A butcher, a baker, an… environmental scientist? Tech careers outside the mainstream.

Meghan Oats embraces a career that combines her interest in biology with her desire to protect the environment and wildlife she loves 

 

Meghan Oats, a biologist in our Rocklin California office's environmental services group, loves her career at Stantec. Growing up in Truckee, a small town in the beautiful heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, she always preferred being outdoors. She has spent her life hiking, running, and riding horses along forested pathways, and skiing year-round in either water or snow. Growing up so connected with nature has made her passionate about protecting the environment and the wildlife so precious to her. 

When making the decision about what university to attend, she considered various fields of study. Megan knew she wanted a career in science since it had always been her favorite subject in school. However, she knew she didn’t want a job working in a sterile environment wearing a lab coat. Instead of trying to fit into mainstream career choices, she decided to chase her passion and found a career doing what she loves, using the skills that come naturally to her.

_q_As a biologist with Stantec, I get to help clients accomplish their goals while doing what I love most - protecting ecosystems._q_

She chose to attend the University of California, Davis. Upon completing a degree in Environmental Science and Management—with a concentration in Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation—she was ready to enter the workforce. Her first job was with the California State Parks where she helped manage and restore remote state parks throughout Northern California. Currently, as a biologist with Stantec, she helps clients accomplish their goals while doing what she loves most – protecting ecosystems and providing solutions to complex environmental issues. She explains that " as a biologist with Stantec, I get to put my education and experience to use helping clients accomplish their goals while doing what I love most - protecting ecosystems and providing solutions to complex problems throughout Northern California."

 

This is a day in her life. While it isn’t mainstream, it does involve streams.

 

On October 16th, Meghan's environmental team relocated fish from a hazardous waterway into a natural stream. After Meghan shocks the fish with her electrofisher, her team gathers them with nets and buckets. 

 

On October 16th, Meghan's environmental team relocated fish from a hazardous waterway into a natural stream. After Meghan shocks the fish with her electrofisher, her team gathers them with nets and buckets. 

 

Ignacio releases one of the larger fish into the Bear River at another release location. 

 

A beautiful rainbow trout being released into safe water.

 

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