Course studied: BSc (Hons) Environmental Biology
Graduating year: 2003
Job: Jenni runs her own Ecological Consultancy (Tor Ecology) in Devon.
Jenni graduated from Bath Spa with a degree in Environmental Biology. She currently owns her own company in Devon (www.torecology.co.uk).
"I really enjoyed all the field trips, but in particular Marine Biology’s where we spent most of the week working on various beaches mapping all the different tidal zones. It was fascinating."
What have you done since graduating from Bath Spa?
During my second year of university I managed to get a job at an Environmental Consultancy in Bath (Nicholas Pearson Associates; www.npaconsult.co.uk). It started off as a summer/holiday/any-time-they-needed-me job and gradually I started taking on more and more responsibility. By the time I graduated they had a place for me as a full time Graduate Ecologist. I haven’t looked back since then!
What is your current role?
10 years later, I now run my own Ecological Consultancy (Tor Ecology) in Devon [www.torecology.co.uk]. Having worked at NPA for about 5 years, I then moved over to working on Highways projects. After doing that for nearly 4 years I decided that I wanted to have more flexibility and a change of scene, so I upped sticks and moved to Devon. I started out as a self-employed sub-contractor and gradually built up my client base. I made the leap to starting my own consultancy a few years later. One of my clients is Miller Construction (UK) Limited and I am currently involved with works on the Bath Spa University site!
Typical day in the current job?
I employ a Senior Ecologist and so I spend quite a lot of time organising what we are both going to be doing for the week ahead. I also spend time liaising with clients, putting quotes together for new work, and trying to fit in all the project work that I am still involved in.
Most favourite part of current job?
I absolutely LOVE undertaking protected species surveys. I am particularly passionate about working with bats and badgers, and love nothing more than crawling around an attic or in a hedgerow looking for signs (usually poo!) of these fascinating creatures.
…least favourite part?
Accounts and marketing!
How did your course at Bath Spa help to prepare you for employment?
The course at Bath Spa was really varied and also very hands on. The campus itself is the perfect site for undertaking protected species surveys and we did a lot of our fieldwork there. One module in particular was geared at writing environmental impact assessments and that really helped me to get a firm understanding of what was required in my future career.
Best memory of your time at Bath Spa?
I really enjoyed all the field trips, but in particular Marine Biology’s where we spent most of the week working on various beaches mapping all the different tidal zones. It was fascinating.
Tips for current Science students?
I think it’s really hard for graduates to find work these days. I know as an employer that what people are really looking for with a new employee is extra-curricular experience. I would advise anyone studying now to do as much volunteering as possible and pester some local businesses for work too. Any little extras you can add to your CV will count!
“… love nothing more than crawling around an attic or in a hedgerow looking for signs (usually poo!) of these fascinating creatures.”
“! would advise anyone studying now to do as much volunteering as possible and pester some local businesses for work too.”