Jennah Green

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: NGO
Job title: Global Wildlife Research Manager
Subject of study: Conservation Biology and Ecology
Year of graduation: 2014
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

World Animal Protection

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I completed a masters and a PhD, studying animal behaviour and animal welfare. Alongside my studies I continued to do volunteer placements within the sector, including blogging for a conservation organisation, volunteering in the science & research teams for zoos and animal charities, and taking an external position in the British Ecological Society.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I chose this career because I love research but wanted to work in a hands on organisation where I could see the impact of my research in the real world. I love the wide range of tasks I’m involved in, from data collection in the field, to collaborating with researchers around the world, to feeding in to integrative campaigns teams.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was part of the sea swimming society, and joined the Bioscience society on occasional trips (e.g. the build enrichment equipment at the Looe Monkey Sanctuary).

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The researchers who taught us. They were all so interesting, nice and approachable. I felt like I learned a lot from them and had a lot more opportunity to actually interact with them than a lot of my friends who attended bigger universities.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The people – there’s something about Falmouth that attracts the best people! Also the marine field course to the Bahamas wasn’t too bad.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The location! I wanted to be by the sea, and preferred the idea of a coastal town & small university campus experience, rather than a big city.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Diversify your skill set as much as you (within the same field) so that you have a lot to offer when applying for new jobs. It will help you stand out from other candidates. Having a diverse skill set will also help you excel in whatever role you do and can help make you invaluable to your organisation

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to stay working in research in the NGO sector for the foreseeable future. I hope to do more collaborative work with other researchers around the world. Eventually it would be cool to lead my own research team, whether that be in the charity sector or moving back in to academia.


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