August 1, 2022•237 words
Halfway through my field season and I can't say I am enjoying myself. I was very excited for this season. Wetter season == more plants.
Unfortunately, it is slim pickings for field technicians. Even more unfortunate was getting one without a good science background. No concept of quality data or following protocols. Also lacking in understanding what biasing data means. A lack of honesty doesn't help either. I have worked with other techs that were a bit difficult and lacking in skills. This is the first season I fully don't trust my coworker and am not able to fully compensate for that. I am at a total loss on how to make this better and there is no replacement option. I am essentially in damage control mode to finish the season with as little issues as possible.
Worst part of all of this, is I feel like I am speaking a different language than either of the techs I have worked with so far. Simple words that I would think one would understand working ANY job but apparently I am wrong with that. I am also amazed at how attached the younger techs are to their phones. Or their inability to not be able to cope with downtime without a signal.
I am going to limp my way mentally through the rest of this season. I am looking forward to its end.
Current mood: #defeatedweasel