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EPS Alumni Student Forum EPS - Beyond the Degree: Perspectives on Environmental Consulting Mauricio Escobar and Nick Walchuk February 25, 2010.

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1 EPS Alumni Student Forum EPS - Beyond the Degree: Perspectives on Environmental Consulting Mauricio Escobar and Nick Walchuk February 25, 2010

2 Nick Walchuk o Geology, 1996 o California Professional Geologist (P.G.) 2005 o ENVIRON Emeryville Mauricio Escobar o Earth Science, 1995 o California P.G o ENVIRON Los Angeles The Presenters

3 Why Are We Here? Real world applications for EPS degrees I graduated...now what? Skillset for success How to better prepare for the "real world" Share professional experiences You too can do what we do Professional resource We've learned a few things since the mid-1990s

4 "An environmental consultant works on commercial contracts to address a variety of environmental issues for their clients. They cover a wide range of disciplines such as assessment of air, land and water contamination, environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, waste management, development of environmental policy and development of environmental management systems." - prospects.uk.com OK...so what does that mean?? What Is Environmental Consulting?

5 There are many disciplines under the umbrella of “environmental consulting” o Geologists, Engineers (Chemical, Civil, Environmental, etc.), Toxicologists, Risk Assessors, Atmospheric Scientists, Biologists, Chemists, Epidemiologists, Regulatory Specialists There is no single answer. You are different things to different clients. At the heart of it, you are a: o technical expert o scientist o client advocate o problem solver What is Environmental Consulting?

6 Environmental Due Diligence (Nick) o Real estate transactions and property redevelopment o Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) due diligence o Site characterization (Remedial Investigation) Site Solutions (Mauricio) o Site characterization o Evaluating best alternative for site cleanups o Remedial Implementation We often work on behalf of Clients negotiating with other private parties, or regulatory agencies Our Areas of Expertise

7 Technically Sound A Critical Thinker Willing to Adapt Collaborative An Effective Communicator Willing to Take Initiative A Solid Writer Well Rounded with a good dose of common sense A Successful Consultant Is…

8 Think about how to shape your college experience to give you the best opportunity to land in a career you enjoy. Gain a solid technical background Understanding strategy Communication – internal “clients” and external clients Writing Understanding of legal, organizational, policy, and financial matters Understand how people live and work People Skills - Managing people Common sense What Can You Do NOW ?

9 Nick Walchuk (Emeryville) 510 / Mauricio Escobar (Los Angeles) 213 /


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