Peter James

Environmental Forestry Research Technician lll, Weyerhaeuser Company

BS in Environmental Studies


What attracted you to your chosen field?

Interest working in the outdoors and towards conservation and sound management of our natural resources, specifically with our aquatic resources.

What do you like best about the field?

There is always something to learn to fuel the curiosity of understanding the ecological function and process of forested landscapes, specifically riparian areas and their linkages to upslope environments.

What are some personal challenges you have faced in your field?

Learning how to apply sound field methods in order to collect quality and credible data that will ultimately answer the objectives of a particular study.

What does the future hold for your chosen field?

Opportunities will continue to exist in light of our current and future environmental issues.

What things can students do to prepare for a career in this field?

Begin with a degree in science (biology, engineering, math, etc.) that will equip you with the essential basics. It is also very important that you take advantage of internships or seasonal jobs within your area of interest while completing undergraduate coursework to gain some applicable experience.