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Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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A business and politics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe in Bruges, Mary McCaughey is now working with Eurofound as Head of Information and Communication.

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Mary McCaughey, Head of  Communications

A business and politics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe in Bruges, Mary McCaughey began her career in journalism in Brussels in 1990 with the European news information agency, Europe Information Service, writing for European Report and Social Europe as well as other publications, and was a founding editor of Europe East.

From there, she spent several years working for the Wall Street Journal Europe before moving to South Africa where she contributed, among others, to the WSJE and the Irish Times as a features writer.

In 1998 she took up the post of spokesperson with the Delegation of the European Commission to South Africa, heading up the press and information department until 2001 when she moved to Belgrade, Serbia. While there, she worked as a communications consultant for the European Agency for Reconstruction until taking up her post in 2003 as Editor in chief at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in Dublin.

In October 2007 she was nominated to the post of Head of Information and Communication with the Foundation.

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