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  • November 16, 2022 3:23 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    C.T. Male Associates, a multi-discipline consulting firm in the Northeast, is seeking a driven and hands-on Environmental Geologist / Hydrogeologist to join our team in either our Latham or Poughkeepsie, NY office. This full-time position offers a complete benefits package (including comprehensive health insurance, 401(k) plan, bonus program, educational assistance/ professional development programs, company-paid life insurance, and much more), and a variety of exciting projects across disciplines with technical and managerial growth opportunities that provide the experience necessary to obtain/maintain your professional registration. The successful candidate has strong technical abilities, and excellent organizational and communication skills.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Compile and evaluate technical data and assist in report preparation, environmental compliance plans, and permits.
    • Communicate with project manager, subcontractors, regulatory agents, and clients.
    • Coordinate and direct drilling, surveying, and laboratory services.
    • Conduct field work including aquifer testing and evaluation; drilling oversight and soil/rock logging; supply well construction observation; sampling of environmental media; soil boring and monitoring well installation observation; and well development, purging, and sampling.
    • Prepare daily reporting of field activities and relay conceptual interpretation of data.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, or related discipline.

    • Five to ten (5-10) years relevant environmental experience, including environmental field work.
    • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certification and annual OSHA 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training.
    • Valid driver’s license.

    Preferred:

    • Holds NYS Fundamentals of Geology (FG) license and on path to obtain NYS Registered Professional Geologist (PG) license.

    • Experience with Surfer®, Win-Situ software, AQTESOLV software and/or other groundwater plotting or modeling packages, ArcGIS, Collector, and EQuIS data management.

    C.T. Male Associates is invested in its community and is more than just a place to work; it is a place to pursue your professional passions. Come join a company where your talents and motivation are rewarded; please apply here:
    Latham: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/ctmale/jobs/2636228-40142
    Poughkeepsie: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/ctmale/jobs/2637929-40142

    At C.T. Male Associates, we embrace diversity and inclusion. We are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills, and views. Our intent is to foster an environment where people of different backgrounds can contribute at their highest level and where their differences can make a positive impact on our firm, our clients, and our communities.
    C.T. Male Associates is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We invite all qualified applicants to be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the law.


  • April 27, 2022 3:23 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    It is with deep sadness that we share news on the passing of Douglas (Doug) Walch.  Doug was an early supporter of BAPG joining in 1989 and becoming President in 1991.  He continue to be an active member up to his passing.  BAPG collectively offers its heartfelt condolences to all of Doug's family and friends.

    Calling hours will be Friday, April 29th from 4-8 PM at Hardison Funeral Home, 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville, NY.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 am on Saturday, April 30th at St. Brendan On The Lake RC Church, 345 Lake St., Wilson, NY.

    Doug's obituary may be viewed at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/buffalonews/name/douglas-walch-obituary?id=34475009 and at   https://hardisonfuneralhomes.com/tribute/details/1691/Douglas-Walch/obituary.html#tribute-start  

  • April 18, 2022 9:59 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    GHD’s Northeast Environmental Group is looking for a Field Technician to assist with the investigation, remediation and reporting of environmental remediation projects, and a Remediation Treatment Operator to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a groundwater remediation system associated with a 7-acre site in Niagara Falls. These positions will be based out of the Niagara Falls, NY office and will work on job sites throughout the region.

    Environmental Field Technician responsibilities will include:

    • Environmental sampling of soil, groundwater and air
    • Documentation of all work in field notes, forms and electronic records

    The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

    • High School Diploma/GED required
    • No prior experience required
    • Must possess good mechanical aptitude as well as solid troubleshooting skills
    • Ability to lift 50 pounds
    • Ability and willingness to travel and perform field work 80-100% of the time (this will include working outdoors in adverse weather conditions)
    • 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification is a plus

    Remediation Treatment Operator responsibilities will include:

    • Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring of environmental remediation system including groundwater collection/extraction system wells and pumps, landfill cap, and treatment system comprised of decanters storage tanks, sand filter, and carbon vessels
    • Field oversight of remedial contractors for routine maintenance items landfill cap maintenance, and mechanical and electrical repairs
    • Environmental monitoring and sampling of groundwater consistent with approved plans
    • Responding to system alarms remotely and occasionally in person
    • Documentation of all work in field notes, forms and electronic records

    For success in this position, you will possess the following skills and qualifications:

    • High School Diploma/GED required
    • Up to 5 years of groundwater remediation experience
    • Familiarity with control systems for treatment equipment (i.e. SCADA/PLC/HMI)
    • Must possess good mechanical competence and troubleshooting abilities
    • Ability and willingness to respond to system alarms including nights, weekends, and holidays
    • Ability to lift 50 pounds
    • 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification is a plus

    If you're interested in pursuing this position, please submit your application at GHD.com or contact Gene Florentino at gene.florentino@ghd.com!

    As a multicultural organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

  • December 23, 2021 10:58 AM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    As reported by our friends at NYSCPG:

    On December 22, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed AB 4328 into law. The law provides for the designation of geologically significant areas, territories and sites throughout the state, and for the establishment of a state geological trail. The bill contains a list of potential geoparks and sites. See if your favorite made the list! 

    You can read the bill here: AB 4328, by Englebright


  • November 29, 2021 9:18 AM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)


    By all accounts, our recent celebration of BAPG's 36th anniversary (I prefer to think of it as the 1 year anniversary of our 35th anniversary) was a rousing success. Over 30 registered for the event and it was great to see so many officers, directors, and members from the past and present.  Thanks to Freedom Run Winery for hosting us and sharing some of your superb wine.  We were also treated to a fascinating discussion about the convergence of geology and microclimate that makes the Niagara Escarpment ideal for viticulture.  Thanks to Kelli Grabowski for sharing her research, materials, and stories about growing up in the area!  I look forward to seeing you at the next event!

    Rick

    Outgoing BAPG President

  • October 06, 2021 4:59 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Learn to Use ArcGIS Pro for Image-Processing/Remote Sensing
    Twelve (12) YouTube videos are now available that provide image-processing instructions for ArcGIS Pro users, instructors, and students who want to do their own processing, enhancement, and information extraction of satellite and airborne (including drone) remote sensing data. Here’s the YouTube link to the Introduction Tutorial Video:  
    https://youtu.be/bdV2YqkJnac


    Subscribe to the YouTube channel to view the 12 lab exercise videos (also available at the YouTube Channel as a playlist). 

    The YouTube tutorials use examples discussed and shown in Remote Sensing Principles, Interpretation, and Applications, 4th ed. by F.F. Sabins and J.M. Ellis (BAPG member, UB Geology alumni), published by Waveland Press in April 2020.


    The ArcGIS Pro lab manual (step-by-step pdf instructions that provide the foundation for the 12 YouTube videos) with exercise data is available for download at no cost from the textbook publisher's website as a 322MB zip with a README pdf and Overview pdf: http://waveland.com/Sabins-Ellis/

    Download this manual and data if you want to process imagery and DEMs with your copy of ArcGIS Pro while viewing the YouTube videos. 

    The goals of the 12 tutorial videos and lab manual are to 1) make image processing of remote sensing data easier for ArcGIS Pro users, instructors, and students and 2) increase interest in learning about remote sensing principles and applications.

    Questions or Comments?
    Contact: James Ellis   
    jellis@ellis-geospatial.com

  • September 09, 2021 6:48 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)


    Jerry Bastedo is the recipient of this year’s Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York Environmental Educator Award. Jerry was a cofounder, first president, and first executive director of the Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, directing the preservation and transformation of a former shale quarry in Hamburg, New York, into a paleontological and outdoor education center that provides a hands-on outdoor classroom for natural sciences studies.

    For information about the NSSWNY Banquet, please see their website.

  • September 09, 2021 6:43 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Join geologist Ray Vaughan for our annual fall geology hike to the Sweetland Preserve. This hike is part of NSSWNY’s Sanctuary Studies Program. Hikers will enjoy a walk through one of the most dramatic stratigraphic columns in Western New York—the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek gorge. Ray will be showing hikers the predominantly shale bedrock that formed hundreds of millions of years ago from tiny particles of clay and other sediments. These sediments were deposited underwater, and accumulated on the sea-bottom for several million years, at a time about 360 million years ago when Western New York was under a shallow inland sea. The hike will take us past a shear zone where an ancient fold serves as an example of how bedrock responds to tectonic stress. We’ll also talk about evidence of more recent geological changes, such as the evolution of the gorge, since the last glaciers retreated from our region some 13,000 years ago.

    The hike will be held on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, weather permitting. The hike will start at the Forty Road parking lot of the NYSDEC Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area (off Point Peter Road, about 3 miles southeast of Gowanda) and proceed up the South Branch of Cattaraugus Creek to Sweetland. The hike will be approximately 4 miles total. Hikers should wear water shoes and be prepared to walk in water and ford the creek at least four times at thigh-depth. Bring water and a snack. As always, we will bag and carry out any trash we find.

    There is no charge for this field trip, but participants must register beforehand. Please email Ray at rcv9@verizon.net with the subject line “Zoar Hike” to register.


  • September 09, 2021 6:38 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    The Eastern Section of the AAPG will host its 50th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA October 2-6, 2021.  The meeting, themed Unconventional Wisdom, is planned as an in-person event that will feature a range of subjects for geologists from all aspects of the petroleum industry and beyond.  It will be held in downtown Pittsburgh at the Point—the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.

    Two field trips are planned, intended to entice both the geo-curious as well as seasoned geoscientists.  Saturday, Oct. 2, Dan Billman will lead “Climate Change as Seen in Glacial Landscapes” in the vicinity of Moraine Park, north of Pittsburgh.  On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Randy Blood will lead “Marine Zones of the Glenshaw Formation: Fossil Collecting in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.”   No promises are made, but the potential to find anything from a gastropod to a cephalopod is on the table!

    Sunday, Oct. 3 is Student Day.  Among the offerings is a panel discussion with practicing professionals as well as hiring managers who will talk about gaining entry into a career as a geologist.  That will be followed by the convention icebreaker and an opportunity to view Marcellus and Utica cores from the Appalachian Basin.

    Technical sessions from Monday and Tuesday will be themed:

    ·         The Hunt for Critical Minerals

    ·         Basin Analysis/Tools of the Trade

    ·         Geochemistry/Reservoir Characterization

    ·         Topics in CCUS & Energy Transition

    The talks will be in a single track, so all of the presentations will be held in one room. 

    Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology.  We will also have an evening screening of Dr. Tinker’s documentary film, Switch On, about energy and innovation in the developing world.

    Pun intended: Monday night, October 4, the Rolling Stones will be in concert across the Allegheny River at Heinz Field.  What good would a geoscience convention be without a rock concert?

    Early bird registration pricing ends September 17. 

    Note that you can register with the Wyndham at the conference rate of $164/night until 5:00 PM EST on September 17. The Wyndham has informed us that they are SOLD OUT for Monday night, so after our block of rooms is released, the price and availability cannot be guaranteed.

    Early registrants will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Stones.  One lucky registrant will win them both.  There will be two more tickets awarded to another registrant at the Sunday Night Icebreaker (Need not be present to win).  If you register early, you are in both drawings. If you register late, you are still in the second drawing, but may have to sleep in your car.  

    The Links you need are:

    Register for the ES-AAPG Unconventional Wisdom Conference

    The Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh 


  • September 09, 2021 6:27 PM | Richard M. Watt (Administrator)

    Erie County Earth Science Day

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