Pros: Compensation, health care
Cons: Time away from family, friends.
First, there is no typical day! My workday would start anywhere between 0400 and noon, and generally last about ten hours, however twelve hour days were not uncommon. The work changed from day to day, sometimes the work was strictly administrative and the day was spent in front of a computer. Other days would bring field work or training and I wouldn't see "indoors" for days.
Learning points came often. There was always a new project or program to learn or participate in. My biggest take-away was to keep my mind, eyes, and ears open, and above all else, be flexible.
Management was 100% supportive of the workforce. They made it clear that family and personal well-being were quite important, as neglect in these areas may weaken the workforce and productivity could be negatively impacted. Work came first, and our managers were always alongside us, to coach, mentor, and assist if needed.
My co-workers are some of the best people I have ever met. I have made many life-long friendships and have amassed a huge network of colleagues. They are tantamount to family, and there is little I wouldn't do for them, and them for me.
The hardest part of the job was the erratic hours. Plain and simple.
The most enjoyable part of the job were the people I worked with, and the environment I worked in (mother nature).