Position: Field Crew Chief
Willowstick Technologies has developed a unique geophysical imaging technology designed to identify, map and model preferential groundwater flow paths. Like an angiogram that enables medical personnel to “see” flow paths of blood inside the human body, the Willowstick method is a relatively quick and non-intrusive way of characterizing the distribution and flow of groundwater.
The purpose of this position (Field Crew Chief) is to supervise and perform fieldwork activities required of a Willowstick groundwater investigation.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Assist Field Operations Manager with all pre-mobilization activities (i.e., identify and acquire all project expendables, personal protection equipment, shipping and on-site storage of equipment, acquisition of permits and property access, transportation, lodging and food accommodations, safety planning, emergency and hazard identification, safety training, develop critical path schedule for all fieldwork activities, etc.).
Complete field needs checklist to insure that all necessary material, knowledge, equipment and other requirements of the project have been or will be met.
Become familiar with field equipment assembly and operation (i.e., Willowstick instrument, power supply, power converter unit, circuit fault interrupter, electrodes, circuit wire, etc.).
Become familiar with field computer files, maps and proposed survey layouts including but not limited to electrode locations, circuit wire alignment, measurement station locations, cultural features, survey monuments, survey coordinate data, base station location, control center location, etc.
Perform all fieldwork—i.e., mobilization and demobilization activities, check-in and out with client representatives, review specific duties and responsibilities in performing fieldwork, tour site, review work plan policies and procedures, review health and safety plan, conduct daily safety meetings and training, Identify and map (if necessary) all cultural features within the study area—i.e., power lines, substations, generators, metal fences, metal pipelines, railroad tracks, buildings, communication cables, wells, seeps, springs, canals, water ways, reservoirs, etc., set up field equipment and perform survey work—i.e., set up electrical field equipment, lay out circuit wire, install electrodes as outlined in the proposal, energize the subsurface study area and measure and record magnetic field intensity, in the proposed locations, over the surface of the study area.
Train field crew members as well as others (partnering companies) to perform fieldwork.
Must be physically fit and able to work in a variety of weather and site conditions (i.e., hot and cold temperatures, inaccessible terrain, uneven, rocky, slippery surfaces, all types of vegetation and cover).
Must have a clean driving record and be able to tow a trailer.
Must be capable of operating a small boat, four-wheeler and/or side-by-side four-wheeler.
Troubleshoot fieldwork equipment, make repairs and maintain field equipment.
Upon returning home from field, debrief office staff of site conditions and observations.
Must be willing to travel to job sites located around the world (where deemed safe by our insurance company to travel).
Be a positive representative and a good example for Willowstick Technologies.
Formal Education and Knowledge
Survey or GIS experience desirable (must have a basic understanding of coordinate and projection systems).
Must have an understanding of computers and standard computer software (i.e. Microsoft Office). Understanding of additional software is preferred i.e. ArcMap and ArcPad would be helpful.
Second language in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Chinese preferred.
Certifications and Other Requirements
Valid Driver’s License (required)
US Citizen or green card (required)
MSHA Training (preferred) – if not, courses and certification provided.
OSHA Training (preferred) – if not, courses and certification provided.
Travel requirements are approximately 40% of the year.
Average - 2 weeks in field, 1-week home or in office.