After graduating I started working as a policy officer at an organisation for private land ownership (Gelders Particulier Grondbezit, GPG).
Beside several courses, the master Forest and Nature Conservation exists of two big ‘projects’: a thesis and an internship. Because of my interest in policy, and the relation of people with nature, I chose to do my thesis on citizen participation. I investigated the bond that people have with 'their place' in relation to their willingness to act in favor of and protect that place.
I did my internship at the ChristenUnie, a political party in the Dutch parliament. I worked as an assistant policy advisor. I prepared debates, talked with lobby organizations and did research to all kind of nature and agriculture related issues.
These two projects gave me the opportunity to get a clear insight in Dutch nature policy, seen from politicians and from people ‘in the field’.
At this moment I work as a policy officer at an organization for private land ownership (Gelders Particulier Grondbezit, GPG). This organization represents the interests of private land owners in the province Gelderland. This interest can be defined in two directions: towards the government of the province and towards the land owners in the province.
Towards the province I make sure that the officials know what is needed for the conservation and development of estates. Towards the members of the organization I make sure that they know what the possibilities are to get more economically self-reliant and what the plans of the province mean for them. For example, they can cooperate with the province and know what is needed to get certain subsidies.
This job offers me the possibility to get acquainted with the two important parties: the (provincial) government and the land owners, the place where things happen. That makes it multidimensional. I work on themes like property, estate management, forestry, nature development and conservation, agriculture, recreation, biomass, cultural heritage, and so on. My work consists of some office work, organize and visit meetings, field visits, making reports on actual issues and networking. All in all, a job in which I get more familiar with the practical aspects of forest and nature conservation and all sort of different issues in the rural area.