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Ecology Consultancy – 6-step Career Kick-starter Program

*** NEXT ONE STARTS 3rd March 2022 Book now to secure your place – every Thursday 7-8.30pm.***

Who is this for?

Are you struggling to get an interview or need some more confidence to start applying for jobs in ecological consultancy? Or do you want to know what to do next to get into this exciting career?

Ideally you would need a relevant degree or a fair amount of experience and would like to get into Ecology Consultancy as a career but if you lack these we might still be able to help get your career on track.

What is the objective of the program?

To give you the confidence to move your career plan forward, gain the skills and knowledge you need and to start applying for jobs*. During the program you will explore your current and missing skills, how to get experience, how to improve your CV and apply for jobs, which jobs are best for you and what to expect in your first job and how to get it to work for you. You will also have a clear career plan. All the way through the programme we will look at what might be holding you back, and how to feel more confident in your career aspirations. We will be supporting you to feel ready to apply for jobs.

You may be advised to take more training depending on where the gaps are in your skill set and this will most likely take longer than the 6 week program. You may also feel you want to get more experience outside the workplace before applying for jobs so we give tips on getting experience.

*this is not a training course, more of a coaching/mentoring program. If you need further training it is available at extra cost.

What is Ecological Consultancy?

People who are passionate about wildlife who work professionally in consultancy doing surveys, writing reports and supervising site works. Our main clients are usually architects, developers, landowners and councils.

We work mainly on development projects to find the best outcome for wildlife, especially protected species such as bats, dormice, badgers, water voles and more. We do this by doing surveys, assessing impacts, giving advice on reducing or mitigating impacts and writing reports.

You may also get involved in a range of other wildlife-related projects including habitat management plans, biodiversity net gain, environmental impact assessments and more!

What makes this a good career for me?

If you are passionate about wildlife, love being outdoors, have good organisational and writing skills, like a challenge, love learning and want career progression, then this could be the career for you.

Ideally you would have a relevant degree and some experience to put onto your CV. If you are lacking any of these get in touch and we may need to find an alternative path for you and your particular circumstances.

More about this program

This is a short 6-week program to work on getting you ready for this career. The idea is to prepare a career plan, CV, skills and more to make sure you have the best opportunity to gain employment.

Each week you will be provided with some materials to go through and there will be a 1.5 hour webinar on Thursday evenings to discuss and think about these topics and you will be provided with a workbook to work through and make notes to help you clarify what you need to do next. Between webinars you will have tasks that you decide to carry out to move your career forward.

The 6 steps:

1.What is an ecological consultant and is it for me?

This session covers:

  • The role of the ecological consultant
  • Consultancies as businesses
  • Self-employment options
  • Skill set needed to become an ecologist

By the end of the session you will have a clearer idea of any skills that you are missing and anything that might stop you moving forward.

2. What skills do I need?

This session covers:

  • Key skills needed
  • Exploring your current skills
  • What can you build on?
  • What is missing in your skill set?

By the end of the session you will have listed your current skills, which ones you can build on and which skills you need to get.

3. Make a plan

  • Prepare your future vision
  • Make a 5-year and 10 year plan
  • Have written goals that are SMART
  • Using To Do lists.

By the end of this session you will have a clearer vision of your direction and will make a start on your 5 and 10 year goals. More work will be needed in your own time.

4. Getting experience and knowledge

  • Getting experience to get noticed
  • How to get experience and where
  • Working towards protected species survey licences
  • Identifying what training and skills you need to get jobs

By the end of this session you will know a lot about how to get experience and how to approach people that can help. You will also have more clarity on what further training you may need. If you have any experience ideas to share with the group that would be greatly appreciated!

5.Applying for jobs

  • How to do a good CV that gets you noticed
  • Are you ready to apply yet?
  • What is your confidence level?
  • Which jobs to apply for
  • Interviews and how to prepare.

By the end of this session you will have some ideas of how to increase the attraction of your CV, which are the best types of jobs to apply for, identify when you might be ready to apply for jobs, and how to prepare for interviews.

6. Your first job and beyond

  • What to expect in your first job
  • How to make sure your new job works for you
  • Starting to develop specialisms
  • Seasonal work
  • Working towards licences
  • Exploring anything holding you back

By the end of this session you should be clear on what to expect from your first job and how to maximise your experience so you get the best out of the job.

You may be advised to take more training or get more experience depending on where the gaps are in your skill set and this will most likely take longer than the 6 week program.

Who will be teaching it?

Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM, Principal Ecologist with 19 years’ experience as an ecological consultant will be running the webinars. Sue has been teaching ecology courses for 15 years and has helped hundreds of people to gain employment in ecological consultancy.

Why should I choose ETUK to help me?

Ecology Training UK is the biggest training centre for ecology and conservation courses in the UK with dozens of taught and online courses available to help you reach your goals. Hundreds of students are trained each year with great success.

What our students say about the course:

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for the Ecology Career Kickstarter course. I thoroughly enjoyed each session and particularly found creating actions for each week very useful. The course has given me a clear understanding of what I need to do to change my career direction into ecology and given me the confidence, skills and knowledge to get started. I found the session on setting ten year and five year goals brilliant and it was good to meet the other people on the course as well and hear their stories. I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in ecology.” BN

When does the next program start?

The next program starts on 3rd March 2022. Each session is at 7pm – 8.30pm.


What does it cost?

£300 + VAT – that’s only £50 + VAT a session – what great value!


How many students will be on the course?

A maximum of 20 to allow for discussions.


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