Working to protect the environment: Liam's story

Meet Liam, 25, from Shropshire, and find out about life as a catchment officer at the Wessex Rivers Trust. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

It's my job to help make the river a better place for biodiversity and wildlife.

  • Liam's job combines his knowledge of aquatic science with his passion for fishing
  • Liam preferred practical subjects and chose A-level Maths and a BTEC in Countryside Management at college
  • His job is to restore riverbeds and floodplains and to keep water levels safe.

What to expect if you want to be a catchment officer

Liam's job focuses on rivers and river restoration. His job is similar to the role of countryside officer – they manage, protect and improve the rural environment.

  • Countryside officer salary: £18,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Countryside officer working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You could get this job through a university course, a college course, or an apprenticeship. For example, you could take an advanced apprenticeship in an area such as environmental conservation. For this type of apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths. Paid or unpaid work experience can be very useful when applying for jobs. Organisations like the Conservation Volunteers, the National Trust and the Wildlife Trusts offer training for volunteers.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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