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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States of America
Columbia, Maryland, United States of America
Ft. Meade, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R2300126

 Senior Field Scientist- Air Sampling Specialist

The Environmental, Implementation, and Regulatory Service Team is looking for a Senior Field Scientist professional to lead our field team to conduct performance audits of state and local ambient air monitoring stations on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The successful candidate will be responsible for scheduling, training of junior staff, transporting, operating, and maintaining mobile air sampling and analysis equipment in order 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 and includes overnight travel driving a vehicle (i.e., little air travel is anticipated) – up to 50 percent of weeks will include travel. 

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. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain authorization for access to Fort Meade and EPA Environmental Science Center.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the coordination 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 (including overnight) 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 PM 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 (SOPs) 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology etc.) or equivalent years of professional working experience within the environmental science or analytical chemistry fields. \

  • 5 +years of relevant experience performing PM2.5 and ambient air monitoring for gaseous priority pollutants

  • Current or previous PM2.5 and/or TTP sampling certifications, or ability to obtain these certifications

  • Proven mechanical capabilities to operate and care for analytical instrumentation

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

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

  • Through-the-probe (TTP) audit experience is preferred

  • Experience leading a team of 2 to 5 scientists/technicians in completing ambient air or other chemical measurements

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

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

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

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

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.

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.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is

$70,374.00 - $119,636.00

Maryland Client Office (MD88)

Field Science

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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