Casey McGuire - Consultant Hydrogeologist - RSK Group Ltd
Issued: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:00:00 BST
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I play football for United Glasgow.
Tell us about your careers journey so far
I graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 2017 where I majored in Geology with minors in Environmental Studies and Anthropology (the system works differently over there and you don’t have to declare your subject of study until the end of your second year! You can study a variety of subjects). After graduating, I went on to work as a Park Guide in the Boston Harbor Islands with the National Park Service. In this role, I led interpretive programs for visitors to the park including tours of the islands and a geology themed program. In January 2018, I became a Hydrologic Technician with the US Geological Survey (USGS). In this role based in Maine, USA, I surveyed rivers and structures in the field using a GPS and total station to collect data. I also modelled river flood inundation using computer modelling software and GIS. After moving to the UK, I became a Consultant Hydrogeologist with RSK where I have worked on a variety of projects, from working on Environment Impact Assessments for wind farms, to peat probing in the Scottish Highlands, to writing a water management strategy for a residential developer.
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
My favourite subjects in school were English, Art and Science. I loved these subjects because I enjoy reading, writing, being creative, and I love the outdoors and learning about the environment and natural systems.
What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?
Writing and communication skills, as well as environmental studies and my geology courses have all been useful for my role.
What is a normal day in your role like?
My job is very variable which is why I enjoy it. Some days I am in the Scottish Highlands peat probing, other days I am in the office writing reports or creating GIS maps.
What's your favourite thing about your job?
I love getting to be outside for fieldwork. My job has taken me to some cool places.
Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
Peat bogs are really interesting. It takes about 1000 years for 1 m of peat to form. Can you go for a hike to discover your local peatland? Or, can you do this peat activity? https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2017-06/wwwpack.pdf
Worldwide, peatlands sequester 0.37 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide a year (Source: https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/peatlands-and-climate-change). Restoring damaged peatlands in Scotland is an important part in delivering the Scottish Government’s climate change ambitions (https://www.nature.scot/climate-change/nature-based-solutions/peatland-action).
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