Ecologists study the relationships between organisms and their environments, conducting research to understand ecosystems, biodiversity and the impact of human activities on the natural world, contributing valuable insights to conservation and sustainable environmental practices.

Day-to-day Tasks

As an ecologist you might:

  • analyse data on plants, animals and environmental conditions
  • research the impact of activities like building houses and farming on land and waterways
  • create and manage wildlife conservation areas and restoration projects
  • advise landowners and local authorities on ecological legal matters
  • raise awareness of ecological issues in local communities and promote involvement in schemes

Skills & Knowledge

You'll need:

  • science skills
  • maths knowledge for surveying and reporting
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent written communication skills
  • knowledge of wildlife and habitat regulations
  • persistence and determination
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Industry Qualifications

You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like: ecology, ecology & environmental sustainability, conservation, marine or plant biology, environmental science and zoology.

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