Useful Publications, Resources and Websites

Student and Early Career Publications:

Where Can Ecology Take You?

This leaflet details the variety of different sectors that utilise the skills of an ecologist, what those roles can involve, as well as key employers.

Rooting for a Career in Ecology or Environmental Management

This document is aimed at those at school or university to help them to decide whether a career in ecology or environmental management is for them. It contains practical advice on the employers, the work, qualifications and qualities needed to get a job, combined with career profiles written by people already working in the sector.

What a Graduate Should Know: Survey Skills

There are a large number of undergraduate courses available in ecology or environmental management. These courses will have been designed with different endpoints in mind and consequently the course taken may have a major influence on the skills and knowledge that you will obtain.

In recent years it has become apparent that there is a shortage of people entering the profession with appropriate field skills. This document has been written so that anyone applying to study at university will know the level of field survey skills expected of a new graduate.

Field Ecology Skills Guide

The ‘Survey Skills Pyramid’, which had been developed by Sarah Whild and Sue Townsend (©2003), separated biological survey skills into levels of competence. The competence levels covered all stages of experience from beginners to experts (such as national referees). The pyramid provided an effective guideline for the development of survey skills and provided details for the expected level of experience required to progress from stage to stage. The pyramid provided the CIEEM Training, Education and Career Development Committee with a framework that could be adapted in order to match the levels of field ecology skills competence to education and career progression. The outcome is the Field Ecology Skills Guide, which has been separated into two components; education and career progression.

Environmental Sector: Fact v Fiction

This article by CIEEM’s former Training and Career Development Officer, Nick Jackson, highlights some of the myths that exist around the environmental profession.

Online Species Identification Resources 

We have pulled together some of the many online ID resources and apps for you to develop your skills from the comfort of your own bed or garden!

In Practice Articles

What Are We Looking For in a Graduate Ecologist

CIEEM Skills Gap Project

How You Can Make Networking Your Best Friend

Boost Your CV and Employability

Gaining Valuable Work Experience

Plans for Summer? Build Your Practical Ecology Skills

Advice for Students

Offseason Occupations: From Armchair Ecologists to Whistle Punks (and everything in between)

New Qualifying Grade: How can we help you get where you want to go?

CV and Interview Tips

Stress, Structure, Sanity and the Importance of a Little Self-Care

Stress, Structure, Sanity and the Importance of a Little Self-Care #2

Get Professional on Social Media

In Practice Career Profile Interviews

Laura Palmer MCIEEM, Biodiversity Officer 

Drew Lyness, Volunteer Engagement Officer


Top tips on how to use social media for your career development

Useful websites for further information:

Volunteering/work experience opportunities:

Careers advice: (Ecology) (Environmental Management)

CIEEM Student webinar – keep an eye out as we run more over the coming months!

CV/Interview tips: