19 January 2017
Lucy Perrins is an Assistant Ecologist based in our London office. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Zoology, Lucy got a job at WYG as a Seasonal Ecology Surveyor in August 2016 which has allowed her to gain practical experience and hands-on knowledge of how a consultancy operates.
At WYG, our people are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to their personal and professional development, allowing opportunity for individuals to add to their skills and achieve their full potential.
Lucy’s line manager, Tim Bradford, Principal Ecologist, said: “When Lucy joined as a Seasonal Ecology Surveyor, we recognised her potential through her enthusiasm and willingness to learn, so she was soon offered a full time position as an Assistant Ecologist.”
Lucy tells us more about her role at WYG:
“I started off as a Seasonal Ecology Surveyor, assisting with bat transect and emergence surveys to make sure housing developers comply with species protection laws.
My role is very varied and I’m presented with new learning experiences each day. I enjoy gaining knowledge about British animals and plants, the legislation that protects them and ways to spot the presence of particular species during field work. Training is key to my role and I take part in regular training sessions to further my knowledge which will eventually lead to me obtaining licences to survey certain habitats and species.
Since joining WYG, I’ve completed training in how to conduct bat, badger, crayfish, and reptile surveys as well as Phase 1 habitat surveys. I also now know how to use ArcGIS, an essential mapping program used in ecological consultancies.
Career progression is really valued at WYG. My career goals are supported, particularly in terms of the types of animal licences I would like to acquire. I’ve already attended barn owl training and hope to gain a licence at the end of the year.
I have discussed my career goals with Tim who is also supporting me with my application to become a member of CIEEM. I also have a ‘buddy’, another member of the ecology team, who points me in the right direction with the day-to-day tasks I undertake as a consultant. This, combined with the knowledge I can draw on from the expert ecologists in the wider team, means my future looks bright at WYG.”
Have you got what it takes to join WYG’s ecology team? Find out more by visiting wygcareers.com.
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