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Jobs in an oil refinery: environmental scientist
Photo of salt marsh and scientists
Checking the salt marsh at Fawley.

I'm Jim Elwood. I'm an environmental sciencit at Fawley oil refinery, working mainly in the Salt Marsh.

We monitor the flora (plants) and fauna (animals) that inhabit the Salt marsh. This gives us a good check that the outflow from the refinery is acceptably clean.

I have overseen the rehabitation of the Salt Marsh. We planted Spartina - a grass that lives in saltwater. Their roots grew under the marsh, binding it together. At the same time, the cooling water pouring from the huge pipes was cleaned up.

I have overseen the rehabitation of the Salt Marsh. We planted Spartina - a grass that lives in saltwater. Their roots grew under the marsh, binding it together. At the same time, the cooling water pouring from the huge pipes was cleaned up.

As the salt marsh recovered, plants like saltwort or salicornia began to grow there. This has shiny, fleshy leaves and lives in clean saltwater.

I enjoy working outside but spend a lot of time planning projects and producing booklets and literature on the work we have done here.