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Environmental consultant (ESA) field tips and tricks

Hey everyone! I recently switched jobs to another consulting firm and I’m loving it! They offer bigger challenges and more interesting projects. The only downside is that they don’t have any field technicians, so we all have to do our own field work. Not that I haven’t done any field work before, but I’m finding some things tougher on my body now that I’m doing it more often. I’m female, and 4’11”, and while I’m confident I’m stronger than most my size, I’m not a weightlifter or have high endurance.

So I’m looking for some tips and tricks from some techs or other environmental consultants that do a lot of field work. Some things I’m particularly interested in knowing:

Is there a certain positioning or way you hold your waters tubing or tool that you use to help you when you’re developing your wells?

When you’re doing boreholes and looking for contamination, what would you look for for the different contaminant classes for submission to the lab (e.x. PHC, VOC, PAH, metals, grain size…. ) which ones are you submitting? I’ve heard different things like above the water table, highest reading from the PID, But different people I’m learning from sometimes tell me different things, and I haven’t yet found a book that might help me decide. Any advice?

Heavy lifting wise, do you guys have any tools you use? Maybe a rugged wagon or something?

any preferred brands of tools?

And of course, if you have any of your own tips and tricks, please throw them out! I’d greatly appreciate it.

Submitted May 18, 2017 at 10:03PM by Wickedandthedivine
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