Over the past couple of days, we have received a number of calls from people around the country looking for disaster relief jobs in the stricken areas. To accelerate the flow of volunteers and workers into these areas, we want to share three ways to find disaster relief jobs Before applying to any disaster relief jobs there is one specific point to remember: Relief agencies try to use as much local labor as possible to combat the disruption of the local jobs .
State Emergency Management Agencies: These agencies work similar to FEMA but on a state level. They also hire contractors and temporary workers through their state agencies in certain instances. These positions are typically advertised through the state department of labor.
Charities, Churches and Relief Organizations: Believe it or not. Charities and Relief organizations do have paid temporary disaster relief jobs on certain occasions. These positions will appear on their organization's website and social media outlets. It is also possible to with these organizations as a volunteer.
Disaster Relief Jobs on Job Boards and Other Outlets
Over the next few weeks there will be many disaster relief jobs advertised through various media outlets. We advise that job seekers use appropriate caution when inquiring about these positions. Some maybe false advertising or active scams. Be sure to check out the organzations before submitting any information.
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure search is seeking an experienced Fisheries Biologist / Project Manager for a prominent international environmental consulting firm. The ideal candidates must have 10 or more years of consulting experience doing fisheries related projects and have the following experience and skills:
Demonstrated experience as a Project Manager managing project teams and tasks is required especially during field work.
Demonstrated experience with FERC hydropower licensing and environmental permitting
Demonstrated experience identifying and classifying species of freshwater fish and aquatic invertebrates
Knowledge of Clean Water Act (CWA) sections 401, 404, 316 a & b regarding power plants is strong plus
Knowledge of water quality, TMDLs and modeling is a plus
MS in Aquatic Biology, Ecology, fisheries or Natural Sciences is required
One of the recurring themes, in all of my "critical job skills" articles is growing your specialized knowledge in certain areas such as government regulations. This year, the EPA updated section 316 b of the Clean Water Act which regulates the construction of cooling water intake structures at power plants and manufacturing facilities.These regulatory changes don't mean much to the average job seeker but for biological science majors it means new science jobs. Under the updated regulations, manufacturers and energy companies who have cooling systems which draw water from a lake or river will have to make sure they have the "best available technology" to reduce the numbers of fish and invertebrates killed during draws.Companies will have to hire teams of biologists to do extensive aquatic wildlife surveys to assess the damage by intake systems to the underwater ecosystems.Once these assessments are done, scientists will have to work with engineers and company environmental representatives to determine the best technology needed to comply with new EPA standards. .
What Does This Mean For Science Jobs?
The costs and benefits of environmental regulations are always hotly debated but some do create some specialized and well paid jobs. In this case, over 1,260 manufacturing and power plant facilities are affected by the rule update and some of these facilities have not had an aquatic assessment done in a number of years. Scientists should start new jobs opening right now and continuously over the next 12 months.
The disaster in the community of West,TX reminded us of what happens when companies do not follow safety standards and government officials fail to enforce them – Lives are lost and adversely impacted.Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families especially to the first responders who bravely fought the fire until the end.
Why These Job Skills Are Important For Safety Professionals
Over the next decade safety professionals will be in high demand because companies and governments can no longer afford to deal with the aftermath of accidents and disasters, like explosions, that could have been prevented. In response to the rise in these positions, we decided to explore what skills employers want in the safety professionals. Here are some of our findings .
The ability to create and implement safety programs across cultures: One of my clients recently said,“What works in Peoria, IL may not work in Pune, India. I need a safety manager who understands that concept.” In the global workplace, there is no such thing as a “cookie cutter” safety program. Safety professionals have to be sensitive to the cultures, communication styles and languages of the people across their companies because miscommunication can lead to disasters. Companies will be looking for safety professionals who understand how to deliver and manage multicultural programs.
Ability to understand, communicate and implement new government regulations: OSHA, EPA, Homeland Security and state government agencies change safety regulations on a regular basis. It is up to the Safety professionals to understand these rules and implement them in a way that is easily adopted by their company's workflow and culture.
Incident Response Management & Situational Leadership:“When it comes to emergency response, safety managers have to have nerves of steel and the mind of a battlefield commander.” The West Fertilizer plant explosion, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident and the BP oil spill have brought incident response management and situational leadership to the forefront in the corporate board room, the media and the general public. Successful safety professionals will need training and experience in these areas to handle complex emergencies and intense media scrutiny.
The ability to communicate the savings of safety programs in financial terms: Safety professionals must be able to communicate the benefits of their safety programs in financial terms such as Return on Investment (ROI), Triple Bottom Line (3BL) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). Communicating in these terms will help assure corporate managers that investments in safety equipment and programs are not only protecting the lives of their workers but averting the chance of large financial losses due to accident related insurance payouts as well.
A strong understanding of Workplace Psychology: Safety professionals have to understand how and why workers and managers "overlook" or "shortcut" safety procedures in order to make their training more effective and take steps to correct behaviors that could lead to an incident.
A strong understanding of Root Cause Analysis and Accident Investigation: The CSI television series have popularized forensics and accident investigations. Like CSI, safety professionals have to investigate how and why an incident occurred and develop new procedures and protocols to avert future incidents.
A Point to Remember About Becoming A Safety Professional
One important point to remember about being a competent safety professional is remembering that the profession is about protecting people.
What Engineering & Science Students Need In Summer Jobs
Summer Jobs are Important to a career
Today is the first day of spring and engineering & science students should be at the height of their search for summer jobs. To help these students to find the best opportunities. Here are some tips on what students should seek in their summer jobs search:
A Chance to Apply Technical Skills: One of the biggest turnoffs of summer jobs is when employers have interns spend days and days organizing the file room. Ask the employer if you will get a chance to technical work especially if allows a chance to work on the latest software. Computer skills are high on an employer's list when they are looking to hire new grads.Summer jobs can enhance your knowledge and skills.
See "Real World" Application: Some civil engineering students have told me that they don't like getting dirty. Here my answer to them: The more you learn in the dirt, the better the design in the office. Some concepts are better understood if you see them put together in the field. The same concept applies to science majors. Sometimes the lab does not always mimic real life. If the employers is not going to offer a chance to see some real world work it may not be the right opportunity.
Learn Project Management Skills: Every engineering & science project is done according to a budget and timeline. Engineering & science students should look for opportunities to understand the role of project management in their chosen career field.
Opportunities to Network: Believe it or not, summer jobs are great networking opportunities for future employment. There are thousands of stories of students landing good jobs because of their performance on summer jobs. Plus, the quality of the summer jobs on your resume can have an influence on a hiring manager's decision.
When Should Engineering & Science Students Start Looking for Summer Jobs?
The best time to start is looking for summer jobs is the fall semester before the summer. I know some people will not agree but here is my rationale. It is always a good idea to start building your network early because forward thinking employers make the time to visit college campuses throughout the year and talk to professors about promising students. If you want to get ahead in the career game it is best to strike early, strike hard and strike often. Thanks for reading