Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Marie O'Donovan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Marie O'Donovan

Environmental Officer

CRH plc

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Marie O'Donovan

You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.

You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.

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Naturalist
Naturalist
 
General
Naturalist types like work that involves 'doing' something to 'organic things', i.e. plants, animals and their produce (e.g. food). They like work that may involve nurturing plants, animals or the environment. Like Realists, Naturalists enjoy a hands-on approach, and like to see tangible results.

Interests
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Activities
Naturalist activities may include basic physical work (herding, cleaning animals, planting, food preparation), managing animal and/or plant welfare (e.g. breeding/ propagation/spraying), using an understanding of natural life-cycles to optimize productivity (as with crops, forestry and herding), using knowledge of foodstuffs to produce commercial food produce (e.g butchers, confectioners), the preparation, cooking and serving of food (e.g. chefs and their assistants).