Junior Field Technician, Environmental and Engineering

Ahtna, Inc. Published: March 21, 2019
Seatac, Washington
Job Type
Engineering / Scientific /
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~ Ahtna, Inc. shareholders are mainly comprised of the Ahtna Athabascan people of the Copper River and Cantwell regions of Southcentral Alaska. The Ahtna people take their name from the indigenous word for the Copper River, which flows through Ahtna land. ~

The language of the Ahtna people, which is also referred to by the same name, belongs to the Na-Dene language family that includes the Tlingit, Eyak and Athabascan languages of North America. The four distinct dialects of the Ahtna language are still spoken today, and there are strong efforts to increase its use amongst current and new generations of shareholders to keep the language from becoming extinct.

Historically, the Ahtna people were semi-nomadic and extensive travelers, living in small groups of 20 to 40 people and continually following food sources and moving from place to place according to the seasons. Annual summer fish camps for the entire family and winter villages served as their base camps. Although most Ahtna are no longer nomadic, historical traditions and ways of life, especially the practice of a subsistence lifestyle, continue to this day.

Today, Ahtna supports and represents more than 2,000 shareholders, many of whom still reside in the Copper River region, with a mission to preserve, strengthen and enhance a cultural identity that has existed for thousands of years.

To fulfill this mission, Ahtna provides a number of economic, cultural and social benefits targeted specifically at our shareholders. To learn more about these benefits and services, please see the shareholders section of this website.

Position Overview

This position (Junior Field Technician (Environmental and Engineering) requires an entry level field technician to assist in environmental monitoring/survey, sampling, data gathering (e.g. field logging), construction field support, engineering support such as field survey and data reduction, updating/redlining construction drawing, running engineering programs in the field, and acquiring and maintaining field equipment and materials. The individual must be willing to work the majority of the time in the field, interested in environmental, engineering, and construction projects, and willing to travel. This is an entry level temporary position that require individuals who have taken lower level college coursework in physical and biological sciences, calculus, and engineering.


  • Undergo basic field sampling and health and safety training
  • Read specifications and work plans such as remediation work plan to understand field procedures and protocols
  • Assist environmental scientists and geologists to conduct environmental sampling for soil, water, and gas
  • Organize sampling containers
  • Decontaminate and clean sampling equipment in accordance to approved procedure
  • Under the directions from environmental scientists or site engineer, operate field equipment to collect and process field data
  • Order or requisition materials and supplies as needed or as directed
  • Locate, measure, and mark site locations, placement of erosion control features and best management practices
  • Record information such as personnel, production, and operational data on specified forms and reports; communicate with construction manager or project manager
  • Assist project scientists or engineers in preparing field technical reports
  • Organize and coordinate delivery of construction equipment and materials/supplies
  • Monitor construction progress and assist construction manager in updating construction schedules
  • Adhere to all field health and safety requirements
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by field management


Qualification Requirements Education:

  • At least one (1) year in college pursing an engineering or physical/natural science degree
  • High School Graduate or General Education Degree (GED)


  • 0-1 years of experience in environmental and engineering experience. This is an entry level position
  • The Environmental Field Technician shall either have completed the OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training, or will complete the HAZWOPER course within the first month of employment with AEI
  • Knowledge – Completed lower-level college coursework in physical and biological sciences, calculus, and engineering

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Goggles, Hardhats, Safety Shoes, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Suite Products experience


  • Salary DOE

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