Over the course of his career, environmental assessment professional Mike Stermitz has protected natural waterways and wildlife in areas across the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. He entered the field of environmental protection as a fisheries technician with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Subsequently promoted to the position of game warden with the same organization, Mike Stermitz received a governor’s citation for bravery in recognition of his service.
Mike Stermitz went on to earn an associate of applied science in environmental technology from Montana Tech, having already received a bachelor of science in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. He then accepted a number of environmental inspector positions, in which capacity he assessed contamination sources and handled the reporting and correcting of violations.
In 2000, Mike Stermitz accepted a position as environmental scientist with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, Montana. He then returned to government service as a water quality specialist for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, a role in which he monitored and reported pollution in state rivers, streams, and lakes.
Mr. Stermitz later moved on to become an environmental specialist with SWCA, where he performed Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) assessments and pre-build surveys for oil and gas construction projects. He now serves as a contracted construction manager for Arcadis, where his duties have included Migratory Bird Treaty Act surveys and project due diligence inspections.