Career Challenges for Women in Environmental Services: A Panel Discussion

Careers in environmental services offer excellent pay, opportunities for professional growth, and a $10B industry that continues to grow—attributes anyone would want in a job. Yet women make up a small percentage of the industry’s workforce.

In this webinar, a panel of women in various stages of environmental services careers will discuss the challenges that face women in this industry. They’ll share their stories of tackling those obstacles and offer advice to those who are now following in the paths they’ve helped forge. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about their own careers and hear multiple perspectives from women who have been in their shoes.


Meet Our Panelists

Amanda AzousAmanda Azous has over 26 years of experience in project management, environmental analysis and natural resources management. Ms. Azous was Science Director at Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc. and prior to that was president of Azous Environmental Sciences LLC. Her skills included leading scientific studies and engineering design projects, restoration designs, environmental planning, preparing local and state environmental documentation, and leading permitting efforts. She specialized in restoration design of aquatic, riparian, shoreline and wetland ecosystems, is expert at designing for water level fluctuating environments, and designed trails and other infrastructure elements for more urban environments. In addition, she developed performance standards for aquatic resource restoration and mitigation projects, and provided environmental analysis and management planning to meet forestry, conservation, and stewardship goals. Her work contributed to scientific and engineering standards for effectively managing stormwater runoff to protect wetland biological functions and resulted in several published articles in scientific journals as well as a published reference and textbook called Wetlands and Urbanization (Azous and Horner 2001).


Stacia PrazenStacia Prazen is a California and Arizona licensed geologist who has professional experience in hydrogeology and geology since 1998. She graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science in Geology from Northern Arizona University before relocating to San Diego to pursue a graduate degree in hydrogeology at San Diego State University. She began her professional career as a part-time hydrologist at the United States Geological Survey Water Resources Division in San Diego while pursuing her master’s degree. She received her master’s of science in hydrogeology in 2000; and made the switch to professional consulting where she has worked as a hydrogeologist with Hargis + Associates, Inc. for 21 years. 

Her experience includes hydrogeologic investigations for the aerospace, manufacturing, and public utility markets. Her current professional responsibilities include project management, computer modeling, site characterization, remedial investigations and feasibility studies, remediation performance evaluations, water resource studies, and business development initiatives.


Alyssa GrellAlyssa Grell has been with NRM since 2018. She graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in Geology. Alyssa mainly works on local and state permitting, exploration sites, and environmental sampling and testing. She has experience completing valuations of mineral deposits, environmental site assessments & remediation, aerial surveys, and photogrammetric evaluations. She also has extensive knowledge of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), as well as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA).

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