Nature conservation officers work to protect, manage and enhance the local environment. This can include grassland, woodland, forests, coastal areas, moorland, mountains and rivers. Depending on the region, officers might also work in marine habitats.
Part of their role is to encourage people to use the countryside and promote awareness of, and understanding about, the natural environment. They also develop policy which may have local and national impact.
In conjunction with their counterparts in other voluntary and statutory organisations, they set and promote targets within national biodiversity action plans and advise and negotiate with employers.
With a remit to educate and raise awareness of environmental issues, nature conservation officers work with all sectors of the local community including local schools and colleges.
Job titles within this sector are varied and include sustainable development officers; project officers or biodiversity officers; conservation assistants and technicians.
Tasks often involve:
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