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David Oliver Volunteered as an Evaluation Team Member at U.S. EPA's Superfund Job Training Initiative for the San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site

David Oliver, CCM (California) volunteered as an Evaluation Team Member at U.S. EPA's Superfund Job Training Initiative for San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site at the Region 9 Tribal EPA Conference in San Francisco, California on December 10, 2019.

David is a Senior Construction Manager based in California with more than 30 years of experience focused on managing general construction and environmental remediation projects for clients in the municipal solid waste, semiconductor manufacturing, defense contracting, and aerospace industries.

In August of 2019, David was invited by U.S. EPA to volunteer as an evaluation team member for U.S. EPA's Superfund Job Training Initiative (JTI) for the San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site. He was invited because of the relationships he cultivated with U.S. EPA during his construction management work on the El Monte and Puente Valley Operable Units of the San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site.

David and the other evaluation team members had the difficult task of identifying the 20 participants out of a pool of 75 to be selected for the training program. The training program included work readiness training, CPR/First Aid, 40-hr HAZWOPER, and preparation for Water Distribution I and Treatment I certifications. On December 10, 2019 all 20 selected participants graduated from the Superfund JTI program, which was a huge success. U.S. EPA Superfund Site Project Manager, Ray Chavira expressed his sincere appreciation for the work David did, and the support of Geosyntec, to make the program successful. David found this to a very rewarding process and a great opportunity to give back to the communities affected by the superfund site.

The Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) program combines extensive classroom instruction with hands-on training exercises for each participant. SuperJTI graduates have the technical skills to work on a broad range of construction projects, other environmental remediation projects and cleanup projects at Superfund sites.

U.S. EPA offers SuperJTI training through its Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) contract, which provides training and independent technical assistance to communities. TASC provides assistance to communities affected by hazardous waste sites regulated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Initiative Description

U.S. EPA's Superfund JTI is a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for people living in communities affected by Superfund sites. Many of these areas are in low-income neighborhoods with a workforce underrepresented in the local workplace. U.S. EPA's goal is to help these communities develop job opportunities that remain long after a Superfund site has been cleaned up.  The evaluation team members included representatives from varies public, private, and non-profit entities, collectively providing well rounded perspectives on which Superfund JTI participants would succeed in the workforce from the training program.

More Information

About the event: Superfund Job Training Initiative
For consultation regarding EPA's Superfund Job Training Initiative, contact David Oliver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about David: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/david-oliver