New directors are recruited in Ukraine for nature reserves, national parks and other protected areas. Recently the recruitment process became rather transparent, in particular the public can easily watch on-line how recruitment commission works. Yet, the outcomes of some job selection exercises boomed with disappointment of environmental activists. The public called the process unfair and corrupt. This was particularly acute after the announcement of the winner for the director post of national nature park ‘Tuzla Estuary’. His interview video was angrily commented by politicians and activists.

First conclusion: evident and most important is the fact that recruiting process was more than imperfect and could assure decent and qualified candidates to be appointed for such jobs, which have primarily environment-related functions. In fact, only transparency goal was achieved. The recruiting procedure needs a big change. 

Second conclusion: there is clearly a lack of trust to such selection procedures and lack of candidates fit for the job.