1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied Environmental Biology BSc (Hons) at the University of Plymouth, graduating in 2012.
2) Where do you live now?
I worked in Bristol and London after university but I currently live in Jersey, Channel Islands.
3) Tell us about your job...
I work as an assistant ecologist and countryside ranger for Nurture Ecology, which is an independent ecological consultancy based in Jersey. The role is extremely diverse and interesting but in a nutshell it is comprised of ecological Surveys, (bats, reptiles, amphibians, birds, small mammals, plants and invertebrates), land management, invasive species eradication and advice, environmental education and guided walks; producing farm biodiversity plans, research and monitoring.
I get to see so much wildlife on a day-to-day basis that I decided to set up a blog devoted to identifying and highlighting the wildlife in Jersey. I now have over 10,000 followers on the Jersey Naturalist platforms and in 2015 I was lucky enough to be voted the Environmentalist of the Year, which was the highlight of the year of me! :D Please check out www.jerseynaturalist.com and let me know what you think!
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
My first word was tractor so could have easily been a farmer but I have always been passionate about wildlife and animals so naturally I always wanted to become a vet.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
After leaving university I return home to Jersey for a couple of months to plan my next move (which was to Bristol to work within the environment agency). I think it’s important to take some time after your studies to re-evaluate and try and put a plan of action together. It’s all too easy to feel pressured into jumping into a job straight from uni, especially if peers have gained employment. I would advice people to focus on their studies and final exams, that’s already enough pressure and stress! Get the best grades that you can, and then focus on the next task of finding a job that is suited to you.
I felt confident I would get to where I wanted to be but I had no illusions it wouldn’t happen over night. I applied for quite literally hundreds of jobs after completing university and you would get knock back after knock back. In the words of Ben Howard “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong”. It just takes one employer to say yes for you to prove yourself.
7) If you could go back, what would you say to yourself on graduation day?
That’s a really tricky question! I think I would have to say, don’t worry about the little things and never be too hard on yourself. Especially in your final year, you can feel almost guilty for having a night out during the ‘revision period’ but DO IT! Let off some steam and enjoy it, you will work harder and more information will go in when you get back to it!
8) Would you have done anything different?
I honestly don’t think I would have. I had an awesome group of friends and made the most of the nights out and created memories that will stay with me forever. I worked hard when I needed to and attended as many lectures as my hangovers would allow me.
9) What inspires you?
I think it’s more WHO inspires me, and for me that’s a really easy one. Gerald Durrell. For those of you who don’t know who this inspirational man was and the legacy he has left behind, do a quick Google search! He completely changed the way we think about conservation today.
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
If you love what you do and are passionate about it, you will get there! It’s not always going to be easy and sometimes you’re going to have to do it the hard way, but you will get there. They say if you do something you love you will never have to work a day in your life, and you know what, it definitely feels that way.
11) Your three favourite words
Pandemonium (I like things to just be out of control sometimes, there is a real beauty to it), Integrity (a man is as only as good as his word) and finally compassion (just taking the time to care for someone or something else, we are all in this together)
Thank you so much Jordan for taking the time to answer our questions. We love your enthusiasm for the natural world - it's infections! Find out more about Jordan's work through the Jersey Naturalist. He's got some beautiful photographs of some weird and wonderful animals.
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