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Teveil Walker is a university student. Here he talks about volunteering with our environment team.
"I hope to work towards a better and improved environment. To improve the way we live. Where that will lead me, I’m not too sure. But as long as I can influence our environmental management practices I will be happy."
What are you studying at university – and where?
Geography at Coventry University
Tell us a bit about the volunteer work you’ve been doing with the Trust?
I have been tasked with producing a briefing note about the Water Framework Directive. This has involved organising spreadsheet data obtained from the Environment Agency and populating the spreadsheet with information from a number of different sources. I’ve also had to write out the briefing note, with help from my colleagues in the Trust team.
Currently, I am working on a field checklist/audit sheet, which will go out to people completing surveys in the field.
When did you start volunteering with us?
What attracted you to the volunteer role?
Since starting university I have always wanted to volunteer in the environmental sector. Although at the time, I did not know how that would work with my university schedule. When applying for placements I decided to apply to a position posted by the Canal & River Trust as I was interested in the industry and attracted to this type of work.
I originally applied for a placement but didn’t get through. However, I was referred to a voluntary position to work under Peter Birch, the national environmental manager. That was much more than I expected and I was happy to be working with someone with so much experience.
What have you gained personally and professionally?
Access to a wealth of information. Working under Peter and his team has presented many opportunities for me to learn about the environmental industry - both in the field and through speaking to them.
Personally, it has enhanced my understanding of and interest in the environment.
Where do you hope your future career will take you?
I hope to work towards a better and improved environment. To improve the way we live. Where that will lead me, I’m not too sure. But as long as I can influence our environmental management practices I will be happy.
Has your time at the Trust helped you along that path?
Yes, it has opened my mind (and eyes) to what I can expect from working in the “Green” industry. I have also been able to apply the knowledge that I gained at college and university to real life situations.
What was your favourite moment while volunteering with us?
I loved my visits into the field, where I saw what the Trust has accomplished so far and what we are still striving to accomplish.
This article was published in 2016
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Last date edited: 5 February 2018