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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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Organisation: National Parks and Wildlife Service
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