’t used before and we all struggled through on the bad connection from the motel I was staying in. Overall I think they all enjoyed the process and full marks to the institute for being flexible with my interview. 

How has achieving Chartered Status impacted on the types of work you undertake?: The main projects I work on are still the same but my role has now changed from a field ecologist to a project manager or ecology lead, maintaining a link between the ecology teams on site and the senior management teams in the office running the projects and ensuring we work safely and provide quality work for the clients. 

Would you recommend applying for CEnv to your peers and colleagues?: Yes 

Education:  BSc (Hons) Environmental Studies 

Volunteer work:  BTCV, BCT

Training courses: Venomous snake handling and relocation, bio condition, offsetting, bat surveys 

What is the best thing about your job?:  I have worked hard and have been lucky, I had many careers before I worked out a way of gaining employment in a job I was passionate about, working in Australia the variety of wildlife and remote nature of the environments was amazing. 

Here in the UK the variety of projects we get to work on and the opportunities available for ecologists at the current time is refreshing, when I first left University there were very few jobs open to people with an interest in wildlife and habitats. 

The opportunity to work outdoors is something I appreciate I don’t like feeling cooped up in an office for too long, something we take for granted when GCN survey season is in full swing. My friends have good jobs but are still envious that we get paid to go bird watching or catching newts. If they only knew!