EQR Employee Spotlight: Ethan Chappell


Ethan with his family

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a nature lover and an outdoors man. My happiest moments typically involve being immersed in the nature world, be it on or underwater, the deep woods, mountains, forests or oceans. You know… where the mud is. These are my happy places.


What is your role at EQR

Ecological Services Superintendent


What advice do you have for prospective EQR candidates?

If you are someone that enjoys the gratification that comes from seeing the physical results of your hard work and determination at the end of each day, EQR is a great place to work. We do things that are hard. I dare say, we do the impossible from time to time. If that is exciting, it that’s moves you, I’ll see you at 6 am tomorrow morning.



What do you find the most challenging at EQR?

I have made a path for myself here doing things that I have never done before ( Often doing those things with tools and equipment that were never designed to do them). The thing that keeps me hooked is the freedom to solve problems.


What do you like most about EQR?

The mud.


What drew you to EQR originally? And how has EQR changed since?

I worked in water management for many years and I came to the understanding that the only way to truly manage our waters was to manage the land. I had partnered with EQR at another company and their work appealed to me. The company has grown tremendously in the 6 years I have been here. That growth has brought significant changes in the form of technology and human resources. At no point were we better equipped to handle what is to come.


What has been your favorite project at EQR?

This is a tough one for me. I have worked across all areas of the company with the exception of the accounting department. I have done everything from picking up trash to building on-the-fly stream structures from a cocktail napkin. From interviewing potential new hires to plowing snow in the dead of night. I would say that my favorite project on any given day is the one we just completed.


What have you gained from working at EQR?

Aside from technical skills, knowledge and abilities, I have gained an incredible sense of humanity. This work brings together people from so many walks of life. It has been my pleasure to work along side stellar human beings that would have otherwise likely never crossed my path.


Any random facts you could share with us?

I am very likely the only Primary Operator of heavy equipment to have studied classical melodrama, dance, commedia del arte’, clown, and mime that you will ever meet. I got into environmental work 20 years ago when I wrote a one man show about a powerless underwater super hero who protected endangered species.


What are your hobbies outside of work?

Hiking, canoeing, sailing, camping, and raising my children to appreciate the natural world.


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