I am seeking to secure a challenging position where I can effectively utilize my extensive knowledge and various technical skills in Hydrology, Geology and Environmental Science including report writing, problem solving and researching. I enjoy the challenge of field data collection, processing and documentation.
Summary Profile Over 4 years of professional EPA Geology field and report writing experience. More than 3 years of professional EPA Gamma Scanning Survey experience. Experienced more than 7 years in Natural Resources and Water Quality studies. Highly motivated team player and detail oriented individual.
M.S. Environmental Geology, California State University, Northridge, CA, 2010
B.A. Environmental Geography, California State University, Northridge, CA, 2004
A.S. Natural Sciences, College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, 2002
Groundwater, surface water and soil sampling Soil logging Land surveying Readytalk operations Sharepoint operations
Graphic Software ESRI GIS Software AutoCAD 2000 Rockworks 2006 Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Rad Assist
May 2009 - May 2012 EPA Project Geologist and Supervisor: HydroGeoLogic, HGL Inc. Canoga Park, CA September 2009 - May 2012: Assigned under direction of USEPA as a Project Geologist at Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) to conduct a Radiological Characterization Study of AREA IV and Northern Buffer Zone (NBZ); My responsibilities as a Gamma Scanning Field technician included MARSIM surveying of the soil in rough terrain, using unprecedented Gamma Scanning Surveying equipment. Other duties included maintaining logbooks, maps, and associated annual and monthly Government reports; My extensive report writing included assisting in the following documents and reports: field sampling plans, site management, ARRA, budgeting, statements of work and job safety documents. Other technical data I documented and assisted with included task preparations, implementation and documentation of final reports. Skills specifically used for field tasks were Forklift Training & Supervising, air monitoring, soil logging, soil sampling and GIS mapping; Additional notable tasks included attending, presenting and coordinating Multi-Government Agency workgroups and community meetings. Project closure tasks include mobilization and demobilization tasks such as preparing of Government equipment transfers and maintaining associated management logs.
Employment Continued May 2009 - August 2009: Coordinated and assisted with pre-planning documents and meetings, preparations, implementation and completion of the EPA Radiological Background Study for HGL. Arranged and assembled all field equipment, office setup and supplies throughout the extent of the project. Conducted all oversight and Government agency site tours. Investigated over 200 possible sampling locations including the assembly of parcel maps for background radiation, chemical testing of soil, air, groundwater and accessibility. Coordinated all documentation and permitting into difficult to access Government and privately owned land. Attended, presented and participated in multi-Gov't agency and community meetings.
August 2008 - May 2009 Hydrogeology Specialist EPA, DTSC, DOE, NASA, Boeing, Environmental Advocate Groups, Canoga Park, CA Arranged and assembled location maps for background radiation, chemical testing of soil, air and groundwater. Attended and participated in multi agency and community meetings.
October 2005 - March 2008 Hydrogeology Specialist Mountains Restoration Trust, Calabasas, CA Coordinated different components of an Upper Los Angeles River Area (ULARA) recharge suitability assessment project. Collected and assembled environmental data at over 20 sampling locations. Developed and trained a volunteer teams for collecting water samples and associated water quality field measurements. Performed oversight to all water quality measurements and sampling, hydrological equipment calibration and maintenance, field data, logbook management, lab sample labeling, Benthic-Macro-Invertebrate samples and associated stream surveying by transect data collection. Reviewed and managed GIS and non-GIS data collection including hydrogeology documents, lab results, and final reports. Created, prepared reviewed and coordinated field sampling plans, data management, lab reports, equipment storage and safety, monthly sampling reports, final reports, and quality assurance plans. Assisted with GIS map preparations for reports, events and meetings. Performed all public, Gov't and local event presentations including equipment and water quality test demonstration for local Los Angeles area young adults interested in environmental careers. Local District, County and associated Government agencies providing grants to enable the completion of the project.
November 2004 - January 2006 Student Cal State University, Northridge, CA Prepared a series of cross section location maps to provide chemistry, environmental and well sampling locations and topography information and street names within a boundary. Cartographic problem-solving for wells, elevations and text placement; edit and manipulate text to improve readability. Prepared and assembled Excel chemical contaminant tables and graphs.
February - June 2006 Student Teacher Cal State University, Northridge, CA Conducted and assisted instruction in Laboratory portion of physical science for teachers' undergraduate course. Advised and mentored students in course material and careers in science. Graded and corrected all quizzes and tests in laboratory portion of course. Performed computer data input using Excel spreadsheets for student grades.
October 2005 - March 2008 October 1993 - May 1999 Dual Retail Store Manager VP Discount Health Foods, North Hollywood, CA Performed oversight and management duties at two store locations in Los Angeles. Coordinated employee schedules and duties. Performed interviewing, hiring and training for new employees. Inventoried, monitored, maintained and reviewed dual store inventory log sheets. Coordinated product knowledge training and product demonstrations with retail product representatives. Performed and coordinated emergency cleanup in 1994 earthquake. Controlled multiple store stock and dispersal of retail products. Completed new store opening preparations in Burbank including product arrangement advertisement, storage, stock scheduling, end-cap display and shelving assemblies.
Professional Associations and Memberships American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) member 2008 - 2009 American Water Works Association (AWWA) member 2005 - 2009 Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) member 2005 - 2009 National Ground-Water Association (NGWA) member 2004 - 2009 Math Engineering and Science Association (MESA) at College of the Canyons 2002 Official Treasurer 2000 - 2002 NCAA Athlete California State University Northridge Waterpolo Team D1 Division 2002 - 2003 NCAA Athlete College of the Canyons Waterpolo team C Division 1999 - 2002
Professional Awards EPA-HGL Gamma Scanning Team Award College of the Canyons Waterpolo player: most inspiring player award. California State University Northridge Waterpolo team coach's award
- Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation- available upon request
Thesis title: "Assessment of surface water runoff and groundwater storability for recharge potential along the western upper canyon tributaries to the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California". Thesis Research advisor: Dr. Ali Tabidian.