Project Scientist Needed for Emergency Response Team

Science Long Beach, California


Perform as a member of the START emergency response team as a team leader providing our EPA client with accurate and pertinent scientific data according to agreed upon methods, procedures, and techniques.  Provides sound conclusions and recommendations based upon field investigations and literature reviews within the established project schedules.

Position Duties:

Duties will include rotations as an “on-call” responder available 24hrs a day for a week at a time.

Calibration and maintenance of a variety of multi-media monitoring and sampling equipment. 

Document field activities and prepared daily and final reports for EPA client.

In-field multimedia sampling.

Proficient in the writing of technical documents and plans.

Use level D-A PPE to make entries into potentially hazardous areas.

Technical and Operational Scope:

Exercises judgment on applicability of methods and approaches in use, and determines best approaches to problem solving when standard procedures are inadequate.

Determines best method of data gathering, data base management, and analysis of data to achieve goals.

Consults with outside specialists to obtain most accurate and timely data possible while meeting project specifications and time tables.

Prepares reports on methods and procedures as part of overall project.

Major Accountabilities:

Maintain preparedness for immediate mobilization while on-call.

Produces quality samples and sampling techniques from which sound scientific data can be drawn into relevant and pertinent evaluation reports to the client's satisfaction.

Provides completed projects including draft and final reports within the established budget and schedule.

Provides accurate identification of specimens and/or sound ecological assessment and evaluations.

Experience in providing safety oversight for environmental projects is required.

Experience in hazardous waste operations.

Basic 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training required.

Must be certified in Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Blood borne Pathogens (BBP).


BS in Science or Engineering; 3-5 years oil and hazardous materials emergency response experience.

Skills Required: Ability to lead oil and hazardous materials emergency response projects; Data Management, training in and use of the scientific method, some personnel supervision, various exposure to technical and scientific procedures, Decision making, people skills for client contact and personnel management, great ability to be flexible and adaptable. Microsoft Office.

Preferred Skills:

Field instrumentation.  Proficient in the use of air monitoring and sampling equipment.  Abilities include calibration, implementation in field, and interpretation of results.

Familiarity with the Incident Command System (ICS) 100-800.


Willingness to participate in Emergency Response On Call Program

Expertise with operation and calibration/maintenance of monitoring and sampling equipment typically used in response and hazardous waste site assessment work.

Ability to secure a CMV endorsement for driving a response vehicle.

Data management skills: working knowledge of EPA/ERT’s Viper, Scribe and RCMS helpful; competency in data handling in MS Access and Excel helpful.

Technical writing skills to prepare reports and analysis of data utilizing Microsoft Office