It’s not often someone knows at a relatively young age what they want to pursue for a career. It’s just one example of what makes Jill Tribley, PG, Senior Project Geologist at Woodard & Curran, successful in her field. When Tribley started at Cummings/Riter Consultants, Inc., (later purchased by Woodard & Curran) a leading integrated, science-based operations company and valued REGENESIS® client, it was the logical next step for Tribley, who showed an interest in geology as far back as high school. Shares Tribley, “I knew early on that I wanted to study geology in college because of my love of both the outdoors and science. My dad and I would spend many afternoons hiking in central Pennsylvania, which fed into those interests.”
Tribley began her career with what is now Woodard & Curran 18 years ago, after graduating from Allegheny College, where she received her B.S. in Geology. She started out as an entry-level field geologist and spent the next eight years working in the field, which provided a strong foundation for her current role. She continues, “During my time as a field geologist, I collected countless groundwater and soil samples, conducted aquifer tests, performed subsurface geophysics testing, and logged and developed hundreds of monitoring and pumping wells. I also rescued one cat, who still lives with me! Now I manage those projects and personnel.” In addition to her extensive field experience, she enjoys the fact that she has been able to continue working with the same core group of people over the years. To keep up with the changing technology and trends in geology and the environment, she keeps current on coursework for her license renewals, and takes a minimum of 32 hours of educational credits every two years, in addition to annual HAZWOPER refresher training and first aid/CPR training.
As a licensed professional geologist in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Alabama, Tribley enjoys many aspects of her work, especially the day-to-day variety. She continues, “I really enjoy the range of responsibilities in my job. Currently I design, budget, coordinate, and oversee field investigations and remedial efforts, and prepare cost proposals and reports. I am also the go-to person in our office for statistical analyses, basic groundwater models, and capture zone analyses. In addition, I prepare annual reports and recently have been working on post-remediation performance monitoring data analyses and related report preparation.” When it comes to working with REGENESIS®, Tribley appreciates the level of commitment and service she receives on a consistent basis. “I enjoy both the flexibility and service that REGENESIS offers”, she says. “And I greatly appreciate their design capabilities and quick response to my many questions and project changes. When REGENESIS Remediation Services (RRS) folks are on site doing the work, I know things are being done right.” With regard to specific REGENESIS products, she points out their use of PlumeStop® Liquid Activated Carbon™. Tribley continues, “We have been using PlumeStop Liquid Activated Carbon quite quite a bit recently. It suits a lot of our sites with the concentration levels we are treating and on sites where we do not want the plume to migrate offsite or into nearby surface waters.”
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her husband, two children, stepson, and two cats, Tribley works on sites in a number of states, from New York to Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, tending her flower and vegetable garden, visiting local museums, and watching movies with her kids. When asked how she’s seen the environmental engineering industry change over the years, she points to a trend in state regulators becoming more receptive to the growing number of remedial solutions now available. She shares, “When I started, we were running, designing, and installing pump and treatment systems. Today I am happy to see regulators becoming more open to innovative remedial alternatives. As a result, we are doing a lot of work in support of the oil and gas industry here in Pennsylvania.” When asked about the future goals for Woodard & Curran, she describes how the company is striving to create the best possible working environment. “Woodard & Curran strives to be a place where exceptional people do exceptional work for exceptional clients”, she says. “One of the goals of the company that is meaningful to me is our effort to create a culture of innovation in the work we do and the products we use. It is rare for someone to stay with a place of employment for so long, but I have remained with this company because of the integrity of the leadership in the Pittsburgh office and the encouragement, commitment, and technical excellence exemplified by my co-workers.”
And how would Tribley encourage others to learn and perhaps join her field of study? She concludes, “I believe this field attracts people of high quality and integrity. I remind those who may be interested, that the consulting field allows a young professional a lot of room to explore to determine the best area where he or she would like to work within the field.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Jill Tribley, Senior Project Geologist at Woodard & Curran, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates her expertise in geological engineering in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.