Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Couple of Days In

I have a desk with nothing on it. I have an email address but no computer or password with which to access it, plus a phone number with no clue as to how to set up my voicemail. And I have an ID badge that has "temporary" plastered all over it. I just barely have my foot in the door, with plenty of reminders from the Federal Bureaucracy that it takes more than a job title to become a member of the club.

Despite all of these hurdles, my first two days as a full time employee at the Department of the Interior have been great, amazing even. I can already tell that this position is going to challenge me in all sorts of good ways. I would have never guessed that on my first day I would be asked to look over a memo to the science adviser to the Secretary about how to integrate social science into the DOI's Climate Change policy. Or that I would be hosting a conference call between the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, and DOI on coastal restoration in Louisiana and Mississippi as part of post-Katrina natural areas preservation. I will not go into detail, that would just be boring for most, but suffice it to say that I was tempted to bring some of my reading material home with me, and I had to remind myself that I was getting paid for this!

Perhaps I will get bored of all this, but so far I can't imagine it. Everyday is a chance to practice what I have been preparing for for so long, and I can't be thankful enough that I have this opportunity in front of me.

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