Friday, January 11, 2013

Meet Blog Author, Emily Bartusek!

Meet me, Emily Bartusek:  WoW member and WoW blog author!

I work for the Division of Water Quality. I've been with DWQ for five years.  I've spent just about that amount of time working in the Monitoring section as an environmental scientist.  I performed a lot of field working; traveling the entire state collecting water samples and performing surveys.  Recently, I've moved to the UPDES section where I'm a stormwater specialist.

Some challenging parts of my monitoring job were the time away from my home (I would be out in the field all week for a majority of the year), hazardous environmental conditions, and the physically taxing nature of field work. Even though these are challenges, they were also the things that made the job exciting. I've been able to see parts of Utah that not a whole lot of people get to see!

Being a member of WoW is important to me because it gives me an opportunity to unite with other women within the water industry.  It's nice to be able to exchange stories and get guidance from women in my field. I also feel it's a great place for me to donate my time and share my passion of the environment.

I grew up in Minnesota, always busy with water skiing, boating, fishing, or canoeing.  I knew at a young age that I wanted to work with water.  I had a great time at St. Mary's University of MN studying on the Mississippi River and local aquatic ecosystems.

My advice to upcoming women in my field: don't forget to incorporate humor and warmth. It may be easy to act tough but people are a lot more receptive to a smile.

My favorite water spot in Utah: Cataract Canyon section of the Colorado River.

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