George Cartwright


Conservation - Wildlife - Outdoors

  • Studying Sustainability & Ecology MSc

  • Communication and education

  • Physically fit

  • Bushcraft and use of construction tools (including chainsaw)

  • Teamwork and leadership

  • Project management

  • British flora and fauna knowledge

  • Cirriculum Vitae

Current Activity

Sustainability & Ecology MSc

I am currently studying the Sustainability and Ecology MSc at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. This course is providing me with a broad range of knowledge about the issues and potential solutions for addressing the affects of climate change, which I hope will enable me to enter a career in this field.

https://cat.org.uk/courses-and-training/graduate-school/courses/sustainable-ecology/


Up Skill, Down Dale

I secured a place on the Up Skill, Down Dale volunteer programme from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Every month (from June 2022 to May 2023) I will take part in a new conservation-related activity to gain valuable experience and skills in a variety of areas. This will strengthen my foundation of practical experience to support the academic theory I have learned from my master's degree.

https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/park-authority/looking-after/volunteering/generation-green/up-skill-down-dale-youth-volunteering/

Past Work & Volunteering

Autumn 2020 Volunteering

After graduating in 2020 and between Covid lockdowns, I voluteered for a number of conservation projects around Norfolk to build up my experience in the field.

  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust (in partnership with Wymondham Nature Group): mowing and clearing cuttings at a wildflower meadow in Hethel Churchyard in order to keep the soil poor to discourage grass growth and encourage wild flowers.

  • Wild Hethersett: brushcutting at Beckhithe Meadow in order to create space to plant a hedge to protect the meadow from a new housing development. https://wildhethersett.wordpress.com/home/beckhithe-meadow/

  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust: coppicing at Lower Wood in Ashwellthorpe to increase habitat variety and biodiversity in the wood.

  • Ted Ellis Trust: replacing an old boardwalk with a sturdier, recycled plastic one at Wheatfen.


WWOOFing in New Zealand

August 2019-September 2019 (between years 2 and 3 of undergrad)

In August-September 2019, I went WWOOFing in New Zealand. I worked on three smallholdings, including Mahurangi Olives (https://www.mahurangiolives.co.nz/), looking after livestock, grounds maintenance, and operating farming machinery.

Green Roof Maintenance

Higher Ground

June 2018-August 2018 (between years 1 and 2 of undergrad)

Planting, weeding and maintaining a number of green roofs around the Columbus, OH area, including Nationwide Children's Hospital and Battelle Darby Creek Nature Centre.

https://highergroundgreenroofs.com/


GIS Tagging

Chadwick Arboretum

June 2018-August 2018 (between years 1 and 2 of undergrad)

Identifying and tagging trees at Chadwick Arboretum to consolidate old GIS data into a new master database

https://chadwickarboretum.osu.edu/

Wildlife Sanctuary Groundskeeping

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

May 2017-August 2017 (gap year after finishing school)

I spent an incredible three months at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, Minnesota, a protected area for wild American black bears. Work there consisted of maintaining the grounds (strimming roads and pathways, litter picking etc), monitoring bear population health through fieldwork and communicating with the public visiting the sanctuary, providing interpretation and education.

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering

Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS) & Norfolk Wildlife Trust

November 2015-April 2016

As part of my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award I carried out a six month long survey of Marston Marsh nature reserve recording flora and fauna and entering this into a database for the Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS). I also volunteered weekly with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to coppice sections of Ashwelthorpe wood to create greater habitat diversity in the wood.