Each year Touching the Tide (TtT) has funded a short training post for a graduate trainee. The aim was to help them to get their foot on the career ladder; that vital first job. Details varied from year to year but the role always involved working with: the RSPB helping to protect little tern colonies; the National Trust at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve; and TtT helping with our busy summer events and a shingle survey.
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Our 2013 trainee, Rosie Jackson, so impressed a consultant she worked with that he created a job for her as an Ecologist – a great success for us and very well-deserved for her!
Olivia Duff, our 2014 trainee, completed her stint and then went off to study for a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Leeds. She would like to work again in conservation.
In 2015, Catherine Mercer worked extensively with little terns, helping to contribute to a stonkingly successful year with over 120 chicks fledged. She also worked alongside Tidal Margins artists helping local schoolchildren learn more about these birds. The day after she left TtT she had an interview for an Assistant Ranger post with Essex Wildlife Trust at Roding Valley Meadows and we're delightd to report she got the job!