Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
My job offers me a very diverse to-do list. I am primarily a laboratory technician for the soil and waste department on our campus. On a typical day, I might ask a professor what their lab activity will be for the following week and then get it prepared. This might consist of mixing up chemicals that will be used to extract nutrients from soil samples, preparing media that students will grow microorganisms in, setting up columns that will be used to measure water transport through soil, collecting hazardous waste, calibrating lab instruments, and sometimes even collecting a sample of wastewater from the wastewater treatment lab! Often times though, I am getting field equipment ready for students to visit lakes, rivers, wetlands, groundwater well fields, farm fields and even landfills.
The less fun part of my day is reserving computer labs and vehicles for classes, making photo copies of assignments, or organizing meetings. My favorite part of my job though is teaching! I get to teach lab sections of Introduction to Soil and Water Resources during the school year and a one week Watershed Evaluation Techniques in the summer that is entirely field based.