environmental engineer careers

SCS Engineers Welcomes Wendell Minshew to Our Sacramento Office

June 29, 2018

Wendell L. Minshew, PE, SCS Engineers

SCS Engineers continues to expand and advance its team of environmental professionals in Northern California by welcoming Wendell L. Minshew, a licensed professional engineer specializing in civil engineering.

“As a highly-qualified addition to the team, Wendell will help SCS Engineers provide exceptional environmental service to our clients in Northern California,” said Ambrose McCready, Vice President with SCS Engineers. “His significant background in engineering strengthens our regional team, and helps ensure we meet and exceed client objectives.”

With more than 30 years of engineering experience, Minshew specializes in leading the design, planning, permitting and construction management of solid and hazardous waste facilities. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from CSU Fresno and is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona.

SCS serves Northern California through our offices in the San Francisco Peninsula, Sacramento, Oakland, Modesto, Santa Rosa, and Pleasanton. See our nationwide locations.







Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

SCS Engineers Atlanta Moves to a New Office in Duluth, GA

June 13, 2018

Duluth, GA – SCS Engineers, a leader in environmental and solid waste engineering, recently relocated from Alpharetta to a larger, more strategically located office in Duluth, Georgia. The new office supports SCS’s continued development in the Southeast, our client success-driven growth, and accommodates our growing professional staff.

SCS is always on the lookout for talented senior level professionals in the environmental consulting community. The Atlanta Environmental Services (ES) group is seeking experienced, humble, hungry, and smart senior level consultants with client relationships and business development capabilities to join our team.

SCS Engineers – Atlanta
3175 Satellite Blvd
Building 600, Suite 100
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 319-9849

If you are interested or know anybody who is interested, reach out to . You may also review our open positions on the SCS Careers Page.






Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:10 am

Meet SCS Engineers Senior Project Manager Fangmei Zhang

March 13, 2018

From Remote Chinese Village to Thriving Miami Practice, SCS Senior PM Finds That Hard Work, Determination, and Giving Back are Keys to Success

Fangmei Zhang – Senior Project Manager at SCS Miami

Fangmei Zhang, P.E., PhD, is a Senior Project Manager in the Miami Office of the Southeast Region. She has 13 years of experience in the environmental and civil engineering field, with 7 years at SCS Engineers. Fangmei received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast University (China), her Master from Tongji University (China), and PhD from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), all in Environmental Engineering.

At SCS, Fangmei manages assessment, remediation, and redevelopment projects for some of our largest clients. Fangmei is also a founding member of the SCS Technical Advisory Group, a newly created group of staff who serve as technical advisors on environmental projects. She also leads the region’s Environmental Services Technical Committee. The intent of this committee, which is comprised of a group of environmental leaders through the region, is to foster a forum for the identification, evaluation, and implementation of new and emerging technologies to enhance technical excellence and to facilitate SCS’s growth as a leader in the environmental engineering and consulting field. Fangmei is also a founding member of the Southeast Region’s SCS Women, a group recently created to provide mentorship and support to empower women to achieve career and personal success.

Fangmei was born in a remote village in east-central China. Growing up in the countryside, Fangmei has unforgettable memories of being close to nature. As a child, she learned how to plant rice in rice paddies, to work with cotton and hem fields, and to plant vegetables. She picked wild vegetables to feed pigs and collected chicken droppings to use as organic fertilizer using tools hand-made from bamboo sticks and river mussel shells. The country life she enjoyed as a child forged her love of nature.

Fangmei also loved going to school. At the time, she was the only girl who attended the village school, and she walked several miles each day to earn her education. After the fifth grade, she continued her education in Jingzhou, Hubei province, where schools were more competitive and provided better prospects for going to college. Eventually, she completed her BS and MS in China. In 2001, she came to the United States for further study, partly because environmental engineering in China did not yet address soil or groundwater contamination. She received her PhD in 2006 with research focusing on bioremediation.

Fangmei chose to come to the U.S. to study because she also loves to travel and see the world. She enjoys traveling to new places and learning about different cultures. She also loves visiting botanical gardens and farms. During her trip to Laos two years ago, she saw poor villages and little girls running around without shoes in the countryside, and it reminded her of her own childhood. Influenced by a friend and her experiences, Fangmei has provided financial support and assisted in other fundraising to help build schools in the villages in Laos and Cambodia, with the hope of providing these children with opportunities for a better future.

To learn more about a career with SCS Engineers, please visit the SCS Careers page.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 10:45 am

Meet Project Professional Ryan Duckett

December 22, 2017

SCS Engineers presents a behind-the-scenes look at the special people who make us thrive and the roles they play within the organization.

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Ryan Duckett – Project Professional at SCS Engineers Richmond

As Ryan Duckett was growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, he knew he wanted a career in a field that was related to nature.  That, combined with the fact that he enjoyed math and science in high school, led Ryan to majoring in Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University.  As an engineering major, Ryan enjoyed an internship at EREF (Environmental Research & Education Foundation) in their research program.  The connections he made at EREF led to his first job out of college in August 2014 as an Associate Professional at the Richmond office of SCS Engineers.

Now well into his third year at SCS, Ryan is a Project Professional while simultaneously obtaining his MBA at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) with the help of SCS’s tuition reimbursement program.  At SCS, Ryan started to fill role in the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) division of the Richmond office.  His average day consists of business development in a growing sector of work.  Ryan comments, “There is a lot of opportunity in the SMM realm right now.  I do a lot of work for municipalities for their recycling systems, collection systems, and financial systems.”

Ryan’s position at SCS is especially unique as he enjoys a mix engineering work and business development.  His engineering work covers his design work at collection centers, landfills, and landfill gas systems.  His business development work covers financial analyses he completes for SCS’ clients.  When asked to describe that work, Ryan said “I basically compile background info and background financial info and use that information to project future cash flows for a time range like 10 to 20 years.  A lot of factors can influence those projects that have to do with different logistical measures.  For example, a transfer systems liability depends on how far you are transferring waste.  This goes hand in hand with my MBA studies.  The financial and accounting skills that I’m learning at school definitely contribute to the practice.  I think engineering surprisingly has a nice synergy with finance because with engineering you understand the operations side and being able to combine that with the way financial analysts assess problems is really valuable.”

For future SCSers, Ryan has some words of wisdom: “at SCS, you really have the ability to make major positive change in the sense that we are a major force in the implementation of more sustainable practices in the industry. Before joining I didn’t really realize the full role of the consultant in the process. Working with a wide range of clients over a wide range of disciplines allows for a perspective that is harder to obtain in an in-house or governmental setting.  Also, don’t be afraid to reach out.  As a national company, SCS has a lot of resources for young professionals.  There is a lot of expertise to draw from.”

Ryan sees no end to his future at SCS Engineers.  He enjoys the fact that as young professional, he has the opportunity to develop of lot of subject area protocols and resources within SMM.  He has room to create his own way and Ryan believes it is important to create your own way with all the dynamic changes in the industry right now.  Ryan states “I really like the entrepreneurial spirit of the company.  It allows for a lot innovation and creativity especially in the SMM practice because we’re still defining it.  I really like the employee ownership aspect, I think it goes hand in hand with the entrepreneurial spirit.  The ESOP has done a lot of good things for the company and culture.  It’s cool to have the umbrella of resources of one of the most qualified solid waste firms in the country.  I would like to take SCS to whatever is society’s next step in solid waste, my contribution is a fresh perspective and I’m really looking forward to the future.”

To learn more about a career at SCS Engineers, please visit our SCS Careers page.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 9:02 am

Meet Senior Project Manager Gene Dumas

June 2, 2017

SCS Engineers presents a behind-the-scenes look at the special people who make us thrive and the roles they play within the organization.

Gene Dumas of the SCS Risk Management Group

Gene Dumas joined SCS Engineers in 2015 as a Project Manager for the Risk Management

group with a thirty-year background in the ammonia refrigeration business.  When asked what attracted Gene to SCS, he said “What SCS Tracer did is what I’ve always wanted to do.  SCS Tracer has the passion for making the ammonia industry safer.  SCS goes out of the way for customer service.  Ammonia refrigeration is a very dangerous industry and what separates SCS from other companies is the commitment to safety.”  For years, Gene has known Lee Pyle, Vice President and Project Director for SCS Engineers, within the ammonia refrigeration field and when he met her team at SCS, “I was blown away with their intelligence and passion.  They are super smart and a good group.  Lee put together a hell of a team.”  Considering all those factors, it was an easy decision to join SCS Engineers.

Outside of SCS, Gene has been a member of the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) since 2004.  RETA is a refrigeration organization with a mission statement to enhance the professional development of refrigerating engineers and technicians.  Gene states “it’s basically the education sector of industrial ammonia refrigeration.  We train, develop and certify the people who are actually working in the facilities operating systems.”

Eleven years after becoming a member, Gene was sworn in as a national president on October 1st, 2015 and was president for the 2016 year.  Presently, he is a chairman for RETA and on his last year on the RETA National Board of Directors.

At SCS, Gene considers one of his greatest achievements is mentoring the newer generation to understand their industry better.  “I think my mission in life is to mentor. Mentoring the younger people that are coming in, putting them under my wing, it’s very rewarding, intrinsically rewarding.”  Gene comments, “I want to pass my knowledge to the next generation because we’re losing our skilled craftsman.  It’s very critical that we train.  A trained operator is #1: safe and we need more of them.”

For current and future SCS employees, Gene offers this piece of advice:  “I came here because I wanted new challenges and wanted something new every day.  The minute you quit growing, you’re dying.  The minute you stand still, the world will pass by you.  You better be moving forward because the moment you stop, you become a hazard to yourself and people around you and complacency is your worst enemy. “

SCS Engineers is currently looking for a Senior Professional to add to our Risk Management Ammonia Refrigeration team.  For more details visit the SCS Engineers Careers Page or click here to apply directly.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am

Meet Senior Project Professional Roger Hogg

May 6, 2017

SCS Engineers presents a behind-the-scenes look at the special people who make us thrive and the roles they play within the organization.

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Roger Hogg – Senior Project Professional at SCS Tampa

Roger Hogg has been with SCS Engineers since 2010 as an engineer working on Solid Waste projects. However, his career in the Solid Waste industry actually began when he was still in college. During senior year at the University of Florida as a Biological Engineering major, Roger obtained an internship with a local municipality in their Solid Waste department. At the time, he still didn’t know what he wanted to do with his career but he found the projects that he worked on to be fascinating. The projects ranged from agricultural waste management to landfill gas energy and Roger knew what he wanted to do with his career.

Roger started in the SCS Tampa office and now works at the SCS Atlanta office where his project work ranges from landfill gas field system design to air compliance reports. When asked what his favorite part of working at SCS is, Roger replies:

“The flexibility and opportunity to work with people in the other SCS offices, the culture and the quality of people. SCS values the culture of inclusion. SCS is truly a team, we definitely try to help each other out. We cross the lines of expertise to deliver a good product to the client. We try to help each other succeed. ”

Not to say that Roger did not face some challenges: he remembers that the transition from being a staff engineer to a senior role and handling the pace of the consulting took some time to adjust. He remembers that challenge and he takes his role as a mentor to the newer generation at SCS very seriously. With new hires, he makes himself available to mentor them in the technical aspects of the job we well as to make sure they are taking advantage of the family culture at SCS.

He believes the best advice he can give to future SCSers is:

“Be a sponge, absorb as much knowledge as you can. Keep your eyes wide open and always try to improve yourself.”

He also advises to focus on producing a really good product and satisfy the needs of your clients as he attributes that greatly to his own success at SCS.

If you would like to join a team oriented, client success driven company like SCS, please visit the SCS Careers Page for all of our available job openings.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 10:03 am

Meet SCS Project Professional Amber Dittrick

December 24, 2016

SCS Tracer Project Professional Amber Dittrick

An important component to SCS’s prestige and reputation is finding young talent and cultivating the young minds who are the future of the environmental world.  Amber Dittrick, a Project Professional is a prime example of an SCS success story.  Starting as a student intern, Amber has worked her way up to Project Professional in a short time and shows no sign of stopping.

As a student at San Diego State University, Amber was unsatisfied with her choice of biology as a major.  Amber took the advice of a colleague and took a course in Environmental Science (ES).  Her interest was piqued and she was excited with the broad opportunities that ES presented.  Wanting to learn more about ES and wanting to apply what she learned at school to work, Amber pursued an internship at SCS Engineers.

In 2012, Amber secured an internship at the Carlsbad, CA office.  As an intern, Amber was taught the basics under the supervision of the full-time SCS staff.  Starting with how to read reports, to assisting in reports, to how to write reports, to utilizing excel for organizing chemicals, Amber was given a first-hand look at the projects that came through the Carlsbad office.

Amber remembers, “The internship was awesome.  I was able to learn everything before I became a full-time employee.  I enjoyed my job.  If someone came in cold, it’s a big adjustment, but I was mentored and taught along the process. As an intern, I was guided through the work and I felt like I was immediately part of the team.”

The internship cemented Amber’s interest in Environmental Sciences and she knew she wanted to pursue a career in ES.  After graduating in 2014 from SDSU, Amber was offered a full-time position as an SCS Associate Professional.  With a couple years of internship years under her belt, Amber enjoyed a smooth transition to a full-time employee.

In her first couple of years, Amber had many achievements but one she remembers distinctly has to do with Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP).  She organized a project to complete HMBP for clients and approached them with proposals.  The project was a great success and Amber was directly responsible for bringing a significant amount of revenue to the company.  Amber was asked to speak about her success at the yearly SCS Business Development meeting and holds the record for the youngest person to present.

Currently Amber is a Project Professional and Amber recognizes her success was aided by her years she spent as an intern.  When asked what she sees in her future, Amber replied “I like to think outside the box.  I want to broaden our business development and I want to continue to make money for the company!”

If a future with an organization like SCS Engineers and a career path like Amber’s is something you’re interested in, please visit the SCS Careers page for all of our available job openings.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am

SCS Advice From the Field: Evaluation of a buried vertical well leachate recirculation system for municipal solid waste landfills.

September 8, 2016

The results demonstrated that pressurized liquids addition in vertical wells at municipal solid waste landfills can be achieved while avoiding typical operational and maintenance issues associated with seeps.

Waste Management & Research, August 1, 2016,
Ravi Kadambala, SCS Engineers, Boca Raton, FL
Jon Powell, Gainesville, FL, USA
Karamjit Singh, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Timothy G Townsend, Gainesville, FL

Vertical liquids addition systems have been used at municipal landfills as a leachate management method and to enhance biostabilization of waste. Drawbacks of these systems include a limitation on pressurized injection and the occurrence of seepage. A novel vertical well system that employed buried wells constructed below a lift of compacted waste was operated for 153 days at a landfill in Florida, USA. The system included 54 wells installed in six clusters of nine wells connected with a horizontally oriented manifold system. A cumulative volume of 8430 m3 of leachate was added intermittently into the well clusters over the duration of the project with no incidence of surface seeps. Achievable average flow rates ranged from 9.3 × 10−4 m3 s−1 to 14.2 ×
10−4 m3 s−1, which was similar to or greater than flow rates achieved in a previous study
using traditional vertical wells at the same landfill site.

Read the entire white paper here

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

SCS Advice From the Field: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Readings At Landfill Gas Extraction Wells

June 8, 2016

Question: I have a small oxidation event at my landfill and am continually testing for carbon monoxide (CO) in the surrounding landfill gas (LFG) extraction wells. Using colorimetric tubes, I am monitoring the readings which range from 5-10 parts per million (ppm). Is there an accepted standard for background carbon monoxide in LFG? Moreover, how much inaccuracy is expected using the colorimetric tube testing?

Answer: Carbon monoxide (CO) can be found in small quantities even when there is no landfill fire. If your concern is landfill fire, most reputable resources state that a landfill fire generates readings of at least 100 ppm CO and more typically in the 500-1000 ppm range with 1000 ppm a reliable indicator that a landfill fire event may be present.

CO readings on colorimetric tubes are inherently less accurate and tend to run higher than laboratory results. Colorimetric tubes do provide value as a real-time indicator versus subsequent lab results, and can be used as an index reading, calibrated by lab results later. If you’ve had a landfill fire event before, with CO levels greater than 100 ppm, the lab confirmed 5-10 ppm CO could be residual left over from the earlier event.

Although some people believe that the presence of CO at almost any level is an indicator of landfill fire, recent laboratory tests show that CO can be generated at values up to and over 1000 ppm by elevating refuse temperatures without the presence of combustion (fire). Other tests have shown that high values of CO are found in some landfills with no current landfill fire and no indication of a past landfill fire. This information supports that it is possible that Elevated Temperature (ET) Landfills can have CO levels over 1000 ppm CO without the presence of combustion or landfill fire.

In the end, CO can be an indicator of landfill fire, but not always, as described here. Low methane, high carbon dioxide, and even landfill temperatures above 131 degrees F may or may not be indicators of past or current landfill fire. Physical indicators of a landfill fire may include rapid settlement in a localized area, cracks and fissures, smoke and flame, melted landfill gas system components, and char on the inside of LFG headers and blower/flare station components such as a flame arrester. However, most of these indicators can occur at ET landfills as well without the presence of fire or combustion.

A professional landfill gas engineer is needed to assess these conditions as a whole, and make a judgment on the underlying driver, condition, and resolution.

Have a question for our SCS Professional Engineers or Field Staff? Just ask here.

Landfill and Landfill Gas Services at SCS Engineers.


Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Success in Selective Routing Can Help Ensure Clean Recycling Materials in the Commercial Space

June 6, 2016

This innovative sustainable materials management approach involves strategically picking up loads from businesses that generate similar types of discards. The linked article discusses the approach of following simple procedures governing selective routing in the commercial space.

Using a phased methodology, it is possible to turn a high-disposal garbage collection system into a high-diversion recycling system, without incurring additional costs or losing collection revenue. Dumpsters behind shopping plazas and other sites can become opportunities at the center of a thriving materials recovery program.

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About the Authors:

Richard Gertman is the owner of For Sustainability Too in San Jose, CA.

Tracie Onstad Bills has been in the Environmental and Resource Material Management Field for over 20 years. Her expertise revolves around commercial recycling technical assistance, environmental purchasing, large venue and event zero waste programs, research and sustainability planning, garbage hauler franchise compliance and review, construction and demolition program / ordinance analysis and writing, climate inventory compilation, research and feasibility studies to help clients with comprehensive waste prevention and zero waste programs. Ms. Bills has a BA in Environmental Science from San Jose State University, is a CRRA Board member and belongs to the SWANA Gold Rush Chapter, National Recycling Coalition and the Northern California Recycling Association. Contact Tracie here.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am