What do Kickball, Marine Mammals and a stylish pair of headphones have in common? Our Environmental Manager, Heidi Etter! We chatted to Heidi this week to find out more about her and her role at EPI.
What is your role at EPI? And what do you do?
I’m the Environmental Manager at EPI. I am responsible for the environmental projects throughout the business. This includes preparing tenders, working with clients to ensure their projects are within compliances around environmental regulations, composing environmental impact assessments and management plans, and managing the consultants we have out on projects.
What brought you to EPI group?
I was originally approached by a recruiter on LinkedIn. I went into the Houston office for an interview and then spoke on the phone with Richard Thompson (Operations Director). I was very intrigued with their aspirations of growing the environmental side of the EPI business and decided it sounded like a great opportunity. Next month will be 5 years I have been at EPI and I am still thankful I was approached and decided to take the position.
What is your favourite part of your job/working at EPI?
Definitely the people! Everyone in our company has such a great working relationship with each other. Being a smaller company, we all depend on each other to get our jobs done. In addition, the upper management within EPI recognise we all have lives outside of the company and really push for us to all have a healthy work/life balance which I really appreciate. No matter what is going on, everyone is very supportive of each other and I appreciate that type of working environment. It makes me want to do the best that I can at my job.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact about you.
This is something that usually gets a chuckle, especially in the company when I ask for days off for it. I travel around the US and play competitive kickball. I play in both the coed division and the women’s division. My women’s team is Mile High Club out of Denver, Colorado. I’ve been playing the sport for 16 years and have been playing competitively for 10 or 11 years now. I included a link to last year’s highlight reel since I recognize it is not something played outside of the US.
Photos: I started out working with marine mammals when I was still in graduate school doing research in Namibia with the Namibian Dolphin Project. If it was not for working with them, I would not be in the position I am today.