#CoolJobs: I get paid to climb trees and save bats


Charlie checks the tightness of her harness while conducting survey work. From dormouse monitoring, sediment sampling and pitfall trapping for great crested newts to taking National Vegetation Classification surveys of Royal Naval Air Service runways and camera surveys of urban badgers, the sheer variety of work within my cool job as an ecologist keeps me on […]

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#CoolJobs: Our Ice Age dig adventure

Within one hour of the excavation, John Sikora holds the first of five mastodon tusks discovered.

When he was a child, for summer holidays in New Zealand, AECOM’s Craig Helm and his family would visit a local river. Craig and his brother spent hours creating little “dams” on many of the small river braids. As an adult, Craig finds himself spending a lot of time working on significantly larger dam projects […]

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#CoolJobs: AECOM underwater!


I spend most of my everyday work life above water. However, on occasion, I get the opportunity to explore the underwater world — and I get paid for it! I’ve been an active member of the AECOM Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) dive team for five years, conducting projects in New England, United States, and […]

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#CoolJobs: A passion for renewables


I have always been keenly aware of the challenges we face globally due to climate change, so I knew I wanted to be part of an industry that was helping to tackle this. As a result, I studied at Birmingham and Glasgow universities to receive a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences and a […]

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World Environment Day isn’t about the environment


I am really happy to see that this year’s World Environment Day theme — “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” — puts the human element firmly back into the equation. With its roots in the ecology movement of the 1970s, World Environment Day was originally a response to the awaking awareness that human […]

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#CoolJobs: Working at One World Trade Center


From a young age, my parents encouraged me to “choose a profession that makes you want to get up in the morning and want to go to work.” I finally understand what they meant and have found that “dream job” as a project manager. As a native New Yorker, being part of the One World […]

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Our experience during Nepal’s devastating, 7.8-magnitude earthquake


It was surreal. There we were, in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, on an assignment to run a disaster-risk-management workshop with the Asian Development Bank. We were helping the Nepalese authorities reduce the risks associated with natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, in urban areas. And then, in a moment, what we feared most happened. We were […]

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Award-winning volunteer believes in leading by example


Tina Bird with Estevan Army Cadets at their Annual Cadet Review.  I have been volunteering for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, I recall mentoring younger students and helping them learn to read. I also provided peer support throughout my elementary and high school years by promoting drug-free choices and teaching students how to […]

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