A day in the life of..
senior environmental coordinator
Describe your typical day:
What is your role at SMJV?
I work as a senior environmental coordinator where I act as a field environmental representative, coordinating environmental mitigation, supporting crews, and supporting project environmental compliance.
A typical day for me starts with the 6:00 am foreman’s meeting where I sit in and listen to any announcements, issues, and items from senior project management following the plan for the day from each of the assistant superintendents and leads. After the meeting, my lead and I assist the foreman with any questions or items needing environmental support.
At 7:00 am we have our environmental team meeting with all of our coordinators. The meeting starts with a tailgate and FLHA discussion and sign off, followed by any items needing further discussion from the foreman meeting. A plan for the day is then communicated to our coordinators, where they will be assigned items to focus on and/or tend to. We work as a team to problem solve and support each other out in the field as needed. After this meeting I usually have some emails or documents to respond to or update, following all document control and ISO requirements. I then go and get fueled up and head out to the ROW.
On a typical day I float between crews that are in my assigned area, for example, there may be some clearing, mulching, and grade crews. I have meetings with foreman and inspection crews to discuss site specific mitigation for environmental features, such as water courses, drainage's, wetlands, or rare plants. Most of the day is spent working with the crews and working with them to ensure we are constructing within regulation, construction spec, and overall compliance.
My lead and I receive a lot of phone calls with questions and requests for support, so we relay these requests to the environmental team group chat and we work together to support each one.
My day in the field usually quiets down around 4-4:30 pm, where I begin working on my daily report. My daily report outlines all events, conversations, and decisions made and by whom, for record keeping. I include as many photos and details as I can.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working outside, working with people, and problem solving. But, what I love the most is doing something that I care very much about: helping to mitigate our impact on the environment.
What advice would you like to give anyone looking to get into a similar role?
If they are new to the pipeline industry, my advice would be to ask as many questions as possible and to shadow as many situations and foreman as they can to accelerate their learning.
What attracted you towards a career with Surerus / SMJV?
The opportunity to work outside and with the environment.
Melanie works as a senior environmental coordinator at Surerus/SMJV. Her love for helping the environment led her to pursue her career and join our team in November 2013. Melanie explains her day to day role at what attracted her to Surerus/SMJV.
Tell us something unique about yourself?
I grew up in a small town in Ontario with various animals, including a goat named Billy!