Waste Education and Promotions Officer

Naomi Palmer, Belfast City Council

I have been working with the council as a waste education and promotions officer since October 2006. I work in a team of 4 who are responsible for providing waste and recycling education sessions to all schools and community groups across Belfast to help raise our recycling rate.

I really enjoy my job as no two days are the same. One day I could be giving a school group a tour of our local recycling centre and the next I could be making plans for a new Belfast recycling event or campaign. I find that the variety of the job keeps me interested and enthusiastic to do it to the best of my ability at all times.

When I left school I wasn’t sure what job I would like to do but knew that I wanted to study an environmental related degree at University. I had always been interested in physical geography so I decided to study Geology BSc at the University of Edinburgh, which led me into an Environmental Management MSc at the University of Stirling. I enjoyed studying for both of my degrees, especially the fieldtrips!

I really enjoy working for the council as it has encourages a good work-life balance. This means that it allows you to fit your job around your life rather than your life around your job. It offers opportunities to work flexible hours, working temporarily in other jobs in the council, and career breaks. A recent study showed that people working for the council were very happy in their job which makes a big difference to your outside life.

It is really rewarding to know that the work that I do on a daily basis is improving and protecting our environment. I enjoy my work and look forward to new challenges it may bring… not many people can say that!