This position is in a construction and/or field environment and includes working around heavy equipment, working outdoors in all types of weather, and 50 – 75% 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 may be required depending upon project demand. Some assignments require intermittent 24-hour on-call duty.
A Field Specialist is responsible for learning, performing, and leading field teams in a wide and diverse range of field programs 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.
- Closure – investigating the nature and extent of subsurface contamination (soil, groundwater) and developing and implementing cleanup and/or environmental closure activities.
- Transaction – Phase II subsurface investigations.
- 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.
- Remedial Construction – general labor.
- Drilling – direct push and hollow-stem auger rig soil and groundwater sampling; well development; and installation and maintenance of groundwater monitoring wells.
- Building Science – asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality, industrial hygiene sampling, and environmental site assessment activities.
- Compliance – field activities related to preventative maintenance, sampling, and inspections.
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.
- Install, develop, and sample groundwater monitoring wells; perform routine groundwater monitoring/sampling; 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).
- Assist drillers with direct push soil and groundwater sampling; hollow-stem auger drilling; environmental soil sampling; and installing and maintaining groundwater monitoring wells. Work on equipment when broken down in the field, shovel soil cuttings, move filled drums, saw cutting and working with concrete, and heavy lifting of backfill material. Learn to operate rotary auger (CME) and direct push technology (DPT) geoprobes.
- Work safely and within company standards on safety practices; maintain safety as the job site safety supervisor; report all incidents and/or near misses.
- Wear and enforce appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) use; some activities require Level C PPE with a respirator.
- 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.
- Evaluate, select, schedule, and manage subcontractors.
- 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 including site descriptions, field descriptions, field observations, work task descriptions, boring logs, sampling logs, and forms, well construction and abandonment logs, chain of custody documentation, trip reports, and any other reporting or documentation needed by the project or requested by the manager.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Requires 2 years of related field experience and (1) an associates or bachelor’s degree in geology, environmental science, or a related science field or (2) a high school diploma or equivalency. Strong computer and verbal/written communication skills are a must. OSHA Hazwoper Certification (40 hours), construction, and/or military background are a plus. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
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 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.
- 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.