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- Conservation officer
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.5% of employed doctoral graduates, or 75 doctoral graduates in total, are known to have been working as conservation officers six months after graduation.
Doctoral level conservation officers are classified in the ‘other occupations' doctoral employment cluster
These related roles deal with the protection and promotion of natural and built environments. A building conservation officer deals with historic environments and buildings, and their long term care and enhancement. Conservation officers frequently work with buildings officers on listed buildings on development, planning application and conservation issues, up to a third of planning applications submitted involve conservation issues. They also work in conservation areas on developments where maintaining a distinctive character is important.
Regeneration projects also fall within this sphere, and conservation officers examine community, economic and environmental impacts and benefits; this is a field that attracts a number of doctoral graduates.
Nature conservation officers work to protect, manage and enhance the local environment, and maintain and examine protected areas, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSIs). They also often liaise with schools and other educational establishments, and take action on biodiversity.
Doctoral graduates, particularly from biological and environmental subjects, can be found in these roles, which can often be very competitive to enter.