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Greetings from Thomas Wilson, Ecology Intern

Thomas Wilson, Ecology Intern

It is no exaggeration that my first few, seemingly very short, weeks working at EcoNorth have been extremely diverse, challenging and most importantly exciting.  As with any new role, I used my initial days in the office familiarising myself with the company’s administration procedures and policy documents, and developing an understanding of my responsibilities as an Ecology Intern.

I have since grasped several opportunities to broaden my understanding of the types of work conducted by an ecological consultancy.  My background in academia, practical conservation initiatives and species surveys provide a firm foundation on which to acquire key industry skills, and the team at EcoNorth has been quick to show their support of my training.

In such a short period of time I have already:

  • Achieved my CS38 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue Level 2 Certification.
  • Taken responsibility for the maintenance and LOLER inspection of the company’s climbing equipment.
  • Shadowed staff during Ecological Clerk of Works operations.
  • Taken responsibility for the implementation of a soft-engineering river bank restoration project, including making relevant purchase orders, client liaisons, writing method statements and risk assessments.
  • Drafted a project proposal and quotation.
  • Completed a selection of online learning modules including asbestos awareness and driver awareness training.

Although all of this may have appeared daunting to begin with, especially developing a head for heights  during the tree climbing course, I have learned that there are no silly questions within such a close-knit team with a wealth of practical and ecological know-how.  I fully expect that this year will slip by quickly but I intend to, at the very least, earn a level 1 or level 2 bat survey licence, which will help put my climbing certification to good use.

The winter months will soon be behind us.  I am eager to see what the busy protected species survey season brings forth and where EcoNorth will take me next.

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