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Multiple locations
Sacramento, California, United States of America
San Francisco, California, United States of America
JOB #R2203409

Field Scientist

Do you enjoy non-traditional work that includes travel, working outdoors, and with technical machinery? Do you want a career in environmental science doing important work in support of the EPA? Then come join us today!

We seek a Field Scientist to conduct audits of state and local ambient air monitoring stations who will be responsible for measurement of air pollution parameters including particulate matter (PM2.5), ozone, sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other related pollutants. The position is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. 

The successful candidate will be part of a team of Chemists and Technicians that also provides laboratory analysis and other quality assurance support through EPA ESAT program, Region 9. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain authorization for access to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency networks/electronic and buildings (currently in Richmond, CA and moving to Hayward, CA within a year).

Key Responsibilities

  • Travel, including overnight travel, within EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI and NV) is required. Travel requires extensive driving with provided vehicle which maybe oversized (van or large SUV – no commercial driver’s license is required) as well as air travel. Travel is expected to be required as much as 50% of the time but will only rarely include weekend stays away from the Bay Area.

  • Collect particulate matter filter samples and ship to laboratories for PM2.5 and lead (Pb) analysis.

  • Utilize instrumentation to provide on-site analysis of air parameters including ozone, NO2, SO2, and other related pollutants

  • Maintain, repair, and operate air sampling and analysis equipment.

  • Coordinate with state and local air monitoring operators to schedule side-by-side testing to audit their operations

  • Conduct sampling and analysis in strict accordance with required protocols.

  • Prepare written reports using MS Word.

  • Utilize MS Excel to present and analyze air data.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, geology, geosciences, environmental sciences, or equivalent amount of working experience (4+ years) within an environmental or technical installation role.

  • Have good driving record, valid driver’s license, and able to drive distances within Region 9

  • Able to lift and carry 40 pounds, use ladders, and work comfortably at heights

  • Able to pass annual field Health and Safety training and Medical Monitoring

  • Must be authorized to

  • MUST BE ABLE TO PASS an EPA background check to obtain access to US federal property per contract requirements.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Experience in sampling and analyzing air for PM2.5, ozone, or other criteria air pollutants

  • Current or previous EPA PM2.5 and/or through the probe (TTP) field scientist certifications or knowledge of EPA PEP, Pb-PEP, and NPAP/TTP programs

  • Possession of OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certification and current 8-hour refresher is desirable.

  • Mechanical capabilities to operate and care for analytical instrumentation

  • Strong organizational skills and able to meet deadlines

  • Experience working at DoD, EPA, or other Federal facilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills



Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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