Kaitlin Sweet, 25
Environmental Specialist since 2009 @ Enviroscientists, Inc.
What did you get your degree in?
Bachelor of Science in Hydro Geology at University of Nevada, Reno
We support the mining industry in environmental compliance, meaning we help them communicate with the government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and US Forestry Department to get permits to explore and open mines. We make sure they are complying with all environmental regulations. I fill out permitting documents, which requires me to summarize a lot of data. We are a service for the mining industry. I am basically a diplomat between mining companies and regulatory agencies.
What’s the best part of your job?
Having a company appreciate my work and say thank you. I enjoy helping companies progress in their projects.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
You are learning something new every day and you have to keep up with the constant change in regulations and permitting forms. I am constantly revising forms and staying on top of the extreme dynamics of the industry and elevating environmental standards.
Any advice to students looking to enter your field?
Get internships. All the knowledge is transferable and it will help send you in the right direction to a practical and meaningful career path.
What’s the best part about working in the mining industry?
The people are great. It’s a robust industry that is very supportive, encouraging and exciting.