Hello, my name is Frank Murray, and today I will be explaining to you what a day in the life of an environmental science technician is like.
After graduating from high school, I went to Engineering school to complete a 2 year Environmental Science Technician program. My related subjects were biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and geology. Some day, I am going to go back to school to get a Chemical Engineering Technology-Environmental Diploma.
I work full time in a private research company focused on identifying and preventing environmental pollution. I sometimes work irregular hours when monitering an experiment, but most of my work is outdoors and I am only in my office when I have a meeting and/or am monitering an experiment.
In the job of an Environmental Science Technician, I make $4300 a month; $1295 gets taken off for taxes and other government related things. I spend $2575 on clothing and groceries and things I need and want. I also put $430 a month into savings, and I have $663.25 a month that I can save for going on a trip — I have saved $7959 over 12 months, and I am going to Costa Rica with Kyle Schmidt and Sour Boy 2.
I have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; I work well with others; I have a good eye for detail; I have a good mechanical aptitude and am an analytical thinker; I am good at interpreting results, and I have good decision-making skills.
I must be very careful about what I spend my money on because I make $4300 a month, and I have only $663 left over per month after putting money in my savings, and any other costs that I have each month. I also get 4 weeks off, so I need money to be able to go places.
In 168 hours, I do quite alot of different things with my time. The essential things are sleeping-70 hrs, working-40 hrs, commuting-5 hrs, laundry-1 hr, eating-14 hrs and other things that a regular human does. I also have alot of leisure time in which I ski, play with my friends, go mountain biking, play the computer and play PS3. I also run in the park and just hang around my house.
GOOD AND BAD ASPECTS
Some of the good aspects of being an Environmental Science Technician are being able to spend your day outside in the forests and mountains and helping to keep our environment clean and healthy so people can enjoy the wilderness.
Some of the bad aspects are that you never will really know what you are dealing with until you get out in to the forest and have to clean up an oil spill or somthing like that. Another thing is that you will never really know how many hours you will be working in a day because one day you could be there for the regular amount of time and than the next you could be there for 15 hours so there is no strict amount of time that you have to work in a day.
WHERE I WORK AND LIVE
I work at a private research company based on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver, but I live in downtown condo with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living space. I share the rent with my bud Sour Boy 2.
Some challenges I have in this job are getting to the more remote places, and if you can’t get there by car or helicopter, you will have to figure out a way to get the items you need into the area that you are either examining or working on, so that can be pretty tricky.
Some future goals for me are going back to school and getting a PhD in environmental science and then teaching university students how to be an Environmental Science Technician, and training them to keep our world clean.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
One thing you should know if you are thinking of taking this job into your field of work is that it is not an easy job. You are responsible for a certain portion of the human populated area, and you will be one of not that many people doing this job. Also, if you like being outside and in the wilderness this will be one of the jobs that will really interest you and will combine your love for nature and your job.
Thank you for reading A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN
by Frank Murray