#PeopleStories: Environmental Analyst
What do you do?
As a biodiversity and conservation environmental analyst, I mostly work on projects related to ecology and water resources conservation. The projects can range from infrastructure or housing development to river restoration. My tasks differ according to the nature of the projects I'm assigned to and the needs of our clients. For instance, this may include field sampling in mangrove swamps or rivers, engaging with government and public stakeholders, and conducting desktop research. All of the data gets written into reports which informs our clients on the potential environmental impacts of their project along with measures which can be taken to mitigate them.
How did you get here?
I knew I wanted to continue pursuing science after my A-levels but had trouble in choosing a major. It was also around then that I happened to participate in my first environmental-related volunteering event. A few events later, I realised that not only did I want to learn more but I wanted to help make a difference in our environment. After doing some course research, I decided on doing an Environmental Science degree at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Throughout the course, it occurred to me that there is always this gap between development and environmental conservation - which was why I decided to join the environmental consulting industry, as it seems to be the bridge between the two.
Why do you do it?
Definitely because it makes me feel like I'm helping to make a positive impact on the environment - it might be saving a whole forest or it might just be one tree, but I’d like to think that every little bit counts. I also like the fact that it's not a 100% desk job. I could be working on my desk in the office one day and trekking through the muddy mangrove swamps the next!
Who should do it?
Someone who likes science and is passionate about the environment. Ideally, you should have an outgoing personality and be comfortable with working in challenging environments such as the rainforest when needed.
Where can you work?
Some common areas of specialisation in this field are ecology, water and air. While I'm employed in an environmental consulting firm, many of my coursemates have went on to work with large corporates, NGOs, eco-tourism and also in scientific research.