Environmental Geologist or Environmental Specialist

Earth Sciences
Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau

In A Nutshell

R&M is seeking an environmental geologist or environmental specialist to join our growing Earth Sciences Department. Originally founded as a geotechnical firm, R&M is an industry-leading provider of geotechnical, geological and environmental services throughout Alaska. We serve a variety of clients in the public and private sectors.

The successful applicant will support contaminated site and geotechnical investigation work. Working in an interdisciplinary environment that includes dedicated environmental, planning, engineering, geological, geospatial and construction services professionals, the successful applicant will provide services in the areas of subsurface investigation and site characterization, chemical sampling, material site assessment, geologic mapping, engineering geology, aerial photo interpretation, planning, budgeting, and executing environmental and geotechnical site investigations, technical report writing and data analysis. Typical work duties will require a mix of field and office work. A working understanding of ArcGIS and functional knowledge of gINT and OpenGround is important as many of our planning and reporting documents rely on use of these software packages.

R&M distinguishes itself by providing high quality work products that meet the needs of our clients. The successful applicant should expect to put their talents in writing, research, interpersonal communication, site characterization and data analysis to effective use within our existing client relationships and must also be ready to broaden their expertise to remain responsive to new opportunities.

The successful applicant will be expected to actively participate and represent R&M in professional organizations and community activities.

The environmental geologist or environmental specialist will report to the Group Manager of Geotechnical Engineering and Geology and/or the Group Manager of Environmental Services, and to other senior staff on a day-to-day basis, depending on project team structure.

On Any Given Day

On a typical office day, the environmental geologist or specialist will:

  • Work on several projects simultaneously, proactively collaborating with other team members and clients to resolve technical challenges.
  • Prepare and review technical reports and respond to review comments by team members, clients or regulators for incorporation into planning and reporting documents.
  • Compile and interpret field and laboratory data to understand geotechnical and/or environmental implications for project sites.
  • Create technically accurate drawings in ArcGIS to spatially display data to support data analysis/interpretation and to represent conditions to ADEC/EPA regulators.
  • Create general geotechnical or environmental drawings in ArcGIS to show project locations and investigation locations.

On a typical field day, the environmental geologist or specialist will:

  • Obtain utility locates for drilling or test pitting activities and coordinate mobilization activities with the driller or excavator.
  • Monitor field activities or log explorations and collect geotechnical and environmental samples. Troubleshoot challenges as they arise in the field.
  • Take detailed field notes to document field activities and data collected.
  • Arrange shipment of samples and equipment.
  • Prepare brief field reports to apprise project managers of progress, challenges and future activities.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a geologist, environmental engineer or environmental specialist with three to five years of professional experience, including two years of experience with contaminated sites. This position requires a B.S. in geology, environmental engineering, geological engineering, civil engineering, environmental science or a closely related discipline. Other required qualifications include:

  • A working understanding of ArcGIS and understanding of ADEC/EPA contaminated sites regulation.
  • Qualification as an ADEC Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).
  • Completion of the 40-hour HAZWOPER.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and good interpersonal abilities.

The position requires travel throughout Alaska, and the ideal candidate must be willing to perform work in project locations throughout the state for extended periods of time, in all seasons. Applicant must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be ready to perform physically demanding field work in remote settings as required.

Additional qualifications that would make an applicant stand out include two yeas of environmental permitting/NEPA experience; MS Excel coding experience; gINT and/or OpenGround experience; AK-CESCL certification; and/or certification as a HAZWOPER Supervisor.

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Earth Sciences
Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau