Registrant Profile | Rhianna Jarvis REnvP, Corporate Partnerships Manager
The REnvP registration is great as: it recognises skills, knowledge and competence gained from a wide range of sectors and experiences, making it achievable and accessible to a wide group of professionals.Rhianna Jarvis REnvP
Sustrans, Corporate Partnerships Manager
Q: Congratulations on becoming the very first professional to gain the Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) registration! It would be great to hear how you got to this milestone. What is your professional background?
A: Thank you! After I graduated with a degree in Nutrition, I went to work in the Philippines for a research charity, LAMAVE, conducting long-term monitoring of the whale shark population in the Philippines, studying their ecology through their movement patterns, and researching the impact of tourism on their behaviour.
This work allowed me to learn more about a subject that has been a longstanding interest of mine and helped me focus on pursuing a career in the environmental field. When I returned to the UK, I volunteered for another marine conservation charity organising community engagement and outreach events and shortly after I joined the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) as the Events Officer. I was with the IES for four years and during this time my role evolved to Partnerships & Development Lead. At the beginning of 2021, I started a new role as the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Sustrans, based in Bristol.
Q: What does it mean to you to become the first REnvP?
A: I am delighted to have achieved REnvP and to gain recognition for the knowledge and experience I have gained through my career to date. The fact that I am the first professional to achieve the registration is really exciting and I hope it will be a really popular registration for those working across the environmental profession.
Q: Has gaining environmental professional registration been a goal for some time?
A: Through my role at the IES, one of the 24 Licensed Members of SocEnv, I was very aware of the environmental professional registrations available, but this wasn’t a goal for me personally. This changed with the introduction of REnvP, as the knowledge requirements for the registration are positioned in between the environmental technician grade REnvTech and Chartered level CEnv, meaning it was a perfect fit for my skills and experience at this stage of my career.
Q: To become registered as a REnvP you require a certain level of applicable knowledge. How have your experiences helped you gain this knowledge?
A: In addition to the leadership skills and technical understanding I have gained through my role at the IES, I found the voluntary work I have done really valuable when completing REnvP. Often, due to the nature of voluntary roles, leadership opportunities and project management tasks can be more readily available. I was lucky to have gained experience in these areas through my voluntary work in addition to my role at the IES, which provided me with several really well rounded examples to include in my REnvP application, demonstrating how I met the competences of the registration.
Q: How do you expect your new REnvP registration to help you in your new role at Sustrans?
A: Sustrans is a charity focused on sustainable transport, active travel and creating liveable cities and towns with improved air quality and green spaces, so the skills, knowledge, and network that I have developed through my career to date can only be an asset in my new role.
As a REnvP, you are required to sign up to a code of professional conduct, which means I can demonstrate my commitment to upholding the highest of professional standards and building my skills further through Continuous Professional Development, helping me to thrive in my new role.
Q: Looking ahead… Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
A: These questions are always hard! Right now, I am really excited to be involved in the excellent work Sustrans are doing to promote sustainable active travel, improving air quality and tackling the climate crisis.
In terms of my longer-term plan, I want to continue working in the environmental sector and play a greater role in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises we currently face – what better place to do that than in Bristol!
Q: Finally, what words of advice would you give to someone considering applying for REnvP?
A: You probably have more experiences and skills to draw on than you first think. If you are unsure about whether you have enough experience to answer all the competences, think outside of your professional experience and look at the voluntary work, involvement in social clubs, fundraising activities, sporting events etc., that you have been involved in. All these activities provide great opportunities to demonstrate skills, knowledge, communication, and leadership.
When it comes to the assessment process, think of three to five really good quality examples that you can apply to several of the competences and think analytically about what you did and what you learnt from it. If you do have an interview as part of your assessment, try to relax: from working with CEnv candidates and assessors, the best interviews are ones which feel more like a conversation. Also, remember the panel are interested in you and your experience, they may not be experts in your field so they will be interested in learning from you.
Lastly, gain the advice and support of those around you: whether that be colleagues, managers, and/ or your professional body, as they should be only too happy to help you. Good luck!
The process of completing the REnvP encourages you to undertake a valuable process of reflection on your career to date and focus on areas of progression for the future.
This profile is correct as of February 2021.