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Hi There, 

 

Recently moved to Berlin and was previously working in conservation and wildlife management. Does anyone know whether there is such a thing as ecological consulting in Germany ? Like there is in the UK? I know there are envinmentla consulting companies but what they do is slightly different. 

 

Any help or advice would be much appreciated ! 

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It's all over Germany, and bear in mind that quite a lot of this sort of work here is with the 16 federal states and related entities, associations (e.V.) and such.  That's where the money is.    Berlin's got less money than most states, and ops would likely be better in the monied south west, which also has a much longer history of engagement in the field than the former GDR ones (and also of course of the profession of consultancy).

 

The ecological priority here also tends to be much more land economy.    Not sure wildlife conservation is that much of priority in Germany generally, when you see how it's hunted and eaten etc. Poorer locales like Berlin where 30% of kids live in poverty and such also have very different focuses compared to monied ones.  But maybe that means there are ops to grow the field in Berlin?   While bedding in, your priority might be to pursue international ops and of course build networks (the relevant ministry is part based in Berlin and offers events):

 

https://www.bmu.de/en/topics/nature-biological-diversity-species-protection/

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If you're talking about deer and boar, there are plenty, and virtually no predators these days besides humans. Until bears, lynx and wolves are returned to stable populations (holding breath now...): Hunt away, I say. 

 

NaBu is huge. Germany is of course a densely settled piece of green with agriculture for the past few thousand years or so. There's virtually nothing "wild" or untouched in Europe anymore (just some areas of Eastern Europe, sorta). If anything, there is even more "wild" land today than 400 years ago, due to urbanization.

 

For OP, Germans are pretty eco-conscious already. Without German language skillz and a background in German environmental law (assessments, monitoring, etc.), it might be a bit like showing up to Oktoberfest with your corner shop value-brand 6 pack. Not to discourage you, just some food for thought.

 

Frankly I'd imagine your odds of this kind of work are far better in a city of 100-500k. As usual with Berlin, it's a low-wage conga-line of the overqualified and underemployed with a big dollop of gofuckyourself. I'd get out ASAP for those (pun alert) greener pastures.

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Yes,  I almost said similar.   Berlin may not be the only large conurbation here what with the Rühr valley etc but Germany's only vast single urban setting might not be the most obvious place to pursue this sort of career (speaking as one who lives between it and other places).   Also the eco-mindset is pretty embedded as you say, it's rather teaching people to suck eggs.

 

There's also commercial ops possibly, in that firms are increasingly appointing people with specific sustainability roles.    As you say though, it's not like they don't know what to do, including because they are required to.   There's also industry groups and such dealing with this sort of thing, that companies also participate in.  UN Bonn also has some roles in this field, one place this sector is definitely settled, given history.

 

And of course in Germany, one often has to think about formal qualifications.  If you look at the ecology positions on the Hesse website, for example, they require engineering degrees.

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Here's wildlife conservation around Berlin - all approved by the Nature Conservation ministry:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/11/legitimate-zoo-obscure-german-group-endangered-parrots-actp?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

On the other hand, a more positive view of wildlife sustainability in a city setting.   We do live in more this sort of area with re-wilded land, in the less populated outskirts, one reason we chose it:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/dec/11/turning-berlin-grey-to-green-going-wild-in-the-citys-abandoned-sites-cartoon

 

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Ok thanks for the help guys. 

This, however, doesnt really answer my question. 

If there was such a thing as ecological consulting ( monitoring bats and reptiles and consultijg people on buildgin on land) in germany, then waht is it called in german ? 

Thanks 

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1 hour ago, Jflth said:

If there was such a thing as ecological consulting ( monitoring bats and reptiles and consultijg people on buildgin on land) in germany, then waht is it called in german ? 

 

I'd translate wildlife conservation as Artenschutz in German.

 

BTW, how well do you already speak German? Lichtenberg is hiring.

 

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Der Fachbereich Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung ist für die Gestaltung gesunder, nachhaltiger und familienfreundlicher Lebensbedingungen im Bezirk Lichtenberg sowie für die biologische Vielfalt der Natur verantwortlich und hat diese zu fördern und zu entwickeln. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen sind strategische Überlegungen zur Entwicklung der Freiflächen anzustellen und die Ordnungsaufgaben in verschiedenen Sachgebieten des Natur-, Arten- und Gewässerschutzes wahrzunehmen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen Maßnahmen, die der Erholung der Bevölkerung vor allem durch eine ausreichende Anzahl von Spiel- und Bewegungsflächen sowie Grünflächen sowie der Erhaltung der biologischen Vielfalt dienen. Dabei werden eigene Vorhaben z.T. durch den Fachbereich selbst umgesetzt. Der Fachbereich arbeitet in einem Netzwerk eng mit Vertretern der Fach- und Naturschutzverbände sowie des bürgerschaftlichen Engagements zusammen.

 

https://www.berlin.de/politik-verwaltung-buerger/stellenausschreibungen/detail.php/34989

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1 hour ago, Jflth said:

Ok thanks for the help guys. 

This, however, doesnt really answer my question. 

If there was such a thing as ecological consulting ( monitoring bats and reptiles and consultijg people on buildgin on land) in germany, then waht is it called in german ? 

 

Umweltgutachter, Artenschutzgutachter, here's an example: http://umweltcompact.de/gutachten/artenschutzgutachten/ 

 

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