Chilkat Environmental was created in 2007 by a group of scientists (Jacklynn, Elijah and Will) who had been working together for other environmental firms for several years. Elijah had completed the PMP certification with the Project Management Institute and began teaching a course at Cheetah Learning for environmental project managers. Cheetah Learning llc owner Michelle Labrosse became a friend and inspired confidence to start our firm. Following many years of managing other firms we knew about half of contract values go to administration, overhead and corporate profit while the scientists are left with half the resources to get the job done and the client left with burgeoning costs. While this structure is fathomable for projects over 0.5M, for projects under this amount the client has little to no benefit from misplacement of their resources. Larger scale companies are inefficient at performing smaller scale projects due to overhead, bulky administration and overburdened support staff. Chilkat was created to stay at small scale to maximize our efficiency.
We outcompete other firms in our areas of expertise and project scale because the company is built to be efficient, not to keep getting bigger.
Chilkat employs only qualified professionals without depending upon support staff. We are active people who balance physical and mental performance to achieve a high level of productivity and happiness. Consulting firms compete based on quality, cost and schedule but it’s pretty hard to measure how good they are because their promotional materials only display successful projects and don’t address whether their jobs had change orders that increased cost or if they performed on time. The Chilkat portfolio includes ALL of our projects and clearly presents our schedule and cost performance. Our proposals are realistic and not deflated to earn the job whilst planning scope creep and schedule modifications, as is all too usual in the industry. Chilkat offers clients the peace of mind that their issues will be resolved fast, correctly and for the least amount of money.
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Elijah has worked as an environmental consultant in Alaska for over 15 years. He has a BA in Federal Indian Law and Environmental Science and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University. Elijah is a certified Project Management Professional. While directing the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society in Alaska he prepared curriculum and taught courses with the University of Alaska to train environmental professionals how to prepare quality assurance project plans and to perform environmental sampling. Elijah has extensive experience with all aspects of environmental sampling for water, air, soil and tissues. Elijah is one of the most knowledgeable scientists in Alaska with management of PCB containing electrical equipment. He is very competent profiling, shipping and disposing of hazardous materials such as; radioactive, flammable and corrosives materials, dioxins, etc. As a grant writer, Elijah has been awarded with over $25,000,000 mostly for 50 Alaska Tribes. He managed cleanup of the largest (abandoned) lumber mill in southeast Alaska and has been conducting PSP research for a decade including groundbreaking discoveries in how PSP interacts with oceanographic conditions. Since 1999 Elijah has been managing environmental projects for the Department of Defense, Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program, and has become the most experienced contractor in the state for this program that cleans up military impacts on Native lands. Elijah is a bicycle geek that enjoys all kinds of mountain biking and travels often to ride in the Yukon, Alaska and Pacific-northwest.
Will has worked as an environmental consultant and fish biologist in Alaska for 13 years. He has a BS in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, is a certified wetland delineator, GIS technician, fish biologist and experienced author. He has prepared many wetland delineations, phase 1 investigations, biological studies, habitat assessments, contaminated sites documents, NALEMP documents, and bird studies. Will has managed fish weir and fish wheel projects and has extensive southeast Alaska fieldwork experience. Mr. Prisciandaro has extensive hazardous waste management experience and is familiar handling hazardous materials. Will is also a commercial gill-netter and is currently building his third home.