Kim joined GeoEngineers’ Portland office as lab and equipment manager after taking a few years off to raise a family. She recounts, “I fell in love with the job immediately. Within the first year I decided to return to school to earn a degree in environmental science with the intention of joining Geo’s wetlands and natural resources team. I feel that my career at GeoEngineers will afford me many opportunities to apply my knowledge and fulfill my environmental aspirations.”
“My job might be best described as Jill-of-all-trades,” Kim explains. She runs geotechnical testing on soils and QA/QC on lab test results, trains staff and maintains equipment and vehicles, and takes advantage of opportunities to train and work in the field on environmental, geotechnical and river projects. Kim is also part of the gINT group and serves as Geo’s Portland Health and Safety Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer.
“I love the variety of my work, the fast pace, and being part of teams working towards common goals,” Kim relates. The Rattlesnake and Wheatfield Wind Farms project in The Dalles (OR) amply demonstrates these attributes. “I found it extremely satisfying to meet the demanding testing goals of this project, which included training and coordinating staff back in the lab as well as supporting staff that were working long hours in the field. I was in the Columbia River gorge last summer for a concert and felt very proud to see the fields of wind towers on the horizon and know that I was a part of this innovative renewable energy project.”
Kim unwinds by hiking or exploring Portland with her husband and their two dogs, or rowing with friends on the scenic Willamette River or Columbia River slough. She enjoys getting her hands into the dirt at home, too, and has transformed the family’s suburban lawn into a garden plot overflowing with vegetables and flowers.