Pros: being outdoors most of the time
Cons: tedium and back-breaking labor
A typical day at work was to either collect or enter collected data for the managing professor.
There were 600 3 foot by 3 foot planters filled with over 40 varieties of native Nova Scotian species in every combination imaginable and, of course, the controls.
Water retention, Albedo, Surface and sub-surface temperature readings, species count and – more... growth rates were measured each once per week. Each data parameter took itself one day minimum to complete so it was a non-stop cycle of rotating data collection.
Several hours were spent each day entering data collected into spreadsheets (excel) for statistical analysis by the managing professor.
My co-workers were fun and quirky and we would always head to the local lake for a dip after the hot and sweaty work of lugging the planters to and fro all day long. This made for a nicely satisfyingly complete day.
The managing professor is wonderful and we were pretty close friends by the end of the work term.
I learned a lot about green roofs, their benefits both environmentally and economically.
I also learned that if I was ever going to be in position where I could make my own green roof in Nova Scotia I would know the optimal combination of native plants to place on it.
The hardest part of the job was both the tedium and the physical labor.
The best part of the job aside from the above was the wonderful people I became family with and the glorious days of soaking in the sun. – less