Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
A blog post by Cameron Graham
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Failing our future?
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
If you work with any kind of technology, you’ll know it’s great to have someone you can rely on when something goes wrong, whether you’ve hit the wrong button, or you can’t even find the button! For us, one of those people is Web Developer and all-round go-to person, Cameron. If you want to do something fancy on the website – ask Cameron. Want help making sure your online event goes smoothly, ask Cameron. And yes, lost your password? You guessed it… Cameron does a lot of behind the scenes work too, so we interviewed him to find out more.
What do you do at Keep Scotland Beautiful?
I'm a web developer so that involves looking after the main website, the intranet (our internal website for employees) and various applications like the Clean Up Scotland members system and the membership system for Eco-Schools.
One of my roles is increasing our online presence, so working on social media, Eventbrite and MailChimp. I also have a general IT role and help people with technical problems with their computers, email, Teams, SharePoint and … just everything really.
How long have you been with Keep Scotland Beautiful?
I think July 2015 (very precise) is when I joined - about seven years ago. I started off as an intern covering maternity leave and then stepped up to working here full time.
What attracted you to work here?
When I left school I went straight into three years of college, getting my HNC and HND. I had mixed thoughts on whether I wanted to go to university or if I wanted to jump into a job. So, I thought, best of both worlds, I will try an internship. That'll give me some experience and I can use that time to decide if I want to go back to uni or continue working.
I decided that I liked working and getting experience that way rather than through education. Plus getting paid is nice! In IT, there is a split in opinion about the best way to learn, but I find I get a lot more out of working than I do just reading books and doing assessments. I don’t learn that way, so I think it was the best move for me.
I imagine you've got to be quite a good people person as well.
Yes. It depends on the role. There's a kind of stigma around IT. There are a lot of places where the IT people sit in a dark corner with their hoodies up, listening to music, but here we’re in a small team. I'm not in a team of 50 developers. I'm very hands on with everybody which means my role is probably more all-round.
So, typically you’d have an analyst that would go and meet with the team to decide what they need and then come back to the developers, who would build the thing and never really interact with the team. The good thing about working here is that I'm involved with everything. It’s a lot more rewarding, because you start with something that's just an idea and you've got input from the very start. Someone wants to do something - I can help shape that and see the project all the way through to the end, see it working and then build on it.
In some other jobs there might not be much recognition for the work you do. There's no ‘well dones’ - but here it’s different.
Is there a particular project you’re proud of?
The Clean Up Scotland member system is the project I’ve been most involved with. I’ve worked on lots of different projects through the years, but Clean Up Scotland has been the most long term. I can see it being used and the numbers going up and up. That is very satisfying, it makes me actively excited to work on it because I can see the difference it’s making and the number of people getting involved.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The people - I like being in an organisation where everyone’s got the same goal and is working together. We have good banter – it’s a very friendly place to work. Because we’re small but not tiny, everyone cares about each other. Also, being involved in projects from start to finish and helping them succeed.
If you think you're a fit for any of the roles at Keep Scotland Beautiful, apply now. You will be joining an amazing and dedicated team working together to make our local environment the best it can be. Our staff are the friendliest and most cheerful people I've ever met, and you will be made to feel at home.