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Environmental Scientist II - Kenner, LA
An Environmental Scientist II (ES II) is an entry level opportunity suitable for those just starting their careers. An ES II participates as a core-member of the CTEH Toxicology Emergency Response Program (TERP) and provides environmental sampling support and data collection during hazardous materials incidents. Individuals employed in this position participate on an ‘On-Call’ Team and ultimately gain significant operational knowledge and environmental sampling experience while working on high-profile field-based projects across North America. Utilizing your knowledge of various scientific disciplines, you'll collect data, study outcomes, take action, and create reports based on measurements and observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. The preferred candidate will have a science-related degree along with strong writing and communication abilities. Every Environmental Scientist maintains a response bag with required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and appropriate clothing to be prepared for 24/7 on-call rotations. You'll also be traveling frequently and may be deployed on projects for extended periods of time.
- Immediate availability for extended travel and emergency response at client’s request;
- Maintain, calibrate and mobilize equipment appropriate for an emergency response;
- Gather and analyze samples from various sources of potential contamination;
- Perform monitoring and sampling activities with minimal supervision;
- Compile, review and summarize scientific/technical data and literature; and,
- Perform such other duties as assigned.
Other Desired Competencies
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision;
- Ability to respond in a timely manner to all communications from his/her supervisor;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a matrix reporting structure;
- Ability to understand and follow written and verbal directions; and,
- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills in the English language.
- Bachelor degree in Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene, Biology, Chemistry, Toxicology or other related fields (required);
- Advanced computer skills in a Windows-based environment (required);
- 3-5 years of experience in a related field may be substituted in lieu of a degree
- Current, valid, unrestricted drivers license (required);
- Ability to pass a post offer physical exam including an illicit drug screen;
- Ability to complete HAZWOPER certification (provided post-hire);
- Ability to obtain DISA and TWIC clearances (provided post-hire);
- Ability to obtain a passport (provided post-hire);
- Completion of all job specific OSHA and CTEH safety training (during first 30 days of employment); and,
- Ability to comply with all job specific OSHA requirements, including wear of a respirator.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Sitting, standing, and walking
- Lifting up to 50 pounds)frequent);
- Overhead lifting of over 20 pounds (occasional);
- Bending, stooping, climbing ladders and crawling (occasional);
- Long hours involving overtime and weekends as necessary (frequent);
- Keyboarding/typing (frequent);
- Ability to read effectively from a computer screen, sampling device and/or a paper copy (frequent);
- Ability to handle a large volume of work and perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment (frequent);
- Frequent, unscheduled travel for extended periods of time;
- Ability to drive noncommercial vehicles - valid driver's license required (frequent);
- Ability to work shifts of up to 24 hours in duration (rare);
- Dress out in physically demanding personal protective equipment (PPE) for site entry at HAZWOPER sites as required under 29CFR 1910.120 (frequent);
- Wear half-face and full-face air purifying respirator (APR) as well as supplied air respirators in the form of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and hose supplied respirator with medical clearance as required under 29CFR 1910.134 (occasional);and,
- Wear partially or totally encapsulating personal protective equipment (frequent).
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Works in an office environment when not deployed on an emergency response;
- Works outdoors and may be exposed to hot and cold environments and extreme weather conditions, including sunlit, rainy and windy conditions (frequent);
- May occasionally work shifts up to 24 hours in duration;
- Encounter environments presenting physical hazards of uneven ground, standing water, ditches, dusty conditions, rapidly moving transportation and remediation equipment, and physical stress associated with the wear of personal protective equipment;
- May work at altitudes greater than 5000 feet above sea level;
- May work on land, sea or air;
- May work in a setting with potential physical and chemical hazards; and
- Frequent, extended travel.