Working in Wellies – Environment and Conservation Videos

On this page, you will find videos of people who work in a variety of positions in the environmental and conservation sectors. These professionals work in roles which aim to monitor, care for and engage people in our natural environment. They want people to enjoy nature and to care for it. These professionals are passionate about making a difference to our planet and making sure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Abi Gardner

Abi is NatureScot’s Biodiversity and Climate Change Engagement Officer. Like many of her younger colleagues, she started at NatureScot as a graduate placement working in the Placemaking Team to bring nature to our towns and cities. Now, she focuses on making sure they and others make the link between the biodiversity crisis and climate emergency with a particular aim to increase inclusion of young people in environmental decision-making and co-design.  Here she shares more information about her role and her pathway into her job.

Abi can be contacted for further information by email:

Fairlie Kirkpatrick Baird

Fairlie Kirkpatrick Baird is a Geographic Systems and Data Coordination Officer working at NatureScot.  She started at NatureScot as a graduate placement: Water Scarcity.  Here, Fairlie talks about her role and the skills required.  She shares her pathway into her career and advice for applying for different jobs.

Jen Graham

Jen Graham is an Operations for Northern Isles and North Highland, working for NatureScot.  She started at NatureScot in a graduate placement in Marine Orthinology and SPAs.  Here, Jen talks about her role and what she enjoys about it, her route into her job and her top tips for young people coming out of school.

Ellen Bird is an Operations Officer for Argyll working for NatureScot.  Ellen started working for NatureScot on a student placement.  In this video, she talks about what she does in her role, what her pathway into her role was and shares her top tips for budding conservationists.

Amee Hood is Operations Officer for Southern Scotland working for NatureScot.  Amee started with the organisation in a student placement.  Here, Amee shares a day in the life of her job, how she got into her job and her advice for future professionals.

More about NatureScot

NatureScot is Scotland’s nature agency with 30 years’ experience advising the Scottish Government. They work to enhance our natural environment and inspire the people of Scotland to care more about it: NatureScot Website

They run student and graduate placements as well as a variety of apprenticeships – More info

They have volunteers on our National Nature Reserves – More info

Visit our Education section of our website for more information for teachers, learners and youth workers on outdoor learning and skills development: NatureScot Learning Outdoors

Daisy Whytock

Daisy Whytock works as a Project Manager for the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative.  In this video, Daisy talks about her career journey so far and what she enjoys about her role.

The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) is an environmental charity working in partnership with local people, communities and East Ayrshire Council to enhance, conserve and promote the environment in East Ayrshire. The East Ayrshire coalfield area will contain thriving communities, living and working within a high-quality natural environment. Local people will derive a sense of pride from their local landscape. They will gain improved quality of life through engagement with and access to nature. Through partnership we will enhance the wildlife value of the area at a landscape scale, creating connecting areas of quality natural habitat. More at:

You can contact Daisy for more information here:

You can also find out more about the Coalfield Initiative here:

Coalfield Initiative Facebook

Coalfield Initiative Twitter

Coalfield Initiative Instagram

Lucy Filby – SEPA Sector Lead, National Campaigns and Initiatives

Lucy Filby works for SEPA as a Sector Lead.  In her bio below, she talks about what she enjoys about her job, a day in the life in her role and how and why she got into her career.

Lucy Filby Bio

Women in Forestry

This video from Tree Sparks shares a day in the life of a woman working in forestry and promotes this as a career.

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