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Ft. Meade, Maryland, United States of America
Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R2203579

Field Scientist

Are you an environmental scientist interested in field work? Do you have experience in environmental sampling and monitoring? We are looking for a motivated professional to perform performance audits for ambient air monitoring. This a great opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet and do meaningful work! Join ICF today!

We seek a Field Scientist to conduct performance audits of state and local ambient air monitoring stations on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The successful candidate will be responsible for transporting and operating mobile air sampling and analysis equipment to perform field-based measurements of criteria air pollution parameters including particulate matter (PM2.5), ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and other related air pollutants. The position is located at Fort Meade in Maryland. 

The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain authorization for access to Fort Meade and the EPA Environmental Science Center. The successful candidate will be part of a team of chemists and technicians that also provides laboratory analysis and other quality assurance support on behalf of EPA Region 3.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with state and local air monitoring agencies to plan and schedule side-by-side measurement-based performance audits of their monitoring site operations.

  • Plan and conduct extensive travel within EPA Region 3 (MD, DC, DE, VA, WV, and PA) to complete scheduled site audits. Travel requires prolonged periods of driving with a provided field vehicle (oversized cargo van or large SUV – no commercial driver’s license is required). Travel is expected to be required as much as 50% of the time.

  • Collect time-critical 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 O3, CO, NO2, SO2, and other related pollutants.

  • Conduct all sampling and analysis in strict accordance with standard operating procedures and other required protocols.

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

  • Prepare written reports using MS Word.

  • Utilize MS Excel to present and analyze air data.

  • Perform other general laboratory support activities such as sample log in, inventorying, sample extraction and analysis, etc.

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • 1+ years of relevant scientific field experience in environmental sampling and analysis

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow complex technical procedures

  • Ability and inclination to work outdoors under a variety of environmental conditions, including wind, rain, cold, heat, and high humidity

  • Basic mechanical and electronic aptitude necessary for the operation and maintenance of sensitive analytical instrumentation

  • Good driving record, valid driver’s license, and able to drive long distances within EPA Region 3

  • 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 work in the US

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

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge, training, or working background in air sampling instrumentation and air quality parameters such as particulate matter or trace gases

  • Current or previous PM2.5 and/or through the probe (TTP) sampling certifications

  • Knowledge or background in EPA PEP, Pb-PEP, and NPAP/TTP programs

  • 40-hour HAZWOPER training and other related safety training

  • Environmental laboratory support capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines

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

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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 icfcareercenter@icf.com 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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