25 year old Ellie had recently gained a postgraduate degree in biodiversity and conservation from the University of Leeds. She had returned home to the Yorkshire Dales and was looking for opportunities to get involved in local environmental projects as she was working in a local supermarket stacking shelves. She was lucky enough to land herself a position as a graduate trainee at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT). Working in the fundraising team, she got stuck into organising the Flowers of the Dales Festival. She went on to become a youth representative on the Green Futures Steering Group, which directs the project. In addition to taking part in regular Steering Group meetings she sat on the interview panel for a new Green Guardians Project Officer and helped to plan and run the Green Futures Youth Environment Summit. She has now progressed to become a YDMT Trustee and has secured a job at Ribble Rivers Trust.