Interview with environmental assessment scientist, Jeanette Goulet

Jeanette Goulet Parks Canada environment assessment scientist

Follow Jeanette at @jeanette.goulet.

What do you do?
I am an environmental assessment scientist for Parks Canada.

How long have you been in this field for?
12 years.

What inspired you to pursue this career?
I have a passion for nature and the environment and I always knew I wanted a career that would allow me to work outdoors and help protect the things I love about the planet. Environmental assessment is a career where you get to see results right away. I am quite often working on construction projects as they are being built, and I do things such as flag off rare plants so that construction equipment can be sure to avoid them, or implement buffer zones around nesting birds so that their young can fledge without being disturbed. It is inspiring to see construction done with minimal impact and to see disturbed areas return to a natural state quickly because of my recommendations!

What was the biggest hurdle in attaining your career goals?
It can be very difficult to get a foot in the door with the government, especially in the environmental field. There is quite a bit of competition for environmental jobs to begin with, and the lengthy process to apply for jobs with the government can be daunting.

What do you like most about your work?
I get to work in the Mountain Parks which are some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. To know that I am playing even a small part in the conservation of these places is an honour. I feel that what I do actually has a direct positive impact that I can see happen almost every day and that is very satisfying.

What do you find challenging about your work?
I’m not a confrontational type of person and sometimes you have to be in this field. I have to let the construction crews or managers know when something has been done on a project that goes against the regulations, permit conditions or environmental assessment documents, so I end up being the “bad cop” sometimes, which is never pleasant.

If you weren’t an environmental assessment scientist what would you be?
I would probably be a veterinarian working for some type of international non-profit wildlife rescue, since I love to work with animals and love to have a job where I can explore interesting places.

Name one hobby you have that’s not related to your work.
I love traveling and have been to 33 countries!

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Take a shower, eat some homemade granola and fuel up on coffee!

And last thing you do at night?
Snuggle with my boyfriend.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy your work.
It’s a 9, because it’s challenging, interesting, I feel like I can make a difference, and I work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

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