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Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's 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.

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Community Work

Community Work

Are you someone motivated by people rather than money? Community work could be broadly defined as work that isn’t primarily about making money and instead is about helping the people around you.

This makes for a varied sector, encompassing many different types of organisation. It could include small groups based in one area and working to support people with particular needs, right up to national and international bodies such as the GAA or international aid organisations.

Even the largest organisations concentrate much of their activities on local communities. The bedrock of the GAA is local clubs, and people will hold events raising money for international aid agencies right across the nation.

The focus of the most valuable community work is on those who are most marginalised, the goal is to empower people of all backgrounds, ages and ability to achieve their full potential. Those working in the community are often driven by strong ideals, a belief in people's potential, a sense of justice and a desire to help the disadvantaged. The sector may not pay extremely well and demands commitment, empathy and an ability to get things done.

Occupations in Community Work
(sorted by Job Zone)

Advice Worker

Provide free, confidential and impartial advice to clients on their rights in a range of legal, financial, social, employment and general consumer issues.

Charity Officer

The title applies to various roles within charity work. The number of positions and nature of charity officer roles can differ greatly depending on the size of the organisations; some large charities require charity officers specialising in specific areas, for example marketing, fundraising, finance, public relations, or project/volunteer management.

Community Education Officer

Community education projects focus on promoting learning and educational support within local communities to encourage both individual and community development.

Community Welfare Officer

Works to ensure that individuals receive any social welfare benefits to which they are entitled.

Sports Development Officer

Promote access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. Often organise projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training for those who want to participate.

Community Development Worker / Officer

Works with individuals, families or whole communities to empower them to improve their lives.

Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Also known as Health Promotion Officer. Encourages and helps people to live a healthy lifestyle and value their well-being.