Entry Level Field Position, Environmental Scientist or Geologist

A field employee is responsible for learning and performing various aspects of field work related to one or more service areas:
• Transaction – environmental site assessment activities; evaluate environmental risks on a property;
• Closure – investigate the nature and extent of subsurface contamination (soil, groundwater); develop and implement cleanup and/or environmental closure activities;
• Compliance – consult industrial clients on regulatory, environmental, and health & safety compliance; and best management practices.
• Work is performed with direction from experienced level technical personnel; under the general supervision of the Office/Department Manager.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

• Perform all field tasks necessary to complete a project’s scope of work. Activities include (Assessment) identify environmental concerns at a parcel of real estate; file review and record searches; prepare reports documenting environmental concerns and formulate recommendations for corrective action; (Investigation) advance soil borings, obtain and field screen soil samples; install, develop and sample monitoring wells; complete geologic and aquifer studies; prepare samples for the laboratory; perform soil-gas surveys; perform excavation zone assessments; and perform record searches; (Cleanup) install and operate product recovery systems; perform pilot tests to support remedial system design; conduct remedial system installation and operation; maintain, coordinate and oversee tank removals; and decontaminate manufacturing facilities. (Compliance) supervise the construction of engineering controls; prepare permit applications and plans; formulate recommendations for environmental compliance; audit facility operations; design and install various environmental systems (e.g., ventilation, storm water, industrial wastewater); develop and implement Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC), storm water plans, pollution prevention contingency (PPC) plans, lockout/tagout plans and any other plans required by environmental or health and safety regulations; and prepare and submit regulatory agency reports. Some positions involve industrial hygiene hazard assessment and process safety management.
• Identify potential sources of contamination when working on a job site.
• Identify changes to the scope of work, discuss with August Mack project manager and onsite client, and execute change orders (if necessary).
• Perform regulatory and technical research as needed to support a project.
• Evaluate, select, schedule, and manage subcontractors.
• Prepare a Health and Safety Plan (HASP) for each project and review and enforce the plan with all persons at the work site.
• Document all field activities being performed in a field log including reporting on field techniques, locations of the work, and any relevant field observations.
• Write the field portion of the final report.
• Prepare items such as boring logs or well construction diagrams, site plans, photo logs.
• Prepare job descriptions of successfully completed projects and update August Mack resume for marketing purposes.
• Communicate internally to secure work necessary to maintain a billable goal of 72 hours per 80 hour pay period (90% productivity).

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
• The principals, practices, & techniques of geology or chemistry.
• Geologic setting and contaminant transport.
• Regulatory cleanup programs and guidance.
• Hazards inherent to the environmental work and related safety measures.

Skill in:
• Calibrating and using various types of field equipment.
• Performing mathematical calculations.
• Interpreting geologic and hydrogeologic information and chemical data.

Ability to:
• Learn job-related material primarily through verbal instruction, training, reading, researching and observation in an on-the-job setting.
• Document and organize while working on multiple projects.
• Accurately measure and document distances using a tape measure or other measuring device.
• Work out doors in a variety of weather conditions.
• Work in small, cramped areas.
• Travel across rough, uneven or rocky surfaces to access equipment.
• Climb ladders or steps where equipment is located, to reach objects on shelves, or to monitor machinery and equipment.
• Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet or less).
• Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time to make adjustments to equipment.
• Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
• Work closely and support others in a team environment.

Additional Requirements:

This classification requires the use of a company or personal vehicle on company business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver’s license, have an acceptable driving record and receive a medical clearance from a baseline physical.

This classification requires travel to various client locations. Travel typically involves day trips within the state or neighboring states, resulting in longer work days; and may include extended and/or further travel, resulting in multiple days and overnights. Long distance drives and air travel may be required.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

Requires a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, geology, or a related science field. Strong computer and verbal/written communication skills are a must. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted. OSHA Hazwoper Certification (40 hours) is a plus.

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