Addressing the Public Health Effect of Well Water Contamination by Naturally Occurring Uranium

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Signup Deadline: 12-31-2019
Starts: 01-01-2020
Ends: 12-31-2020
Location: 123 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06025 volunteer opportunity location


Thriving Earth Exchange helps scientists and communities form collaborative, impactful partnerships. Community science projects launched through Thriving Earth Exchange use science to advance community priorities and are part of a growing movement toward engaged, community-driven science.

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following project in Glastonbury, CT:

The team at Glastonbury seeks a scientific partner that is a subject matter expert on the human health effects of uranium. Ideally, this scientist also has experience with developing solutions for uranium contamination that has directly impacted a community. The scientific partner will work with the team for the duration of the project (8 – 10 months) and must be willing to participate in local public meetings. Travel and lodging will be covered by the Town of Glastonbury to attend this public meeting.

Read more about the project on the Thriving Earth Exchange website.

Desired Skills and Expertise

  • Background in organic chemistry, environmental engineering, hydrogeology, soil science
  • Field experience with naturally occurring uranium pollution in groundwater
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders on uranium contamination, particularly a town or county, is preferred
  • Ability to translate difficult science terminology for a lay audience
  • Adept problem-solver and able to effectively convey results in written and verbal form and in a manner that conveys the gravity of the situation
  • Willingness to connect science to local concerns
  • Relaxed, easy-going personality with a good sense of humor
  • Strong listening and communication skills
  • Competent and open to new ideas
  • Able to visit the community in-person (travel will be supported by the community)


Volunteers Needed:

1 (1 open slot)

Experience Required:

No Experience


Melissa Goodwin
American Geophysical Union