|Environment, Economics and Ecology|
|Portfolio Lead: Forests and Oceans|
|Charity and voluntary sector|
|Small business (0-49 employees)|
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A day in the life of a Portfolio Lead: Forests and Oceans in the United Kingdom
What I do
I lead the forests and oceans portfolios for an environmental foundation based in London. The job involves in-depth research to identify priorities and partners (to fund) for each portfolio; building up relationships with partners and others in the sector; networking; and producing written materials about our work.
What I like most
Working with amazing partners around the world.
What I like least
Hearing almost daily about the horrendous threats facing environmental human rights defenders.
My career goals when I graduated
Find a career involving wildlife and do something that makes a difference.
My career history
Before starting at SE, I've volunteered for conservation charities and held research and communications positions in academia and UK charities.
Courses taken since graduation
MSc Environment and Development; PhD International Development Policy
How my studies have helped my career
My BSc at York gave me experience on a wide range of environment issues and helped show me how important being an inter-disciplinarian can be! My MSc and PhD have developed my critical research skills and more in-depth knowledge on particular issues, such as African wildlife conservation.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
Same place :)
My advice about working in my industry
Really let your passion for the environment/nature shine through in your job applications. Qualifications and experience are important, but recruiters also need to know why you want the job.
Volunteer, do internships, travel, attend conferences - it is such a competitive sector and the more connections you can make and experience you can gain, the better!
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