I got my start surveying for remote water system projects in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. I loved the remote work, challenging projects, having to think on my feet, spending time in the outdoors, and travel to some amazing locations. At the end of my two-year hitch, I knew I wanted to survey for a living.
I was involved with the Eva Creek Wind Farm from start to finish. It was such an exciting project, from early recon and setting control along the Ferry trail to post-construction as-builts and everything in between. One of the best parts was recovering hundred-year-old survey monuments in that rough country. Not to mention all the great views of Denali from the back of a four-wheeler.
I love the connection to history that comes from following in the footsteps of previous surveyors. We also get to see so much of the world that not everyone gets to see. I often have days where I marvel: “I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do this.”