Alumniverhaal

Alumnus Joris Schaap - MSc Earth and Environment

Joris Schaap graduated in 2006 from the Master Earth and Environment with the specialisation Hydrology and Water Resources. "My education has given me the necessary substantive knowledge, which I still use on a daily basis. In addition, it created a network of contacts (students, but also teachers). Thanks to my education in Wageningen, I'm not limited to my own work, but I have learned to better understand other disciplines and appreciate them as well."

My tasks include recruitment, tenders and writing reports, maintaining contacts with clients and coming up with innovations for the company.

Job

Joris has worked for two years at institute Alterra (part of Wageningen University & Research center) as a researcher hydrology. He is currently working in the consultancy Aequator Green & Space. "As a consultant  ‘water in the rural area’ I am working on the themes of nature, agriculture, soil and water. Mostly, I give advice to governments (water boards, provinces, the realm) about interventions on the water system, translating their policy statements into practice and the influence of climate on the water and soil. In projects I bring particular specialist knowledge in the field of general water management and the unsaturated zone (part of the soil that not all pores are filled with water) in particular. Sometimes I work with hydrological models, but I am regularly with my feet in the clay. It is this combination of theory and practice which fascinates me, I combine scientific knowledge with field knowledge and (literally) common sense to finally be able to give good advice. And sometimes I publish articles in a (scientific) journal.

Furthermore, my tasks include recruitment, tenders and writing reports, maintaining contacts with clients and coming up with innovations for the company. Finally, it is nice to work with Aequator because of  their informal working atmosphere, being a small team with 20 colleagues, the involvement, working with different disciplines, application-oriented projects and fieldwork.

Additionally I photograph since 2010 also on a freelance basis, my out of hand hobby. This yields a modest supplement of my income and much challenge, variety and satisfaction. "

Future

"I would like to become a substantive senior advisor who can solve complex water problems. Someone who leads and supervises projects in a way that you add a clear value to your clients. Perhaps I see myself again a combination between consultancy and science. Besides, I hope, of course, to be in National Geographic with one of my photos some time!"