Continuing with our graduate trainee scheme focus, we speak to Roisin Murray-Williams who works as a data scientist in our Environmental Quality Team and find out what her job involves.
What attracted you to working in SEPA?
I have a keen interest in environmental science having studied water science and water management at university. I saw that SEPA were looking for someone to do catchment modelling and I applied for the job and got it.
What work are you involved in?
As a data scientist I work on data analysis, visualisation and modelling tasks spanning a wide variety of SEPA’s work. In particular, I work on bathing water quality modelling, catchment modelling and producing interactive tools and dashboards which provide visualisation and analysis of SEPA data.
What are your green credentials?
I try to incorporate small habits such as:
- primarily buying produce grown in the UK;
- not buying produce with excessive packaging;
- buying from the Stirling Food Assembly where all the food is locally sourced;
- minimising food waste using tips from participating in a food waste challenge.
I’m also a vegan which I’ve recently found out on average compensates for the carbon footprint of running a car.
What is your favourite Scottish environment?
There are so many to choose from, but I think for me in my day-to-day I love the network of paths around the Kelpies, Helix, canals and River Carron in Falkirk. They are fantastic for running and cycling.
What advice would you give to someone that is considering applying for our graduate scheme?
Go for it and give it your best. SEPA is an excellent organisation to work for, there are a wide range of interesting work areas to get involved with and experience to be gained.
Further information about our graduate trainee scheme can be found on our website. The closing date for applications is Friday 24 March 2017 at midday.