Field Scientist – Indiana

August Mack Environmental is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is in a construction and/or field environment and includes working around heavy equipment, working outdoors in all types of weather, and 75% – 100% travel to multiple state client locations. Positions average 5 – 10 hours of paid overtime per week with start times of 5 – 8 am (depending on location). More overtime (including weekend work) may be required depending upon project demand. Some assignments require intermittent 24-hour on-call duty.

A Field Scientist is responsible for learning and performing a wide and diverse range of fieldwork related to the following service areas. We offer on-the-job training and a career path to help our employees develop skills, gain experience, and advance their careers.

  1. Closure – investigating the nature and extent of subsurface contamination (soil, groundwater) and developing and implementing cleanup and/or environmental closure activities.
  2. Transaction – Phase II subsurface investigations and site reconnaissance related to renewable energy projects.
  3. O&M – groundwater monitoring/stormwater sampling; drum sampling, overpacking, and removal; remediation system start-up and operation; in-situ chemical injection; and wastewater treatment plant operation.
  4. Building Sciences – asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality, Industrial Hygiene sampling, and environmental site assessment activities.
  5. Compliance – field activities related to preventative maintenance, stormwater and wastewater sampling, and inspections.
  6. Remedial Construction – general labor.

Work is performed with direction from experienced level technical personnel, under the general supervision of the Field Operations Manager.


Learn and perform all field tasks necessary to complete a project’s scope of work.

  • Advance soil borings, obtain and field screen soil samples; install, develop and sample groundwater monitoring wells; complete geologic and aquifer studies; prepare samples for the laboratory; perform vapor studies, excavation area assessments, and record searches; 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.
  • Oversee installation, development, and sampling of groundwater monitoring wells; perform routine groundwater monitoring/sampling; perform well abandonment activities; perform a variety of in-situ chemical injections to remediate soil and groundwater contamination; stormwater sampling; drum sampling, overpacking, and removal; site maintenance (mowing, land maintenance); prepare samples for the lab; perform vapor studies, etc.
  • Asbestos investigations including inspection, abatement oversight, air monitoring, and air clearance sampling; lead-based paint investigations including inspections, risk assessments, abatement oversight, dust wipe/air clearance sampling; IAQ (indoor air quality) and microbial investigations including initial inspections, remediation oversight, and pre/post-remediation air clearance sampling.
  • Perform compliance-related activities including stack testing, IH sampling, and noise monitoring; stormwater sampling, baghouse preventative maintenance inspections, and baghouse cleaning/maintenance and install various environmental systems (e.g., ventilation, stormwater, industrial wastewater).
  • Work safely and within company standards on safety practices; maintain safety as a top jobsite priority; report all incidents and/or near misses.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); some activities performed in Level C PPE with respirator(s).
  • Verify public and private utility locates have been completed and are appropriately marked before performing any work.
  • Mobilize to and from project job sites; assist in loading trucks and other prep activities.
  • Set up jobs, complete load lists, and perform on-site work.
  • Assist with subcontractor management, health & safety oversight, and paperwork.
  • Perform daily record keeping and reporting of time/hours billed and expenses.
  • Utilize equipment and vehicles in the proper manner; maintain in a clean and good working order after each use.
  • Inspect and perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment and vehicles.
  • Identify potential sources of contamination when working on a job site.
  • Prepare Health and Safety Plans (HASPs), review and enforce the plan at the worksite.
  • Prepare field documentation.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in geology, environmental science, or a related science field. Strong computer and verbal/written communication skills are a must.

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 (upon Manager discretion) may be required to operate a commercial motor vehicle as defined and regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and is responsible for complying with applicable federal regulations and internal company safety program requirements.

This classification requires travel to various project locations. Travel involves day trips within the state or neighboring states, resulting in longer workdays; and extended and/or further travel, resulting in multiple days and overnights. Long-term assignments can be required.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Some Knowledge of:

  • The principles, practices, & techniques of geology, engineering, and/or chemistry.

Some Skill in:

  • Calibrating and using various types of field equipment.
  • Performing mathematical calculations.
  • Interpreting geologic and hydrogeologic information and scientific 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 dimensions and distances
  • Work outdoors 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 adjust equipment.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
  • Work closely and support others in a team environment.

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