Environmental CV

This is an example of a high quality science CV. All the course modules are included, also laboratory experience gained on your degree course and course projects. If you were applying for jobs outside the environmental field (e.g. finance) you would probably omit most of your modules (except those including mathematical or computing skills) . Also see Environmental and Biodiversity Careers and Covering Letters


Alfred Russel Wallace     

22 Temple Road, Folkestone, Kent CT17 3YU

Email: arw999@yahoo.co.uk Mobile: 0339005678 Tel: 0167534768


I am passionate about conservation and the environment. My three years of study and my summer practical field work experience have strongly confirmed biodiversity conservation as the career choice for me. I am now looking forward to a career focused on my passion for the environment, presenting opportunities to work with similar minded people.

My reliability, communication skills, responsibility and friendly nature are assets I would bring to the work. I have experience in project management and strong organizational and administrative skills with the ability to work independently and use my own initiative. I also have the ability to prioritise whilst under pressure meeting tight deadlines. I have specific experience in research, data collection and analysis.

I am able to work in a multi-cultural team and adapt to new cultures. My previous positions have involved working and living in remote areas often under difficult conditions with significant physical fieldwork.


A large font size for the name makes it stand out and easier to find in a pile of CVs


Use a sensible email address. Something like RavingLoony@hotmilk.com may not make the best impression!

A profile or career objective isn't essential as much of this information would be included in a covering letter. It can be a useful summary particularly if you are sending your CV to recruitment agencies where a letter may become detached. You can also call this a career aim, profile or personal statement.


2013-2016 THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT Biodiversity Conservation BSc (Hons)

1st Year subjects included:
  • Biodiversity
  • Life’s Systems and Processes 61%
  • Economic and Environmental Systems 63%
  • Environmental Sciences 69%
  • Survey and Monitoring for Biodiversity 54%
2nd Year
  • Animals and People 81%
  • Economic and Environmental Systems 59%
  • Environmental Sciences 68%
  • People and Plants 66%
  • Skills for Wildlife Conservation and Management 62%
Final Year
  • Ecology & Conservation;
  • Biodiversity Law;
  • Communities, Conservation, Conflict & Change;
  • Sustainable Resource Use;
  • Survey and Monitoring for Biodiversity.

Practical skills gained so far during my degree:

My course has included individual and team projects, field reports, commentaries, management plans and statistical analyses. I have learned data collection methods including focal and scan sampling methods, transects and behavioural observations.


The use of tables to list modules looks smart, suggests an organised person, and makes the CV easier to read. You can add your module marks here if they are good!

Modules and practical skills are listed as every environmental course is slightly different.

If you were going for a non-science job (e.g. banking, you could leave these out.

Research Project. Field research in a tropical forest in the Peruvian Amazon has allowed me to develop both theoretical and practical skills including developing a research proposal, finding appropriate methods, conducting research, analysing results, interpreting results, writing up a full research project and giving an oral presentation on my findings. I gained a knowledge of biological field techniques with specific experience including wildlife tracking using GPS telemetry, wildlife collaring and wildlife health monitoring.

2006-2013 Folkestone High School

A-levels: History B, Biology B, English C

GCSEs: 8 including Maths and English at grades A to C


Projects are very important if you are going for research work as they are the nearest thing you will have done to real science work. You could sell the skills you had gained here:


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July 2012 – Sept 2012 Kenya for 3 months.

I have organised work experience during my summer holidays which has involved conducting scientific research, animal care and a variety of physically demanding activities, all of which have contributed to my personal development.

Voluntary work for “Save The Elephants”: taking part in daily research work in the field. Data collection and entry on the computer. Tracking and monitoring of the elephant population. Participation in the fixing of GPS collars on selected elephants.

2013-14 Blean Woods RSPB Nature Reserve Rough Common, Canterbury

Voluntary work on Saturdays, clearing rhododendron bushes, coppicing and preparing environments for the Heath Fritillary butterfly


Summer 2013 Next Retail (Sales Assistant)

The job entailed working on the busy sales floor, taking deliveries, stock control and dealing with customers with high quality customer care.

September 2011-February 2012 Sales Adviser in the Cookware Department, BHS.

Duties involved stock taking, ordering of relevant stock from warehouse, arranging stock, displaying sales items, customer assistance and advice, arranging special orders and deliveries, as well as answering telephone enquiries. I was also responsible for my own particular sections of the department and had to ensure they met with the approval of my department store managers.

Other jobs have also included: voluntary care in Folkestone Hospital and assisting in teaching infants at a Primary School.


Here experience is divided into relevant experience and other experience. This is not essential, but means that the selector reads about your relevant experience first

Fonts are largely down to personal preference, but choose something clear and easy to read. My own preference is for the "Sans" fonts. Lucida Sans or Verdana in 10 points for the body text is a good choice (don't use Comic Sans!). This CV is set in Verdana. Subheadings such as Education and Work Experience can be slightly larger: say 12 or 14 points.

Although these are not all science jobs, transferable skills are mentioned here. For example, people skills, teamworking skills, communication skills - all valuable evidence that you could employ these in a science setting. This is a good place to use Action Verbs

If you have done a lot of jobs, you can summarise the more routine jobs, rather than filling your CV with lots of irrelevant information.

All of my work experiences have involved working within a team-based culture. This involved planning, organisation, co-ordination and commitment e.g., in retail, this ensured daily sales targets were met, a fair distribution of tasks and effective communication amongst all staff members.

  A nice summary of skills obtained via work experience,


Teamwork I have successfully undertaken various team projects within both academic and non-academic environments.
Communication I was also a member of the editorial team for a school science newspaper.
As a sales adviser at BHS, I had to demonstrate knowledge of the different types of items sold and their uses, to be able to respond effectively to customer queries.
My degree course greatly enhanced my written and verbal communication skills due to the many presentations, assignments, posters, essays and projects required.
Practical conservation skills
  • I have a full clean driving licence with 4 wheel drive experience.
  • NPTC Agricultural Tractor Operation Certificate
  • I undertook a small mammal identification course at Kent Wildlife Trust
  • Chainsaw certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • PADI Diving Certificate

Computing skills
  • Competent using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • GIS mapping using Arcview
  • Cybertracker for the use of tracking animals, birds, and insects.


Again more evidence of relevant skills, focusing on some of the core competencies needed in science jobs




Computing skills are important to mention: be specific about which programs you have used.


  • My peers nominated me as course representative for my degree course.
  • At university I was a member of the Badminton Society which I attended weekly and successfully encouraged friends to join. 
  • I have travelled to Peru, Kenya, Europe, the USA and Asia.



Try to show a broad variety of interests and focus more on social and active rather than solitary and passive interests. Serious commitment to at least one activity can be viewed favourably, as will evidence of getting on well with other people e.g. in team sports. Independent or challenging holidays or foreign travel can also look good.

Again, sell your transferable skills here: evidence of leadership, responsibility, and communicating.

Charles Darwin (Lecturer in Biodiversity)
Durrell Institute      
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NJ
John Audubon, Manager
High Street
Folkestone CT17 5RU
  Normally you would give one academic referee (tutor or project supervisor) and one employment referee. See our references page

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