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Jed Ramsay

My CV

Education:

GCSE’s and A’Levels in Stoke-on-Trent before going onto Warwick Uni and then UWE (Bristol) this last year

Qualifications:

Degree in Philosophy & Politics (bit unrelated!!) and more recently Postgrad in River & Coastal Engineering. I want to do a Masters soon called Infrastructure in Emergencies.

Work History:

Started with a paper round then Morrisons, Makro, an underwear shop, IBM, Thomson Holidays, and finally Environment Agency

Employer:

Environment Agency

Current Job:

River Engineer

Me and my work

Building things on the River Thames

I work as a River Engineer from our construction yard in Oxford. Out of my window I can see cranes, huge barges, the river, huge piles of timber and sand.

I work on anything to do with rivers and flooding, such as dredging rivers, building new bridges, working on river locks and weirs, building flood defence schemes. The more variety the better.

I work for the Environment Agency so I also try to be green with everything I do! (Hard to do sometimes)

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My Typical Day

Seeing the sun rise from a boat, then into the office to work on a design then visiting a site to oversee construction

The area I work in covers most of the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire down to Teddington in London – where it becomes a tidal river.

I travel around to view construction as it happens and also spend time on patrol boats surveying the river.

I also have to work a lot in the office (unfortunately!).

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What I'd do with the money

Build new water supplies for villages in Nicaragua

Last year I spend 3 months working in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for Raleigh International. This is an amazing part of the world full of rainforests, volcanoes and all kinds of wildlife I’d never seen before.

I worked on bringing water supplies to people who had very little in their homes (no electricity, water, gas, phone or anything like that). The work I did, meant they could have shared taps in their village.

I’d give the money to the people I worked with out there so they can build more taps in more villages, so people can have fresh clean water for the first time.

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My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Flood Mad Footballer

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Bon Iver

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Climbed a live and smoking volcano in Costa Rica

What was your favourite subject at school?

Music

What did you want to be after you left school?

Hadn’t got a clue!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Just trouble with girls usually

What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Designed and built a system to bring water supplies into a rainforest in Costa Rica

Tell us a joke.

What did the number 0 say to the number 8? Nice belt.

Other stuff

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