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Chloe Kinsella

Engineer - Carbon

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  Chloe Kinsella

People working as carbon specialist come from many different backgrounds. In fact one of my former colleagues came from a genetics background, while the others were from an engineering background.

In Ireland at the moment it is quite hard to get into the carbon space so you may have to go abroad for training.

To pursue a career in engineering it is important to have a strong technical background.

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Conservation Officer - Nature

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Manages the local environment towards preserving and protecting areas of natural beauty and promoting biodiversity.


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Conservation Officers are concerned with the local environment towards preserving and protecting our heritage, areas of natural beauty, and promoting biodiversity.

Their role typically involves promoting awareness of environmental issues and encouraging people to use the countryside in an informed and respectful manner. Conservation Officers may also work with national organisations such as the National Trust,  The Heritage Council, and charities engaged in conservation work.

Some roles may involve advising local government, for example, work with local authorities on conservation protected species. Conservation Offcers also work for national organisations such as the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and conservation charities such as the Irish Wildlife Trust or Birdwatch Ireland. There may also be opportunities with Private Consultancy firms.

 


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Some entrants begin their careers as volunteers and move into paid employment once they have gained a significant amount of experience.

Last Updated: August, 2015


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Organisation: National Parks and Wildlife Service
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  Tel: (01) 8882000 / LoCall 1890 202 021
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Organisation: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  Address: PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford
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Organisation: Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
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