New roles for UWTSD graduates protecting and enhancing the environment


UWTSD Environmental Conservation graduates Casey-Jo Zammit and Natasha Rose Dodds are about to put their skills and expertise into practice.

Casey-Jo Zammit will start a new role as a ranger, working for the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, in November.

Casey-Jo, will start a new role as a ranger, working for the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, in November and Natasha has secured a job as an Ecologist at Thomson Ecology Environmental Consultancy.

Environmental conservation professionals have the knowledge that is required to meet the many challenges our environment faces. Challenges such as reinstating woodlands, habitat conservation, coastal protection and managing waste as a resource.

The Environmental Conservation course at UWTSD teaches students how to effectively manage wildlife and habitats as well as appreciate the role of governance and social benefits in decision making. The opportunity to study the environment from this multi-disciplined perspective helps them to become a true ambassador for environmental conservation in the future.

The Isle of Gigha was put on the market in 2001 and the community were encouraged to purchase and own the island. Gigha was handed over to the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT) on the 15th March 2002, a day that is marked on the island every year as “Gigha Day”. 

The Trust is managed by a Board of voluntary Directors. They are elected by the membership to develop the assets of the island and take forward plans and projects for the community. There are several subsidiary companies in place to generate income to the Trust that helps to continue to develop the island.

Casey-Jo will deliver a ranger service with the aim to protect and promote Gigha’s cultural, natural and built heritage; improve access across the island through practical land management; work to conserve wildlife and habitats; engage with island visitors; and support the island’s sustainability and low-carbon initiatives.Casey-Jo said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered my dream role, working to protect and enhance the natural environment as well as improve access to nature for everyone. The MSc Environmental Conservation set me up perfectly for this role, providing me with the knowledge to survey, manage and improve sustainability of terrestrial and marine environments. I honestly believe I would not have achieved this role without having taken this course and would highly recommend the great standard of teaching and flexibility of the department – they’re all fantastic and super passionate, which was an inspiration!”

Natasha Dodds has secured a job as an Ecologist at Thomson Ecology Environmental Consultancy.

Natasha Rose Dodds, who graduated this summer in Environmental Conservation, has accepted a job as an Ecologist at Thomson Ecology Environmental Consultancy.

The company has a team of over 150 specialists with expertise in terrestrial ecology, marine services, freshwater ecology and management, Marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses), habitat creation and management, geospatial data management and mapping, arboriculture consultancy and contracting, and landscape architecture.

Natasha said: "I thoroughly enjoyed studying at UWTSD with small classes and the wide array of habitats surrounding, fieldwork trips were frequent, so I was able to gain lots of different practical skills alongside the lectures themselves which were fascinating. I left with the feeling of being part of a family and hope to return to UWTSD to do an MSC in September. In the meantime, I have been lucky enough to get an Assistant Ecologist job for Thomson, a reputable ecology consultancy, so I'm over the moon to be on-board and starting my career so soon after graduating.”

Professor Rhian Jenkins, Programme Director of Environmental Conservation at UWTSD said: “These students epitomise our belief that studying environmental conservation at UWTSD is the first step towards a fulfilling environmental career. Our graduates find employment as ecologists, environmental planners, national park wardens, waste managers and energy consultants. Our students come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: a desire to protect and enhance the environment. Both Natasha and Casey secured their jobs in a highly competitive market within weeks of graduating and are now proving to be excellent ambassadors.” 

Note to Editor

The natural environment underpins our lives: the space we live in, the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, and even the way we feel.

It is increasingly apparent across the government, business and economy that we cannot ignore the fundamental role of the natural environment to our lives and we cannot carry on degrading environmental resources.

Created by our environmental students and alumni with useful information about Swansea, the course and how to survive it, also features advice on volunteering and employment opportunities to pursue after completion of your studies.

At UWTSD we offer a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Environmental degrees including Environmental Conservation and Energy, Environmental Engineering, Conservation Management and Sustainable Construction.

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