Environmental Careers

Presented by the Chemistry Department and the AWMA:
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Thompson 193

Interested in an Environmental Career?

Don't miss this opportunity to ask a panel of Environmental professionals about their career fields. Gain insights about what Environmental employers look for in candidates, career paths, and the benefits of professional organizations.

All panelists are members of the Air & Waste Management Association, an international group that brings government, industry, consultants and academia together:

Maggie Corbin, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Maggie Corbin is an Air Resources Specialist at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.  She just started work on the implementation team working to improve air quality in the Tacoma area.  Although this is a “new” job, Maggie started her career at the Clean Air Agency after obtaining her graduate degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.  Her previous work at the Agency included permit writing and regulation development.  Between Agency stints, she worked over 6 years as an air quality consultant for a small firm based in Soldotna, Alaska and previous to that, she worked for 5 years managing the air quality program at the Port of Seattle’s Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Maggie has been active in the Puget Sound Chapter and PNWIS for several years.   She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Chip Halbert - Landau Associates (environmental remediation, permitting, and geotechnical engineering consulting)
Chip has spent the past 13 years working in the environmental consulting industry, doing everything from scooping sludge out of storm sewer pipes to evaluating health risks associated with area-wide arsenic and lead contamination.

Chip has recently returned from a two-year stint in India, where he continued to work for Landau Associates while spending his free time supporting community development efforts in the Himalayas.

Tracey Wolfe Jochim, Weyerhaeuser

Tracey Wolfe Jochim graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, focusing on communications and environmental studies. She is an Environmental Compliance Manager at Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, Washington, where she has worked for the past 11 years. Tracey is responsible for collecting company-wide environmental and energy data for external reporting purposes; managing the development of company environment, health, and safety training programs; and environmental compliance auditing.

Tracey lives in Federal Way with her husband, Kevin, and their two dogs, Coco and Wexley.

Weyerhaeuser grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and makes forest products essential to everyday lives. The company, headquartered in Federal Way was founded in 1900 and now has offices or operations in 11 countries, with customers worldwide.

Steve Rybolt, Port of Seattle

Steve is an environmental manager with the Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, WA.  He is responsible for integrating environmental and sustainability measures into capital, tenant, and concessions projects, ensuring environmental compliance, and the development of a strategic plan and assessment tool to further the Port’s environmental goals.  Prior to joining the Port of Seattle, Steve garnered experience as a regulator with local air agencies in Washington and has been in the environmental field for 9 years. 

His interests focus on integrating business models and the environment decision making and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Economics and a Master of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. 


All classes and majors are invited to attend!



Panelists from the 2011 Environmental Careers event include:

Jason Boyd - 3Degrees (environmental consulting)
Jason is a Green Power Outreach Associate for 3Degrees which is a Renewable Energy and Certificate Offest firm. He was previously a Sustainability Intern with The Markets LLC. Jason is a recent Western Washington Huxley graduate and former Captain of the two 1st place finisher teams for the A&WMA 2008 and 2009 Environmental Challenge.

Roylene Cunningham - EPA Region 10
Roylene has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has over 15 years of experience in the air quality field and is currently working as an environmental engineer for EPA Region 10 in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement. Prior to joining EPA Region 10, Roylene worked for a local air quality agency in Kansas City, Kansas. Roylene serves as the Chair of the Puget Sound chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association.

Agata McIntyre - Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Agata is a Senior Engineer in the Compliance division at PSCAA.

Matt Moroney - A&WMA student member
Matt is an Environmental Science major with a minor in Chemistry at the Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. He is a member and chapter representative of the Huxley A&WMA and part of the winning Environmental Challenge team. Matt serves as Vice President of Students for Renewable Energy, part of the A.S. Green Energy Fee Committee, and Science Editor of The Planet Magazine. He has also interned at Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, WA.

Thomas Rauen- Boeing
Thomas is an Environmental Engineer with the Boeing Company in Seattle. He has 19 years experience in the environmental field and has focused on air quality for the past 10 years. His current work includes air emission and greenhouse gas inventories, regulatory reviews, and ISO 14001 certification. Thomas also has experience in managing recycling, pollution prevention and special waste programs, as well as overseeing the design, construction and implementation of chemical management facilities. He received a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University and has been a member of A&WMA since 2000.

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