Aegis Environmental, recently sat down with one our Project Scientists, Nicole Schneiter and got the inside scoop on her work, podcasts, and advice for new environmental professionals.
Support, versatile, enthusiasm
Most days of the week I am working at a chemical manufacturer, helping them with air compliance and reporting and assisting in maintaining their air monitoring software. I am also conducting stormwater/erosion and sediment control inspections at a solar farm construction site.
Definitely the people! Aegis and the clients. I also love consulting because it allows me to be part of a dynamic environment, where the client, projects, places, and work are always changing. I love being kept on my toes and always learning something new.
I love the podcast RadioLab. It focuses on science and technology, but really touches on just about any topic from impactful court cases to conversations with an astronaut to how different animals perceive color. It’s always interesting and gives new perspectives!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. School provides a good basis for understanding and critical thinking, but there is a lot in the environmental field that isn’t taught in school. The regulations can be very complex, and each situation is often unique, so no one has all the answers (except Sandy Morse at Aegis)! While it’s important to be resourceful and try to figure out a problem yourself, make sure to surround yourself with mentors and people who you feel comfortable asking questions. You don’t know what you don’t know, so it’s always better to ask!
Nicole graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Global Sustainability. She began her professional career with Aegis in August 2016. She has experience in regulatory compliance plan development and inspections for SPCC, storm water, and hazardous waste generators across several states. She is a registered Responsible Land Disturber, conducting E&S inspections at solar construction sites. In addition, Nicole has worked with Title V permit development and air compliance, including excess emission reporting, Title V certifications, RTR and EPCRA reporting, and supporting compliance data software. She has also assisted in the development and delivery of RCRA training. During her time at UVa, she worked on several projects and gained public speaking and training experience through the Charlottesville Community Food Assessment, research for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and sustainability internship for Aramark.