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Ben Calo

Geologist / Environmental Scientist

Chandler, AZ

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Mining
Concrete
Asphalt
Cement
Aggregate
Geology
Drilling
Land use
Permitting
Air quality
Storm water
Hazardous Waste
Hazardous Materials
Mapping
Work experience

Jul 2020 - Present

Environmental and Land Management Specialist

Similar to previous role, but with expanded land management responsibilities. Particularly active in mine site resource assessments, reclamation reviews, geotechnical project management, and location exploration.

Jun 2018 - Jul 2020

Environmental and Land Management Specialist

Managing land and environmental compliance program at quarries, asphalt, concrete, and recycle facilities. Responsible for ensuring company is compliant with biological, water, air, waste, and land use regulations. Regularly interact with agencies, submit reports, manage inspections, and negotiate violations. Routinely audit facilities, obtain permits, train staff, write leases, manage tenants, manage consultants, prepare, review, and modify documents, etc. Routinely assign and track tasks identified during inspections. Directly handle majority of mapping needs in-house. Running EHS intern program to prepare new talent for the construction materials industry.

Jan 2018 - Jun 2018

Sr. EHS Generalist

Managed EHS program at Central Coast aggregate, asphalt, concrete, and recycle facilities. Routinely interacted with agencies, submitted reports, and managed inspection. Regularly audited facilities, obtained permits, trained staff, managed projects, managed consultants, prepared, reviewed, and modified documents, etc. Developed maps for permitting, market analysis, planning, and other strategic initiatives. Routinely assigned and tracked tasks identified during inspections. Ran EHS intern program to prepare new talent for the building materials industry.

Oct 2016 - Jan 2018

Environmental Geologist

Managed environmental compliance program at Central California concrete, asphalt, and aggregate plants. Responsible for ensuring company compliance with biological, water, air, and waste regulations. Regularly interacted with agency personnel, submitted reports, and managed inspections. Routinely inspected facilities, obtained permits, trained staff, managed consultants, prepared, reviewed, and modified documents, etc. Routinely assigned and tracked tasks identified during inspections. Continued using GIS/drone to modernize compliance program. Started intern program to prepare new talent for the construction materials industry.

Jun 2015 - Oct 2016

Operations Specialist

Managed projects and led EHS program at Central Coast concrete plants. Regularly interacted with agencies, submitted reports, and managed inspections. Responsible for project management of plant maintenance and upgrades, developed inventory reports, inspected facilities, trained staff, managed consultants, prepared, reviewed, and modified documents, etc. Routinely assigned and tracked tasks identified during inspections. Implemented GIS/drone program for aggregate inventories, mine planning, compliance, etc. Involved in quality control, incident reporting, policy development, and IT support.

Mar 2015 - Jun 2015

State Water Resources Control Board

Volunteer Engineering Geologist

Used GIS to characterize nitrate concentrations in groundwater. Identified communities susceptible to nitrate contamination. Developed spreadsheet to identify gross nitrate polluters and prioritize enforcement.

Sep 2013 - Feb 2015

Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.

Mudlogging Geologist

Areas of operation: Cook Inlet, Kenai Peninsula, and the North Slope of Alaska (all FIFO). Responsible for logs showing lithology, gas data, oil data, and drilling information. Responsible for timely sample collection and installation of sensors to interpret geologic data. Special focus placed on making frequent safety observations and job hazard analyses. Developed proposal to use XRF technology for chemostratigraphic analysis. Synthesized information and computer-generated data into daily drilling reports. Company was known as Canrig during employment, subsequently changed name to Nabors Drilling Services, and was eventually sold to Geolog.

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Mar 2012 - Sep 2013

California Department of Water Resources

Graduate Assistant

Responsible for creation of reports after collecting field data and document reviews. Responsible for creation of maps and other documents with CAD, ArcGIS, and MS Office. Responsible for geologic interpretations, regional groundwater data collection, and various field work. Analyzed groundwater management plans and groundwater data for the California Water Plan. Developed the Sacramento River Geomorphic Atlas using GIS and historic data (geologic maps, surveys, aerial imagery, LiDAR, etc.)

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Aug 2010 - May 2012

California State University, Chico

Teaching Associate / Research Assistant

Supervised geoscience laboratories and taught introductory concepts to groups of 30+ students. Provided project management support during the installation of a meteorological station.

Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

The Stream Team

Volunteer Water Quality Assessor

Volunteered to monitor water quality in Big Chico Creek watershed. Monitoring criteria included: pH, DO, TDS, TSS, turbidity, nitrate, nitrite, iron, O&G, velocity, cross-sections, etc.

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Jan 2006 - Dec 2007

Preferred Pump & Equipment

Drafting Engineer

Responsible for technical drawings of custom-built vertical turbine pumps. Vertical turbine pump systems were custom designed using SolidWorks. Worked with on-site machine shop to standardize and streamline manufacturing process.

Education

2010 - 2014

California State University, Chico

Master of Science (MS), Geosciences: Hydrology/Hydrogeology

2007 - 2010

California State University, Chico

Bachelor of Science (BS), Environmental Science: Hydrology

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