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Career Profiles

There are a large number of job roles and career paths within ecology and environmental management. Below are a selection of case studies provided by CIEEM members. If you would like to contribute your story, please complete our Career Path Questionnaire >>

Science and Research

Ecological research covers a broad range of topics and is carried out by academic institutions and research centres funded by organisations such as the Research Councils. Research will often involve a significant amount of time carrying out practical and fieldwork.

Employers: Universities, Research Councils (such as the Natural Environment Research Council), government departments and industrial clients.

Peter Glaves MCIEEM - Director   of Enterprise and External Engagement

Simon Tollington - Postdoctoral   Research Associate

 The Government and Statutory Sector

Many departments and agencies of central and local Government have responsibilities to promote or have regard to the conservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape quality. Employment opportunities in this sector are a direct result of UK and European Union policies.

Employers: Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, Environment Agency, government departments such as Defra, Local Planning Authorities and National Park Authorities.

Viv Roberts - Marine Advisor

Tim Liddiard MCIEEM - Senior   Natural Environment Officer

Jack Haynes - Land Management Adviser

Julia Massey MCIEEM - Technical   Officer, Biodiversity

Louise Comley - Environmental   Monitoring Assistant

Patrycja Meadows - Environmental   Monitoring Officer

Pete Stevens MCIEEM - Ecologist

Alex McDonald - Biodiversity Technical Officer

Amy Buckenham ACIEEM - Environmental Monitoring Officer

Rebecca Tibbetts MCIEEM - Lead   Adviser


Business and Industry

All industries impact on the natural environment in some way. Environmental action (and employment opportunities), are driven by legislation on pollution and the requirement for environmental impact assessments (EIAs) to be carried out in the planning stages of development.

Employers: Industries involved in mineral extraction, growing and processing food, production and supply of energy, pest control, civil engineering.

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Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

NGOs are usually charitable organisations carrying out practical conservation, research, recording and monitoring activities and campaigning. Competition for salaried employment is intense; many roles are carried out by volunteers and work can be seasonal.

Employers: RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, Greenpeace, Groundwork Trusts, National Biodiversity Network (NBN).

Stephen Bradley MCIEEM - Ranger

Gwen Potter - Head Ranger

Liz Wade - Academy Ranger

Simon Vining - Ranger


The Media and Public Relations

Ecologists can be employed in film making, authoring books and as environment correspondents for newspapers and TV. Public relations focus more on maintaining an effective public image for organisations that depend on the goodwill of the public. In each of these roles there is strong emphasis on excellent communication.

Employers: Universities, research councils (such as the Natural Environment Research Council - NERC), government departments and industrial clients.

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Science Education

Education can include formal classroom teaching, teaching in field study centres and education roles with NGO’s and other organisations. All include generating resources, activities and ideas that help people of all ages to understand ecology and its relevance in their lives.

Employers: Schools, field study centres, learned societies.

Gemma Lewry - Field Studies Instructor


Ecological Consultancy

Consultancies undertake research on behalf of their clients, reporting on field surveys and advising on ecological matters related to environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and mitigation and translocation.

Employers: Consultants can be self-employed and often develop highly specialist skills in a few critical areas or they can be employed by consultancies of varying sizes. They may also combine this role with a more formal employment such as for the Wildlife Trusts, research institutes or universities.

Jess Batchelor ACIEEM - Ecologist

Conor Reid - Graduate Ecologist

Darren Towers - Head of Sustainability and Environmental Leadership

Ed Parr Ferris MCIEEM - Partner /   Consultant

Hugh Dixon MCIEEM - Principal   Ecologist

Lizy Tinsley - Assistant Ecologist

Rachel Fine Grad CIEEM - Ecologist