Summer Virtual Workshop Series
NCSWEOA is excited to offer another series of virtual workshops from July 21-23, 2021. Below are details on the topics, speakers, registration, and continuing education units. Zoom will be used for the virtual workshops. Registration closes Friday, July 16.
Enforcement Case Studies
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10:00 am to Noon
Speakers: Travis Swain, Zoning Officer, Davidson County
Jeff Blood, Solid Waste Enforcement Officer, Iredell County
Summary: Two of your local government environmental enforcement colleagues will present case studies detailing the violations and situations they encountered, their investigative techniques, their interactions with the responsible parties, the methods they developed for achieving compliance, and the outcome of their cases. Both Travis and Jeff are recipients of NCSWEOA's Stilwell Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, and we are delighted to have them both together in this unique program.
Bio: Travis Swain received NCSWEOA’s Stilwell Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2020. He currently works as a Zoning Officer for Davidson County and has been enforcing the Zoning and Solid Waste Ordinances for the western side of the County for approximately four years. Travis earned an Associate of Science degree in Allied Health from Young Harris College, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Emergency Disaster Management. Travis says his three years of law enforcement experience with the Cobb County, Georgia Police Department helped to sharpen his investigative, interviewing, and documentation skills. He has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many local, state, and federal agencies throughout his professional career.
Bio: Jeff Blood was the recipient of NCSWEOA’s Stilwell Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2017. He currently serves as the Solid Waste Enforcement Officer for Iredell County – a position he has held for 6 years. Prior to engaging in solid waste enforcement, Jeff spent 20 years as an Animal Control Officer for Iredell County. He says his primary objectives are to be effective, impartial and fair to all of the citizens of Iredell County.
BearWise in the Outdoors
Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:00 am to Noon
Speaker: Ashley Hobbs, Assistant Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Summary: Through her work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services and in her current position with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Ashley has gained a unique understanding of black bears in North Carolina. She will present an overview of common bear behaviors and provide tools of the trade for avoiding interactions with black bears during field work.
Bio: Ashley Hobbs is the Assistant Black Bear & Furbearer Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Forestry Resources. Before starting with the NCWRC, she worked with the USDA Wildlife Services dealing with human-wildlife conflict and with the NRC’s Working Lands for Wildlife program dealing with Bobwhite Quail. These days, she assists the State Black Bear & Furbearer Biologist with the black bear hunting season, research and management state-wide, in addition to managing ongoing research and monitoring of various furbearer species state-wide.
EPA Environmental Crimes Investigations: Process Overview and Case Studies
Friday, July 23, 2021 10:00 am to Noon
Speaker: William Oros, Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Summary: In his 13 years as a special agent with the EPA's Criminal Investigations Division, Will has been responsible for investigating environmental crimes. His background in chemistry and biology provides him with a unique insight into the cases he investigates. Will's presentation will include an overview of the EPA Criminal Investigation Division's (CID) regulatory jurisdiction, resources, investigative and prosecution processes, and will also walk participants through some interesting case studies.
Bio: Since 2008, Will Oros has been a Special Agent for the US Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID). Agent Oros is responsible for investigating crimes that pose a threat to human health and the environment. He has worked in EPA CID’s Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN offices and is now located in EPA CID’s Charlotte NC office. Prior to EPA he worked as a chemist for a hazardous waste recycling company, as a consultant performing stack testing, and spent 10 years as an Environmental Analyst for the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Management, Compliance and Enforcement Section. Agent Oros has a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry from Western New England College.
Please note: Will's presentation will not be available after the event so you must attend live to see it.
Continuing Education Units
Please note that continuing education units (CEUs) cannot be certified unless attendance at the actual event is verified. CEUs will not be certified for independent viewing of recorded workshop programs.
NCSWANA CEUs are available for each workshop. Attendees can receive 2 CEUs per workshop for a total of 6 CEUs. CEU forms will be provided to attendees.
We anticipate receiving CEUs for and Registered Environmental Health Specialists and will post those details here when we get them.
To have your workshop attendance considered for CEUs by some national credential organizations, members must complete the appropriate Request Form from the accrediting organization's website, attach a copy of the workshop program summary, and follow the online instructions provided to submit it.