A day in the life

Speaking with our Senior Environmental Advisor

Liz Greenaway is the Senior Environmental Advisor on the Dorset VIP project.  Originally hailing from Somerset, Liz loves the beautiful Dorset countryside with its chalk downland hills and stunning views.  In her spare time, Liz is a scuba diving instructor, and she has fond memories of diving off the Dorset coast.

I am an Environmental Advisor for Morgan Sindall projects for National Grid. One of the major perks of being an environmental advisor is the amount of variation; you never know what the day will bring. On the Dorset VIP project, the current highlight has been being able to work with protected species such as badgers, dormice, and Peregrine falcons.

My job means I also get to see amazing engineering work up close.  I’ve been able to witness the great skill in the preparation for placing the 12 electricity cables underground and I’m looking forward seeing the view from the Hardy Monument when the 22 pylons have been removed.

If I were giving advice to someone considering becoming an environmental advisor, I would say that flexibility is essential.  The nature of the work means plans will often be changed at the last minute and you have to be prepared to put your planned work on hold.

The role also requires good communication skills.  A large part of what I do day-to-day is explaining the potential environmental risks on a project and how to avoid them.  This often means people need to change the way they are used to working and I’m the one who has to tell them.

I chose this career because I have always loved the countryside.  I completed an HND in Countryside Management before studying Environmental Biology at university.  I’ve worked as an Environmental Advisor ever since.  I feel lucky that I get to do what I love at work.