Barriers & Solutions for Young People/People from Minority Backgrounds Entering the Environmental Sector: Report & Reference Cards

Useful resources for any employer, educational institute or anyone wishing to enter the environmental sector.

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Following my blog last month on the 'Barriers & Solutions for Young People Entering the Environmental Sector', Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have published some insightful resources which may be of interest to the WildHub community.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Tomorrow's Natural Leaders conducted research into the barriers faced by young people/those from minority backgrounds wishing to enter the environmental sector, and possible solutions to overcome these, by asking UK environmental sector organisations to complete a survey and hosting a conference for young environmentalists. The results are published in a summary blog here, with links to a full report and reference cards.

I would encourage any employer, educational institute or anyone wishing to enter the environmental sector to read these materials.

Personally, while I think the employer survey results (contained in the report in much more detail) should be considered carefully - given to the small sample size, potential biases and lack of definitions for an "entry-level job" and "employee" - and did not agree with all of the employers' answers, I found the results particularly interesting and insightful.

The following resources are available from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust:

  • Report - Barriers and solutions for young people entering the environmental sector.
  • Report Appendix - re the 'Bridging the Gap' conference.
  • Reference Cards -
    • Getting a foothold in the environmental sector.
    • Lack of a ‘young voice’ in environmental sector organisations.
    • Lack of ethnic diversity in the environmental sector.
    • Other diversity issues in the environmental sector, e.g. gender, sexual orientation and disabilities.
    • Lack of environmental understanding in young people.
    • Advice for young people entering the environmental sector.

I have been really encouraged by the positive response to this topic and hope that solution-focused actions arise from continuing this important discussion.

Daniele Clifford

Marine Futures Intern, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, The Crown Estate, Ørsted and Natural England

I'm currently working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, The Crown Estate, Ørsted and Natural England as a Marine Futures Intern. I returned to the UK in 2020 after working in Alderney for a year as the Ramsar Officer for Alderney Wildlife Trust, responsible for leading the Ramsar Programme for the island's marine Ramsar site; home to two gannet colonies, breeding puffins, guillemots, gulls and grey seals etc. I was involved in everything from project management, ecological surveys, research (my favourite projects researched the impact of anthropogenic materials (mainly plastic fishing line) on gannets), events and, engaging and advising the government. Prior to this I worked as a Research Assistant in Seville and gained a qualification in European Community Development. I graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science in 2017.
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