SSM is looking for an entry-level geological technician to join our team. This position will support the Water Resources Group through field work and technical analysis of various water resources projects including water supply testing, regulatory permitting, stormwater, soil and infiltration testing, karst site characterization, and groundwater analysis. The candidate must have a solid understanding of geologic and hydrologist principles.
BS in Geology required, MS in Geology/Hydrology preferred. Candidate must have completed education requirements to be considered eligible to obtain Pennsylvania Professional Geologist license.
Experience working with GIS software.
Knowledge of soil classification a plus.
Here's a sampling of the kind of projects our mechanical engineers are working on:
Concept Design for Probable Maximum Flood
Detailed stream flow data and calculations were used to evaluate time-of-travel throughout both of the watersheds that are utilized for the City of Allentown’s surface water sources.
RAWA is conducting ongoing verification of their new PS PSOC inventory, containing more than 400 sites. The above images displays a portion of these sites within their Zone A protection areas.
Western Berks Water Authority has an inventory of upstream dischargers that they plan to work with in the event of positive cryptosporidium test results.
The SAN Agricultural Workgroup hosts informational workshops for colleagues and the community. Here, attendees tour a local farm that has implemented several best management practices. In 2013, SAN honored SSM with their Schuylkill Watershed Community Partner Award, for our commitment to the program
SSM assists water systems, like Western Berks Water Authority, in the planning and execution of community and implementation events each year.
As part of an approved Source Water Protection Plan, SSM created a three-dimensional groundwater flow model to determine the direction and time-of-travel of groundwater entering the supply wells. Within one hour of receiving the information of the possible pipeline leak, SSM’s lead computer modeler was able to determine a predicted groundwater flow path that a contaminant would take upon entering the groundwater aquifer.
In conjunction with PADEP, SSM assists water systems in developing source water protection plans using GIS. Our professionals delineate protective zones around each well or surface water intake to show the areas that contribute to the drinking water supply, working closely with the water supplier and community representatives to identify ways of protecting these areas.