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Jaspal Saini

Environmental Scientist at ICF International

Summary

  • Versatile professional with more than 25 years of extensive experience in academic, industrial and administrative field with emphasis in geological explorations.
  • As a geoscientist, have been associated with very prestigious companies like CH2M Hill Inc./ ICF International/SWCA/Rincon Consultants, Inc/Tetra Tech EC Inc./PBSJ and Oil and Natural Gas Commission. Actively participated at various levels in different departments.
  • Worked on a variety of environmental compliance projects- including highways, pipelines, transmission lines, power plants, landfills and precision drilling operations throughout the state of California.
  • Familiar with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, Caltrans, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric.
  • Knowledge of different permitting procedures, requirements, monitoring and mitigation measures, BMPs, EPA compliance and OSHA regulations on construction sites.
  • Provided technical guidance for complex assignments and applied diversified knowledge of core principles and practices.
  • Worked as a team member on sites in implementing environmental and health regulatory programs including storm-water pollution prevention, air-quality, spill prevention control and countermeasure and facility Health and Safety program.
  • Recognized variances in project performance; developed recommendations for corrective action and implementation, including managing client expectations and on-going communication

Core Qualifications

  • Self motivated with can do and will do attitude,
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Organized and detail-oriented. 
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Employee relations
  • Computer literate, MS office proficient

Work History

Jul 2012Present

Associate Scientist

ICF International

Sacramento, CA Associate Scientist Working on flex/part-time basis. Managed paleontological monitoring plan as Principle Paleontologist/Paleontological Monitor for Caltrans project in Sacramento and Santa Cruz, California. Conducted Workers Environmental Awareness Program trainings (WEAP). Monitored earth-moving activities for paleontological resources to comply with Caltrans regulations on construction sites. Responsible for field salvaging and identification of fossils. Interpreted stratigraphy, age, depositional environment, described lithological samples and identified them for various detailed specific laboratory studies. Collaborated with and inform management of Non-Compliance and other incidents, critical issues and status of ongoing projects.

Sep 2004Nov 2013

Project Scientist

CH2M HILL

Sacramento, CA Project Scientist Working for Environmental Services Division of CH2M Hill. Coordinated paleontological monitoring plan for Walnut Energy Center with Turlock Irrigation District-Turlock, CA, Roseville Energy Park with Roseville Electric, Roseville, CA and Gateway Generating Station with PG&E, Antioch, CA, Humboldt Bay Repowering Plant with PG&E, Eureka, CA. Worked as a designated Paleontologist for SFPUC Alameda Siphon 4-Seismic Reliability Upgrade project in Sunol, CA, Lodi Energy Center, Lodi, CA, Mariposa Energy Project, Byron, CA, Almond-2 Power Plant, Modesto, CA etc. Supported staff in complying with environmental policies and regulations. Ensured total regulatory compliance throughout tenure. Monitored ground breaking activities for paleontological resources to comply with CSLC and CEC regulations. Provided quality information to company and customers. Described stratigraphy, interpreted age and depositional environment. Collected and described lithological samples and identified them for various detailed specific laboratory studies.

Feb 2012Dec 2012

Environmental Scientist

Rincon Consultants, Inc CH2M HILL
Ventura, CA Environmental Scientist Managed paleontological monitoring plan as Principle Paleontologist/Paleontological Monitor for Caltran project in Santa Cruz, California. Conducted Workers Environmental Awareness Program trainings(WEAP). Monitored earth-moving activities for paleontological resources to comply with SCCRTC, and Caltrans regulations on construction sites. Responsible for field salvaging and identification of fossils. Interpreted stratigraphy, age, depositional environment, described lithological samples and identified them for various detailed specific laboratory studies. Collaborated with and inform management of Non-Compliance and other incidents, critical issues and status of ongoing projects.
20062010

Sub Contractor

PBS&J

Worked on PG&E Gas Line 57C - Reliability Project in Stockton area as Sub Contractor to Frontline Energy, Flagstaff, Arizona. Worked on PG&E Line 108 Replacement Project in Elk Grove as a Sub Contractor to PBS&J, Sacramento, CA. Worked as a Designated Paleontologist for Applied Technology & Science on SFPUC - BDPL 3 &4 Crossover Project in Santa Clara, CA. Carried out field investigations for paleontological resources, impact assessment and mitigation & monitoring protocols for EIR. Conducted Workers Environmental Awareness Program (WEAP) training pertaining to Paleo Resources. Responsible for monitoring and salvaging of paleo resources and mitigation measures to comply with California State Land Commission regulations. Briefed staff and trained various contractors onsite to deal with complex regulatory issues and practices

Jul 2003Oct 2009

Geologist

Tetra Tech Inc
Sacramento, CA Geologist/ Associate Social Scientist Managed paleontological monitoring plan as Principle Paleontological Monitor for Fairmead Landfill Madera County, Pico Power Project with Silicon Valley Powers-Santa Clara, CA, Inland Empire Energy Center at Sun City, CA. and Blythe Energy project, Transmission Line(BEPTL) in southern California. Discovery at Fairmead Landfill revealed a number of vertebrate fossils including Pleistocene horses, sabre-toothed cats, short-faced bears, camels, and several species of sloths. Conducted preliminary geological investigation, field salvaging and identification of fossils. Monitored earth-moving activities for paleontological resources to comply with EPA and CEC regulations on construction sites. Interpreted stratigraphy, age, depositional environment, described lithological samples and identified them for various detailed specific laboratory studies. Collaborated with and inform management of Non-Compliance and other incidents, critical issues and status of ongoing projects. Used precision equipment like Trimble GPS for recording technical data.
Aug 2005Aug 2006

Mud Logging Geologist

Geological Logging Inc

Sacramento, CA Mud Logging Geologist Worked with Drilling Contractors for oil & gas exploration and development. Responsible for recording and interpreting geological, drilling and mud data for possible pay zones and to predict critical down hole conditions to prevent blowout for successful completion of the well. Monitor for gas shows and analyze for different components. Repair, calibrate and service instrument panels and equipments. Timely report critical issues pertaining to geological, drilling and well safety conditions to the operational management and the drilling crew on site.

Jun 2001Aug 2003

Field Geologist

PaleoResource Consultants
Sacramento, CA Field Geologist Worked as Principle Paleontological Monitor for such major projects as the Gilroy Energy Center; Metcalf Energy Center-Santa Clara; Modesto Irrigation Department-Modesto, Caltran Highway Project and Chemical Waste Management Landfill Facility-Kettleman Hill, CA. Conducted preliminary geological investigation for cost effective monitoring plan and field salvaging and identification of fossils. Monitored earth-moving activities for paleontological resources to comply with EPA and CEC regulations on construction sites. Evaluated fossiliferous rock samples to determine need for radiometric, microfossil processing, and identify fossil remains as part of paleontological monitoring and resource recovery programs. A number of vertebrate and invertebrate fossil samples were salvage on some projects. Wet screened sediments for micro-fossils on various occasion. Prepped samples at times for repository. Described stratigraphy, interpreted age and depositional environment. Describe lithological samples and identify them for various detailed specific laboratory studies.
Jan 1984Aug 1994

Senior Geologist

Oil and Natural Gas Commission(Government of India)
Senior Geologist Worked as Wellsite Geologist on deep exploratory super-pressure wells-Supervised drilling methods, geophysical logging, production testing, casing, cementation, coring operations and well control procedures. Carried out Enhanced Oil Recovery(EOR) techniques by monitoring water/gas injection wells and acidization of impervious formations. Responsible for operation and maintenance of well data monitoring systems. Managed all technical reporting and well completion reports. Collaborate with and inform management of critical issues and status of ongoing projects. Carried out field exploration, seismic studies, sedimentological studies using Petrological, Geochemical, SEM, XRD and heavy mineral data. During the later part of my tenure assisted Management Services Group(MSG) in techno-economic analysis, docket preparation for international bidding and Petroleum Exploration Licensing. Coordinated with multidisciplinary teams to evaluate, review and interpret technical data. Established project goals and objectives for field parties. Developed and monitored schedules. Edited and updated operating manuals, prepared project and annual progress reports.
Jul 1979Jan 1984

Senior Research Scholar

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology

Department of Science & Technology) Research Geologist Worked on Department of Science and Technology research project in Higher Himalayas to study geochemical pattern along Main Central Thrust. Conducted field studies, collected and described rock outcrops, samples, stream sediments, prepared geochemical maps and conducted Petrological and Geochemical studies. Analyzed samples for major and minor elements using XRF and atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Established geological history of the area based on geochemical and petrological data. Submitted annual research reports. Data generated was used for my ongoing PhD program with emphasis on basic and metabasic rocks of the area..

Education

19761978

M.Sc

Garhwal University,  India

Geology, Specialization in Petroleum Geology

19741976

B.Sc. 

Garhwal University, India

Major in Geology, Chemistry and Botany

19701972

Senior Cambridge

Cambridge University

English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry & Biology

Additional trainings and certifications

Goal setting and action planning                                   Western Learning Center, Santa Clara, CA

Negotiating for success                                                     Western Learning Center, Santa Clara, CA

Time Management                                                              Western Learning Center, Santa Clara, CA

40 Hours - Life Pre Licensing Course                            Mike Russ Financial Training Center Santa  Clara, CA

12 Hours – Ethics and California Code                        Mike Russ Financial Training Center, Santa Clara, CA

               

10 Hours Cal/Osha

 Real Estate, CA License holder since Feb. 2005.