Course studied: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
Graduating year: 2005
Job: Environment Officer
Huw graduated from Bath Spa with a degree in Environmental Science. He is currently working as an Environment Officer.
"Bath Spa gave me an excellent all-round knowledge of environmental issues. But, as your job and career develops, you will have to narrow your field."
What have you done since graduating from Bath Spa?
2005 – 2009 - Scientific consultancy – stack emissions testing working for a company that tested industrial emissions to ensure that they complied with their Environmental Permit over the southern half of the UK. The job was well paid but you spent most of your working week living in hotels.
2009 – 2011 - Environment Agency (Field Operative), where my role here was to protect the good (and bad) people in the Avon catchment from flooding. There is a system of gates and flood defence structures on the River Avon and the Severn Estuary that we looked after (which meant being on call 1 week in 4 for incident response).
What is your current job?
Since 2011 Environment Agency (Environment Officer) in which role I regulate waste sites, react to incidents, and detect waste crime (!).
Typical day in the current job...
Usually in the office 2-3 days a week and then 2-3 days out in the field. This could be visiting sites to audit, investigating complaints, some investigative work…
Most favourite part of your current job?
Meeting the different site operators and getting to know their business sectors.
…Least favourite part?
I really enjoy the job and can’t say a bad thing about it; every day there is something new to get your teeth into. If anything negative it’s finding time to read the material to keep up-to-date.
How did your course at Bath Spa help to prepare you for employment?
Bath Spa gave me an excellent all-round knowledge of environmental issues. But, as your job and career develops, you will have to narrow your field.
Best experience/memory of your time at Bath Spa?
The field trip to West Wales undergoing some of the practical work and Nigel’s bad jokes.
Top tip(s)/advice for current Bath Spa Biologists/Environmental Scientists?
Work hard and play hard.