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What are employers looking for in an ecologist or environmental manager?

General qualities required for success in ecological work include:

  • self motivation;
  • teamwork;
  • computer literacy; and
  • communication and negotiating skills.

Additional qualities and skills that are beneficial to working in the area of ecology are:

  • a passion for animals and plants;
  • a thorough knowledge of the functioning of natural systems;
  • good academic qualifications in ecology, biology and other related subjects;
  • expertise in one or more groups of living organisms;
  • the facility to fill others with enthusiasm about the natural world;
  • enjoyment of fieldwork;
  • the endurance needed to complete tedious and sometimes uncomfortable tasks in field or laboratory; and
  • an objective approach to conservation issues.

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Where do Ecologists and Environmental Managers work?

Employers recognise that trained ecologists have a diverse range of skills and therefore a background in ecology and/or environmental management can lead to a variety of career paths.

Further information about each employment sector can be found below:

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