We recently met with Brady Turk, a senior scientist out of our new Baton Rouge (Gonzalez), Louisiana location, to learn more about his background and expertise in environmental consulting.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
Well to start, I’m a veteran! I joined the military when I was in high school and graduated first in my military class as a Desert Storm veteran. I was part of the U.S. Army National Guard combat engineering battalion.
I became interested in environmental consulting after being a Criminal Investigator for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Working for LDEQ afforded me experience in the regulatory realm, but the interaction with clients and the diversity of projects is what ultimately drew me to environmental consulting.
What do you like about working at Braun Intertec?
I love the collaboration with other offices. We’re all a team and that starts at the proposal level and goes all the way through completing the project. Everyone is involved and that’s awesome to have. We also have a lot of expertise in so many different fields and have so many resources available.
The level of trust I get from our leaders is also a huge perk. I’m never micromanaged, which I love. The team lets me do what I need to do, and they know I’ll get the job done.
What can you tell us about your expertise in environmental consulting?
My strongest environmental consulting skills are in wetland delineation and wetland permitting. I also am fluent in groundwater/soil sampling and monitoring, but I’ve been really lucky to be able to work all over the board, so I know a little bit about everything.
What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
I really enjoy working with the private sector, where you work directly with the people who are funding the project. It’s everyday people, so the relationships are good.
I also like public and commercial projects. A lot of times the relationships I already have in these areas allow me to propose on projects and get the work, which has been great.
How do you approach mentorship of your teammates on the job?
I’ve had several opportunities to mentor and train junior staff. I have at least ten years of experience mentoring, especially working with junior field biologists. You can’t just throw them to the wolves when things are this technical. My mentality is to work hard and get stuff done, so I expect that from the younger people I work with. I also try to establish a connection between the person and the project. In other words, always take ownership of a project and always remember that you’re the face of the company in many situations.
How does safety play a role in your day-to-day work?
Safety is the priority every day, right away. Even when I’m walking out my front door to my truck, I make sure I know my surroundings. At work it’s the same. If safety isn’t taken into account, I have no problem using my stop work authority. I was fortunate enough to be on safety teams before starting at Braun Intertec and that experience really opened my eyes.
What does it mean to you to be an employee-owner?
One of the biggest benefits to joining Braun Intertec is that it’s a 100% employee-owned company. It’s an awesome incentive to be a hard worker since you’re really working for yourself and your colleagues. Everyone in the company has an incentive to do a better job everyday—that starts at the technician level and goes all the way to the top. We are all in it together,a team!