I started my career with ARCADIS in May of 2013 as a scientist in the Remediation team, but was recently transferred to the Environmental Business Consulting biology group to match my skill set more closely. I have a degree in conservation biology, so working with geology and chemistry in the Remediation group was foreign to me for quite a long time! I’ll never forget my first day on the job when a project manager photocopied a basic hand-drawn diagram of a monitoring well for me, because I never had a geology or engineering class and didn’t have any concept of what a monitoring well looked like. During my year with that team, I not only learned about the basic construction of monitoring wells, but I also learned the valuable skill of data validation.
In August of 2014, I was approached by my current resource manager for an opportunity to get my foot in the door of the biology team by performing post-construction mortality monitoring in Kansas. I accepted the call to the Midwest, and could not have been more pleased with my decision! The job entailed a lot of field work—walking up and down set transects around newly constructed wind turbines to calculate bird and bat mortality rates, and then preparing weekly reports interpreting the findings. Once my stint on that project was finished, I was able to return to my hometown office in Phoenix, Arizona while still keeping my department transfer. Since my return, I’ve been able to help with many projects that are interesting to me.