Air Quality Scientist I _Farmington Hills, MI
at Tetra Tech

Date Posted: 7/21/2019

Job Description

Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC a Tetra Tech company is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams.

Air Quality Scientist 1

Summary: With guidance and mentoring from experienced air quality engineers and scientists, provide air quality services for solid waste and industrial clients. Help navigate complex air quality regulations for permitting, on-going compliance and reporting.  Assist project managers by performing calculations, preparing monitoring plans, providing audit assistance, and evaluating ever-changing regulations.  Additional work may involve environmental site investigations, data management, and field services as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
• Read and understand federal, state and local air quality regulations.
• Routine review and compilation of monitoring data and evaluate for compliance with conditions of the facility’s Title V Air Permit and standard operating procedures.
• Perform routine emission calculations and/or other types of calculations as required by a facility’s Title V Air Permit.
• Prepare greenhouse gas, monthly or more frequent deviation notices, semi-annual and annual compliance reports.
• Prepare plans required by the Title V Air Permit and state and federal regulations.
• Prepare requests that address alternatives to permit conditions and federal and state regulations.
• Assist project manager and client with addressing state regulators concerns and responses to requests and permit applications.
• Work with client operation and maintenance staff on maintaining compliance.
• Assist in preparation of construction and operation air permit applications.
• Collect samples and ship to laboratory for testing and prepare follow up reports, as necessary.
• Assist with performance testing of control devices.
• Perform evaluations of gas collection and control systems to improve operation and/or compliance.
• Perform quarterly methane surface monitoring for landfills.
• Work at landfills, hazardous waste sites, contaminated sites, and/or other sites where heavy equipment, contamination, or other health hazards may exist.
• Train with experienced staff on landfill wellfield tuning activities.
• Assist in proposal efforts as directed.
• Assist project manager with notifying clients of compliance status, as directed.
• Implement safe work practices.

Key Competencies:

Exhibits good listening and comprehension
Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form
Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally
Keeps others adequately informed
Selects and uses appropriate communication methods

Asks for help when needed
Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities
Seeks increased responsibilities
Takes independent actions and calculated risks
Undertakes self-development activities
Volunteers readily

Job Knowledge 
Competent in required job skills and knowledge
Displays understanding of how job relates to others
Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills
Keeps abreast of current developments
Requires minimal supervision
Uses resources effectively

Problem Solving 
Develops alternative solutions
Gathers and analyzes information skillfully
Identifies problems in a timely manner
Resolves problems in early stages
Works well in group problem solving situations

Balances team and individual responsibilities
Contributes to building a positive team spirit
Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views
Gives and welcomes feedback
Puts success of team above own interests

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree in environmental science or related discipline and 0 to 2 years’ experience in a related or similar field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience level in this position may vary by individual based on skill levels and performance. 

Language Ability:
Good communication skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Competency in technical writing including ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information orally and respond to questions from peers and supervisors.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to perform scientific calculations.  Team oriented.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office, email, and other software as necessary to perform job functions. Knowledge of data management and GIS software a plus.

Certificates and Licenses:
Progress toward or professional registration or certification is preferred.  Must obtain/maintain OSHA HAZWOPER certification per company policy and job duties.  Must have a valid driver’s license.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work environment may be indoors, or outdoors for field assignments (in various climatic conditions).  Field assignments may involve travel and extended periods away from home. 

The noise level in the work environment may vary based on the assignment.  Hearing protection may be necessary.  Work may involve use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including a respirator.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, or sit based on the assignment. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear, and smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to work at a computer for extended periods, and have good visual and color skills.

Physical clearance to wear PPE is required.  An annual medical exam may be necessary based on the work assignment. 

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities required of individuals so classified. 

Employee will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required by the supervisor. 

Job Requirements

For more information on our company, please visit our website at To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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Job Snapshot

About Us

As a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide, Tetra Tech seeks clear sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life. In a complex world with competing demands for limited resources, we offer clear solutions made possible by our sound science, understanding, innovation, and industry-leading approaches. To achieve and sustain our goals, we need your talent and energy!

As a member of our team, you will be encouraged to think outside the box and explore new technologies, ideas, and business trends that contribute to your personal and professional development as well as company success.

A career with Tetra Tech means a diverse, collaborative work environment, opportunities to involve yourself in self-directed project efforts, work/life balance, and a wide range of benefits. With offices and project opportunities in locations around the world, you can find an opportunity that matches your career goals and geographic preference.

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