It was a match made in heaven. When Bonnie Gray first interviewed for her job with Grouse Mountain Environmental Consultants and when she first heard what the job entailed, she couldnʼt contain her excitement.
As a Project Manager in the companyʼs permitting department, Gray gets to work in logistics a lot; something sheʼs always found fascinating.
“We help with the permitting process for oil and gas companies,” Gray said. “Thatʼs primarily what we do. And, as the Project Manager, I help coordinate directly with our clients and I help keep their projects moving forward. I help them understand the process and anything they might need for any permits that theyʼre applying for. And then I help delegate the work out to our project assistants to make sure our wildlife and cultural or any other resource needs are taken care of. Itʼs a lot of coordination.”
Which is what she loves.
“Iʼve worked some other jobs that have included this kind of role,” she said. “I like to say that Iʼve worked jobs that have many moving pieces. So I think Iʼve definitely found my niche with Grouse Mountain. I was really excited when I interviewed for this job. When they described it, I was like, ʻThat sounds exactly like what I enjoy doing!ʼ”
And it is. Gray loves her job and she is thankful that she gets to have a job that brings her happiness; one that makes her proud.
“Here, I can take pride in my work,” she said. “Itʼs nice being able to talk to people about it. A lot of people complain about their jobs a lot of times, and I get to say that I actually like my job! It definitely gives me a lot of pride to work for the company that I do.”
We wanted to find out a little bit more about who Bonnie is, what she does, and why sheʼs such a perfect fit for Grouse Mountain Environmental Consultants, so we asked her a few questions.
How did you come to work at Grouse Mountain?
After being in a larger metro area for a couple of years, I started looking for job opportunities in more rural parts of the mountain west with most of my searching in Wyoming. I applied and interviewed with the company and knew if I was offered the job I would take it. Having worked in several different sectors, working for a privately owned company was something I was looking for.
What do you do at Grouse Mountain?
I am a project manager in the permitting department.
What made you want to choose this career path?
Growing up in Wyoming, I enjoyed the wide open spaces and wanted a career that would allow me to be outdoors. In college I took a few classes that dove into the complexities of natural resource management and found it to be very intriguing, which further affirmed I wanted to work in a natural resources field.
What’s your favorite part about working at Grouse Mountain?
The variety and the people! Even doing the same kind of permits or tasks, there are little differences in each project that are unique. I feel like I am constantly learning something new. I also love that we are very team oriented, most people are willing to jump in and help out wherever needed.
What do you love about Wyoming?
I love the many hidden gems and various landscapes. From wide open plains down south, to the rugged mountain ranges, there’s something captivating about each part of the state.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy fishing all seasons with my husband, skiing, and paddle boarding in the summer. I also love a good hockey game or playing board/card games with friends.
Tell us a few fun facts about you!
I find most arachnids and herptiles (reptiles/amphibians) absolutely adorable.
What differentiates Grouse Mountain from its competitors?
The package of unique skill sets within our company. Jenna and Jason have done a great job of finding people with specialized skills and knowledge to bring to the table that allow us as a company to tackle projects efficiently and wholly.