I got my univesity diploma (equivalent to a master’s degree) at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Faculty of Foresty and Renewable Forest Resource Management. The title of my thesis could be translated to: “The European Beech Wood Quality in the Forest Management Unit Preserje-Rakitna“. During my studies I worked as a forestry field worker (forest inventory – measurements) at the Ljubljana regional office of the Slovenian Forest Service and also occasionally for my faculty and the Slovenian Forestry Institute.
In 2012 I began volunteering at Umanotera, the Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development. I worked there as a forestry expert and I also did some project management. Some of the successful project that I consulted in and managed:
- Educational Trail Plan in Regional Park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski hrib
- Coalition for Forests
- Encouraging Green Jobs in Slovenia
- Plan B: Green Budget Reform for Slovenia
In the summer of 2013, I did my forestry pracitce at Skograekt Rikisins (Iceland Forest Service). I covered this practice extensively on this blog. After the terrible ice-break (sleet) in February 2014, where more than 50 % of Slovenian forests were damaged, I worked as a district forester at the Forest and Farmland Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for a short period.
In late 2014, an opportunity came that I couldn’t turn down – a position was opened at the Slovenian Forestry Institute to work as a communications and dissemination manager for the LIFE LIFEGENMON project. I took the opportunity and spent over 2 years learning by doing in the field of communications. It was a great experience, where I got to travel the world and befriend many interesting people. Some of the highlights include:
- Taking part in XIV Word Forestry Congress and #Forests2015 Social Media Bootcamp and receiving an award for first blog post (more at lifegenmon.si)
- Creating a communicaitons/social media team for European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) 2016 and being runner-up for the European Urban Forester of the Year award (more at the #EFUF2016 blog)
- Presenting my work in Portland, Oregon, USA for a IUFRO/FAO Forest Communicators Meeting and becoming part of both forest communicators networks (more at www.lifegenmon.si)
While being a communications manager opened up many great opportunities, it took me away from working in forests, so I felt it was time to move on. In February 2016, I am beginning work as an expert consultant at the Slovenia Forest Service, working on communication and forestry aspects of LIFE and other projects.
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